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.


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

Stewardship Campaign 2015 – Walking the Way – Week II

Reflect on the following: Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s. “To many, taxes are simply an instrument of oppression. The founding narrative of the United States centers on tax burdens the British placed on the American colonies. In the nineteenth century, a foreign miners’ license tax was levied on gold miners in California, requiring a monthly payment of the every foreign miner who did not desire to become a citizen. The burden of the tax fell mainly on Chinese miners, as a federal law of 1790 restricted naturalization to white persons. But taxes can ...” To continue the story, please pick up the “Stewardship Narrative Series” in the back of the sanctuary or chapel. Ask yourself this question: “Do you believe that all is given by God as a gift?”


 

A message from Bishop Gates about Bishop Shaw

Bishop Tom Shaw       Saturday, October 18, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Together we raise our prayers of deep sorrow upon the death of Bishop Tom Shaw, SSJE.  That sorrow is woven together with prayers of abundant gratitude for his life and love. The people of God in this diocese and beyond have been richly blessed by the gift of his leadership, the breadth of his vision, the depth of his spirit, and the warmth of his companionship in Christ. Receiving the diocesan crozier from Tom on September 13 was for me a singular and daunting honor; receiving his hug and prayerful gaze at the same moment was the blessing I needed to accompany that symbol of responsibility.  That, of course, is how Tom was with all of us – challenging us at one moment to live up to the demands of our baptismal covenant, assuring us in the next moment that we are known and loved and that God’s grace will ever suffice. To the risen life in Christ which Tom proclaimed so powerfully in word and deed we now commend him, eternally and gratefully. In thy mercy, O Lord, grant him a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Faithfully and fondly, + Alan The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/deep-sorrow-abundant-gratitude-message-bishop-gates-about-bishop-shaw


 

Society of St. John the Evangelist – Diocese Announcement

Friday, October 17th, 2014 The Society of St. John the Evangelist has announced that the Rt. Rev. M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, monk and, for 20 years, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, died today, Oct. 17, in the care of his SSJE brothers at Emery House in West Newbury, Mass. He was 69. “During his last days, our brother Tom spoke of how very, very thankful he was for the life God had given him: for the many wonderful people he had met, for the opportunities and challenges he had faced and for the amazing grace he had experienced throughout his life,” the Rev. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, Superior of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, said in the announcement. Shaw “was a man of deep prayer, a charismatic figure who connected easily with young and old alike and a leader whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit led him to invent what was needed and new. He was known for his sometimes-mischievous sense of humor, his tenacious courage and his passion to serve Jesus, both among the privileged and the poor,” the SSJE announcement said. Funeral service arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Society of St. John the Evangelist, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02138 (www.ssje.org/donate) or the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111 (www.diomass.org/campaign-and-giving). Read more here: http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/remembrance-m-thomas-shaw-ssje-1945-2014 # # # Tracy J. Sukraw Director of Communications Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 617/482-4826, ext. 493


 

An update from Bishop Gates about Bishop Tom Shaw!

Thursday, October 9, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I invite you to join me in lifting prayers for Bishop Tom Shaw as he nears the end of his earthly pilgrimage. Bishop Tom’s presence with us at the Consecration on September 13, and the opportunity it provided for an outpouring of affection and gratitude, was a great gift – to Tom, to me, and to all of us.  His delight at being there was manifest, as was the immeasurable esteem in which he is held. In the 3 weeks since that time, Tom’s illness has progressed and his physical energy has continued to diminish.  He remains comfortable in his quarters at Emery House, where his SSJE brothers are providing loving care, family members are visiting, and a hospice care provider is in attendance. Today, on your behalf, I brought prayers and love from the people of the diocese to Tom’s bedside.  We exchanged a blessing, the grace of which I received also on your behalf. Here at Tremont Street the staff has created a devotional corner in which we will be offering our steady prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for Bishop Tom.  I invite you, in your own homes and churches, to find similar ways to uphold Tom in prayer in these next days.  Some of the prayers found in the Prayer Book at pages 458-461 may be helpful.  The prayers and psalms in the Service of Compline (pp. 127-135) have beautiful language of resting into God’s trustworthiness.  And your own prayers, with or without words, will be heard by the God who knows our innermost desires. At our clergy gathering on Tuesday we sang the hymn “Peace Before Us” with a change in pronoun to render it a prayer on behalf of our brother Tom.  May that be our continuing song: Christ before him, Christ behind him, Christ under his feet; Christ within him, Christ above him, let all around Tom be Christ. Faithfully and fondly, + Alan The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates


 

CONNECTING FOR CHANGE – The Marion Institute

 The Marion Institute's Connecting for Change Conference, October 24 and 25 in downtown New Bedford, "... is the largest annual environmental and social justice conference on the East Coast that brings together diverse communities and inspires them to take action on both the local and global levels to make the world a better place." http://www.marioninstitute.org/ Over 3,000 people will be in attendance, one-third of them youth.  Grace Church was asked to provide a place where youth groups attending the event can stay on the evenings of October 23, 24 and, possibly, 25.  We will open this conference to youth from Grace as well - all are welcome to participate. The GASSP is providing a snack and our own Youth Group is cooking dinner on Friday night for the youth staying at Grace Church.


 

NOMINATIONS

Nominations are open for the 2015 slate of Vestry Members and Delegates of Grace Church. Positions available this year include:

  • Three-year Vestry term, 2015-2018 (four)
  • Convention Delegates/Alternates (two each)
  • Deanery Representatives (five)
  • Episcopal City Mission Representatives (two)
  • Mission Hub Representatives (two)
  • Inter-Church Council (one)
  • Teller (one)
To nominate yourself or someone else for any of these positions,  contact the Nominating Committee through Dana Sargent at danasargent2013@yahoo.com by Monday, November 3. Position descriptions will be distributed through service leaflets beginning this weekend.
 

GRACE GIRLS ARE GRATEFUL!

In thanksgiving for our trip to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, we would like to treat you to lunch!  There will be a fabulous display of appreciation and wise words of wisdom from the "Grace Girls".  Please join us in Rodman Hall on October 19 immediately following the 10 am service.


 

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE UPDATE

Grace Church last completed a parish profile in 2004. As part of the Priest-in-Charge discernment process, we are required to update that profile. The PIC survey is a key component of that process. Survey responses are confidential, and data are reported in summary form. The PIC team will collect completed surveys at each service the first two weekends in October. Copies will be delivered to those known to be housebound; the survey can be printed from the church website, and copies are available in the church office. Completed surveys may be left in a box at the church office, or mailed to the church office. PIC Discernment Team members are Mike Goulart, Pauline Roderiques, Cindy Shea, Ruth Jolliffe, Dana Sargent and Diana Ukleja.


 

FOOD PANTRY

Strong helpers needed with delivery from Greater Boston Food Bank. Approximately 1.5 hours, 10:45-12:15, on Tuesday, October 14. Work involves moving cases of food into the church basement from outdoor trucks. Please contact Sharlene Begley at508-923-9536 or at begleysktj@comcast.net.  Thank you!  


 

TOWARDS COLLECTIVE LIBERATION

ANTI-RACIST ORGANIZING, FEMINIST PRACTICE AND MOVEMENT-BUILDING STRATEGY workshop on Saturday, October 11, 9 am-12 noon.

Led by community organizer Chris Crass, the workshop is co-sponsored by the New Bedford Human Relations Commission, the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford and Grace Episcopal Church. Portuguese and Spanish interpretation will be available, and the workshop is free and open to all.