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 on your journey of faith, 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+

  Rector

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

Ash Wednesday Service – Wednesday February 10th, 2016 – 7PM

The Ash Wednesday service for this year will be held on Wednesday February 10th, 2016 at 7PM. More information is available at the following link: http://www.gracechurchnewbedford.org/announcement/


 

New Bedford Homeless Advocates – Drop-in Center

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    Peter Costa, Executive Director for New Bedford Homeless Advocates, is opening a "Drop-in Center" on February 1st, for the homeless and needy. Please tell your friends and family about this new service, which will be a prayer answered to many of the homeless and needy, out there in our community. Here is what the New Bedford Homeless Advocates Drop-in Center will offer:
The Drop -in Center will serve the Homeless in numerous, various ways.
  •  A place to get out of the weather (rain, snow, heat etc.)
  • A place to find a Social Worker
  • A place to find services (shelter, housing,substance abuse, mental health, health services, Dr., to obtain an ID, SS card, birth Cert. etc.)
  • A place to get clothing
  • A cup of coffee, water, soup, sandwich
  • play games, TV, movies, read, socialize
  • To use and Learn to use a computer and printer
  • Get help finding a Job
  • Use of a phone
  • Bible Studies
  • AA and NA meetings
As you can see, The Drop-In Center is going to help our Friends tremendously. I hope and pray that Grace episcopal Church will consider making a monthly commitment to keep The Center alive and going for the good of the Homeless, needy and our beautiful City. I would like for you to come visit us sometime and please look at our Facebook page.
 When we encounter the homeless in various ways (through Mobile Loaves and Fishes nightly sites, walking and talking to them, street evangelizing, events, etc.) we create lists from the homeless of each one's personal need and then if we don't have that item in stock, we post it on our Facebook page and the advocates fill that need (usually in minutes) and by some slim chance not, we buy it. They are considered family and we treat them this way. They know us and trust us and we know them as we see them everyday.
We will hold at least Quarterly fundraising events: car washes, Spaghetti Dinners, raffles, Season Events etc.. We are a member of the "Homeless Service Providers Network" which is a group of all the City's agencies to combat homelessness, we are a partner of and provide Mobile Loaves and Fishes volunteers, We are a partner of United New Bedford, We thank you so much in considering making us one of your many ministries, and thank you for doing so much for the homeless and most needy people in this area.

For more information on the New Bedford Homeless Advocates, contact Peter Costa at: Drop-in Center Location: 48 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 Drop-in Center Hours:  7 Days a week - 8AM - 5pm Email: petercosta43@yahoo.com Phone: (508) 991-0875 Website:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/896643663712135/
   

Epiphany Quiet Day (Jan. 23, 9AM-1PM) Cancelled Due To Predicted Winter Storm

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          THE EPIPHANY QUIET DAY SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 9 AM - 1 PM, IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE PREDICTED STORM. WE WILL PLAN TO GATHER FOR A QUIET DAY MINI-RETREAT AT A LATER DATE. STAY SAFE AND WARM, EVERYONE!
 

Trustees of Parish Funds (TPF) Meeting – Tuesday January 26th, 2015 – 11AM

There will be a Trustees of Parish Funds (TPF) Meeting on  Tuesday January 26 at 11AM in the South Room of the church. The TPF meeting will be hosted by Allen Decker (Email: decker@savebuzzardsbay.org).


 

Moving Day Update – It is finally here!

MOVING DAY UPDATE
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It is finally here!

The Church Office will be closed to regular business next week,January 18 - 22, so that the transition to the reconstructed lower level can be conducted safely and quickly! There will be periods of time when the telephones and computers will not be working. In the event of Pastoral Emergencies, you may call Rev. Andrea Castner Wyatt on her cell phone: 508-259-7501.

 

Stewardship 2016 Update

For the Electronic Pledge card, please click on this link:

http://goo.gl/forms/ho8vSgkgOh


  For more information on the 2016 Stewardship Campaign, click here: http://gracechurchnb.org/2016-stewardship/
 

Community Breakfast Volunteers Needed – 2016

Hello everyone, Well, a new year is upon us and we are looking for individuals and families, that are interesting in helping out at our Community Breakfast on Sunday mornings.

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          If you are interested in helping out, then please fill out the sign up form here: http://goo.gl/forms/tPwtpC4fh2 In addition, you can contact the church office at: office@gracechurchnb.org and/or contact the Community Breakfast Vestry Liason (Jim McKay) at: Email: james.L.mckay@gmail.com
 

Parking

Over the next weeks, parking at Grace will become a bit more challenging. Either late this week or early next week, the contractor working on the Tower is expected to fence in a staging area in the upper lot, next to the church, which will encompass the four parking spots nearest to County Street. We expect that staging area to be in place until approximately mid-November. Our remaining three parking spaces in the upper lot will be reserved for handicapped parking, enabling those with mobility challenges to have parking available by the ramp.

There are two additional handicapped spots on the south side of the church, off School Street. At the same time, reconstruction work continues on the lower level of Grace House with construction contractors often parked in that area during the week. We anticipate that work should be complete by the end of September.

Although "on property" parking is limited at this time, we have many wonderful neighbors who allow us to utilize their parking areas during specific times of the week. Please note the following availability of alternate parking areas when attending services or events at Grace:

  • The Wamsutta Club, across County St., allows us to use their parking lot on Sunday mornings. Additionally, when special events occur at Grace we are able to work with the Club to secure additional parking spots for those times.
  • The Inter-Church Council, 412 County St., allows us to utilize their parking lot during the weekend. During the week, they have agreed to let us use some of their parking spaces, requesting that we use spaces past the carriage house, on the bottom or left of the lot, when available. This area is within a block of the church.
  • The Registry of Motor Vehicles parking lot, at the Spring St entrance to the RMV, is available for use on Saturdays and Sundays and after business hours during the week. This option is also within a block of the church.
  • The Samuel Rodman House, on the corner of County and Spring Sts., allows us to utilize their parking spaces for Saturday evening and Sunday morning services. This includes spaces next to that building and east of the building.
  • Finally, there is abundant on-street parking available, especially for services on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Much of it is not metered. The metered parking on nearby streets is free for use on Sundays, holidays and evenings after 6 pm.

We encourage those of us who are more mobile and familiar with the area around the church to park in the areas away from the church building. This allows those who are less mobile, and visitors unfamiliar with the area, to use the parking spaces closer to the building.