We extend a warm welcome to Rhonda Stanton as she comes aboard to accompany us on organ and piano in our worship services.  Rhonda is an accomplished church musician who also manages the Krider Performing Arts Center!  Thank you, Rhonda, for your service to our church!

Join us to worship and to say goodbye to our extraordinary organist, Elaine Conger.  She and her husband Larry will grace us with mountain dulcimer music in worship, and there will be a reception to honor her after the service.  Community friends are welcome too! 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

June 29 - Hymn Sing at the Rectory

Who: All of the Grace Parish
 
What: Hymn Sing -- request any hymn from any tradition and we'll try to sing it!
 
When: June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: The rectory
 
Why: Because it's long overdue and will be a nice "going away" gathering for Elaine 
 
There is an informal gathering with Rev. Dorothy at the rectory being planned and we hope all interested Grace parishioners will attend. Elaine will set-up a keyboard and furnish hymnals from the many traditions in her collection. You're welcome to bring any hymnals you may have on hand. All you have to do is come and sing your heart out!
 
You can't have a church gathering without food (surely there's a rubric for it somewhere in the BCP), so let's pitch in and bring items so that a simple meal can also be shared along with the musical frivolity.  We're thinking sandwich-making items, chips, cookies, tea, bottled water, etc.  Think simple and easy unless you're dying to make that great potato salad recipe from your grandmother's cookbook!
 
If you think you'd like to attend, please RSVP to Elaine (econger@gracechurchparistn.org) by Wednesday the 28th along with the item you'd like to bring. Along with your food item, also make a list of your favorite hymns, and she can be prepared with making sure lyrics are provided in case there are not enough hymnals to go around.
 
Come eat, drink, and sing merrily!

Instead of a VBS, we are offering extended Godly Play sessions for pre-K through elementary aged children (young middle schoolers might find a place with it too) on 3 Wednesday nights in July.  (We never have enough time on Sunday for the full Godly Play experience!)  To complement that, Mother Dorothy is offering Bible study for older teens and adults.  We're supplying a light supper to keep life uncomplicated for folks who participate on Wednesday nights.  Put it on your calendar! 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

June 4 - Pentecost Sunday

We have lots of plans for Pentecost Sunday! Beginning with Spirit Scarves waving in procession by our youth, we'll also mark the occasion with the gospel read in various languages, the joyous baptism of little Ila Rose Buehler with reception following, and the dedication of a set of Sanctus bells. We especially welcome those who come to worship in our historic church as part of Downtown Paris Week.

Monday, 08 May 2017 00:00

Take time out on Tuesdays

Need a midweek moment of peace and refuge?  Grace Church's beautiful worship space is open and available to anyone seeking peace and quiet on Tuesdays from 11-1:30.  You can come and go as you please, enjoy the space quietly.  You will not be disturbed as you read, pray, meditate, or just enjoy the quiet. 

Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

We Welcome Rev. Dorothy Hartzog!

We are so pleased to extend a warm welcome The Reverend Dorothy Hartzog as Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church.  Mother Dorothy has been ministering in our congregation for several months on a substitute basis.  Father Will Holt will continue with us on the last Sunday of each month.  We have been so blessed to experience the love and gifts of both these wonderful people. 

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Friday, 07 April 2017 00:00

Holy Week for Families

Holy Week offers the opportunity to knit our lives a little more closely with the historical roots of our faith.  We encourage families to dive in and participate - children will enjoy the palm processional on Palm Sunday, and learn something from the Godly Play enrichment story on Maundy Thursday.   Then we'll be ready to celebrate Easter together as a church, and finally, enjoy the egg hunt after the service on Sunday!  Here's the calendar and a few more details:

April 9:  Palm Sunday -- 10:30 AM  -- the whole church (everyone who is able) will process (fancy word for walk) from the court square to the church, carrying and waving (if you want!) a palm branch, reenacting the way people greeted Jesus's entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of his last week.   Older pre-school aged kids up through elementary ages are invited to go straight from the procession to the Godly Play class.  There is nursery care available for the toddlers and babies.  (Or keep your little ones with you if you prefer.) 

April 13:  Maundy Thursday --  This beautiful service is a "sleeper".  Folks who have experienced it sometimes say they find it the most meaningful worship service of the year.  If you're not from a tradition that offers this service, give it a try.   At 6:30 we'll have a special Godly Play story for children AND parents ahead of the 7:00 worship service.  We will also offer nursery care beginning just before 7:00.  

April 14:  Good Friday -- 7:00PM  A somber service without communion.  We are lining up nursery care. 

April 16:  Easter Sunday  -- 10:30 AM -- the whole church gathers to celebrate our risen savior!  Bring flowers from your yard to decorate the cross before you find your seat before the service and bring bells to ring when we hear the "Alleluias" in the hymn called the Pascha Nostrum.  (These are traditions in our church and you can help your children feel part of things by participating!)   Nursery care will be available but no Godly Play class!  

An Easter Egg Hunt for the children will follow the service!  


Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

Holy Week Schedule

We welcome everyone to journey through Holy Week with us.  Visitors are always welcome.  This is a wonderful time of year to re-center your faith.  
April 9 - Palm Sunday worship 10:30 AM;
April 11 - 12:00 noon, Holy Week service at Quinn Chapel, Rev Dorothy will bring the message and Grace Church provides lunch;
April 13 - Maundy Thursday: GODLY PLAY STORY for children/parents 6:30PM - in the Godly Play classroom;
April 13 - Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM (NURSERY CARE PROVIDED;) 
April 14 - Good Friday noon meditation;
April 14 - Good Friday worship service 7:00 PM 
April 16 - Easter Sunday worship 10:30 AM, followed by an EGG HUNT for the children!

Pat Woods is on hand at Grace Church to lead people through the Stations of the Cross on Fridays at noon -- a reverently guided spiritual pilgrimage through the events of Christ's passion. Members AND visitors are welcome. 

Ongoing Events

first Sundays monthly, noon
Daughters of the King

Sundays, 7 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous

Tuesdays bi-monthly, 6:30 p.m.
Women's Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous

Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Patriots’ Community Kitchen

Fridays, 7 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous

Starting soon!
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The MISSION of Grace Episcopal Church is to seek and adore God and to introduce all to Jesus Christ.