|Date Posted||September 15, 2020|
Bethlehem (Sandy Million)
|Average Sunday Attendance||41|
|Child Population in Church School||5|
Grace is a tightknit community with a fairly even combination of members who have been here a long time and those who have joined in the last 5-10 years. There is a strong core membership that gives freely and regularly of their talents to various ministries and activities including our Music Ministry; Parish Life Committee; St. Martha’s Guild; Sunday School; Ushers Program; diocesan-wide conventions and worship events; and the physical maintenance of our church building and rectory. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has offered the opportunity for us to thoughtfully pursue creative and new ways of gathering and to recognize, in a very tangible way, that 'the building' is not our church. We are the church. And we are embracing this opportunity to re-imagine our church encompassing both physical gatherings, as well as virtual gatherings that will engage both parishioners and our greater community.
The COVID pandemic has brought on recent challenges in keeping members engaged in worship, giving, and the life of the church. We have been working to call each member of the church to keep up personal connections in an effort to help with that. As with many parishes, Grace struggles with growing our congregation, and especially with attracting young people. We are working on ways to collaborate with other churches and organizations to find new ways of not only reaching new people, but also engaging our current members in ministry. We have a sizable endowment, but do not want to become overly reliant on it for funding.
The Rev. Megan Dembi, Diocesan Transition Minister