Grace Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Bath, Maine, established in 1849

Ministries, Programs, and Committees

Grace Church is its people, gathered in the name of Christ to worship and to serve. There are many groups and ministries active at Grace, and new ones are forming all the time. There are no closed groups here; we warmly invite participation of members in whatever aspect of our shared life particularly calls to them.

Worshiping at Grace

Sunday services are at 8:00 and 10:15. Rite I is used at 8:00, and Rite II, with organ and choir, is at 10:15. That service is recorded and shown on local cable television, Channel 14. Children’s Church, which meets in the chapel, and Adult Education meets between the services during the school year. Currently we have one acolyte in training. Fellowship coffee hours take place after each service in Tubbs Hall.

On the first Sunday of every month, there is a service of healing incorporated into the 10:15 service. This is also the Sunday for donating to the Bath Area Food Bank.LarryCC

Children’s Church. This year-round program is offered to the community’s young children and their families. Children’s Church has replaced the former Sunday School program. It meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. in the chapel.

There is a Wednesday morning service at 10:00 in the chapel, with a Bible study preceding it. Morning Prayer is on the first Wednesday, Holy Eucharist on the other Wednesdays.

Special Services. Palm Sunday, a single service at 9:00, and Easter at 8:00 and 10:15, both with music; Maundy Thursday, day and evening services; Good Friday, one service of the Good Friday Liturgy and one of Stations of the Cross; two services on Christmas Eve at 4:00 and 9:00; and a Christmas Morning service.  We joyfully experienced an Easter Vigil with St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick!

Committees

Altar Guild. The Altar Guild prepares the church altar for Sundays and holidays, and the chapel altar for Wednesday Eucharist. They also prepare the church and altar for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Members polish the silver and brass for use at services and they are responsible for the care of the linens, priest’s vestments, and altar servers’ robes, including cleaning and mending.

Facilities. This committee is responsible for the maintenance of and improvements to the building and grounds.

Finance. This committee advises the Vestry about parish finances and assists in the preparation of the annual budget.

Flower Guild. The members of this group collect flowers from parishioners’ gardens or purchase flowers that they arrange for the altar. Their talent shines very brightly especially in the Christmas and Easter arrangements.

Newcomers. This group helps ensure our welcome to new members is organized and embracing, in deed as well as in spirit.

Outreach. The goal of this committee is to coordinate the parish outreach efforts in the community and the wider world. Outreach ministries are listed below, under the heading “Outreach Ministries”.

Stewardship. Helps lead the parish to a deeper understanding of how we are stewards of God’s gifts, and leads the fall pledge campaign.

Worship. This committee functions in an advisory capacity for the rector, with particular reference to special services such as baptisms, weddings, and holidays including Christmas and Easter.

Programs

Adult Education. Classes meet from 9:20 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. between services on Sunday mornings, generally during the school year. Different facilitators from within the parish cover many subjects in three-week to six-week sessions.

Choir. The choir sings on Sundays at the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist and at special services such as Christmas and Easter. Additional music with a recorder ensemble and other instruments is included. Music lovers of all ability levels are warmly welcomed. Active recorder ensemble and other instrumentalists included.   Rehearsals are Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Circle Dinners. These are informal small dinner groups of six to eight parishioners who meet for fellowship and a potluck meal in members’ homes. Groups form each Fall.

Education for Ministry. This is a nearly seminary-level course in Biblical studies, theology, church history, and ethics that meets at Grace on Tuesday evenings starting during the school year.  New members from Grace and other churches are warmly welcomed in October.

Prayer Shawl Knitters.  Members knit together in fellowship.  Shawls are blessed with God’s love by congregation and given to individuals.

Pastoral Caregivers. They provide assistance to parishioners in need of transportation, meals, visits, or other attention. This care is provided by parishioners willing to assist in these ministries.

Women of Grace. This is a vibrant and active group of women who provide, through prayers, plans, and programs a welcoming group for the women of Grace. Programs focus on enhancing the mission of the Church through projects and outreach. They carry out projects in God’s name for fellowship and outreach, such as arranging speakers, preparation of memorial and celebratory meals, organizing fundraisers, and offering spiritual retreats.  Meets after the 10 a.m. service on the secondWednesday of the month in Tubbs Hall, beginning in October.

Ushers and Greeters. The ushers are responsible for the distribution of weekly bulletins, welcoming parishioners and newcomers, and bringing the offerings to the altar. The greeters at the 10:15 a.m. service extend hospitality, especially to newcomers and guests before, and after the service.

 

Grace Episcopal Church - Bath, Maine | A member of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine, The Episcopal Church, and the Worldwide Anglican Communion