The Acolyte Guild consists of youth, from seventh grade through high school, and adults who assist when the youth aren't available. The acolytes work in teams to cover the jobs of Crucifer, Missal Bearer, and Torch Bearer.
The mission of the Adult Christian Education Committee is to help us as adults of Grace Church explore, articulate, and grow in our faith so that we may reflect the truths of the Christian gospel in the world where we each live and work, in our response to the issues and decisions of the day, and in our relationships with colleagues, friends, and those whom we love. This mission is pursued through planned programs in a comfortable setting on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM in the Small Hall.
The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the altar and setting out the elements for each service, the flowers for the Altars in the Church and the Chapel, and maintaining the supplies needed for all the services of the church.
The adult choir meets each Thursday evening at 7:00 PM and Sunday morning at 9:30 AM for rehearsals. Our Junior Choir and Singing School offer opportunities for our younger members to develop their love of music throughout the program year.
The Finance Committee provides management and oversight of the financial situation of the parish. Its primary responsibilities are endowment management, budgetary advice, and occasional other tasks related to financial management assigned by the Vestry. We welcome anyone who is interested in the finances of the parish. The meetings are held quarterly, usually in January, April, July and October and any other time the Vestry requests our help or we have special business to consider.
Grace Church Vestry
The Vestry meets the first Sunday of every month from 12:45 - 2:45 pm. Minutes from the monthly meeting are posted on the bulletin board in the office.
Every Sunday, two greeters hand out leaflets and participate in the offertory. This is a terrific way to meet more members of the congregation.
The Hospitality Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the many events involving food at Grace including our Welcome Back Picnic, St Andrew's Day celebration. Suppers during Holy Week, and our Summer barbecues But “hospitality” at Grace is also a parish-wide endeavor. Each Sunday morning we enjoy coffee and treats provided by all active members on a rotating basis during Grace Discussion Group and after the Service during Coffee Hour.
Isabel Coleman Memorial Garden
The Memorial Garden continues to provide a tranquil final resting-place for the ashes of parishioners and members of their families, as well as a natured-centered spot where people can sit and reflect. The Memorial Garden was Bob Malagodi's vision--he wanted a fitting memorial to Isabel Coleman who gave so many years of service to Grace Church. I hope that those who come to the garden for quiet contemplation will remember both Isabel and Bob, whose creativity and caring helped bring this wonderful space into being.
All Men of the Parish are invited to the Small Hall on the 4th Saturday of every month from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM for an opportunity for fellowship.
Parishioners visit shut-ins, drive the elderly to medical appointments, cook meals for the sick, provide companionship to the dying, and hold each other in their prayers.The task of the Pastoral Care Committee has been to support and facilitate this care.
The Property Committee is charged with the maintenance and restoration of our beautiful building and grounds with the help of our Sexton.
The Social Action committee helps parishioners act on their concerns for the problems of hunger, poverty, violence, inadequate housing, inadequate healthcare, and other social issues. This is an obligation and a task that we have been at for 157 years as a community of faith, worship, prayer and friendship.
Stewardship is about people offering back to God their time and talent to do the work we were commissioned to do at our Baptism. It is about connecting with people, helping each other find our gifts for ministry, and finding ways to offer those gifts to the community.
The Welcoming Committee's mission is to bring new members in to Grace Church, make them feel welcome at our services, include them in our existing programs and create new programs targeted toward new members.
Women of Grace
Women of Grace, formerly The Monday Morning Group, started in 1982. This is an opportunity to meet other women in the Parish. Our activities vary but have included a book swap, Easter Hat decorating, and our annual end of the year picnic. We meet every month on the third Wednesday from September to June.
The committee discusses numerous issues relating to expanding Grace Church's experience of worship.The work of the worship committee is quiet, "behind the scenes," but welcomes wider participation from and dialogue with the Grace Church parish. All are welcome to every meeting, and members of the committee invite your comments.