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Mission Statement

Grace Church exists as a Bridge to bring God's children home by...

Greeting the Seeker…
Evangelism Ministries: Greeters, New Members, Invitation, Member Events, Member communication, Member Orientation
 
“Therefore go and make disciples…”
Matthew 28:19
 
The role of Greeting the Seeker (the G Acrostic) is to welcome everyone with expressions of good wishes, but it extends beyond a simple hello and a hug on your way into the sanctuary on Sunday Mornings.

As greeters, we are responsible for helping each member of our parish family recognize how important they are to the life of the church. Whether you have been involved with Grace Church for 20 years or 20 minutes, we want you to know you are welcome, and “We’re glad you are here.”

It is our job to welcome seekers into our midst to greet them, seat them, meet them after service and get them involved. We want to keep them coming back for more. New members, new opportunities, and a refreshed sense of belonging are areas where we can make a difference.

Although being a greeter is everyone’s job, we need individuals to help us achieve our goals. Of course we’ll always need people to welcome church-goers on Sunday mornings (especially at the 10 am service), but with your support, we can really make this ministry happen.

For more specifics on the G ministry, visit us at our coffee hour after church each Sunday or e-mail: invite@grace-episcopal.org

Click here of a more detailed list of the "G" ministries.
 


Reconciling the Lost…
Fellowship Ministries: Baptism, Hospitality, Small Groups
 
“…baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:19
 
Celebrant - "Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?"
People - " I will, with God’s help."

This question, taken from our Baptismal Covenant, comes to us from the second chapter of Acts wherein we are told of the activities that the apostles’ engaged in as the first followers of Jesus shaped their life together. They learned together, they spent time with each other, they broke bread together and they prayed together. They did a lot of stuff together. What was at a premium for the earliest Christians remains a premium today: Relationship.

Meaningful relationships with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and each other are the marrow of the Christian life. Our Small Group Ministry exists to foster these important and life-affirming relationships. The small group is the setting for evangelism, education and fellowship.

Look at it this way: The church can be seen as consisting of two separate phenomena, one corporate, the other pastoral. On the Corporate level, the larger body gathers weekly on Sunday mornings to praise God and experience the presence of Jesus in the Sacraments. The second is Pastoral, people encountering people on a much more personal or intimate level. This is the context of the small group, where people can tell their stories and listen to those of others. This is where day-to-day joys and sorrows, dreams realized and dreams broken are shared. This is where you can get personal situations prayed over, and pray over those of others. This is where the Word can be opened and the Spirit activated and where the theories of Christianity are made relevant to our everyday human experience in the world. God uses these groups to encourage believers on their pilgrimage wherever they may be.

This Sunday, as we turn our attention to the R in the Grace acrostic, take the opportunity to consider your participation in this vital part of the life of our church.

For more information on the R ministry, contact Joan Smith at jasmith@whsmithwines.com

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Adoring the Creator...
Worship Ministries: Altar Guild, Lectors, Acolytes, Music, Intercessors, Ushers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
 
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandement.” Matthew 22:38

"O' worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him."

A is at the very center of the GRACE acrostic -- its rightful place. Adoring the Creator is the focal point around which all of the Worship Ministries of Grace Church revolve, but it is also the springboard through which all other ministries exist.

In “Adoring the Creator” we are responding to the love that God gives to each of us. As we gather together as a people of faith “on the first day of the week” we are living out the central tenet of the Christian faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is realized in worshipping as a community through praise, through prayer, through lifting our voices in song, through receiving Holy Communion as the core of Sunday worship.

The ministries involved in the A acrostic are many and varied, the participants numerous. Each of the ministries represents a component of our Sunday worship which brings richness and depth to our “worshiping the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

For more information on the A ministry, contact Mark Lemm at markl@dbdsoft.com

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Comforting those in need…
Pastoral Care Ministries… Pastoral Care, Stephen Ministry
 
“And the second (commandment) is like it:
Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22:39
      
                                            Celebrate the people who minister to others through difficult times
The Grace Church C includes the parishioner volunteers who provide services such as visiting, driving, shopping and meals and the skilled Stephen Ministers who offer one to one Christian caregiving and ongoing support for people suffering or in crisis. These are confidential services and are available to all within our congregation and the community.

Can you hear Jesus’ words of comfort?
In Mathew 11:28-30, Jesus tells his followers,” Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

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Equipping the Saints…
Discipleship Ministries… Adult Education, Youth Education, Website, Newsletter, Office Volunteers
 
“…teaching them to do everything I have commanded you.”
Matthew 28:20

“The gifts he gave were . . . to equip the saints for the work
of ministry, for building up the body of Christ . . . .”
Ephesians 4:11-12

The Equipping or E ministries are all about helping the saints (that is, all of us) to live fully into the baptismal covenant that is the basis of our life in Christ. Each of us is called to serve in the world and all we have to do is "listen" and take the time to discern what is right for each of us in whatever season of our lives we are in.

These are ministries that enrich our lives and support us all as we grow as disciples of Christ. There is plenty of room for more people to get involved and for these ministries to be strengthened and to expand. Please contact the Church Office 963-4157 if you feel God pulling you to serve in the Equipping ministries.

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Outreach Ministry
 
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least
of these brothers of mine, you did for me”
Matthew 25: 40

Together we can change the world and make it better.

This is the motto of Grace Church’s Outreach Ministry. Our outreach begins at home and extends to almost every continent in the world.

Grace Outreach's mission is to reach out to others in need by welcoming, knowing, supporting and caring for those we serve that they may come to a deeper sense of God’s love through Jesus Christ. The GO committee coordinates Grace Church’s giving and facilitates the congregation’s involvement in outreach. The budget for our Outreach Ministry comes from some dedication of resources from our annual budget, individual donations and group fund raising.

Grace Church reaches out to Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and here at Home...

We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Napa Valley, just north east of San Francisco. In spite of the abundance in our community, however, many of our neighbors do not enjoy the kind of lifestyle most frequently associated with the Wine Country. At Grace Church, our “backyard” extends from a Preschool to the north of us, in Calistoga, to a Homeless Shelter in Napa to our south, and even to the streets of San Francisco itself. It is among the less privileged in our community that we find many of our neighbors.

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Sunday Mornings
8:00am Service
The First is our most traditional service, using the Book of Common Prayer liturgy of Rite I.
10:00am Service
Our Second service is more family oriented with full organ, choir and a more contemporary, Rite II liturgy.

Grace Church
1314 Spring Street
Saint Helena, CA
707-963-4157
Fax: 707-963-1429
info@grace-episcopal.org