Christ commanded His followers to go and make disciples of all the world. The mission of our evangelism program is to encourage Grace Church members to share their faith in Christ with those who do not know Him, and to welcome those who turn to Grace Church hoping to find Him in our midst. In furtherance of this mission, the program sponsors several ministries.
About three times a year, Grace hosts a reception for newcomers after the 5:00pm Sunday service. Newcomers can meet clergy, other parish members, and learn more about Grace. The dates of these receptions are announced in our bulletins and email newsletters.
The Inquirers’ Class, offered during our Christian Education hour, are intended primarily for adults who have recently become interested in the Episcopal Church and/or recently come to Grace Church. The classes cover basic information about the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments, and the life of Grace Church. They also serve as part of the preparation for a mature, adult affirmation of faith during the Bishop’s annual visitation to Grace Church, normally in Eastertide. A new cycle of classes begins each fall. Each class stands on its own, and people join the class throughout the year.
St. Andrew’s Guild
Our greeters, known as the St. Andrew’s Guild, meet and welcome visitors at coffee hour, provide them with information about the parish, and introduce them to parishioners. The St. Andrew’s Guild seeks to offer a warm welcome to newcomers to Grace and to look after their integration into the life of the church. Volunteers and the clergy stay in contact with visitors through emails, phone calls, in-person meetings.
Becoming a Member
The Episcopal Church defines active membership in a parish as “all baptized members who, regardless of age, are faithful in corporate worship and in working, giving and praying for the spread of the Kingdom of God.” In order for Grace Church to count you as an active member, we need to have your name and address in the parish records and:
- A record of your baptism. We have records of all those who have been baptized at Grace. If you request it, the parish office will write on your behalf to the church where you were previously a member and ask for a letter of transfer to Grace. If you have never been baptized and you would like to consider doing so, please speak to one of the clergy.
- A record of your financial support of Grace Church. Most members pledge and have a pledge number according to offering envelopes assigned.
- Regular attendance at church. We are a large, diverse parish. But we hope that everyone on our rolls is known to at least one of the clergy or lay leaders of the parish.
In addition to these basic requirements for membership, confirmation, reception and reaffirmation of baptismal vows are celebrated when the Bishop makes his annual visitation. Those interested in these rites prepare with the clergy and in the Inquirers’ Class.