GRACE IS A PLACE--
that seeks to welcome, include, transform;
where all may encounter God in community;
where we engage God's Word through:
scripture, tradition, and reason
with our ears, our hearts, and our minds;
where connections happen--with God
and neighbor and one another.
Services & Events Suspended
Our Mission is to learn, teach, and live God's Word, uniting in a growing family of faith and sacramental tradition and actively including and loving all.
Thank you for visiting the Grace Church website. Grace is a welcoming and inclusive community of faith. Whether you are a person of steadfast faith or whether you wonder or question, you are welcome here. Come and see! Come by yourself or with a partner or spouse or your family. Come if you are young or not so young, with too much or too little to do, seeking peace or company. Travel with others on this amazing, challenging journey of our God-given and Spirit-lead life.
Communion during covid-19
Are any of you wondering why our online worship has been limited to Morning Prayer? Most likely you have read of other denominations offering creative ways of sharing communion. These range from "drive-in" communion where congregations are served in their cars in a parking lot while listening to the service on cell phones to sitting at home in front of computer screens with bits of bread or crackers and a beverage while clergy broadcast the consecration. This has been an active topic on the internet, including among Episcopalians, and there are many points of view that are both practical and theological.
I have been struggling with how to explain our bishop's preference that we not do any of these but, rather, fast from communion until we are able to gather in person once again; take the opportunity to dive more deeply into our Daily Office Tradition; and explore spiritual communion...
Recent Wednesday Mornings
Grace Church is hard at work on its plan for phased reopening in line with the Governor's orders. Guidelines have been produced by the Diocese of Chicago.
In the meantime, we will continue our onilne Zoom services and will have no in-person events in the church or Parish House. The rector and Parish Administrator will be working from home.
Meetings and small group events are also being held through Zoom. "Our Ministry of Care members are ministering to our vulnerable parishioners. The following are regularly scheduled at this time:
Sundays at 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 7:30 am:
Morning Prayer or The Service of the Word on Zoom.
Wednesdays at 10:30 am: Bible Study on Zoom
Thursdays at 6 pm: EfM on Zoom
Fridays at 9 am: Centering Prayer on Zoom NEW!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO ONE OF THESE ZOOM GROUPS, please contact the church using the red button at the top of the page.
We urge all people to observe the stay-at-home directives of our Governor and our Bishop. By doing so, we may prevent overwhelming the healthcare systems.
As people of faith, we take these precautions on behalf of God's people in our community and our world.
If you are in urgent need of medical or other supplies or pastoral care, please contact the church by e-mail. And, please stay well! And remain faithful and prayerful.
Recent Sunday Mornings
Sunday 10:30 AM
Morning Choral Eucharist in the main church followed by Social Hour in Parish House
Wednesday 7:30 AM
Spoken Eucharist or Morning Prayer in the Chapel followed by breakfast at Victory Cafe.
Friday 9:00 AM
Centering Prayer in the Chapel
Holiday and other special services as announced
Sunday 9:30-10:15 AM
At this time, our Godly Play Children's Sunday School for K-4th grade is on recess;
A supervised nursery for pre-K is available year round in the Parish House.
Children and adults worship together at 10:30 AM. A soft "pray ground" offers quiet space and activities for little ones.
Youth are invited to serve as acolytes (crucifer or torch bearer) Contact the rector if interested.
Service of the Word with Sermon
Wednesday with Meditation
Service of Compline