Ministries at Grace Church
We encourage members to find ways to share their time and talents with our community. Grace offers a wide range of ministry opportunities to do so, including those listed below. To find out more, see the descriptions of each ministry listed lower on this page or click on them from the list directly below.
- Hospitality Ministry
- Food Pantry Partnership
- Liturgical Ministries
- Serving on the Vestry
- Prayer Shawl & Quilting Ministries
- Open Doors Ministry
- Sunday School, Youth Group, & Young Christian Formation
- In-Reach Ministry
- Out-Reach Ministry
Ushers & Greeters: welcome all parishioners and visitors who come through our doors for a service or concert. The ushers assist people in finding seats, distribute printed Orders of Service or concerts programs, and are in charge of taking up the collection plate. Both of these ministries exist to ensure that all who enter Grace Church are met with kindness and hospitality in the way of Christ, no matter their background. Please contact the Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being an Usher or Greeter.
Coffee Hour/ Reception Servers: set up the refreshments in The Pavilion for worshipers to enjoy following the 10:00 AM service. They also contribute one or two snacks to the table and assist in the cleaning up afterwards. Occasionally there will be special receptions following other services (such as after monthly Choral Evensong or after the Easter Vigil). If you are interested in helping with Coffee Hour and/ or receptions, please contact Pat Trosclair at email@example.com
Food Pantry Partnership
Grace Church is partnered with St. Peter’s and St. Andrew’s Church, Providence, to support their Food Pantry program. We invite you to bring non-perishable items to Grace on Sundays when you come to church and place them on or under the food table during Coffee Hour. We will deliver the donations to Sts. Peter & Andrew. All non-perishable donations are welcome but especially encouraged are tuna, peanut butter, cereal, diapers & wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels. Also, if anyone with a car would like to volunteer to drive the donations to Sts. Peter & Andrew on Fridays, please let the Rector know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving on the Vestry
The Vestry of Grace Church functions as the “executive board” of the parish and is made up of elected parishioners and the clergy. The Vestry is responsible for overseeing all operations of Grace Church, including financial and legal matters. Vestry members represent the diversity of the parish and bring their own talents and skills to contribute to the effective running of the church and to advise and assist the Rector with making decisions concerning the parish. Vestry Officers include the Senior and Junior Wardens (Chair and Vice-Chair), the Clerk, and the Treasurer. Each member serves a three-year term, and vacancies are filled via elections at the Annual Parish Meeting, held every February. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry, please contact The Rector at email@example.com
Open Doors Ministry
On most weekdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, you will see that the big red doors of Grace Church are open and a welcoming sign on the sidewalk says “OPEN.” Docents, who are parish volunteers, are seated in the Narthex to greet visitors and welcome them to Grace Church. We are the only downtown church in Providence that is open during the week. This ministry epitomizes the Grace’s philosophy concerning outreach to the community: open to all. To find out more about our Open Doors Ministry, please click here!
The parish In-reach Ministry is a group of parishioners who, along with the Clergy, help those who are homebound – either temporarily or long-term – stay connected to their church through calls, visits, and bringing communion to those who wish it. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact the Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org