a vibrant and affirmative congregation and ministry
New Bedford, Massachusetts

More Grace Ministries

Contact the Parish Administrator to investigate participating in any of these ministries.
Call 508-993-0547 or email office@gracechurchnb.org

Episcopal Church Women

This organization has been in existence since 1858, though it has gone through many name changes. The organization has been known as the Episcopal Church Women since 1976, and currently has approximately 30 active members. This group of women meets four times each year- in March, May, October, and December- for lunch and program. The meetings provide a venue for fellowship, education, and service. Through the generosity of our predecessors, the ECW is blessed with endowments that we use to help others in our parish, community, diocese, nation and world.

Among the organizations supported in 2016 were: Grace Episcopal Church Clergy Discretionary Fund, Grace Episcopal Church Restoration Fund, Grace After School and Summer Program, South Coast Mission Hub Life Together Intern Program, Laundry Love, South Coast Breast Imaging Center, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth SHARE (Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitative Engineering) Foundation, Inc., Humane Society and Shelter South Coast, The Neediest Families Fund, Shriners’ Burn Unit, Rosebud Episcopal Mission, Society of St. Margaret for work in Haiti, and Episcopal Relief and Development- Gifts of Life to purchase two goats and one flock of chickens.


Team Property

Team Property works with the Junior Warden to maintain and improve the physical fabric of our buildings and the appearance of the grounds.

During the past few years, this team has gone above and beyond to cope with the repairs needed to the tower and the basement office area.

The team is working on a long range maintenance plan and future projects listed in the capital campaign. In addition, a continuing effort to making the properties “green” is ongoing.

Volunteers welcome!


Communications

The Communication Committee oversees our website, as well as other matters related to communication, in and around Grace Church. It seeks ways in which parish communication can be improved, through signs, events, and social media networking.

The goals of the committee for the our online presence are to:

  • Disseminate information in a more timely fashion
  • Make information easy to access
  • Play a more active role in social media
  • Promotion the programs we offer to the youth at Grace

Overall, we realize our church website plays an important role at Grace Church, in particular to newcomers to the area who may be “church shopping” for a new spiritual home.


Office Volunteers

The Grace Church office is open from 9 to 12 and from 1 to 3, Tuesday through Friday.

Office volunteers cover the phones and the door when the Parish Administrator is away.
They also assist as needed when the church prepares large mailings.

The Senior Warden has been coordinating a rota of volunteers. If you have a few weekday hours to spare, consider joining us!


Scholarship

Grace Church is blessed to be in a unique position to offer scholarships to college students from the generous bequests of the Eccleston, Heptonstall, Holmes, Menzer, Rapp, Robbins, Teves/Moreau, Tilton, Tripp and McKeachern families. These generous gifts and their prudent investment have enabled Grace Church to offer scholarships each year to assist our parishioners with their endeavors of higher education.

For 2017, applications open on April 1st and are due in by Saturday, June 10th.

Click here for further details.


Flowers

If you would like to have flowers on the altar in memory of a loved one, please fill out one of the forms in the back of the church or in the lobby of the chapel. Place the form and donation in an envelope, and either place it in the offertory plate or bring it to the office or give it to Charlene Ryder or Jerré Croteau.

During the Summer, from June 26—September 4, we are requesting the Gardeners of Grace to make arrangements from their flower gardens. We would appreciate a single arrangement for the chancel at the 9:00-o’clock service. You may use your own vessels, but vases of all sizes are also available in the flower room.

If you would like to sign up to provide flowers for a Sunday, please contact Charlene Ryder at cryder22@comcast.net or 508.728.4374.


Finance

The Finance Committee manages the budget of the church.


 

Contact the Parish Administrator to investigate participating in any of these ministries.
Call 508-993-0547 or email office@gracechurchnb.org