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Adult Formation: Adults are meeting on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church Chapel for study of the lectionary for that week. (the Chapel is at 67 State Road, Great Barrington) The lectionary is a week-by-week list of lessons taken from different parts of the Bible. These scripture readings are the following Sunday’s lessons which are read out loud during the service and on which the sermon is customarily based. No prior knowledge is needed to join this group; all are welcome. For more information, please contact Lee Cheek at lee.cheek@yahoo.com.

Children’s Formation Classes: Classes are Sundays at 10:00 a.m. upstairs at Crissey Farm. We meet from September to June with no Church School on holidays or holiday weekends.

Church School: Sunday morning classes use a story-telling, felt board curriculum called the “Beulah Land.” The first quarter is “Meet God’s First Friends,” the Old Testament stories. The second quarter is “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” and covers the Advent and Christmas stories. The third quarter is “Jesus is a Friend of Mine” and includes stories about Jesus’ life. We have lots of fun and would love to have more friends join us! After the lessons the children join the adult service and receive a special Children’s Blessing before the dismissal.

Prayer for our Children

Most generous and loving God, we thank you for the gift of children. With each child you refresh your promises to all of us. Through each child you remind us to take care of all you have created. We pray your blessing on each child today. Teach them to love courage and to trust you. Help them see you at work in your world. Help them speak words of love, peace, and friendship. Turn their faces in kindness toward their neighbors, and fill each one with confidence in your steadfast love. This we ask in the name of your child, Jesus Christ. Amen 

Men’s Group

The purpose of the Grace Church Men’s Group is to provide fellowship and to enrich the faith of all who participate. On the fourth Wednesday evening , we meet at a residence from 6-9 for pot-luck supper and discussion focused on specific topics. All men of the parish and their guests are invited. There are no attendance requirements or attendance expectations. Now and then someone can come to a particular meeting that interests him or he can become a “regular” by attending most all the meetings. At the evening meetings we average about 10 although there are about 20 on our mailing list. We meet at 6:00 pm for soft drinks, wine and cheese followed by a pot luck supper. Our discussion begins at about 7:30 pm and we adjourn promptly at 9:00 pm.

Here is a list of the topics recently presented:

  • Auto Racing
  • The Defining Revolution of the 21st Century
  • “Hellbound”, the film
  • Billy Budd & Beyond
  • The American Health Care Dilemma
  • Our Mission with the Orphanage in Ghana

If you would like more information, please contact George Raymond at georger@alum.mit.edu.

Books & Bread

Books and Bread meets once a month in various member’s homes since 1996. Although there are “members”, a so-called ‘regular’ crowd, we truly welcome the occasional visitor interested in one book or in new members. We read a book a month (except for July, August, December & January) and sign up to bring dishes to a covered dish dinner. We start the evening at 6pm on a week night with wine, soft drinks and appetizers, followed by a delicious meal and dessert. The discussion of the designated book starts at 7:30pm and ends precisely at 9pm. The ‘discussion leader’, appointed in advance and an assignment that rotates as the host home does, keeps us on track with carefully interjected questions if the talkers stray from the subject at hand. The members select the books for the year ahead every January, scheduling the host homes and discussion leaders. To be selected, a book must have been read by the person proposing it and must be available in paperback. Our local book store, The Book Loft, orders copies in advance of our meetings and sells them to members at a 10% discount. Although the books are easily available to purchase, that is not required. Some people borrow them from libraries, some own them already and some people enjoy listening to them on tape. For more information contact Ted Cobden at ecobden@aol.com.

For 2017 schedule including books, dates, venues, meals click here.

Coffee Hour

Grace Church Coffee Hour is the Grace Church community “at home.” It happens every Sunday after service around a table spread with delectable offerings, provided and hosted by parishioners. It’s what every family gathering is like…grandparents and parents and singles and visitors all talking at once. People are catching up with the week’s events, planning others, sharing triumphs and worries, laughing—kids running in and around them! There’s always room at this table, and we would love for you to join us!