Grace is a church that welcomes all people no matter what their past or present situation might be. Many people in our congregation came to us from other traditions, and yet they have been attracted by the loving and supportive community that is Grace.
Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have other questions we will be happy to find an answer or tell you what we believe.
Do I have to be Episcopalian to come to your church?
No, we are a faith community that actively welcomes all God’s children.
What if I’ve never been to church before?
Again we are all God’s children and Grace has a place for you.
What if I don’t know what to do or how to act?
Our services are guided by the Book of Common Prayer. This book and the accompanying bulletin that is handed out will help you understand and participate in our services. Of course, the people of Grace will be happy to help you with any questions you have. The clergy are also glad to talk with you about our worship.
What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the term we use for the Lord’s Supper. This is the normal Sunday worship service. This means that as children of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, we participate in this memorial.
Do you use real bread and real wine?
We use a small wafer and real wine. If you participate in communion, you are given the wafer first and the wine second. You may eat the wafer and then drink the wine from the chalice or you may hold the wafer to dip in the wine.
Do I have to take communion?
No, each person must make this decision for themselves and there is no expectation one way or another.
What if I have a gluten allergy?
If you will notify the priest, we will provide you with a gluten free alternative to the wafer.
What if I’m not baptized can I still participate in your service and communion?
Yes, we welcome all children of God to our service and our Lord’s Table.
Do I have to join the church or can I just come as I can?
No, you don’t have to join the church. We are happy to have you as part of our family whenever you can be with us. The value of becoming a member is found in the deep faith that comes with commitment and regular participation.
Do I have to give money at a church service?
No, those of us who give our treasures do so voluntarily as a way of “giving back”. We believe that all we have comes from God so we are really giving back part of what he / she has given us.
Do I have to volunteer my time?
No, the family of Grace finds joy in giving our time and being the hands and feet of our Risen Lord. It would be our hope that you would feel that joy when and if you decide to volunteer in some way.
What is a Rector?
The term “rector” refers to a priest who is in charge of a parish. Terms of address include Father, Mother, Mr. or Ms., or a first name as appropriate.
Are your four weekly services the same?
Fundamentally they are the same and in modest ways they may differ. Please refer to our “Typical Worship Experience” page for more information.
What is “Laying on of Hands”?
This is praying for healing with another person. Please see our Wednesday Service on our “Typical Worship Experience” page for more information. Prayers for healing are also available at Sunday services.
~ We accept you for who you are, not what you are. ~