Because we know Jesus, we love Him, and because we love Him, we serve Him; in fact, it is in serving Him we come to know Him better. At Grace by the Sea there are many opportunities for you to become involved, both within and beyond the congregation. We are also interested in supporting any ministry congruent with our values that the Lord may have placed on your heart. We believe that the local congregation does not exist in order to be served, but rather to serve the development and ministry of its faithful members.
Within the congregation:
Alpha is a short course that explore the validity and relevance of the Christian Faith; tailored for married couples and marriage preparation, for teens, college age young people, those in the work force, members of the military and those serving and working in correctional facilities. Offered as scheduled, Alpha provides an opportunity for small group leadership, hospitality and many other support ministries.
THE MARRIAGE COURSE
A short course designed especially for husbands and wives, and part of the ALPHA ministry, the Marriage Course is for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, whether they have been together 1 or 61 years and whether they have a strong relationship or are struggling.Offered as scheduled, like the ALPHA course, there are many opportunities for ministry and service.
MEALS TO SHUT-INS
Parish members provide meals to parish families especially during emergency and crisis situations.
Members of the Grace by the Sea church family provide local transportation to members unable to drive themselves to appointments.
A dedicated group of parishioners who pray, in strict confidence, for the needs of referred individuals.
Prayer teams are available each Sunday during Holy Communion. They pray as the Holy Spirit leads, in response to congregant’s requests.
CRUCIFER & ACOLYTES
These young people and adults serve The Lord, by assisting the priest during the worship service.
Assisting congregational worship by reading assigned portions of Scripture each week.
These dedicated parishioners prepare all the things necessary at the Altar for the celebration of Holy Communion and any of the other sacraments of the Church including flowers.
Adds the beauty of music to enhance worship. For those who love to praise the Lord through song and instrument.
USHERS AND GREETERS
Our ushers greet everyone upon arrival with a huge smile and welcoming handshake or hug. They then hand out bulletins and provide all necessary direction, especially to guests. Later, during the service they assist the congregation as they come up for Communion.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
These faithful stewards take the Holy Sacraments to those members of the church family that are housebound. During the Sunday morning Eucharist they assist the clergy in the administration of the sacrament.
We are a social people and we love to fellowship together. What makes these times of fellowship so special is the care and attention of our hospitality teams that provide for both food and refreshments.
The quilt group makes lap quilts for parishioners who are hospitalized or convalescing. Each knot represents a personal prayer for the recipient.
Outside the congregation:
Kairos Prison Ministry International addresses the spiritual needs of those men and women that are incarcerated by taking to them the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness.
Help House is a local, non-profit food bank. Parishioners donate food items the first Sunday of each month. The donations are gathered by parish young people for delivery to the facility, where they are distributed to needy members of the community.
These specific food parcels are assembled by parish members and are delivered to families in need.
PREGNANCY CARE CENTER
Provides loving care in tangible ways for single women of families facing unplanned pregnancy.
WALK TO EMMAUSWalk to Emmaus
A lay person led, Christ centered, three day retreat to experience the love of Jesus Christ.