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

Wednesday Lenten supper postponed

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Unfortunately, due to the complicated weather mixture of snow, ice, and rain, we are going to postpone our Lenten supper slated for this Wednesday, March 4.

Please join us next Wednesday, March 11. We will enjoy clam chowder and vegetarian chili at 6pm, followed by "Ask the Priest-in-Charge," and close with Compline by 8pm.


 

Join us for the Grace in Community Luncheon

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If you attended yesterday's Annual Meeting, you heard some very good news for the "Grace in Community Restoration Campaign". Mark Jeffrey and Billy Boyce announced that the Diocese of Massachusetts voted to award Grace Church a matching grant of up to $150,000.

Grace Church applied for the grant, which is funded with monies from closed churches and other diocesan resources. Every dollar raised - up to $150,000 - for the "Grace in Community Restoration Campaign" will be matched by the Diocese.

When this announcement was made at the beginning of the Annual Meeting, only 50 luncheon tickets had been sold. As of this morning that number had grown to 80 tickets sold! Don't miss this opportunity to help the campaign; your ticket cost of $40 will be matched, dollar for dollar!

Join us for fellowship, fun and food - and be prepared to bid on a fabulous silent auction organized by Mark Jeffrey!

The fundraising luncheon is this Sunday, March 8, 12:00 noon at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford. Tickets are $40 each and are available in the church office through Wednesday, March 4. If you can't stop by, simply call and reserve your tickets ... you may pay at the door on Sunday.


 

Wednesday Bible Study Canceled

Once again, due to the inclement weather, The Rev. Jack Haney is cancelling tomorrow's Bible study. Because the season of Lent is half over, the remaining sessions are also cancelled. Jack hopes to conduct a series of Bible studies in the fall. Stay safe and warm!


 

E-News for the Week of March 1st

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Lent/BLent2_RCL.html

or

http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

ANNUAL MEETING:

 Join us for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 1, in Rodman Hall. The meeting will begin at 11:30, immediately following the 10:00 service. Annual Reports are available in the back of the church or by calling the church office.

 

GRACE IN COMMUNITY LUNCHEON:

You are cordially invited to a parish and community luncheon to launch the "Grace in Community Restoration Campaign". As you know, Grace Church is in need of major repairs, from its foundation to its historic steeple. Let us gather as stewards of Grace, working to restore the building and ensure its presence in the community for future generations.
     Join us for fellowship, fun and food - and be prepared to bid on a fabulous silent auction organized by Mark Jeffrey!
     The fundraising luncheon will be at noon on Sunday, March 8 at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford. Tickets are $40 each, and will be available for purchase after this week's services and in the church office, Tuesday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm. 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION MINISTRY:

     The Rev. Jack Haney will lead a Bible study based on the succeeding lessons from Mark in the Lenten Year B Lectionary, on Wednesdays from 10:45 to 11:50 am in the South Room. Please bring a copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Call 508-728-3439 with questions.

Join us for Lenten suppers on Wednesday evenings. We will eat at 6 pm and close with Compline by 8 pm.
- Wednesday, March 4 - pizza will be available, followed by "Ask the Priest-in-Charge."
- Wednesday, March 11 - clam chowder and vegetarian chili.
- Wednesday, March 18 - pot luck ... bring something to share!

On Sunday, March 15, Sister Sarah of the Society of St. Margaret (The Rev. Sarah Randall) will speak after the 10:00 service as the Spiritual Formation Ministry hosts Coffee Hour.

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

EUCHARISTIC VISITOR COMMISSIONING

Eucharistic Visitor Commissioning will take place on Sunday, May 3rd at the 10:00 service.

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!

