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.
Fall Parish Potluck Dinner
Please join us for a festive Celebration Potluck on Sunday, October 22nd at 5:30 p.m. We are excited to announce that music will be provided by Grace’s best bluegrass band, featuring Grace members Katherine Slingluff and Andy Stuckey.
Please volunteer to bring your favorite appetizer, main dish, or dessert. Sign-up sheets are available the back of the Church, or online, in a Google form. We recommend people plan a dish that would be shared with around 10 people. Our Stewardship co-chairs, David and Jim are happy to help with any questions!
Note that there will not be a Harvest Dinner this fall, so this is a great opportunity to share a dinner with the whole Grace community.
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!)
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 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.
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.
Halloween is around the corner, and we are thrilled to resume the Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Stroller Group events with a spooky Halloween Brunch and Sock Drive in the Grace Gym on Sunday, October 29, following the 9:15 am Family Service. Join other families with young children ages 0-3 for fellowship while learning about Grace’s upcoming programs for children and parents. We will have a special Halloween craft for the children and plenty of delicious things to eat.
We are looking for assistance with both set-up and clean-up and volunteers to bring food, so please let us know if you are interested in helping out. We will be collecting donations to benefit CHiPS (Community Help in Park Slope), so please bring cozy socks and toiletries for the seven young mothers and their infants who are sheltered there.
Additionally, plans are full steam ahead for the very family friendly Grace Church Potluck & Fall Celebration dinner next Sunday, October 22 — it is set to start at 5:30 pm, so the kids can get to bed on time! Given that there’s no harvest dinner this year, we really are hoping this is a good chance for the community to connect.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Lauren O’Garro Moore and Becky Fruin