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.
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.
SATURDAY MORNINGS IN OCTOBER
A four session program, “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, Rediscovering Our Neighbors,” begins on October 3 at 10 am. Lead by Steve Barg, Director of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, it will offer insight on the “Doctrine of Discovery” and its resonance for white settlers and indigenous Native American populations ever since the era of the Conquistadors. It has affected both Native Americans (and indeed, indigenous people around the globe) and the predominantly white, European settlers who first came into direct contact with them. Inasmuch as the doctrine is rooted in ideas of Christian (and by implication racial) superiority, various denominations have been complicit in missionary work which, though not necessarily intended to be repressive, was often deaf to the Native American cultures it was attempting to supplant.
In more recent years, the Church has re-visioned its relationship with tribal communities. A goal of our coming together on this set of issues is to see whether and how we can be part of this endeavor in Jo Daviess County, with its rich history of Native American presence. .
This is open to all through a Zoom meeting. Because of COVID attendance restriction, our small capacity for no more than 15 in-person attendees has been filled. Registration for each of the four sessions is available at https://reopen.church/r/T5dy083Z
All who register will receive links to the Zoom meeting and to a video to watch prior to the October 3 session. The sessions begin at 10 am and will conclude before noon. There is no charge.
Recent Wednesday Mornings
Services & Events Update
On Sundays and Wednesdays , our church building is open to a limited number of people for worship. In addition to the in-church worship, at home worship on Zoom will be available for those who are not able to return at this time.
Reservations are required on Sundays as our attendance is restricted in order to maintain the required 6' distancing. Spots may be reserved at this link:
We are observing all safety measures including the requirement for masks. Those with reservations will check in at the Parish House entrance only and guided to seats in the church. The same procedures are followed for our Wednesday morning service.
Meetings and small group events will continue on Zoom for the time being. 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:
For those joining via Zoom, use this Meeting ID
Sundays: 824 2178 3266
Wednesdays: 853 2062 6039
Wednesdays at 10:30 am: Bible Study on Zoom
Fridays at 9 am: Centering Prayer on Zoom
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO BIBLE STUDY OR CENTERING PRAYER, please contact the church using the red button at the top of the page.
We urge all people to continue to observe the directives of our Governor and our Bishop. By doing so, we may prevent overwhelming the healthcare systems and keep one another safe.
As people of faith, we take these precautions on behalf of God's people in our community and our world as a way of loving our neighbor.
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.