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.
Please join us for “Kick Off” Sunday on September 7th following the 10am service. We will gather in Grace House, have Church School and Youth Group registration, and continue on with wonderful food and fellowship. We will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs. If you can assist in anyway with preparation and serving or donate a salad, side dish or dessert please contact Melissa Botelho at 508-971-4117, Paula Cabral at 508-287-4892 or call the church office. Hope to see you all there!
THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU IN THE MUSIC MINISTRY OF GRACE CHURCH
Grace Church Choir welcomes all adult singers and youth in grades 9 and above. Rehearsals are at 8:30am each Sunday in Rodman Hall. This choir sings for the 10am service September through early June. Our first rehearsal and service will be Sunday, September 7th.Youth Choir welcomes all children and youth in grades 2 and above. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in Rodman Hall. The Youth Choir typically sings on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the 10am Children’s Liturgy. Our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 17th. Handbell Choir - We have several open positions in our handbell choir. Some music reading ability is desirable. Rehearsal time to be determined. Please see Brian Roderick for more information.
CHURCH SCHOOL FAMILY MEETING
On September 14th we will be having a Family Meeting to kick off the school year! We will be discussing the year ahead: including overview and structure of the two programs, and what you want from your program.
There is still time to join the Acolyte Guild and participate with our great group of children and youth who serve God and their congregation by making the liturgical tradition come alive. Classes will take place on three Sundays in the Fall at 9:00 a.m: September 14 and 28, and October 12. Expert acolytes will be on hand to help our new recruits learn their roles in the liturgy. On the Sundays when classes occur the new acolytes will observe and participate at the altar. If you haven’t signed up, and would like to try it out, just appear at class at 9:00 a.m. on the above dates and you will be most welcome.
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Bless Our Pets!
Bring Rover and friends to
Grace’s Annual Pet Blessing
Rain or Shine
Saturday, October 4th - 5pm
Sunday, October 5th - 10am
Pets (and their caregivers) of all religious backgrounds - or none - are welcome!
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN
The Episcopal Church Women of Grace Church will gather in the Library of Grace House on Wednesday, October 15, at 12:00 noon for a pot-luck luncheon followed by a regular business meeting. Women interested in learning more about ECW and in finding fellowship with our group are cordially invited to join us. Please call Betsy Pye (508-995-6556) for more information.
35th ANNUAL BITTERSWEET BAZAAR
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Annual Bittersweet Bazaar
Saturday, November 15, 2014 10am-4pm
Lunch served from 11am to 2pm
Corner of County and School Streets in New Bedford. Please use School Street entrance.
Silent Auction ~ Chinese Auction
Christmas Gifts ~ Grandma’s Attic
Country Store and Bakery ~ Plants
Fair Trade Items ~ Kindle Fire Raffle
*Proceeds benefit Grace’s mission and community outreach programs*
Ordination and Consecration of Bishop-elect, The Rev. Alan M. Gates
Preparations are underway for the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Alan McIntosh Gates as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Everyone is welcome at this momentous occasion in the life of our church. The ordination and consecration will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Boston University's Agganis Arena (925 Commonwealth Avenue) in Boston, with the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, presiding. The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth Jr., Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, will be the preacher. Seating is at 10 a.m.; processions begin at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow the service. The service and reception are open to all, but everyone who plans to attend (including participants and volunteers) must register for a free ticket by Aug. 15. Tickets will be mailed by Aug. 29. Register for tickets by Aug. 15 at www.Diomass.org Those who need to register for tickets by phone may call 617-482-4826, ext. 687; please leave a name and phone number so that a staff or committee member can return the call.