Worship groups at Grace:

Acolytes

Acolytes Blondia and Merrill lighting Columbarium candlesAcolytes assist our Priests and Lay Eucharistic Ministers during worship.

Acolytes…
• Range in age from 10 to 18-years-old
• Assist during the Eucharist
• Light the candles at the beginning of the services
• Carry the Crucifer in and out of worship
• Receive special training

The Centering Prayer Community

centering prayer SpiralThe Centering Prayer Community gathers to sit in silence; to “Be still and know that I am God..” Psalm 48
How we practice…
• We sit in silence for 25 minutes, followed by Lectio Divina
• We share how the Holy Spirit spoke to us (individually) in the reading of scripture
• We close with ‘slowly’ praying The Lord’s Prayer
The community gathers every Wednesday 11 am -12 noon in the LL Meditation room.

The Advent Quiet Morning

advent wreathThe Advent Quiet Morning is offered by the Centering Prayer Community and invites the Grace family and the wider community to
prepare for a holy Advent.
The community will gather in silence, followed by:
• The reading of an Advent Gospel
• A short meditation
• Grace Harmony leading Taize singing throughout the morning

The Centering Prayer Quiet Day

still treesThe Centering Prayer Quiet Day of silence…

This is a day with several options…
• Holy Eucharist
• Centering Prayer
• Guided meditation
• Free time to walk in the woods.

We gather in Grace Church’s parking lot with a brown bag lunch, beverage, and anything else you may wish to bring: a book to read, knitting, journal, even your bedroom slippers.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the KingThe Order Of The Daughters Of The King (DOK) extends Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.
Daughters…
• Pray
• Serve
• Make Jesus known to others (Evangelize)

The group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon in the Parish Hall.

The Healing Ministry

HealingThe Healing Ministry offers the sacrament of healing in the Church.

The outward and visible sign of healing is the laying on of hands and anointing of oil. The inward grace is the healing of body, mind, and spirit. In the gospel of Saint Luke, Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.

Individuals may ask for prayers for themselves or their loved one.

The healing ministry takes place on the first two weekends of each month during Holy Communion at the Saturday 5 pm service and the Sunday 10 am service.

The Intercessor

Intercessor praying hands 2The Intercessor helps the congregation draw nearer to God by leading the Prayers of the People at each Eucharistic service.
Need to know…
• Must be able to read aloud fluently and with expression
• Can be any age, from youth to oldster
• Only read the prayers. Someone else will write them

Sign-up sheets are available monthly. You decide when you would like to participate.

Lectors

LectorLectors participate in Worship by reading the Old and New Testaments lessons during
worship each week.
Lectors…
• Must be able to read aloud fluently and with expression
• Lesson assignments are emailed each week
• No age limit for participation

Sign-up sheets are available monthly. You decide when you would like to participate.

Lay Eucharist Ministers

LEMLay Eucharist Ministers assist our priests during the Eucharist.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)…
• Attend a training session to become certified by the Diocese
• Serve as a member of the altar party during worship
• Help with reading lessons, leading the psalm or the Prayers of the People
• Serve as an assistant to the Presiding Minister during communion

A monthly sign-up list is provided. You choose when you would like to serve.

Lay Eucharist Visitors (LEV)

Communion graphic without wordsLay Eucharist Visitors (LEV) bring the
Sacrament of Holy Communion to those who are unable to attend worship services.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors…
• Are licensed by the Diocese of Western Michigan
• Complete and comply with the guidelines for Safeguarding God’s People
• Supervised by clergy of the Parish
• Adapt to new or unusual situations, feel comfortable in a hospital, home, or care facility, and are good listeners

The group meets on the last Thursday of the month, 5:30 -7 pm in the Parish Hall.

Chancel Choir

Chancel ChoirChancel Choir leads the musical liturgy at the Sunday 10 am worship service through the singing of hymns, psalms, anthems and settings of the Mass. We sing a variety of traditional choral literature as well as the Anglican Psalter. Chancel Choir has also led Choral Evensong services during the year.
Chancel Choir…
• Sing anthems, chants, psalms, and musical settings of the liturgy
• Leads 10 am worship
• Invites new singers to join—no experience necessary!

Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm.

Grace Harmony

rehearsal 7-27 2015 (14)Grace Harmony praises God with music and inspires congregational singing.
All levels of musical experience are welcome, from beginner to advanced. We all share a passion for worship and for lifting others up through song. We…
• Gather weekly for prayer, fellowship, laughter and song practice
• Sing bimonthly at the 10 am Sunday
• worship

Grace Harmony meets for weekly practice on Mondays at 5:30 pm.>

Joyful Noise

Joyful NoiseJoyful Noise is a music ministry within Grace for children in grades 1-8. This group encourages worship participation through a formal children’s choir. While children learn the formalities of reading and performing music, they also discuss worship and our liturgical traditions. We…
• Sing and have fun!
• Study music through Voice for Life Curriculum
• Rehearse weekly
• Participate in worship twice each month
• Pray together

The group meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

The POP Group

Prayers of the PeopleTHE POP GROUP is a ministry of four lay people who compose the Prayers of the People. We write the prayers individually on a weekly rotation.

Our goals are to…
• Compose prayers that are an authentic expression of the concerns of the community
• Make intercessory prayer accessible to all who gather in the name of Christ
• Engage each worshiper with heart, mind, and soul

The group meets quarterly for sharing and encouragement.

St. Anne’s Altar Guild

Altar Guild bread and wine (1)St. Anne’s Altar Guild supports the clergy behind the scenes during all Eucharistic services as well as funerals, weddings, and
baptisms. We serve God at the altar through our clergy support.
St. Anne’s Altar Guild duties include…
• Altar set-up and clean-up
• Care of linens and candles
• Providing communion bread
• Assisting clergy and families at funerals, weddings, and baptisms
• Maintaining Lay Eucharistic Visitor kits for pastoral visits

Members meet four or five times a year.

The Wedding Guild

Wedding day
The Wedding Guild ministers to our brides and grooms and their families. We extend hospitality and facilitate the logistics of the wedding rehearsals and ceremonies in a friendly, organized, and helpful manner.
Responsibilities include…
• Pre-wedding meeting with the prospective bride and groom to discuss wedding guidelines
• Conduct the wedding rehearsal with all members of the wedding party
• Assist with necessary preparations before the wedding
• Assist with post wedding clean-up and reassembly of the church

We would love to have you assist with this ministry.

The Worship Committee

WorshipThe Worship Planning Committee helps the Rector and the Worship Coordinator plan and tweak worship services by providing feedback and suggestions for deeper worship. Anyone in the congregation is invited to attend. We…
• Plan seasonal changes to our liturgy
• Look at the big picture – the space, movement, visuals, and flow
• Make suggestions to fine-tune and enhance our worship
• Explore changes to worship and how them might affect our parish
• Remain true to our Episcopal roots

The group meets on the Third Sunday of the month after the 10 am service in LL5.