Grace parishioners are active participants in the liturgy. All services are supported by trained lay liturgical and Eucharistic ministers; adults and children serve as acolytes; and the Altar Guild prepares the church for Sunday Services. See Serve Our Church for more information about these ministries.
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Scripture enjoins us to pray without ceasing. Grace Church is committed to embracing the power of prayer in the acceptance of God’s love for us. Clergy and trained parishioners alike provide pastoral care through leadership and fellowship in the prayer ministries described below.
Ongoing Prayer Needs
Those who are ill or otherwise in need of prayer by the clergy, parishioners and friends of Grace Church may be included in the Ongoing Prayer Needs list in Grace Notes and church service bulletins. Please feel free to add a prayer request to the “Prayer Request” book on the Welcome Table at the back of the church*, or use the Contact Grace form. Names are included for a defined period of time, depending on the need.
*in the rear of the Guild Hall during summer months.
Intercessory Prayer Team
Faithful members of our Intercessory Prayer Team “drop everything and pray” when called upon in emergency situations. All prayer requests are confidential. Please use the Contact Grace form, or call the Parish Office at (718) 624-1850, x 10, to notify our clergy and our Intercessory Prayer team ministry coordinator of urgent prayer requests.
Healing Prayer Team
During Holy Communion at all Sunday morning services, parishioners are invited to the side chapel* to receive a laying-on of hands and prayers for strength, grace and healing in body, mind or spirit, from trained members of the Healing Prayer team. This ministry is available to anyone who desires a special prayer for self or others. Like all pastoral ministries at Grace Church, Healing Prayer is completely confidential. Parishioners who are interested in learning about Healing Prayer are invited to use the Contact Grace form to contact the Healing Prayer ministry coordinator.
*in the rear of the Guild Hall during summer months
Centering Prayer Group
The Centering Prayer group provides an opportunity for people to engage in and learn about two forms of contemplative prayer: Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. Centering Prayer is a silent, wordless form of prayer, similar to Zen mediation but based on Christian prayer traditions. Lectio Divina is the contemplative reading of scripture and other sacred texts. Centering Prayer meets in the chapel area of the church on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, except during the summer months, for approximately one hour.
Centering Prayer Group is currently in summer recess, but will resume in September.
Clergy are available for your pastoral care and spiritual concerns. Please feel free to contact the clergy at any time by calling the Parish Office at (718) 624-1850, x 10 to set up an appointment for a pastoral visit by our Rector, The Rev. Allen F. Robinson.
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and the Columbarium
Holy Baptism is initiation into the Body of Christ. Adult Baptism requires preparation and planning on the part of the individual; for infants and children, the responsibility lies with parents and godparents. Services of Holy Baptism take place during one of the regular Sunday morning services at periodic times of the year. Clergy meet with parents for Baptism preparation for the 45 minutes preceding the service. For further information on Baptisms, please complete this form and call the Parish Administrator at (718) 624-1850, x 10.
Confirmation classes are offered each year, and confirmations take place at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City each May. For further information, contact the clergy by calling the Parish Office at (718) 624-1850, x 10.
Holy Matrimony is a life-long union of respect, mutual support and fidelity. In the celebration and blessing of a marriage, the couple make their vows before God and receive the grace of God to help them fulfill their promises. Grace Church is happy to support marriage equality for all.
There are guidelines for weddings, some of which are mandated by the canonical law of the Episcopal Church. please contacti the Parish Administrator at (718) 624-1850, x 10 about planning a wedding at Grace.
Our Christian faith proclaims that not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. A funeral or memorial service from Grace Church does not require membership.
Created in 2001, the Grace Church Columbarium is located at the easternmost corners of the nave, where the cremains of many beloved parishioners and neighbors have been laid to rest. Family members and friends may generally visit the columbarium for quiet reflection whenever the church is open.
If you wish to speak to a member of the clergy about holding the funeral of a loved one here, or for more information about the Grace Church Columbarium, please call the Parish Administrator at (718) 624-1850, x 10 to set up an appointment.
Grace encourages advance planning as a way to ease the distress that inevitably follows a loss. Please see our Advance Planning booklet.