Ministries

Here you will find some information about the many vibrant ministries we have at our church.

 

 

Grace Episcopal School

For over fifty years, GES has provided an outstanding education to children in Northeast Louisiana. According to its mission, “Grace Episcopal School provides a challenging curriculum that promotes academic excellence in a Christian environment in order to nurture each child’s spiritual, intellectual, ethical and physical development. Grace Episcopal School embraces diversity among its faculty and student body.”

Visit our school website at http://www.graceepiscopal.org/

Yellow House

Grace Yellow House is a state accredited program. It is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. We accept children 12 months old and walking through 2 years of age. The program runs all year. If you have any questions about the best child care facility in the area, please feel free to call us at 318-387-7510.

Children’s Ministry

Grace Church teams with St. Thomas and St. Albans Episcopal Churches each summer for Vacation Bible School. The themed 5-day long event offers a fun alternative to the boredom of summer by learning about God’s love for us through music, fun, games, and fellowship. Children enjoy story time in large and small groups, as well as crafts and exciting activities. Every day is an adventure! Contact: Mary Napoli, 318-789-5589 or marymnapoli@gmail.com
Grace Church provides care for infants and toddlers during both Sunday services. Parents may take children to the PreK classroom before the service begins and return for them before communion. Children that are Kindergarten aged and older are encouraged to attend the service with their parents.
Spiritual education begins with a strong foundation. At Grace Church, children in Kindergarten through 4th grades are invited to attend Second Sundays in Kilbourne Hall during the school year. On the second Sunday of each month, children gather at 5:00pm for fellowship, fun, and food. The monthly gathering provides a spiritual message for all children, as well as crafts and games. This group time provides the opportunity to learn and grow together in God’s love.

Youth Ministry

Open to students in 6th through 8th grade. This is an opportunity for young people to meet for Christian Fellowship. Volunteers lead and mentor youth of our parish. We meet in the “Upper Room” located on the 3rd floor of the school office building.
Camp Hardtner is our Diocesan Church camp located in Pollock, Lousiana. Youth, grades 4th through graduated seniors can spend a week at an Episcopal Summer camp for fun and faith formation. This Cam is operated by the Diocese of Western Louisiana. Camp Hardtner is where many of our youth attend and where Grace School hosts their annual Middle School Retreat. For more information on summer camp sessions, weekend retreats, and events please visit www.camphardtner.org.

Contact: 318-765-3794 or office@camphardtner.org.
Mandy Holden, Office Manager Tom Welch, Director

For more information please visit the Camp Hardtner website!
http://camphardtner.org/

Adult Ministry

Are you going through a difficult time? Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are facing a crisis or going through a tough time. The care you’ll receive is confidential, free and very helpful. To learn how you-or a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative- can receive care, talk to a pastor or Stephen Leader. Our Stephen Ministers are all members of Grace church who have received special training to provide one to one Christian care. They walk alongside one who has had a loss, or is going through and of life’s transitions or difficulties. They do not try to fix a situation nor give advice; rather their attentive listening and acceptance provides comfort and healing. They simply seek to be fully present and prayerful that God will bring healing.

Contact: French Smith: 318-348-3163, frenchlsmith@aol.com

Faith Formation is held in the Kilbourne Hall Parlor at 9:15am in-between the 8:00am and 10:15am service and is usually lead by one of our clergy. Look for news about when Bible study is happening in our weekly inserts or in the weekly emails. All are welcome to join at any point in the Bible Study sessions.
Men’s Bible Study meets every Friday in the Church Conference Room at 7:00 am. The Bible study is led by the members of the group.

Contact: Joe Roberts, 318-348-9636 or joe@hhsclaw.com

Parish Life Ministries

Open to adults and youth who are interested in assisting during worship services. Children can begin to acolyte around age 7. Please contact Renee if you or your child is interested.

Contact: Renee Coleman, 318-537- 2860 or reneecoleman57@gmail.com

Open to adults who are interesting in setting the altar; caring for altar linens, vestments, and furnishings; and being present for funerals and weddings.

Volunteers who welcome new born babies and their families.

Contact: Liz McQueen, 318-372- 5343 or lmqueen@graceepisocpal.org

The cooking teams cook and grilling for special events like: pancake supper, BBQ Cook-off, and gumbo cook-off. If you would like to be on a cooking team please let us know.

Contact: Steve Sutherland, 318-355- 9119 or steviejeaux@comcast.net

The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings 6:45pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:30am to prepare for the 10:15am Choral Eucharist and other special services throughout the year.

Contact: Dr. Richard Seiler, Jr., 318-547-4027 or rdseilerjr@gmail.com

Assist in planning an implementation of our Columbarium Ministry

Contact: Steve Sutherland
318-355-9112
steviejeaux@comcast.net

Assist in preparing and teaching Confirmation and Inquirer’s classes.

Contact: Fr. Richard Norman, 318-387-6646 or rector@gracechurchmonroe.org

Adult parishioners trained to assist with Eucharist at worship services.

Contact: Joe Roberts, 318-348-9636 or joe@hhsclaw.com

Trained Eucharistic visitors work with the clergy in visiting those parishioners who are unable to receive communion at regular services.

Contact: Fr. Richard Norman, 318-387-6646 or rector@gracechurchmonroe.org

Volunteers who deliver flower arrangements to parishioners and friends in the hospital or to those who are shut-in, each Monday.

Contact: Fran Winter, 318-388-4308 or Dale Dimos, 318-235-3275

Volunteers order, arrange, and take down the arrangements on the altars for Sunday services, weddings, funerals and special events.

Contact: Marion Zentner, 318-381-4738 or marionzentner4@hotmail.com

Volunteers who work with the grounds maintenance team to keep the church campus looking beautiful by pruning, weeding, raking and cleaning on special work days. They may coordinate a spring or fall work day and gather volunteers and supplies.

Contact: Ted Hopkins, Junior Warden, 318-355-1355 or hopkinst@oibank.com

This committee coordinates and provides food and refreshments for special occasions in our church parish such as Crawfish Communion.

Contact: Susan Sparks, 318-366-0848 or sssparks@bellsouth.net

Lectors are parishioners who would like to read the lessons during the worship services.

Contact: David Verlander, 318-547-7261 or dverlander@mac.com

During the Lenten months, Grace Church hosts a Lenten Lunch series where various clergy from around the area come to offer meditation and prayer. The Lenten lunch volunteers help to plan and prepare lunches (a simple spread of soup, salad, and bread) for the Tuesday Lenten Lunch series. Setting up and taking down the lunch are some of the ways you can help, or you can sign up to cook soup or bring salad or bread.

Contact: Church Office, 318-387-6646 or secretary@gracechurchmonroe.org

This group meets occasionally to work on needle point projects like the church kneelers.

Contact: Janis Landry, 318-388-0040

Volunteers who assist the church with memorial gifts.

Contact: Regina Wood, 318-791-9744 or reginalynchwood@gmail.com

Grace parishioners who distribute orders of worship, seat visitors, collect and present the offering, and guide persons to the altar for Eucharist.

Contact: J.B. Landry, 318-237-2746 or jbl2615@comcast.net (8:00am service)

Stephen Harrison, 318-372-0222 or stephenharrison1964@gmail.com (10:15 service)

Grace parishioners who welcome newcomers to the services each week, guiding them to the nursery, Sunday School and Kilbourne Hall for fellowship after the services.

Contact: Joanne Williams, 318-267-5462

This group of gentlemen participate in events where cooking or assistance is needed! The Men of Grace participate in preparing Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday and many other cooking events in the parish life at Grace.

Contact: Steve Sutherland, steviejeaux@comcast.net