Christian Education & Formation

Here at Grace Church we offer many opportunities and venues for parishioners to grow personally in our relationship with God; enable us to connect our personal experiences to God’s story and empower us to share the Good News with others.

 

Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible Study is not your mother’s Sunday School Class!  We explore scripture with a 21st century viewpoint, aided by video, literature, music, study journals and the vast experiences of participants.  Whether you are looking for introspection or interaction, we have opportunities for all types of learners.  Gather with us at 9:20 in the St. Matthew’s classroom every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month.

 

Home Bible Study

Small groups meet in parishioner’s homes for bible study and fellowship. A recent study was “My One Word” by Mike Ashcraft.  This is a video based study, guiding us through a year of lasting radical change by focusing on one specific word to symbolize our hope for God’s work in our lives.

 

Men’s Bible Study

The men’s Bible study meets every other Saturday in our parish hall from 9AM to 10AM.  The purpose is to offer fellowship, to study and discuss God’s word, and to apply it to our daily lives. 

 

 

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

The Tuesday morning Bible study provides a small group Bible study, focusing on the coming Sunday’s lessons. It promotes knowledge of scripture and its importance for living the Christian life (discipleship).  It also provides an opportunity for growth in fellowship and mutual support of one another.  The group takes place at 10:15AM - 11:30AM, after the 9:15 Tuesday service.

 

 

 

The Order of the Daughters of the King

We have a very active chapter of The order of the Daughters of the King. Margaret J. Franklin founded the order in 1885.  By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter takes vows and pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service, and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

D.O.K. prays for unity of Christ’s Church, for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, for God’s blessing upon the members of the Order, for the spiritual growth of the parish, for the clergy of the parish to which the chapter owes allegiance and for the grace to follow our Rule and our own needs.

 

The Episcopal Church Women

Every woman at Grace is automatically a member of the ECW and all are welcome. They come together for the purpose of responding to Jesus Christ, to witness, work and pray for the spread of God’s kingdom, submitting to and being inspired by the Holy Spirit.

They provide for the needs of Grace Church and its people through fellowship and service. Projects include such things as yard sales and Christmas craft bazaars as well as quarterly gatherings and guest speakers.

 

Youth Group (Soul Juice)

The mission of our Youth Ministry is to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as foster and build involvement in the Church and the community.  The Youth Group, also known as “Soul Juice,” provides a safe, faith-based environment for its members to grow, spiritually, mentally and physically.  The Soul Juice family strives to assist the youth in building faith in our Lord and confidence to walk through life’s challenges. 

This is achieved through knowledge of scripture, fellowship, friendship, and trust.  We work to provide opportunities to join in God’s work in our lives, as well as to be instruments for Him in our homes, church and community.  Soul Juice reaches out to all children and young adults, ages 9 to 18 to help apply their faith to daily life experiences and ultimately to be become disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord.

   The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

We invite children to join in this joyful experience every Sunday at 10:30 in our specially designed “atrium”.

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, is a world-wide and much renowned program designed for children ages 3-12. Children and adults come together in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant.

The program is rich in sensory experience, giving children the opportunity to grow in loveand knowledge of God through the Christian tradition.  It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Grace Church.

Children gather in our "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials they use to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of the Christian faith.  Children will understand the meaning of the Eucharist, become familiar with the prayers, colors, and sacred gestures associated with liturgy, and much more.