Ministries

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.

Ministries

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.

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.

Committies

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.

Programs

Choir. The choir sings on Sundays at the 9:00 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.

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.

Book Discussion Group. For more information, contact Paula Conley at ldychocchip@gmail.com.

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.