Grace Episcopal Church
Thursday, August 24, 2017

gath·er   [gath'ẽr] 


From Middle English gaderen,
from Old English gaderian 
("to gather, assemble")

At Grace Church, we gather together to worship, pray, help to lead and serve others, enjoy   fellowship and fun, and learn.  In all of these groups, whether small or large, we come together in one body in Christ as Grace Episcopal Church.  We welcome all to become a part of us.  This page lists many of our organizations -- just click on the icons to find out more.


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

I Cor 12:4-6


       8:00 Rite I Eucharist  Meditative and quiet
       9:30 Rite II Eucharist   A sung Eucharist (summer hours)
       Morning Prayer   Fridays at 9:00 am
      Evensong   Special choral services offered several times per year


Music and Choirs The Adult Choir of Grace Church is made up of 25 devoted choristers who sing for the 10:00 am Eucharist each Sunday. The Junior Choir is a new and growing group of young singers who contribute to our services.
Ushers   Ushers are the first to welcome parishioners and visitors to the service -- they distribute service leaflets, present the sacraments, gather the offerings, and assist communicants to the altar rail.
LEMs   Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy by administering the consecrated wine at the celebration of the Eucharist.
Lectors and Lay Readers assist at worship by reading the Lesson, the Epistle, and the Prayers of the People.
Acolytes are the adults and children who perform such tasks as carrying the processional cross, lighting and carrying candles and assisting the clergy with the preparation of the table.
Altar Guild  St. Mary’s Altar Guild is called to prepare all things necessary for worship; the celebration of the Eucharist, or any of the other sacraments and offices at Grace Episcopal Church.  



The Vestry is responsible for the fiscal operation of Grace Church.  Members are elected for three-year terms.
The GEC is affiliated with the ECW, and plans activities and projects that are engaging and challenge us to make a difference in our church, our community and the world.
The GEMs   Since its founding in 1982, the Grace Episcopal Men’s group has been enriching the lives of the men of Grace Church through fellowship, service and outreach.
Outreach  Grace Episcopal Church generously supports a myriad of outreach recipients; not only monetarily, but also with our time and energy.
Grace Café is Grace Church's newest ministry serving breakfast on Sunday mornings.    
The Anglican Shop has, for the past 50 years, been a ministry of fellowship and outreach at Grace Church.    

Grace Children's Academy  Made up of three educational departments, the Grace Children's Academy provides children with a Christian education.
      Christian formation  Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a parish to nurture and nourish a child’s faith.  Our Christian Education program introduces our children to Christian teachings, Bible stories, and the fundamentals of  religious worship.
      Grace Preschool   Licensed by the state of Illinois and a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, Grace Preschool has morning and afternoon classes, for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
      Classes    Academy classes offers educational enrichment classes for children age 1 through 10 years.
Adult Formation features speakers of interest to the Christian Community every Sunday at 9AM during the Grace Café.
Confirmation   involves the reaffirmation of faith through the strengthening and renewal of one's baptismal vows accomplished through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

TACKO   This lively bunch of 6th, 7th & 8th graders meets at Grace Church on Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 pm.
YMO  The Youth Missions Organization is a dynamic, faith-based leadership development program for high school students, meeting on Sunday nights at 6 pm.