Christian Education Programs to nurture the spiritual development of all ages are offered throughout the week. On Sundays, Church School classes for children and youth meet while adults may choose to attend Christianity and Culture. Quiet Mornings, Confirmation, Inquirer's class, retreats, Morning Prayer during Advent and Lent, book study/discussion groups, Bible Study at Kendal, Education for Ministry, and Vacation Bible School all offer additional growth opportunities.
Pastoral Care Grace ACTS is an important ministry to the parishioners and the community of our church. Our five teams consist of over 30 people or family units that volunteer for the Grace ACTS ministry. Each team has about 6 members and is on duty every 5 weeks. Grace ACTS members select two or three needs from the list when it their team is on duty. Team members pray for, call, visit or send a card to those on the list that are ill, have had a death in their family or are celebrating new baby or a birthday. In 2019 ACTS met over 500 needs! Please continue to pray for this vital ministry to our parish. If you have a pastoral concern or know of someone who does please contact
Fr. Tuck Bowerfind (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sharon Massie (email@example.com) or
Gail Dick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Parish Office at 540.463.4981
If you would like to serve on a team, please contact Sharon or Gail.
Prayer Chain The prayer chain exists for prayer (Carol Muir 464-1224 or email@example.com)
Christian Outreach In response to Christ's commitment to love thy neighbor as thyself, the Christian Outreach Committee supports a variety of services to our neighbors in need. We coordinate church volunteers and fundraising for specific projects, and we create new programs in response to emerging needs, both local and international. We also encourage parishioners to volunteer directly in local organizations. Our international focus is on Sudan and South Sudan, through ongoing relationships with the Episcopal Church there and with refugees in Roanoke.
Annually, we assist the parish in directing financial support to several regional agencies, with special emphasis on those whose mission is to help families meet urgent needs of food, shelter, utilities, and health care. We also offer financial support to local organizations that provide services such as childhood development, education, end-of-life care, help for victims of abuse, and transportation to medical appointments.
Area organizations wishing to apply for grants to fund programs consistent with the committee's mission can find the application form by clicking here.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) An organization to which all women in the parish belong continues to focus energies on supporting outreach projects in Lexington, Rockbridge County and the Diocese. The annual bazaar monies have allowed us to contribute approximately $8,000 to these entities in recent years. Opportunities to gather include a kick-off luncheon for bazaar planning, an Advent luncheon and an annual springtime tea.
Sue Denson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Higher Education Ministries We are committed to the spiritual growth of the students and cadets at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. We recognize that nurturing spiritual growth is vital to academic and human development. Our mission is to assist students and cadets as they discern their vocation through the discovery and stewardship of their God-given gifts. Through the Canterbury Fellowship we provide opportunities for Christian fellowship, study and worship that foster interaction between W&L students, VMI cadets, and members of the Grace parish family. Parishioners support our ministry by preparing cookies, exam bags and adopting a cadet during the first stressful year at VMI. A Canterbury room is available to students to study, watch TV and relax on Sunday afternoons.
James Keane, Chaplain (email@example.com)
The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Trust Charged to fund activities which spread the Christian Gospel and alleviate human suffering, the committee has 7 members: 1 trustee of the church, 1 Vestry member, 2 members appointed by the Trustees, 3 members appointed by the Vestry. The committee invites grant proposals, meets quarterly to consider them, and grants funds for Diocesan projects or programs specifically underfunded, for seminarians and continuing education of Diocesan clergy or ministers of our parish, for local needs and concerns, and for Third World Needs, especially in Sudan/ South Sudan.
Click here for Application (pdf)
Lynwood Dent (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Worship Committee A committed group of volunteers review and help plan all special worship services. We are always looking for new and inventive ways of expressing ourselves in worship whether through music or interpretation of scripture. Our members represent all groups that have a part in our worship services: the music, acolytes, lay readers and chalicists, altar guild, and ushers.
Chairperson Joanne Robblee (email@example.com)
Acolytes Sharon Massie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lay Readers and Ushers Lisa McGuire(email@example.com)
Altar Guild is composed of approximately 30 members of the church who are responsible for preparations prior to all worship services, i.e., putting the color-of-the-season hangings in place, checking the candles, setting up the chalices and holy elements and cleaning up following the services.
Complementing the Altar Guild is the Flower Guild devoted to arranging blossoms and greens which add to the beauty of the altar. The Altar Guild is sometimes described as those who set the Lord's table and do the dishes afterwards. New members, both men and women, are welcome.
Altar Guild Jane Brooke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Flower Guild Claudia Ellis (email@example.com)