Welcome to Grace Episcopal Church. Whether you have visited us in person or are just exploring that possibility by visiting this website first, we are glad that you have found us. As someone considering visiting Grace, you are likely to have many questions. Here are our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
What happens on Sundays?
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8 am (no music)
Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults, 9:15 to 10:15
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:30 am with Choir
Taizé Eucharist, 2nd Sunday of each month at 5 pm
Evensong, 4th Sunday of each month at 5 pm
All Baptized Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion. Music is primarily derived from The Episcopal Hymnal 1982 and the hymnal supplement, Wonder Love and Praise.
Bulletins are available for adults that guide participants through the worship experience. A weekly insert lets the congregation know what is coming up in the week ahead.
Ushers and Greeters are available before and after the service to answer any questions and help you find out more about Grace. We look forward to having you join us!
How do I receive Holy Communion?
All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion. If you prefer not to take the wine you may instinct the wafer in the chalice. Those not receiving communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing. Simply signify by crossing your arms over your chest.
What is a rector? A parish? A vestry?
A rector is the chief priest at a parish; he or she is responsible for worship and the spiritual care and formation of God's people in a given parish. The Reverend Tuck Bowerfind has accepted the call to be our rector and will join Grace on December 8. A parish is another name for a worshipping, learning and serving community that gathers together weekly for Eucharist in order to be the Body of Christ in the world. A vestry is a group of elected lay people (people who are not ordained) who help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; support the church's mission by word and deed, select the rector, ensure effective organization and planning, and manage resources and finances.
Christian Education is offered for Children, Youth and Adults on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 AM (during the school year.) Please contact Sharon Massie or see our website for more information.
Children’s Chapel During the 10:30 a.m. service, Children ages 3 – 5th grade are invited to process with the children’s cross and chapel leader during the Sequence Hymn to the children’s chapel. The children return to the sanctuary to rejoin their families during The Peace.
Children’s Worship Bags are provided in the church to help them appreciate worship at their level. The bags contain a book about the Eucharist and a children's bulletin, simple coloring sheets related to the church season, puzzles related to the day's gospel reading, and crayons. They can be found near each entrance to the Nave.
Music Everyone participates in the Music Ministry of Grace! In singing, listening, playing, and praying, all are involved in this unique, God given window to the beauty of holiness. Specific ministries that serve our liturgies include Chancel Choir, Cherub Choir, St. Francis Choir, and Ukulele Choir. Instrumentalists often share gifts. We also have music ministries that reach into the larger community such as Threshold Singers, and we host the local Wednesday Morning Music Jam. For more information about our Music Ministry please see our website or contact Martha Burford, our Minister of Music.
How do I get more involved at Grace? Sign up to receive our weekly Parish News that contains the most current information about activities at Grace. To sign up, send Lisa McGuire (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email. Feel free to contact any leader listed on the Vestry, Parish Ministries or Outreach pages for additional information about different ministries.
How do I join Grace? Call Lisa McGuire (540.463.4981) or email if you wish to be recorded as an active member of the church. If you were an active member of another church or parish prior to coming to Grace then we will need the contact information for that church. Lisa will contact them, officially request that your membership be transferred, and confirm that transfer with you.
What do we do if we want to have our child baptized at Grace? Baptism is full initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ. If you want your child to be baptized or if you are not baptized and wish to be contact our rector and he will guide you through the process of scheduling your baptism.
What do we do if we want to get married at Grace? If you desire to schedule a wedding at Grace, please set up a meeting with the priest to begin the process. Either the bride or the groom will need to be a baptized member of Grace or have ties to the church. Professional counseling with a priest or a professional therapist will be required.
Whom do I call with questions? We urge you to meet our staff. They can answer any question you might have.
You may contact the church office at 540.463.4981 to discuss any specific questions you may have or to set up an appointment with our priest.