Grace Church is
Creating an Inclusive Community
For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Parish Life: Creating an Inclusive Community
Communion at Grace may start with the Eucharist, but it continues at Coffee Hour! Hosted by individuals, families and different church ministries, Coffee Hour is offered every Sunday morning after each worship service. Depending on the service you attend, you might find us sitting together at a long table enjoying coffee cake and easy exchanges; standing together with toddlers at our knees and a clutch of Goldfish crackers in our hand; or next to the coffee urn, balancing a cup and saucer with a bagel or home-baked goodie, engaged in friendly conversation. Whether as a host or guest, this ministry of hospitality is one of the simplest ways to share fellowship with the people of Grace.
We hope you also will consider this special ministry.
Picnics, Feasts and Festive Receptions
The Grace Church calendar often includes many special events, such as barbeques, receptions, dinners, luncheons and teas. These shared meals celebrate our life as a community and bring newer members and more established parishioners together, around a common table.
Special Events and Coffee Hour are made possible by the generous contribution of time and talent by many, many parish volunteers. They are supported by our liaisons for Parish Life and Hospitality. Use the Contact Grace form to get more information or to let them know you’d like to help out.
Since Fall 2019, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights has hosted an annual Multicultural Day in October, celebrating the diversity of our Grace community. More than 25 countries have been represented in a day of festive worship, food, educational displays, music and dance.
Fellowship Groups Gentle Yoga at Grace — Did You Know?
Gentle Yoga meets most Sundays at 3:30 pm in the Gym All are welcome, and there is no charge. The teacher is parishioner Heather Goodchild. She is trained in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa traditions. Her teaching experience spans all levels, with an emphasis on adapting yoga to individual needs. She has completed advanced teacher training in adaptive yoga, yoga for arthritis, and yoga for osteoporosis. She is also a violist in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and an avid hiker. Heather is Senior Director of Finance at Upwardly Global, a nonprofit that supports immigrants and refugees in finding jobs. For more information on her class at Grace, please contact her directly.
*Gentle Yoga is currently on hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.
It’s not uncommon for members of the 20s/30s to transition to the Stroller Group! New parents and their children three and younger meet quarterly in the Gym following the 9:15 am Family Service. Stroller Group gatherings focus on integrating parenting with faith development, often with talks from clergy on children’s own faith development. This group also provides a support system and community for parents and kids as well.
The Stroller Group holds four to five events a year, each combining fellowship and stewardship. Children enjoy making seasonal crafts and playing in the Gym, while parents socialize over coffee and various treats made by volunteers within the group. Every event includes an element of giving, and children are included in these philanthropic activities. For more information, please use the Contact Grace form.
*Please note that Yoga at Grace and the Stroller Group are currently suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions.