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.

Holy Week Schedule

Wednesday Apr 1st

10:00 am Holy Eucharist & Healing

Maundy Thursday – Apr 2nd

7:00 pm Holy Eucharist, Foot washing, Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday – Apr 3rd

12 noon & 7pm Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday – Apr 4th

7:00pm Great Vigil

Easter Day – Apr 5th

8:oo am Holy Eucharist

10:00am Festival Eucharist

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

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Announcements

Palm Sunday Sermon – March 29th, 2015

Palm Sunday Sermon - March 29th, 2015


 

Palm Sunday – March 29th, 2015

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E-News for the Week of March 29th

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

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

COLLECT FOR PALM SUNDAY:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday - March 28-29
Saturday 5 pm, Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist
Sunday 8 & 10 am, Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday - April 1
10 am, Holy Eucharist & Healing
Maundy Thursday - April 2
7 pm, Holy Eucharist, Footwashing, Stripping of Altar
Good Friday - April 3
12 noon & 7 pm, Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday - April 4
7 pm, Great Vigil
Easter Day - April 5
8 am, Holy Eucharist
10 am, Festival Eucharist

 

PALM CROSS CONSTRUCTION:

Please join our youth groups after the 10 o'clock service on Palm Sunday (March 29) in the Library of Grace House to make palm crosses. These will be distributed the following week to those who could not be with us in church these during Holy Week. While no coffee hour is scheduled, we will be sure to have some on hand to lubricate your nimble fingers! C'mon - it will be fun! Many thanks, in advance, from the Youth Mentors.

 

THE MATCHING GRANT FROM THE DIOCESE

The matching grant from the Diocese  of Massachusetts presents an opportunity to maximize donations to the current Grace in Community Campaign to restore our tower and office areas. 

     

Look for a special insert in your Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday leaflets describing the Grace in Community Campaign and the Diocesan matching grant. Please take a moment to consider how much you can contribute to the Grace in Community Restoration Campaign, now that you know your gift will be doubled!

 

THE RITE 13 YOUTH GROUP

The Rite 13 Youth Group will be assembling Easter baskets to deliver to the Harbour House Family Shelter. Please consider donating baskets, grass, plastic eggs and other 'goodies' such as toiletries for the family, books, small games and stuffed animals.

You may also wish to help with a donation, either in the jar provided at the back of the church or through the Grace Church office. Please contact Paula Cabral with any questions - Thank you!  

FOOD PANTRY:

For many years the Grace Church Food Pantry has participated in the Annual Feinstein  Challenge during March and April. At the end of the two months we submitted information on the number of food items received during the period as well as funds donated. As a result, the Feinstein Foundation provided us with a financial donation.

     

We have just been notified that the Foundation will not be conducting the Challenge this year. Several parishioners have asked about the Feinstein Challenge, as they usually make a donation to the Food Pantry at this time in order to increase their gift through the challenge. Although the challenge is not being conducted this year, the Food Pantry still welcomes your donations, at this time of year and at any other time. If you have any questions, please contact Sharlene Begley.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Rite 13 celebration of Manhood and Womanood will take place on Sunday, April 12 during the 10 am service.

 

DURING EASTERTIDE

During Eastertide, John of The Trinity will lead discussions on the Gospel of Mark after the 10 am service on April 19, 26, May 3 and 10. The first of these forums will be held in Rodman Hall, the others in the Library during coffee hour.

 

QUICHE BRUNCH FUNDRAISER

Quiche Brunch Fundraiser on Sunday, April 19, hosted by the Youth to support their Mission Trip.

 

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, May 3, 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.

Mission Hub Sunday Sermon

Spring Clean Up Day

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We are cleaning the kitchen to the pews, Rodman Hall to the South Room, so please join us for our parish Clean Up Day this Saturday, March 28th.

We will be together from 8:30am to 4pm to eat, fellowship and... clean.

Bring some cleaning supplies if you have them and join us for an hour or the whole day as your schedule permits.

Everyone is welcome!

Childrens Sunday Update

Good afternoon church school family!

Just an update on a couple of things:
A notice went out that the elevator is out of order. Please use the staircase at the front of the church (by the chapel) to pick up your children.

This Sunday we will having our annual seder celebration in the church school area. Parents you are welcome to join us!

March 29 and April 5 there will be NO church school following the Palm Sunday and Easter services.

Please join us at noon in the chapel on April 3, for an interactive Good Friday children's service.

Mark your calendars...April 12 we will be having a very special kids JAM! The occasion singers will be performing some Disney favorites. Kids JAM will commence with lunch immediately following church school and then we will end with the concert from 1pm until about 2pm. As always lunch is free, but because of the very special concert there is a 5$ per child, 10$ per adult (max per family 25$) fee. So prepare your dancing feet and best Disney costumes and join us! Sign up sheets will be available in the church school area!

