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 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.

 


Leadership

Learn more about our clergy, staff, and vestry that lead Grace Church.

About Grace

Read about the church's interesting history dating back to 1833, as well as the important ministries currently happening in New Bedford.

Sermons

Click here to listen to recent sermons from Reverend Chris Morck.

Announcements

E-News for the Week of Febuary 1st

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Epiphany/BEpi4_RCL.html or http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

WE HOPE YOU LIKE THIS WEEK'S IMAGE:

Jesus Driving out the Unclean Spirit, end of tenth century. Carved ivory. Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum.

SAVE THE DATE - GRACE IN COMMUNITY LUNCHEON:

You are cordially invited to a parish and community luncheon designed to launch the "Grace in Community Restoration Campaign". Grace Church is in need of major repairs from its foundation to its historic steeple. Stewards of Grace need to come together, working to restore the building and ensure its presence in the community for future generations. The fundraising luncheon will be held on Sunday, March 8 at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford. Tickets are $40 per person, during the month of February, and will be available for purchase after the services beginning February 1.

A QUIET DAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

We are offering another quiet day at Grace Church on Saturday, January 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Steve Matthews, Director of the SouthCoast Mission Hub, will provide us with food for thought. We begin and end in the South Room of Grace House with food and conversation, and disperse for silent reflection between times. Please call 508-415-8920 for further information. The Spiritual Formation Ministry Team: Diana Ukleja, Tori Laskey, Louise Kelly, John of the Trinity

INTERESTED IN A BOOK DISCUSSION?

The Spiritual Formation Ministry team invites you to join us in a book discussion. You pick the book! See Diana Ukleja after 10:00 service on Wednesday or contact a member of the team.

FINANCIAL PLANNING FORUM: CHOOSING YOUR RETIREMENT PATH

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Grace parishioners Leo Choquette and Veronique Sylvia invite you to learn more about the financial concerns you may face in retirement and possible solutions that can be implemented. This event will take place in the South Room following 10:00 am service. There is no fee or obligation to participate, and all are encouraged to attend. Leo and Veronique are agents for New York Life Ins. Co. This seminar and insurance sales presentation is for informational purposes only.

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, February 15 at the 10:00 service.

PLEASE NOTE:

TO ADD ITEMS TO THE E-NEWS, PLEASE SEND TO BETSY PYE (betsy.pye02745@gmail.com) BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY.

Snow Closure

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Due to snow, the New Bedford public schools and city administration are closed today (Tuesday) and Wednesday. The Grace Church office will be closed as well on both days, and our Wednesday 10am service will be cancelled.

Stay safe!
 

3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.

   

Let’s revive a Grace Church tradition

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Let's revive a Grace Church tradition.

There always was a Hospitality Committee at Grace Church, but lately it has fallen by the wayside. It is time to recruit a new group of willing helpers.

The Hospitality Committee of Grace Church will not be an active group, but will spring into action when a parish family loses a loved one. When such a need arises, calls will be made, emails will be sent, and the Grace Church Hospitality Committee will deliver. 

Traditionally, Grace House has been available for gatherings after a service. The Hospitality Committee will help coordinate arrangements; for families who prefer not to use a caterer, the Hospitality Committee will provide coffee and light refreshments. A crew of bakers and a handful of able-bodied helpers for set up and clean up will be needed.

Won't you help? Sign up today by contacting Travis Bowie (rbowie2@comcast.net) or Betsy Pye (betsy.pye02745@gmail.com).

E-News for the Week of the 25th of January

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Epiphany/BEpi3_RCL.html
or
http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

WE HOPE YOU LIKE THIS WEEK'S IMAGE:

We hope you like this week's image from the 'Fishers of Men' window in the Church of St. Peter, Kilmore Quay, County Wexford, Ireland.

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU

There is a place for you in the Grace Church music program. If you like to sing, you are invited to join the Grace Church Choir, which rehearses at 8:30 on Sunday mornings. The Youth Choir, for grades 2 and above, rehearses at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings.

Please see Brian Roderick for details.

BITTERSWEET BAZAAR FOLLOW UP:

The Executive Committee and Heads of Tables of the 35th annual Bittersweet Bazaar invite you to coffee hour following the 10:00 service on January 25. We will meet, starting at noon, to discuss and vote on the disbursement of monies generated from Bazaar sales and to talk about ways to improve the 2015 Bazaar.

Please come and join in our discussion!

ANNUAL REPORTS

Annual reports of all Commissions, Committees, Organizations and Guilds are due no later than Thursday, January 22. Please include the names of Committee/Commission members. This will provide a fuller sense of who is involved in what activity, the breadth of the ministry, and the many ministry opportunities available in the parish.

VESTRY MEETING

Vestry Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 7:oo pm in the South Room of Grace House, is open to all. Proposed discussion items include:
Finance Committee Auditor Recommendation
Discernment process

LAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS, ACOLYTES & ACOLYTE PARENTS:

We will soon compose and publish the schedule for the Lent-Easter Season, which runs from February 18 (Ash Wednesday) through June 7 (Trinity Sunday). Please let the Verger know about any dates you already know that you or your child are unavailable to serve.

