Grace Episcopal Church
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Sunday Service 10am

 

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Updated Mask Guidelines for Grace!

Masks are encouraged.

 

News from Bishop Sean

Bishop Sean would like the practice of the common cup to return at communion. For intinction, the Bishop would like clergy or Eucharistic ministers to intinct the bread in the wine (as we have been.)
 
At Grace we'll have the common cup, as well as the option for intinction. People can signify their preference:

  • Both hands extended to receive the bread and common cup
  • One hand extended, the other crossed over the chest to receive the intincted host (we thought this makes sense, as it’s a somewhat familiar gesture - both hands crossed over chest indicates a desire not to receive communion, but a blessing.)  As we do at Grace, we’ll give it a try, learn, and adapt as needed.

 

 

Clergy Schedule  (10am services unless noted)

May 22nd: Communion (Jessica Frederick)

May 29th: Communion (Jessica Frederick)

June 5th: Partnership Picnic (Jessica Frederick/Cathy Smith) 10:30 Camp Onyahsa (No worship service at Grace)

June 12th: Communion (William Webb – supply priest)

June 19th: Communion (Cathy Smith)

June 26th: Communion (Jessica Frederick)

 

New Office Hours at Grace

While Luke is away, Jessica will be covering office hours. She’ll be in the office Wednesday afternoons, prior to the after-school program, from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm.

 

Genesis House Fundraiser

We’re doing our annual Genesis House Fundraiser, but with a twist.  This year we are offering vouchers for hanging baskets.  Each voucher entitles you to go to Randolph Peaches and Cream and pick out a hanging basket of your choice (including regular hanging baskets, ferns, and fuchsias).   This gives you a broader selection, supports a local business, and provides much needed support to Genesis House.   The Mission of the Genesis House is to provide secure temporary housing and supportive services as homeless adults and families transition to more stable housing.   Vouchers are $25 each and must be redeemed by June 15th.    We’ll have vouchers available for purchase at the church or by calling the Dianne Gaddis at (703)-201-4753.  

 
Mission Days and More!
 
As we made our way around the Diocesan Partnership for regional visits last winter, people were asking for more ways for us to come together – for fellowship, learning, worship, and to share ideas about how we can best be the church in our communities.
 
So let’s get together! We have three upcoming Mission Days in our Diocesan Partnership and a special program on May 21, Creating Spaces for Children. Registrations are now open for all. Please pass this along to members of your congregation. 
 
Who should attend? These programs have been created for lay leaders, curious congregation members, clergy, and all who are seeking ways to strengthen discipleship, lead the church, support learning, and connect with our communities.
 
 
 
Mission Days will be held on Saturdays, 10-4, and we are grateful to these hosting congregations:
• May 14 – Ascension, Bradford
 
The Mission Days will include an opening address by Bishop Sean, a selection of workshop-style sessions, lunch, conversation groups, and concluding worship. We are asking $15 for registration, but if your church or individuals need support to attend, simply indicate payment by check and let me know. 
 
Topics include Living into Becoming Beloved Community, How the Church Works, evangelism, regional and local community insights for ministry development, sessions for wardens and finance, congregational vitality, and more. At the Mission Day at Ascension, in-person training for Safeguarding God’s Children will be offered, to help congregations prepare for summer programs.  
 
Register here for Mission Days: May 14, May 28, June 4  
 
Creating Spaces for Children, 10-4 on Saturday, May 21, will give church leaders and others interested in welcoming children an opportunity to come together for conversation, learning, and visioning about how we support our youngest as full members of the church. Our leader for this day, The Rev. Anne E. Kitch, is a highly-recognized specialist in the faith formation of children, offering her insight across the church. Breakout sessions will give participants opportunities to learn more about Godly Play and other approaches to formation, including intergenerational models. Registration is $15 and includes lunch. As with the Mission Days, if you know of someone who needs a scholarship to attend, let me know.
 
Creating Spaces for Children will be offered at Trinity, Fredonia, near the center of our Diocesan Partnership. During the pandemic, they have worked to create new spaces for children in their congregation, including setting up a Godly Play room. 
 

 

Save the Date! Partnership Picnic

After joining Grace Church for bowling in February, our partners at St. Luke’s have invited us to join them for a partnership parish picnic at Camp Onyahsa on Sunday, June 5th. Worship will begin at 10:30 am, with a celebration of children’s ministries and volunteers as part of the service. A picnic potluck will follow (hot dogs and hamburgers provided). Afterwards, there will be games for children, as well as kayaking and other camp fun for all ages.

 

VBS Update

Randolph Community VBS planning is well underway, as we are exploring “Discovery on Adventure Island”… As the hosting church this year, there are lots of opportunities to get involved: from decorating to food prep, teaching a lesson or being a small group leader.  For more details, talk to Dianne or Jessica.

 

After School Program:  Full STEAM Ahead!

“Full STEAM Ahead,” a NEW community after school program on Wednesday afternoons.  Students in grades 3-6 will gather in the parish hall for interactive activities exploring faith through science and the arts.  The parish hall will be open with snacks available for students beginning at 2:45, with structured programming to run from 3:15-4:15 pm on Wednesdays.  Please register children in advance by calling 716-358-6124, at    https://bit.ly/3gsZ31n or
email  Jessica Frederick (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.) for more info.

 

New Year…New You?  Get your Buti in motion…(Changed to Thursday's)

Are you looking for a fun way to start off the New Year and work off those holiday indulgences?  If so, consider joining our own Stephanie Bulvotz-Brown to find the opportunity to do so through a new introductory Buti yoga class, held at Grace Episcopal Church on Thursday's.  Please join us on Thursday's at 5:30pm through the month of June.
 
Buti yoga incorporates the use of dance and high intensity interval training, fused with yoga techniques. Stephanie Bulvotz-Brown, Randolph resident and certified Buti yoga instructor, will be teaching the basics of this style of yoga.  “Buti yoga involves beat-driven music and is incredibly fun!” says Bulvotz-Brown. “Buti yoga has been transformative to me on a physical and spiritual level. Ever since I have discovered this practice, I have wanted to share it with others. I’m thrilled to lead this opportunity to release tension and stress through physical and spiritual practice.”
 
We hope you’ll join us! 


 

Grace Partners with Randolph Melioristic Theatre

Alumni from the Randolph Melioristic Theatre, including our own Kalan & Stephanie Brown and Dan & Sara Yarrington, are creating a series of webisodes that will be shared through various social media platforms and will provide viewers around the world the opportunity to donate to “Randolph Melioristic Theatre’s Young Artists’ Fund.” This fund will provide financial support that will allow youth ages 6-21, living in the Randolph area, to actively take part in the arts. https://www.facebook.com/RandolphMelioristic/

 
 
 

 
 

 

 


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