Frequently Asked Questions
Style of Worship
Episcopalians worship with The Book of Common Prayer. Its sources are Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox. Music is from The Hymnal 1982, Lift High Every Voice and Sing, II, an Afro-American Hymnal, and other sources. The central act of our worship on Sundays and other feasts is The Holy Eucharist, also called The Holy Communion, and The Lord’s Supper. Grace Church is blessed to have a beautiful church seating over 300, a magnificent organ, and a fine Organist and Choirmaster in Bob Faussett.
Holy Baptism is normally administered in public worship to infants, young children, and adults by affusion, pouring water over their heads, and anointing them with the Oil of Chrism, from which we sometimes speak of Holy Baptism as “Christening.” Baptisms may be arranged usually at four times each year: The Great Vigil of Easter, Easter Even; The Day of Pentecost; the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, November 1st; and the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, the Sunday after The Epiphany, January 6th. When necessary, baptisms may be scheduled at other times, preferably at a Sunday service.
Anyone, of any age, who has been baptized with water in the Name of Trinity, regardless of church affiliation, is invited to receive Holy Communion, the Sacramental Body and Blood of Christ.
To be married in the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties be baptized, that the marriage conform to the laws of the state, and that the intention be for it to be a lifelong union of a man and a woman. The requirements for a remarriage are the same, with the added requirements that the bishop of the diocese give his or her consent and that the former spouse and any children are being properly cared for.
Confirmation and Reception
Christians who join the Episcopal Church as infants through Holy Baptism, in which parents and godparents promise to raise them in the faith, are expected to make a mature, public Confirmation of their own faith before a bishop. Baptized adults from other Protestant churches are also invited to present themselves before a bishop for Confirmation. Persons confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church or baptized as infants in Eastern Orthodox churches are brought into this Communion by Reception.
The Parish Hall is available for rental by parish members and others. Morse Hall can seat 150 comfortably and includes a stage. It includes a large commercial kitchen with hot trays, multiple ovens and stoves including a Convection Oven capable of baking potatoes in 20 minutes.
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