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.

Advent Events Schedule

  • December 20
    • 9:00am Pageant Rehearsal
  • December 21
    • 10:00am Children’s Pageant
    • 11:00am Hanging of the Greens
    • 4:00pm Lessons & Carols
  • December 24 Christmas Eve
    • 5:00pm Children’s Crèche
    • 7:00pm Festival Eucharist & Blessing of the Crèche
    • 11:00pm Midnight Mass with incense
  • December 25: Christmas Day
    • 10:00am Holy Eucharist
  • January 4
    • 4:00pm Epiphany Festival of Lights

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

Pageant and Greening the Church Photos

This Sunday, the children put on their Christmas Pageant.  Much cuteness ensued.  Also the church was greened, many hands made light work. Please click the image to see the full photo gallery. Advent_4_and_Greens (24)

Fourth Sunday of Advent


4th Sunday of Advent - Peace

The readings for the fourth Sunday relate to the annunciation of Christ's birth, so the candle may be known as the Angel's candle.
The Magnificat or Song of Mary may be featured.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent

E-News for the Fourth Week of Advent

A SPECIAL REQUEST

Your scribes, Jerré and Betsy, are often inundated with announcements for the Sunday leaflets, briefs for the E-News and articles for the Newsletter.
It would be helpful if these were submitted in a timely manner: Leaflet items must be received by Tuesday morning; E-News items must be received by Wednesday noon; Newsletter articles must be received by the deadline established each month. When we are given less notice, it necessitates re-formatting our work, which can be difficult and frustrating. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation!

RESOURCES AND REFLECTIONS FOR ADVENT:

     Advent, beginning this year on November 30, is the four-week season of anticipation and preparation for Christ's birth, a time when the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer petitions that God "give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put open us the armor of light."  Click here  for a collection of resources for giving and getting ready for this holy season.

CHRISTMAS SEASON AT GRACE

     Christmas Season at Grace begins on Sunday, December 21 with the Children's Pageant "Journey to Bethlehem" at the 10:00 service, followed by the Hanging of the Greens and delivery of Angel Tree gifts. Later, the annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols is held at 4:00 pm. 
     On December 24, Christmas Eve, there will be three services: the Children's Crèche Service at 5:00 pm is followed by a Soup and Bread supper; the Festival Eucharist and Blessing of the Crèche at 7:00 pm; and the "Midnight Mass" at 11:00 pm. 
     On December 25, Christmas Day, there is a Holy Eucharist service at 10:00 am.

SHAW'S "SPIRIT OF GIVING" FOOD DRIVE:

     Our Grace Food Pantry has been designated as the sole beneficiary of this year's food drive at the Shaw's on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Feeding the hungry has never been easier; simply select a $5, $10, or $15 "bundle" donation card from the table by the checkouts and present it to the cashier as you are checking out. Each bundle is comprised of wholesome foods such as tuna, pasta, soup, peanut butter, etc , and will all be donated to our food pantry. The program runs fromNovember 28, 2014 through January 1, 2015.
     This is the third year that our food pantry has benefited from this program. Please help us to feed as many needy families as possible during this holiday season.

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.

ACOLYTES AND ACOLYTE PARENTS:

     A reminder that all acolytes are scheduled for the Epiphany Festival of Lights on Sunday, January 4, at 4:00 pm. Thirty-five acolytes are needed to fill all of the positions for this traditional end to our Christmas season! If you are not available, please let Jerrè Croteau know as soon as possible.

HOLIDAY MINI-BAZAAR:

     As you unpack your Christmas decorations, please consider donating unwanted items to Grace Church.  Holiday ornaments and decor will be offered in a mini-bazaar during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21. Funds raised will support the Youth Group trip to Rosebud Reservation. 

GIFT CARDS AND ITEMS NEEDED FOR FIRE VICTIMS:

     In an effort to assist the victims of the Oakdale fire this past week, we are collecting gift cards for groceries and clothing items: Boy's, sizes 12 mo and 4T-5; diapers size 4-5; Girl's tops, size 14-16. Please see Andy Sylvia or call him at 508-985-8913. Thank you!

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 coöperation.

Youth Group Meets Cookies

Cookie Monster doesn't have anything on us.

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The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates Visits

Photos from The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates visit to Grace. Click the image to view the full gallery.


Grace Episcopal Church E-News

A SPECIAL REQUEST

Your scribes, Jerré and Betsy, are often inundated with announcements for the Sunday leaflets, briefs for the E-News and articles for the Newsletter.
It would be helpful if these were submitted in a timely manner: Leaflet items must be received by Tuesday morning; E-News items must be received by Wednesday noon; Newsletter articles must be received by the deadline established each month. When we are given less notice, it necessitates re-formatting our work, which can be difficult and frustrating.  Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation!

RESOURCES AND REFLECTIONS FOR ADVENT:

     Advent, beginning this year on November 30, is the four-week season of anticipation and preparation for Christ's birth, a time when the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer petitions that God "give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put open us the armor of light."  Click here  for a collection of resources for giving and getting ready for this holy season.

CHRISTMAS SEASON AT GRACE

     Christmas season at Grace begins on Sunday, December 21 with the Children's Pageant "Journey to Bethlehem" at the 10:00 service, followed by the Hanging of the Greens and delivery of Angel Tree gifts. Later, the annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols is held at 4:00 pm. 
     On December 24, Christmas Eve, there will be three services: the Children's Crèche Service at 5:00 pm is followed by a Soup and Bread supper; the Festival Eucharist and Blessing of the Crèche at 7:00 pm; and the "Midnight Mass" at 11:00 pm. 
     On December 25, Christmas Day, there is a Holy Eucharist service at 10:00 am.

