Grace in the Community
At Grace Episcopal Church we “seek and serve Christ in all persons” by reaching out to our community and beyond.
Grace Episcopal Church has a very active outreach ministry in the Norwood and surrounding communities.
B-SAFE: The Bishop’s Summer Academic & Fun Enrichment Program provides a safe, fun, academically enriching environment for 500 elementary and middle school children in Boston each summer. It relies heavily on volunteers from churches in the diocese to provide breakfasts, lunches, snacks, reading time and Friday field trips at one of six B-SAFE locations in Boston and Chelsea. Grace Church has been participating in this outreach experience since 2007 and is an opportunity to do hands-on outreach work in our own state. We have had the pleasure to help at the Mattapan site for the past several years and we partner with Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan to sponsor and work one of the five weeks of this summer day camp adventure. To learn more about the B-SAFE program click here.
Recovery Meetings: We support those in recovery, and families and loved ones of individuals facing substance abuse issues. Our parish provides space for an AA group that meets every weekday morning at 7 AM and an Al-Anon group that meets Friday nights at 7:00 PM. For more information, see our Events Calendar.
Saint Rock Haiti Foundation: We start collecting much needed school supplies for the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation and on Christmas Eve we gather all offerings to send to the Foundation for their school programs.
Christmas Tree Sales: This event, held throughout the month of December, raises funds for the ministries of Grace Episcopal Church.
Blue Christmas: A holiday service offered to support those who are grieving from a loss or who struggle around the holidays.
Pastoral Care Team: This ministry to elderly, ill and hospitalized parishioners provides comfort and assistance through home and hospital visits and telephone follow-up.
Parish Facilities: The parish often furnishes use of the facility for support groups and community activities such as the Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood and Weight Watchers. Our historic Sunken Garden is the site of the Norwood Public Schools Sculpture Show each May.
We Care About Our Community!
Grace Church provides funding and other forms of support for a number of programs that help people in need in and around our community. Local charitable organizations that Grace Episcopal Church has supported in the past include:
Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood (located right here at Grace Episcopal Church, assisting more than 350 families each month)
Norwood Gift of Warmth Fund (tax deductible fund to help residents pay their heating bills during times of financial hardship)
A variety of other local, state and international charities.