Welcome to Grace
On behalf of the Grace Episcopal Church community I want to welcome you to our website. We are a vibrant community that seeks to serve Christ in all people. Our motto is “Whoever you are, wherever you are, come to the holy table and receive the supper of the Lamb.” This is our ministry – and our weekly invitation to communion – and we mean it.
So if you are looking for a new church community or coming to visit us for the first time know that you are welcome here at Grace!!
Our main service on Sunday is at 10:00am. We offer quieter services at 8:00am Sundays and on Saturdays at 5:00pm in All Saints’ Chapel. During the week we worship on Wednesdays at 7:00am and 10:00am.
Grace Church is handicap accessible and conveniently located at the corner of County and School Streets, on the edge of historic downtown New Bedford, just minutes from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and surrounding areas.
If you would like to know more or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
May Christ’s Peace be with you,
Rev. Christopher Morck+
Priest in Charge
Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, the grace of God is for you.
Learn more about our clergy, staff, and vestry that lead Grace Church.
Read about the church's interesting history dating back to 1833, as well as the important ministries currently happening in New Bedford.
Click here to listen to recent sermons from Reverend Chris Morck.
Grace Episcopal Church – Annual Thanksgiving Dinner For The Community – Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
This year, Grace Episcopal Church, will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community.
The details are as follows:
Date - Tuesday November 25th, 2014
Time - 6:00 - 7:30PM
Place - Grace Episcopal Church
***We do welcome anyone that would like to stop by and help serve food and/or help out with clean up afterward (e.g. wash a few dishes).
You will be fed well! :-) ***
Coffee Hour Sunday
[From Janice Baker - 11/22/14]I am inviting commissions to host coffee hour on Sunday mornings. If everyone participates no one would have to host coffee hour more than twice a year. Andy Sylvia has agreed to make coffee but there might be times when you have to make the coffee yourself. You will need to check with the morning breakfast crew on your Sunday. Jean Brown and Roberta Berry have offered to be available on the third Sunday of the month to help. Paper plates, utensils, cups,and napkins, will be provided in the kitchen /library area. If you want to use a special color or theme you would have to bring those yourself. Your group needs to bring in snacks, set up and clean up. There is a checklist in the kitchen to help you know what to do. Please speak with your commission members and chose a date that is good for you.
- Dates available are:
- December 28,
- Jan 4 , 11, 18, 25,
- February 1, 8 , 15, 22
- March 8, 15, 22 , 29
- Youth Commission
- Worship Committee
- Scholarship Committee
- Food Pantry
- Communication Committee
- Tower Committee
- Eucharistic Ministers
Alter with Harvest Gifts 2014
Website Menu Changes
In order to make the web site as useful and informative as possible we are making changes. This can be frustrating for the users and we apologize in advance for any difficulties you may encounter. The most recent change involved moving the sermons and choir audio files off the right sidebar. The file pages can be accessed from the top menu Church News button. If you have any comments, questions or concerns please feel free to share them with us.
December 2014 Newsletter
The December 2014 Grace Notes newsletter has been posted. It can be found on the newsletters page accessed via the top menu or though the direct link.
At this time of year, the food pantry continues to see many new families. Join in the Harvest Ingathering by bringing canned goods to church this Sunday.
Especially needed are:
- Chunky soups
- Peanut Butter
- Beef Stew
- Canned Fruit
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As of November 14, we have received pledge cards from 156 households totaling $215,744. We are getting closer, but we still have a ways to go to meet our budget: this is 83% of our goal of $260,000.
Part of the pledging deficit is due to significant decreases by some of our pledging households. 43 pledging households from 2014 have not made their pledge yet for 2015.
We also have good news. We have received 30 pledges from households that are new to Grace, have never pledged before, or have not been able to pledge in recent years, and 37 households have increased their pledge this year. We are truly blessed!
If you have not made a pledge for 2015, I invite you to do so now. Only through your commitment to Grace can we can keep our doors open and continue to engage in the work of ministry to which we are called, serving each other and our community.
If you have any questions at all, or if you did not receive a pledge card and would like one, please do contact Beth Sharp-McKay or me.
Thank you to all who support Grace Church so generously!
Can applenado be a real word?
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
Matthew Chapter 25: 1-131 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
About Tithing and God’s promise to us
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10