Welcome groups at Grace:
All God’s Daughters
Front Desk Volunteers
Front desk volunteers are the smiling faces (or voices) of welcome to all who enter the office, or contact us by phone, and assist the staff with clerical tasks.
• Support Ann Hackett in any way helpful to her
• Answer phones, take food pantry requests
• Proofread, fold, and collate Grace Life and service bulletins
• Prepare mailings, Vestry packets, and write thank you notes
Volunteers serve once a week—either from 9 to 12 or 1 to 4. Some volunteers work seasonally or intermittently. We encourage and appreciate any amount of help!
Special Events is an umbrella of many events, and, with an army of angels, hosted 97 events last year.
• The Welcome Hour
• Funeral Luncheons
• Rector’s Luncheons
• Special Coffee Hours
• Shrove Tuesday Dinner and Mardi Gras
• Lenten Soup Suppers
• Maundy Thursday Dinner
• Parish-Wide Easter Breakfast
• All Saints’ Day High Tea
• Christmas Eve Hot Cider and Cookies
We have fun making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. Please join us!
St. Fiacre’s Garden Guild
The St. Fiacre’s Garden Guild cares for and maintains the gardens at Grace, including the Garden of Remembrance and Reflection, Brown House, Food Pantry, Jubilee House, and parking lot border gardens.
Weekly work bees include…
• Seasonal care, such as mulching
• Ongoing plant care as required
• Caring and sharing as we work together
We gather on Tuesdays, morning or afternoon as seasonal weather permits.
Welcome Hour Hosts
Welcome Hour Hosts share God’s grace by providing hospitality on Sundays after the 10 am service to newcomers and members alike.
Welcome Hour Hosts…
• Prepare/purchase snacks prior to the Sunday they are hosting
• Arrive at church early to set out snacks, coffee, and juice
• Refill and clear plates, pitchers, and coffee pots during Welcome Hour
• Wash dishes and clean up Parish Hall
• Frequently share hosting duties with another family
Grace Hikers enjoy God’s beauty in its natural state.
• Hikes different trails in the five county area including the Sleeping Bear Dunes trails
• Enjoys the fellowship with friends and nature
• Gathers for lunch nearby after our hike
We hike on Saturdays during the spring, summer and fall months, weather permitting.
Everyone meets at Grace Church parking lot at 9 am to carpool to the trailhead. Hikers include all ages.
The Men of Grace
THE MEN OF GRACE get together for
fellowship, fun, mutual learning, and service.
We gather to…
• Serve Friday lunch once a month
• Pray Morning Prayer together
• Eat a great breakfast
• Get groceries to stock the food pantry
We meet twice a month, on the first Friday and First Saturday. On Friday, we serve lunch; on Saturday we pray Morning prayer, share breakfast, and get groceries for the pantry.
Please join us for friendship, fun and service.
St. Theo Amity Guild
St. Theo’s Amity Guild gathers the men of Grace and friends to get to know each other better and promote community within our church. We often enlist the gifts, talents, and life experiences of our own Grace family.
We gather for fellowship, Evening Prayer, a meal, and often hear a speaker of local interest. Please feel free to join us.
We meet at 6 pm on the second Monday of each month in the Parish Hall.
The Women’s Book Club
The Women’s Book Club is a welcoming group that allows women the opportunity of closer fellowship and friendship through the discussion of books that the group selects and reads September through June.
What we do:
• Read and Discuss books monthly
• Books for reading are selected by group consensus
• Make monthly donations of toilet paper to support the Hygiene Pantry
The group meets September to June on the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8 pm at the Jubilee House. Come and join us.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
The Buildings & Grounds Committee is a newly formed ministry to help oversee, maintain, and preserve the beautiful buildings and grounds of the campus.
• Oversee maintenance and upkeep of parish buildings and grounds
• Serve as a resource for ongoing and future construction projects
• Create maintenance schedules
• Seek bids and/or quotes for maintenance
• Take care of minor repairs
The group meets 3 to 4 times a year, or as needed, in the Parish Hall.
The Communications Committee communicates the mission and activities of the church through the website, the Sunday bulletin insert, and the weekly Gracevine email, as well as through signage and traditional mail.
• Review communication tactics and strategies
• Provide original content with a wider reach via the website
• Maintain a Telephone Tree for those who do not have online access
The committee meets every other month on the first Monday at 3:45 pm.
The Website TeamThe Website Team works to spread the Good News of God’s word through publishing original content for the members of Grace as well as a wider, global audience. In conjunction with Grace Life and social media outlets such as Facebook and email, the
website helps deliver a consistent message.
• Post spiritually meaningful content
• Promote church activities
• Provide links to audio recordings and video tapes of Sunday sermons
• Provide information about the location, structure, and mission of Grace Church
We meet every other month on the first Monday at 3:45 pm.
Membership Record Keepers
Membership Record Keepers help to maintain contact with parishioners by entering data in our database. By recording household and individual church background data, the work of this ministry creates an historical record of the life of Grace Church.
• Record and update household data
• Periodically review historical records for membership information
• Use Shepherd’s Staff software at church (training provided)
This work is coordinated with the office calendar and your personal schedule. There are no meetings to attend.
The Nursery welcomes Grace Church’s youngest members into the life of faith. God loves us. We love each other. This is what we do in church. We meet weekly from 9:30 to 10:45 am. We welcome volunteers who would enjoy being alongside the children for one or more weekly sessions.
Each week, Nursery volunteers provide…
• A warm greeting
• Bible stories and songs
• “Dear God” prayers
• A snack and free play
• An escort back to their families at the Eucharist.
Lay Pastoral Visitors
The Nursery welcomes Grace Church’s youngest members into the life of faith. God loves us. We love each other. This is what we do in church.
We meet weekly from 9:30 to 10:45 am. We welcome volunteers who would enjoy being alongside the children for one or more weekly sessions.
Lay Pastoral Visitors provide a ministry of care, prayer, and a godly presence for people who are admitted into our regional hospitals and care centers.
• Volunteer for a set time each week to their assigned ministry location
• Honor the privacy of the people and
• observe facility rules
• Listen, pray, and give comfort
• Can provide the Sacrament of Holy Communion if he or she is also a Eucharistic visitor
• Communicate with the Associate Rector regarding pastoral needs
The Pastoral Team meets on the last Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm as needed.
Ushers invite us into the sanctuary and help to guide us through the service by handing out bulletins, showing us when and how to move, and being available when we need assistance. This is primarily a ministry of welcome during our worship services.
• Pass out bulletins at the beginning of services
• Welcome and seat visitors
• Pass the offering plates
• Assist with lining up for communion
• Are available to assist with opening doors, giving directions, etc.
• Can be paired with an experienced usher
• Use the monthly sign-up sheet to choose when to serve
Welcomers are an active group who live out the ethic of welcome by greeting all who enter the doors of Grace Episcopal Church at the 10 am Sunday services. Our goal is for all to feel that Grace is a warm, friendly, and accessible church as they come to share their stories and seek God.
• Greet with a warm smile at front and back doors at Sunday services
• Introduce ourselves to newcomers
• Stand at podium after church to encourage signing of the guest book
• Are available for questions and connections to ministries at Grace
Welcomers typically serve one Sunday each month, and use the monthly sign-up sheet to choose when to serve.