Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018
We invite you to journey with us through the season of Lent and celebrate with us in Easter at Grace Church.
Lent begins February 14 with Ash Wednesday. Easter Sunday is April 1 this year.
We have a variety of programs for individuals and families to deepen your understanding of God, explore old and new church traditions, and discover why our beliefs matter.
All our programs are listed here; you can also download a printable brochure here.
Wednesday, Feb. 14 / Noon & 7 p.m.
Mark the beginning of Lent with Holy Eucharist and the imposition of ashes.
Lenten Quiet Day: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
Saturday, Feb. 17
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. / Program: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Enrich your relationship with God through this half-day retreat led by the Rev. Melanie Jianakoplos Slane. Continental breakfast, Holy Eucharist and lunch will be served.
Sundays in Lent:
- Holy Eucharist
February 18 - March 25 / 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.
- Sunday Speaker Series: The Rev. Chester Hines, Dismantling Racism Commission
February 18 / 9 a.m.
Deepen your understanding of racism, prejudice and privilege. Adults and youth are invited.
- Adult Sunday Forum: From Jesus to Christ - The First Christians
February 25, March 4, March 11 / 9 a.m.
Be transported back in time with a special DVD presentation, followed by discussion led by the Rev. Virginia Bennett.
- Messy Church: Lent Edition
Sunday, March 4 / 4:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Explore the season with crafts, a family-friendly worship service and a shared meal. All are invited to this alternative Sunday worship experience.
- Sunday Speaker Series: The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith
Sunday, March 18 / 9 a.m.
Meet our bishop and hear his reflections on the importance of the Holy Season of Lent. Adults and youth are invited.
Wednesday Evenings in Lent:
Creed: What Christians Believe and Why
Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21
- 6 p.m. - Dinner (potluck soup & salad)
- 6:30 p.m. - Presentation
- 7:30 p.m. - Prayer Service
Take a closer look at what it means when we say, "I believe." Fr. Todd and Mo. Ginny lead us on a biblical journey with author and theologian Adam Hamilton to explore the Apostles' Creed. We'll discover not only what Christians believe, but why it matters.
The Grace Labyrinth and Stations of the Cross
We invite you to take a contemplative journey this Lenten season, with open hours:
Tuesdays: Noon - 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 6 - 9 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- The Grace Labyrinth is located inside Albright Parish Hall. This walking meditation device has a single winding path from the edge to the center for your contemplative journey. Thursday evening sessions include candlelight, soft music and labyrinth greeters to answer any questions you may have about your labyrinth walk.
- Spend time with a contemporary version of the Stations of the Cross on display in the Chapel of the Apostles. This unique art exhibit uses modern-day visuals and reflections to help us remember Jesus' last hours on earth.
Children & Youth
Sundays / 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Grace's Church School meets every week (except Easter Sunday) for students in preschool through high school. Along with our weekly classes, join us for these special events:
- Lenten Almsgiving Project: Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico
Pick up an ERD Hope Chest and place it in a prominent location in your home throughout Lent. Talk to your children about the needs of others and the importance of sharing our blessings. Every time you turn on a light, cook a hot meal or play a game on your computer, drop a coin in your Hope Chest. We'll collect the boxes on the first Sunday after Easter and send your donations to Episcopal Relief & Development in Puerto Rico.
- Diocesan Youth Lenten Event
Saturday, March 10 / 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Middle school and high school students from around the diocese will come together at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves to focus on where God is calling us to share Christ's love with the world. The event is free, but registration is required: contact the Rev. Loren Lasch, Youth Missioner.
- Children's Stations of the Cross
Sunday, March 18 / 9:30 a.m.
Our Sunday school classes will take an age-appropriate journey through the Stations of the Cross to understand and appreciate the meaning of the Lenten season.
- The Sounds of Holy Week
Sunday, March 18 / 10 a.m.
Church school teachers lead this fun, interactive lesson for elementary students on Palm Sunday.
- Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 1 / 11:30 a.m.
All ages are invited to bring a basket and enjoy this holiday tradition!
We encourage everyone to show love for our Christian sisters and brothers in the Holy Land. Our special Easter Offering goes to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, whose ministries include the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in East Jerusalem, Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, Jordan, and Christ School in Nazareth. Use our special envelopes to make your Easter Offering or donate online.
Personal Study Resources
We are pleased to recommend these devotionals and online programs to enrich your Lenten experience:
- Lenten Devotionals for Adults, Families and Children:
We have a variety of booklets with daily devotionals to choose from at Grace Church, including this year's Lenten Meditations from Episcopal Relief & Development.
- Lent Madness
This online devotional is back for another year of saintly fun. Based loosely on college basketball's "March Madness," this program pits two saints against one another each day through Lent. Read about the saints and cast a vote for your favorite. Winners move on toward the "Golden Halo" championship. Saintly scorecards with this year's contenders are available at Grace. Follow the program at LentMadness.org.
- The Good Book Club
Episcopalians around the world are reading the Gospel of Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during the Easter Season. The program from Forward Movement suggests short daily readings. You can also purchase Bible challenge books with reflections written by faith leaders from around the world. Learn more at goodbookclub.org. If you are interested in joining a discussion at Grace Church, please contact Janis in the church office.
- Grace Online Academy: Luke the Liberator
Looking at the Gospel of Luke through the lens of liberty, we find good news for the marginalized. In this free online course, five instructors explore different aspects of Luke as a liberator. Contact Janis in the church office to enroll.
Holy Week & Easter
Sunday, March 31: Palm Sunday
- Worship Services at 8 & 10 a.m.
- The Sounds of Holy Week at 10 a.m. (for elementary students)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, March 26, 27, 28
- Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. (Chapel of the Apostles)
Thursday, March 29: Maundy Thursday
- Choral Eucharist with Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar at 7 p.m.
- Overnight Prayer Vigil begins after worship service
Friday, March 30: Good Friday
- Morning prayer at 6:30 a.m.
- Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m.
- Good Friday Liturgy at Noon
- Stations of the Cross for Children at 4:30 p.m.
- Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31
- Holy Saturday Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.
- The Great Vigil of Easter at 7:24 p.m.
Sunday, April 1: Easter Day
- Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m.
- Choral Eucharist with Brass at 10 a.m.
- Easter Sunday Coffee Hours after each service
- Children's Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m.