Welcome to Grace
Are you planning a visit to Grace or looking for a new church home? Our doors are open to everyone! We hope this website helps you learn more about our mission and who we are as a community. The best way to get to know us is to come and experience a worship service, a Sunday school class, or a fellowship event. Don't be afraid to ask questions... we're looking forward to getting to know you!
WHO WE ARE:
Grace Episcopal Church is a vibrant parish located in historic Kirkwood, about 15 miles from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Our parish was founded in 1859 and is dedicated to serving God and our community through worship and the work of our ministries.
We are one of 42 parishes that make up the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. "Making disciples - building congregations - for the life of the world" is the vision and hope of our diocese. Diocesan offices are located at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. The Bishop of our diocese is the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith.
The Episcopal Church is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations. As part of the Jesus Movement, the Episcopal Church is following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity. Today the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 165 countries. At the head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ! Grace Church follows the Five Marks of Mission as a practical "checklist" for mission activities at Grace Church:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
OUR WORSHIP SERVICES:
There are many ways to worship God at Grace Church. Explore these opportunities and find the ways that best suit your needs and lifestyle:
- Sundays at 8 a.m.
Early on Sundays, a small community gathers for a simple and quiet service of Holy Communion.
- Sundays at 10 a.m.
This is our fullest expression of the beauty, substance and depth of worship in the Episcopal tradition. Classic hymns with organ and choir, a full complement of scripture readings, a sermon by one of our priests, and Holy Eucharist will nourish your mind, soul and spirit. Our Sunday school for children and youth begins at 9:30, with the students joining their families for communion after the sermon.
- First Sundays at 4:15 p.m. (crafts and activities); 5 p.m. (Holy Eucharist); 5:30 p.m. (shared meal)
Our alternative "Messy Church" events take place on the first Sunday of each month and offer the time and space for all ages to experience God in new and creative ways.
- Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
We gather in our beautiful Chapel of the Apostles to explore the lives of the Saints and share Holy Communion.
- Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Come enjoy a traditional Morning Prayer service, led by Grace staff members.
- Evensong, Taize, and other special worship services
Phillip Brunswick, Organist and Choir Master, leads beautiful services filled with music and prayer throughout the year. Please check our current communications for offerings.
Learn more about Grace Church by reading our 2016 Annual Report. It contains lots of information and pictures about the ministries and life of our parish.