Grace Episcopal Church, Newton MA
|Date Posted||April 29, 2023|
Massachusetts (Carol Gallagher, Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell)
|Diocesan Compensation Info||https://www.diomass.org/sites/diomass/files/documents/Compensation%20and%20Benefits%20Guidelines%20for%202019.pdf|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Is there a rectory?||No|
|Communicants in Good Standing||200|
|Average Sunday Attendance||80|
|Child Population in Church School||22|
|Adult Population in Church School||40|
|Teacher Population in Church School||13|
Liturgical style and practice
Grace Church’s liturgical style is Eucharistic Centered BCP Rite II, with a dose of vibrant, joyful worship. With Holy Eucharist in the center, the Liturgy of the Word plays a prominent role in our worship. Attentive listeners, we appreciate sermons that illuminate the readings, relate the lessons to our daily lives and engage us both intellectually and spiritually. Rich with lay involvement, many parishioners serve on the altar each Sunday. Children and youth play a vital and cherished role as acolytes, chalice bearers and occasional lectors. Music is a vital component of worship at Grace, and ranges from ancient chants and Renaissance motets to spirituals and contemporary works by living composers. At the Sign of Peace both visitors and Grace folk are warmly welcomed and acknowledged, with the hugs and salutations often running into the announcements.
Grace is a parish that values the tremendous and varied ways that parishioners, clergy and our dedicated staff contribute their time, treasure and talents to our life together. The abundance of welcome, the sincerity of caring and our shared yearning to learn and grow in God’s love brings parishioners back week after week. A genuine acceptance of each person wherever they are on their spiritual journey, from the altar and the pews, creates a safe and unique place where we celebrate life’s joys and share the burden of life’s greatest challenges. We work hard to care for each other, our church building and grounds, and our neighbors. We are eager to welcome our new clergy leader into our shared life together, and to partner with and support them. In the last four years we raised nearly $3M to complete a major renovation of our tower and bells, while also increasing our annual pledges.
Grace Church is committed to being a community “where all are welcomed with kindness.” And, at the same time, we recognize that our faith community today does not reflect the racial, socio-economic or age diversity of the neighborhoods surrounding the church and that we need to find ways to be more radical in our efforts to include and empower newcomers in meaningful ways so they feel a sense of truly belonging. Finally, as we conclude our three-year capital campaign, we appreciate the need to solidify and increase our operating revenue to reduce our reliance on our endowment. Addressing these recognized challenges will draw us closer to being the community we know we are called by God to be.
For more information see our parish profile here: https://www.diomass.org/clergy_transition
And see our OTM portfolio on TEC OTM website
Please send a letter of interest, resume and OTM Portfolio to The Rev. Canon Martha Hubbard, email@example.com, by June 15, 2023.