January brings the Season of Light, the Season of Epiphany. Here is the Schedule of Services and Activities

Sunday Service:

We gather each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for worship and prayer, incorporating lovely music into our service. Child care for those five years and younger is provided. Elementary school age children go to class for the first half of the service and return to join us for communion. Our youth (J-Walkers) are encouraged to help the younger children with their Church School class and activities.

Following the service, we gather in the Parish Hall for fellowship and delicious food, thus extending our community’s time together. Please join us on Sunday morning.

Wednesday Evening Service:

Each Wednesday evening, we gather at 7:00 p.m. for our midweek service. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, we enjoy the music of the Taize community in France with quiet readings interspersed throughout. Candles and time for reflection make this a very calming time.

On the other Wednesday nights of the month, we celebrate a quiet, contemplative Holy Eucharist. All are invited to worship with us mid-week.

Beginning January 2020, our Wednesday night worship schedule will be: 1st Wednesday: A quiet contemplative Holy Eucharist 2nd Wednesday: Taize service 3rd Wednesday: A contemplative Holy Eucharist with Evening Prayer as the first half of the service. 4th Wednesday: A contemplative Holy Eucharist with the Laying on of Hands for Healing.

January activities:

Wednesday, January 1, 10 a.m. – 2 pm. A special Labyrinth to start the New Year! Live quiet meditative music will be offered throughout the time. Come anytime between 10 and 2, walk the Labyrinth while saying “Farewell” to 2019 and greet the new year with prayer, hopes and dreams. The Church will also be open for Prayer and Meditation.

Gift Giving ties together the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany: From Christmas Day through January 12, we will gather gifts for the local Warming Center. Please join us in this endeavor by bringing new gloves, scarves, hats and socks to donate.

Labyrinth Walk, Sunday, January 5: First Sunday walking the ancient practice of the Labyrinth anytime from 3-6 p.m. in our Parish Hall. A short instruction is offered at 3 p.m. Parish Hall. A short instruction is offered at 3 p.m.

Church School begins again on January 5 during the first part of the Sunday morning worship service. Our children will be learning about the Star that led the Wise Men to Bethlehem to see the baby, then the rest of the season of Epiphany, they will discover how they can let their star shine and lead people to God.

Our Youth Group, the J-Walkers, will resume meeting on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:00 P.M. Their discussion is taken from the video The Way of Love with our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.

Epiphany Season begins on January 6, yet that is a Monday…so… Our Celebration of the beginning of this season of Light will take place on Sunday, January 12. The Wise Men will appear, a baptism will take place and we will conclude the celebration with the very special Epiphany cake. Join us and bring a friend or two.

Bread and Bible with Betty will resume on Thursday, January 9 from noon until 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy a time of discussion and discovery. Our study for January will be I Corinthians. Many people know the “Love” Chapter, Chapter 13, but what else does Paul say in this letter? Join us each week as often as you can.

Twice monthly Community Dinners begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 12 and 26. Volunteer to help prepare the meal at 3 p.m. and/or to clean up at 5 p.m. All are invited to serve or be served.

Annual Meeting of Grace Church, January 26, immediately following the service. A potluck lunch will begin this type of Vestry elections, reviewing our past and looking with excitement to our future.