Parish Life at Grace Episcopal Church

Parish Life is a key part of what builds us up as People of God. Whether it is a summer picnic or a Shrove Tuesday pancake feast, we love to be together. We have a full-service kitchen and indoor and outside areas in which to gather. Members of our Parish Life ministries also plan and facilitate fellowship activities throughout the year.

If you are interested in our fellowship activities, please see our calendar. If you feel called to help in this area of ministry, please call the Grace church office at 828-437-1133 or send e-mail to office@gracemorganton.org.

Green Team

The  Grace Episcopal Church Green Team believes that God has made everyone co-creators in the responsibility to hold sacred this good earth.  In 2013 Grace Episcopal was certified as a “Green Faith Sanctuary”. We were the first of any denomination in our state and one of only 17 in the nation. As caretakers, stewards, and educators, team members commit to enlightening themselves and this community in the best ways of preserving God’s natural gifts. They also pledge to communicate and actively engage the world in faith-based solutions to environmental problems.

The team has prepared a set of eco-tips you can use to further your ecological efforts. You can view and download the Eco-Tips Booklet. You may also visit the Green Team website.

Above: Gene Willard – The Grace Episcopal Church Green Team

Episcopal Christian Women

ECW is a national church organization for women whose primary goal is to unite the women of the Diocese in a program of worship, study, service, and fellowship which will deepen and strengthen their own spiritual lives and lead them into service of the Church in the parish, community, dioceses, nation, and world.  Grace’s Chapter of ECW meets on the first Wednesday of each month.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month September through May.

Special Events

Grace Episcopal Church is constantly alive with activity and fellowship. Special events are frequent at Grace. Individuals or groups within the church have organized events such as canoeing the New River with the church youth, biking the Virginia Creeper Trail, Diocesan trips, outings to museums, concerts, and the theater. Essentially, there is always something to be involved with at Grace Church.

Backpack Ministry

Grace’s Backpack Ministry is the largest outreach ministry in the parish. Each month during the school year, Grace sends more than 2,000 pounds of food to Hillcrest Elementary School in the form of 240 10-pound backpacks. Parishioners from Grace and from First Baptist Church in Morganton (and other community friends and partners) meet twice monthly to pack backpacks for delivery to the school. The schedule for packing is found on our parish calendar.

Hospitality

Hospitality is bountiful at Grace Episcopal Church.  Two small ways in which newcomers and parishioners partake of this friendly kindness are through our Greeter and Coffee Hour Ministries.

Greeters:  The mission of this ministry is greeting all parishioners, visitors and potential new members of Grace Church each and every Sunday Morning.  We try our best to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable while at Grace Church.  We greet before the Sunday morning service and again at the end of the service.  Our greeter’s teams are there to answer any questions visitors or potential new members might ask.  We record potential new member’s names so that we may introduce them to other parishioners.

Coffee and Tea Hour: Directly after the 10:30 service we enjoy “Coffee and Tea Hour” in the parish hall. This is a great time for fellowship with other members of Grace Church.