 

SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

The South Shore Deanery will sponsor a program at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 465 First Parish Road, Scituate, on Tuesday, March 3. The evening will start with a potluck supper at 6:30, followed by presentations by a panel with experience dealing with the subject of suicide among both youth and adults. The panel will include the Rev. Dr. Lisa Fortuna, an Episcopal priest and Child Psychiatrist; Denise Fox-Barber, a Psy.D., Child Clinical Psychologist; and Trudy Sevier Harney, who lost a daughter to suicide in 1995.  


All are welcome. If you are unable to join the potluck supper, feel free to come about 7:30 for the presentation and discussion. For more information, contact the Rev. Grant Barber (revgrant@comcast.net).

PLEASE NOTE:

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

Annual Report and Monthly Newsletter

The 2014 Annual Report and the March 2015 Monthly Newsletter have been posted to the website for viewing at your leisure.  They may be accessed from the Church News header menu.  Alternately you may go to them directly at http://gracechurchnb.org/current-newsletter/ and http://gracechurchnb.org/2014-annual-report/  


   

E-News for the Week of February 22nd

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LINKS TO THIS WEEK'S READINGS:

http://www.lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Lent/BLent1_RCL.html

or

http://gracechurchnb.org/this-weeks-readings/

WE HOPE YOU LIKE THIS WEEK'S IMAGE:

It is the Baptism of Christ stained glass window from the Chancel wall of our church. 

The original Mac-Donald Crowninshield windows, depicting youthful angels playing musical instruments, were completely destroyed in the fire of 1987.

Replacement windows, by Cohoes Glass, New York, are themed "Water and Salvation" and include, from North to South: Noah After the Flood; Finding Moses in the Bulrushes; Baptism of Jesus; Calling of the Apostles; Calming of the Storm; St. Paul's Arrival in Athens.

OUR NEXT VESTRY MEETING

Our next vestry meeting will be Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm in the South Room of Grace House. The meeting is open to all and the proposed discussion or action items include: 

  • Review of the position description for Curate/Assistant
  • Part-time Sexton update
  • Part-time Administrative Assistant update
  • Restructuring of the Personnel Committee
  • Review and approval of GASSP (After School and Summer Program) 2015 proposed budget

ANNUAL MEETING:

 Join us for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 1, in Rodman Hall. The meeting will begin at 11:30, immediately following the 10:00 service. Annual Reports are available in the back of the church or by calling the church office.

 

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.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION MINISTRY:

     The Rev. Jack Haney will lead a Bible study based on the succeeding lesons from Mark in the Lenten Year B Lectionary, beginning Wednesday, February 25, from 10:45 to 11:50 am in the South Room. Please bring a copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Call 508-728-3439 with questions.

 

     On Sunday, March 15, Sister Sarah of the Society of St. Margaret (The Rev. Sarah Randall) will speak after the 10:00 service as the Spiritual Formation Ministry hosts Coffee Hour.

 

     During Eastertide, John of the Trinity will lead discussions on the Gospel of Mark after the 10:00 service on April 12, 19, 26 and May 3.  Please join us!

 

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, May 3rd at the 10:00 service.

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!

 

PLEASE NOTE:

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

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Clarke

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Clarke, beloved husband of Jean Clarke, who passed on to the fuller embrace of God today, February 18, 2015, and keep his family in your prayers.

A funeral service will be held at Grace Church on Sunday, February 22, at 1pm.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord: And let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 

Ash Wednesday – February 18th, 2015

Ash Wednesday


A Quiet Day for the New Year

On Saturday, January 31st, as winter was truly setting in upon us, Steve Matthews, director of the Southcoast Hub, led a few of us in a morning of reflections on several themes drawn from the season of the Epiphany. You can read more about the quite day here


 

Warrant for 2015 Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING OF GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Rodman Hall, County and School Streets, New Bedford for the purpose of

  1. Election of four Vestrypersons to serve a three-year term; and one Vestryperson to serve a two-year term;
  2. Election of a Senior Warden and a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer, and a Clerk;
  3. Considering and voting upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
By order of the Vestry,
Charlene N. Ryder, Clerk