SHAW'S "SPIRIT OF GIVING" FOOD DRIVE:

     Our Grace Food Pantry has been designated as the sole beneficiary of this year's food drive at the Shaw's on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Feeding the hungry has never been easier; simply select a $5, $10, or $15 "bundle" donation card from the table by the checkouts and present it to the cashier as you are checking out. Each bundle is comprised of wholesome foods such as tuna, pasta, soup, peanut butter, etc , and will all be donated to our food pantry. The program runs fromNovember 28, 2014 through January 1, 2015.
       This is the third year that our food pantry has benefited from this program. Please help us to feed as many needy families as possible during this holiday season.

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.

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE

     Please join the Priest-in-Charge Discernment Team at the Coffee Hour after the ten o'clock service this Sunday, December 14. We have compiled the results of the survey and are working towards completing the update to the parish profile. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you. The PIC Discernment Team members are Mike Goulart, Pauline Roderiques, Cindy Shea, Ruth Jolliffe, Dana Sargent and Diana Ukleja.

ACOLYTES AND ACOLYTE PARENTS:

     A reminder that all acolytes are scheduled for the Epiphany Festival of Lights on Sunday, January 4, at 4:00 pm. Thirty-five acolytes are needed to fill all of the positions for this traditional end to our Christmas season! If you are not available, please let Jerrè Croteau know as soon as possible.

HOLIDAY MINI-BAZAAR:

     As you unpack your Christmas decorations, please consider donating unwanted items to Grace Church.  Holiday ornaments and decor will be offered in a mini-bazaar during Coffee Hour on Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21. Funds raised will support the Youth Group trip to Rosebud Reservation. 

GIFT CARDS AND ITEMS NEEDED FOR FIRE VICTIMS:

     In an effort to assist the victims of the Oakdale fire this past week, we are collecting gift cards for groceries and clothing items: Boy's, sizes 12 mo and 4T-5; diapers size 4-5; Girl's tops, size 14-16. Please see Andy Sylvia or call him at 508-985-8913. Thank you!

Third Sunday of Advent

This week is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday, approximately marking the halfway point of Advent.  Often on the advent wreath, this Sunday is marked with a pink or rose colored candle symbolizing Joy.

This weeks readings can be found on the Readings page or alternately you can click the button found under the about section of the top header menu.

3rd sunday

Grace Church Parish Profile Update Survey Results

The Parish profile update survey results have been compiled.  Feel free to peruse the results in Survey results  


 

2nd Sunday of Advent – Love

On the second Sunday of Advent, the candle lit represents:  Love

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Grace Episcopal Church E-News

LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS: http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

RESOURCES AND REFLECTIONS FOR ADVENT: Advent, beginning this year on November 30, is the four-week season of anticipation and preparation for Christ's birth, a time when the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer petitions that God "give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put open us the armor of light."  Click here  for a collection of resources for giving and getting ready for this holy season.

COULD YOU USE SOME QUIET TIME? Grace Church will be hosting an Advent quiet day on Saturday, December 6, 9 am to 1 pm. John of the Trinity will offer meditations and a light lunch will follow. Please let Diana Ukleja know if you plan to attend so that enough food can be prepared. Call 508-415-8920 or email Diana.ukleja@gmail.com.

SHAW'S "SPIRIT OF GIVING" FOOD DRIVE: Our Grace Food Pantry has been designated as the sole beneficiary of this year's food drive at the Shaw's on Route 6 in Dartmouth. Feeding the hungry has never been easier; simply select a $5, $10, or $15 "bundle" donation card from the table by the checkouts and present it to the cashier as you are checking out. Each bundle is comprised of wholesome foods such as tuna, pasta, soup, peanut butter, etc , and will all be donated to our food pantry. The program runs fromNovember 28, 2014 through January 1, 2015. This is the third year that our food pantry has benefited from this program. Please help us to feed as many needy families as possible during this holiday season.

ARTHUR MONIZ GRACE-INSPIRED ARTWORK, including matted, numbered prints, coasters, trivets and note cards, will be offered for sale after weekend services. Funds raised will support the tower restoration.

SIPPICAN CHORAL SOCIETY in CONCERT with the SOUTHCOAST CHILDREN'S CHORUS: Grace Episcopal Church, Friday, December 5 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00 each and will be available at the door.

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE The Priest-in-Charge Discernment Team is grateful for the parish response to the profile survey. The team will host a Coffee Hour on December 14 to report on our progress and take your questions. The PIC Discernment Team members are Mike Goulart, Pauline Roderiques, Cindy Shea, Ruth Jolliffe, Dana Sargent and Diana Ukleja.

ACOLYTES AND ACOLYTE PARENTS: A reminder that all acolytes are scheduled for the Epiphany Festival of Lights on Sunday, January 4, at 4:00 pm. Thirty-five acolytes are needed to fill all of the positions for this traditional end to our Christmas season! If you are not available, please let Jerrè Croteau know as soon as possible.

HOLIDAY MINI-BAZAAR: As you unpack your Christmas decorations, please consider donating unwanted items to Grace Church.  Holiday ornaments and decor will be offered in a mini-bazaar in Rodman Hall on Sunday, December 14 and Sunday, December 21.  Funds raised will support the Youth Group trip to Rosebud Reservation.