That's all for now! Any questions or concerns please feel free to ask.
See you all tomorrow,
Melissa


 

Elevator Out-of-Service

The Church elevator is currently out-of-service. As this situation will likely last for several weeks, please plan accordingly when attending services or events at the church.

This Sunday's coffee hour and forum will still be held in the Library of Grace House. If you will need assistance getting there from the Sanctuary, wheelchair transport will be available. Let an usher know if you need such assistance.

E-News for the Week of March 22nd

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Lent/BLent5_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,  a detail of the Christ Pantocrator mosaic, Cefalu Cathedral, Palermo.

 

COFFEE HOUR AND FORUM THIS SUNDAY

Coffee Hour and forum this Sunday will be sponsored by Life Together Interns Victoria Laskey, Adrian Paulino and Deanna Roberts. They will be joined by Steve Matthews, Program Director, and Larissa Alter, Program Coordinator, for a panel discussion on the Life Together program.

 

THE MARCH VESTRY MEETING

The March Vestry meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm in the Library of Grace House. Among the items to be discussed are the 'Laundry Love' program by Tori Laskey and an update on the Priest-in-Charge discernment process. The meeting is open to all who wish to attend.

 

THE MATCHING GRANT FROM THE DIOCESE

The matching grant from the Diocese of Massachusetts presents an opportunity to maximize donations to the Grace in Community Restoration Campaign. The grant will match contributions up to $150,000 - providing $300,000 toward the Tower and Basement restoration projects.

There will be a special collection and campaign pledge in-gathering on Easter Sunday. Please take a moment to consider how much you can contribute to the Grace in Community Restoration Campaign, now that you know your gift will be doubled!

 

PALM CROSS CONSTRUCTION:

Please join our youth groups after the 10 o'clock service on Palm Sunday (March 29) in the Library of Grace House to make palm crosses. These will be distributed the following week to those who could not be with us in church these during Holy Week. While no coffee hour is scheduled that Sunday, we will be sure to have some on hand to lubricate your manual dexterity and nimbleness!C'mon - it will be fun! Many thanks, in advance, from the Youth Mentors.

 

IT'S NOT TOO EARLY TO THINK OF THE BAZAAR:

As you do your Spring cleaning, plan to donate your no-longer-wanted items to the Bittersweet Bazaar. Co-Chairs Linda Pope and Andy Sylvia are making room in the undercroft for donations. Bring your items to the Parish Clean-up Day on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm; while you're there, lend a hand and help us make Grace shine!

 

THE RITE 13 YOUTH GROUP

The Rite 13 Youth Group will be assembling Easter baskets to deliver to the Harbour House Family Shelter. Please consider donating baskets, grass, plastic eggs and other 'goodies' such as toiletries for the family, books, small games and stuffed animals. You may also wish to help with a donation, either in the jar provided at the back of the church or through the Grace Church office. Please contact Paula Cabral with any questions - Thank you!  

WHO DOESN'T LOVE CHOCOLATE? Dorothy Cox Chocolate Fundraiser:

Order a sweet Easter treat for your loved ones (or yourself!) and help support our youth's mission trip to the Rosebud Reservation. Youth members will have catalogues available before and after services. Chocolate sales will be from March 7 through March 22, and pick-up will be after Palm Sunday services.  

THE SOUTH COAST MISSION HUB

The South Coast Mission Hub will sponsor a Lenten book discussion.. Join us in reading the book "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Gregory Boyle.   Amazon.com writes: "For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In 'Tattoos on the Heart', he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith."   Please join us for one of our two book discussions:   Thursday, March 19, Church of the Holy Spirit, Fall River. Simple Soup supper at 6:30 pm followed by book discussion, concluding by 8:30 pm.   Sunday, March 22, Grace Episcopal, New Bedford. Soup and Bread served at 6:00 pm, followed by book discussion, concluding by 8:00 pm.   The book is available from Barnes and Noble or from Amazon for $14 (including tax and shipping), or can be ordered in bulk by contacting Steve Matthews (Director of Mission Hub) at smatthews@diomass.org. If possible, please let Steve know if you will be attending ... and don't worry if you don't finish the book by then, because the conversation will be lively!  

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, May 3, 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.

Join us for our Wednesday Lenten supper!

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Saint Patrick’s Day

Today we celebrate the life of Saint Patrick.  Saint Patrick helped to bring Christianity to Ireland. Here is a little bit about this famous Irish saint (according to Wikipedia - see link below). Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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