Radical welcome.  Faithful worship.  Compassionate service.  
16 July 2017  
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

 8:00 am   Holy Eucharist

 9:15 am   Family Service with Eucharist 

11:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Hymns   

All services through the summer will be held in Guild Hall.

Coffee hours are held in Choir Room after 8 am, 9:15 am and 11 am services.
For detailed information about the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach please click the link below.
Summer News About Our Buildings --
Everyone Please Read
This summer, we are taking measures to make sure Grace Church is a secure place for everyone in our parish community, as well as for our friends and neighbors who use our spaces for recovery groups and other purposes. We all want Grace to be a welcoming place. We also want it to be a safe place.  We are aware that there are far too many keys to our buildings circulating in the community and neighborhood, and that there have been a few potential security lapses and entries by persons not authorized to be in the buildings. All of these are simply commonsense measures for a large church in a city that welcomes many people in the course of a day and evening.

The Hicks Street entrance is now the ONLY entrance and exit point for all persons entering our facilities. 

The Grace Court doors are no longer an entry or exit point during the week or on Saturdays. They will be used for emergency exit only, except of course on Sundays. Signs are posted on the Grace Court doors to alert people to come to the Hicks Street door for entrance.

All of our recovery groups and church groups have responded graciously to these changes and agree that having unlocked doors every evening is unwise. They have thus arranged to post a group member at the door for the time of their meetings, or will post a sign with a cell phone number for group members seeking entrance to call if they are late.

We are also working with our school to manage these changes in such a way that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

This is a culture change for all of us, and I will appreciate your understanding and patience as we go through this transition. We will get the kinks straightened out as we go along, I promise.

Many thanks are owed to our Junior Warden, Kate Rock, for the time she put into researching solutions and connecting with our recovery groups; and to Christian DeRuiter, our Parish Administrator, and to Felipe Guerra, our Head Sexton, for carrying out this transition.

See you at church.


(The Rev.) Anne Richards
Interim Rector 
Summer Book Group in July
“Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” by Richard Rohr

“There is much evidence on several levels that there are at least two major tasks to human life. The first task is to build a strong ‘container’ or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was meant to hold. The first task we take for granted as the very purpose of life, which does not mean we do it well. The second task, I am told, is more encountered than sought…” (p.xiii)

On four Mondays in July, we gather to informally discuss this book about the Christian spiritual life by acclaimed writer Richard Rohr of the Center for Action & Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of Rohr’s guiding paradigms is that of “falling." Ongoing spiritual growth is most often experienced when we are open to our life’s challenges, rough edges, lack of control, mistakes, and suffering. Always, Rohr’s emphasis is on spiritual depth and joy.

The group is co-led by longtime parishioner, teacher, and fellow traveller Jane Parkerton, and Interim Rector Anne Richards.

Mondays, July 17, 24 , and 31 , from 1 to 2:30 pm in the North Room.

For our meeting on July 17, please read Chapters 1-4.

News from Godly Play  --  Parents, please read!
Godly Play is our Sunday School curriculum for children in their pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade years. It’s magical! Although it may seem far off, we are already planning for the Godly Play 2017-2018 year. We have a great group of dedicated volunteer teachers who teach every Sunday from September through mid-June. This year, we are asking that every parent of a child in Godly Play also participate by being a volunteer assistant in the class from 10 to 10:55 am at least 3 times during the year.

We have more and more kids coming, and we need everyone’s participation and help. Assisting means helping keep the kids focused on the lesson, helping with snack and craft time, or directing kids to bathroom breaks. This is a great way to be involved in your child’s Christian education and to support our dedicated teachers.

To sign up to help, contact Jen Murdoch. We will be in touch with all Godly Play families in the fall to follow up on this.
Rector Search — All Applications Are In!

Search Committee pictured above

June 15 was the deadline for the “Receiving Names” portion of the search for the 15th Rector of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights. The Search Committee is pleased to report that there has been an extremely robust response to the position postings. 

The Committee has been reviewing all applications as they’re received, and will soon wrap up its deliberations on which applicants are suited to move forward in the Search process. The immediate goal is to identify 12 names for submission to Bishop Provenzano. Upon the Bishop’s approval, the Committee will contact each of these 12 applicants to initiate the first phase of the interviewing process.

The Committee is grateful for the prayers and support of the clergy, the Wardens, the Vestry and the entire parish throughout this important process of transition.

You can view our Parish Profile  here  

For further information, please contact the Search Co-Chairs, Vivian Harrison and Barbara Becker

Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns

Parish Prayer Concerns: Ann Gaffney; Wendy Hooker; Sally Forbes; Sybil Payne; Patrick Owen Burns, Sr.; Bill Newbury; Jacob Connor; Joseph Hoplamazian; Michael Ruski; Eric and Frances Harrison.

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