Parish Life


Coffee Hour

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. So please join us at Coffee Hour, and risk love in the world by making a new friend in Christ! For further information about hosting a Coffee Hour, please use the Contact Grace form.

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.

Annual Parish Fall Barbecue, September 10: The day of our Annual Parish Fall BBQ is fast approaching – on Rally Day, Sunday, September 10, on Grace Court. As always, we would love to have your donations of salads and/or desserts, and we need half a dozen volunteers to help with the grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs. Please help make this event a fun one! So that the entire Grace Church community can be together that day, we are having only one service, at 11 am. To volunteer your grilling time, or to let us know what type of salad or dessert you will bring, please sign up in the rear of Guild Hall, or email Martha Bakos Dietz or call 917-880-5653, or email Emily Horcher or call 718-625-1586.

Fellowship Groups

Burning Books Reading Group

Burning Books is a group for the readers and book lovers of Grace Church and the neighborhood that has been meeting since the 1990’s (no kidding!)

Meets every fourth Tuesday of the month, with break in December and for summer months. For more information, please use the Contact Grace form.

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.

Grace Gentle Yoga Teacher Heather Goodchild

The teacher is parishioner Heather Godchild. 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. She is also 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.

Stroller Group

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.

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