You can contact Jerré at 508 993-3048, or 508 742-5933, or GTCroteau@comcast.net.  

A QUIET DAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

We are offering another quiet day at Grace Church on Saturday, January 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Steve Matthews, Director of the SouthCoast Mission Hub, will provide us with food for thought. We begin and end in the South Room of Grace House with food and conversation, and disperse for silent reflection between times. Please call 508-415-8920 for further information.

The Spiritual Formation Ministry Team: Diana Ukleja, Tori Laskey, Louise Kelly, John of the Trinity

INTERESTED IN A BOOK DISCUSSION?

The Spiritual Formation Ministry team invites you to join us in a book discussion. You pick the book! See Diana Ukleja after 10:00 service on Wednesday or contact a member of the team.

FINANCIAL PLANNING FORUM: CHOOSING YOUR RETIREMENT PATH

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Grace parishioners Leo Choquette and Veronique Sylvia invite you to learn more about the financial concerns you may face in retirement and possible solutions that can be implemented. This event will take place in the South Room following 10:00 am service. There is no fee or obligation to participate, and all are encouraged to attend. Leo and Veronique are agents for New York Life Ins. Co. This seminar and insurance sales presentation is for informational purposes only.

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, February 15 at the 10:00 service.

GRACE CHURCH NURSERY

Grace Church Nursery needs two adults present during 10:00 service in order to comply with safe church policy. If you are looking for a fitting way to give back to Grace, please consider this volunteer opportunity. We ask that volunteers commit to one Sunday per month.

The job description is quite simple: play with the children in the Nursery for about an hour! Snacks and drinks are provided. You will be an integral part of the children's church experience and bond the next generation to Grace.

Contact Jean Brown, Jean5402@aol.com or Caroline Blaise, blaisingstudios@yahoo.com.

GRACE IN COMMUNITY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN EVENT

Grace In Community Restoration Campaign event will be held on Sunday, March 8 at the Wamsutta Club. Watch for details!

PLEASE NOTE:

TO ADD ITEMS TO THE E-NEWS, PLEASE SEND TO BETSY PYE (betsy.pye02745@gmail.com) BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY.


E-News for the week of the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Calling Disciples by He Qi

LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Epiphany/BEpi2_RCL.html
or
http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

WE HOPE YOU LIKE THIS WEEK'S IMAGE:

"Calling" by the artist He Qi. More of his work and information about him can be found on his web site, http://www.heqiart.com/

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU

There is a place for you in the Grace Church music program. If you like to sing, you are invited to join the Grace Church Choir, which rehearses at 8:30 on Sunday mornings. The Youth Choir, for grades 2 and above, rehearses at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings.

Please see Brian Roderick for details.

BITTERSWEET BAZAAR FOLLOW UP:

The Executive Committee and Heads of Tables of the 35th annual Bittersweet Bazaar invite you to coffee hour following the 10:00 service on January 25. We will meet, starting at noon, to discuss and vote on the disbursement of monies generated from Bazaar sales and to talk about ways to improve the 2015 Bazaar.

Please come and join in our discussion!

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PROGRAM:

Sunday, January 18, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford. Special musical selections by Sid Sriram, Indian-American international vocal sensation. Keynote address by Maura Healy, Mass. Attorney General-Elect. 

ANNUAL REPORTS

Annual reports of all Commissions, Committees, Organizations and Guilds are due no later than Thursday, January 22. Please include the names of Committee/Commission members. This will provide a fuller sense of who is involved in what activity, the breadth of the ministry, and the many ministry opportunities available in the parish.

USHERS NEEDED:

A good way to volunteer your services to Grace is to help as an usher at the 10:00 service. Some of our ushers have moved away, and it is difficult to create a viable schedule. Ushers serve an average of four or five times each quarter.

If you are interested, please see Gerry Lopes or Jerré Croteau for more information. 

LAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS, ACOLYTES & ACOLYTE PARENTS:

We will soon compose and publish the schedule for the Lent-Easter Season, which runs from February 18 (Ash Wednesday) through June 7 (Trinity Sunday). Please let the Verger know about any dates you already know that you or your child are unavailable to serve.

You can contact Jerré at 508 993-3048, or 508 742-5933, or GTCroteau@comcast.net.  

A QUIET DAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

We are offering another quiet day at Grace Church on Saturday, January 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Steve Matthews, Director of the SouthCoast Mission Hub, will provide us with food for thought. We begin and end in the South Room of Grace House with food and conversation, and disperse for silent reflection between times. Please call 508-415-8920 for further information.

The Spiritual Formation Ministry Team: Diana Ukleja, Tori Laskey, Louise Kelly, John of the Trinity

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, February 15 at the 10:00 service.

GRACE CHURCH NURSERY

Grace Church Nursery needs two adults present during 10:00 service in order to comply with safe church policy. If you are looking for a fitting way to give back to Grace, please consider this volunteer opportunity. We ask that volunteers commit to one Sunday per month.

The job description is quite simple: play with the children in the Nursery for about an hour! Snacks and drinks are provided. You will be an integral part of the children's church experience and bond the next generation to Grace.

Contact Jean Brown, Jean5402@aol.com or Caroline Blaise, blaisingstudios@yahoo.com.

GRACE IN COMMUNITY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN EVENT

Grace In Community Restoration Campaign event will be held on Sunday, March 8 at the Wamsutta Club. Watch for details!

PLEASE NOTE:

TO ADD ITEMS TO THE E-NEWS, PLEASE SEND TO BETSY PYE (betsy.pye02745@gmail.com) BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY.


1st Sunday after the Epiphany Sermon


Grace E-News – Jan 8th

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Epiphany/BEpi1_RCL.html
or
http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU

There is a place for you in the Grace Church music program. If you like to sing, you are invited to join the Grace Church Choir, which rehearses at 8:30 on Sunday mornings. The Youth Choir, for grades 2 and above, rehearses at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings. Please see Brian Roderick for details.

ARTHUR MONIZ GRACE-INSPIRED ARTWORK

Arthur Moniz Grace-inspired artwork, including numbered and matted prints, coasters, trivets and note cards, will be offered for sale after weekend services. Funds raised will support the tower restoration.

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PROGRAM:

Sunday, January 18, 3:00 - 5:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford. Special musical selections by Sid Sriram, Indian-American international vocal sensation. Keynote address by Maura Healy, Mass. Attorney General-Elect. 

USHERS NEEDED:

A good way to volunteer your services to Grace is to help as an usher at the 10:00 service. Some of our ushers have moved away, and it is difficult to create a viable schedule. Ushers serve an average of four or five times each quarter.

If you are interested, please see Gerry Lopes or Jerré Croteau for more information. 

LAY LITURGICAL MINISTERS, ACOLYTES & ACOLYTE PARENTS:

We will soon compose and publish the schedule for the Lent-Easter Season, which runs from February 18 (Ash Wednesday) through June 7 (Trinity Sunday). Please let the Verger know about any dates you already know that you or your child are unavailable to serve.

You can contact Jerré at 508 993-3048, or 508 742-5933, or GTCroteau@comcast.net.  

A QUIET DAY FOR THE NEW YEAR

We are offering another quiet day at Grace Church on Saturday, January 31st, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Steve Matthews, Director of the SouthCoast Mission Hub, will provide us with food for thought. We begin and end in the South Room of Grace House with food and conversation, and disperse for silent reflection between times. Please call 508-415-8920 for further information.

The Spiritual Formation Ministry Team: Diana Ukleja, Tori Laskey, Louise Kelly, John of the Trinity

GRACE CHURCH NURSERY

Grace Church Nursery needs two adults present during 10:00 service in order to comply with safe church policy. If you are looking for a fitting way to give back to Grace, please consider this volunteer opportunity. We ask that volunteers commit to one Sunday per month.

The job description is quite simple: play with the children in the Nursery for about an hour! Snacks and drinks are provided. You will be an integral part of the children's church experience and bond the next generation to Grace.

Contact Jean Brown, Jean5402@aol.com or Caroline Blaise, blaisingstudios@yahoo.com.

PLEDGE ENVELOPES

Pledge Envelopes are available for pick-up in the lobby of All Saints’ Chapel. Anyone whose former number was between #201 through #250 has been assigned a new number. Remember, pledge envelopes are to be used for pledge payments only. Please use other envelopes for other gifts and designate their purpose on the memo line. Thank you for your generosity and cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE:

TO ADD ITEMS TO THE E-NEWS, PLEASE SEND TO BETSY PYE (betsy.pye02745@gmail.com) BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY.


2nd Sunday of Christmas Sermon (video)


Communication Committee – Church Website and Social Media (2015 and forward)

Hello all - As we move into the new year (2015), the "Communication Committee" at Grace Episcopal Church has some exciting new changes that will be happening to our website - and yes - social networks. The "Communication Committee"  will be working hard in the new year to provide Grace Episcopal Church with social media content - with the end goal of further connecting our church family closer to one another - and more importantly - God!

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At the moment, the Grace Episcopal Church YouTube channel is up and running and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_k1QsWYxNGi8czNnysqzQQ And, the Grace Episcopal Church Google Plus page is also up and running and can be found here: https://plus.google.com/100062988537200249601/videos You can also access our social media networks via our "Social Media" page at: http://gracechurchnb.org/social-media/ Please keep in mind that our social media networks are a work-in-progress and that we will do our very best to keep the sites up-to-date with fresh content, as time permits. Other social media sites, such as Face Book, will be updated soon, with a fresh new look for the new year and going forward. One final note, if anyone has an interest in getting involved with the Communication Committee (which involves communication of course, via our church website and social networks), then please contact us through:  office@gracechurchnb.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year! - Communication Committee