Grace, Whitestone

Rector

Date Posted September 17, 2019
Diocese Long Island (Claire Woodley)
Location Whitestone
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Urban
Compensation negotiable
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 6
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 141
Average Sunday Attendance 50
Child Population in Church School 0
Adult Population in Church School 10
Budget 250,000
Broad Church yes
Prayer Book yes
Rite II yes

Strengths

Grace is Family sized parish located in Queens and has a membership that loves their parish. Grace is committed to renewing their life together and seeking a new growth cycle. They are a can-do parish with a collegial Vestry. Grace has significant community outreach with a Food Pantry, senior community service, and a thrift shop all of which builds their community connections. Located near the center of the Whitestone community and has great potential.  The congregation is aging, but lives in an area of Queens that is turning over with many families moving in. The Church and Rectory are well maintained and a source of pride.

Challenges

Grace Church has a significant number of recent former Roman Catholics and Faith formation in the Episcopal tradition will be necessary. They are committed to a balanced budget but are in need of significant stewardship education. As an aging congregation they are longing for younger families and the tight knit nature of the community makes it somewhat difficult. Rethinking invitation, welcome and connection will be primary work.

Contact Information

Bryan Segall, Search Committee Chair

Grace Church

14-15 Clintonville St.

Whitestone, NY 11357