|Date Posted||June 17, 2020|
Central New York (Carrie Schofield-Broadbent)
|Compensation||meets or exceeds diocesan standards|
|Communicants in Good Standing||68|
|Average Sunday Attendance||50|
|Child Population in Church School||13|
|Adult Population in Church School||24|
Inscribed over the main entrance to Grace Church are the words “Friendship and Service”. These words describe well the strength of our parish family: “Friendship” is at the heart of how we seek to create a caring, supportive community that lifts up all its members and “Service” is how we bear witness to the love of Christ, both inside and outside our walls. Our strength lies also in the diversity of our parish from age to ethnicity to economic status to sexual orientation. We have an active lay ministry program and a new lay preaching program which are expanding the roles that parishioners play in the life of the church. Although not a wealthy parish, our financial situation is stable and through community partnerships and a vibrant volunteer work ethic, we are able to do much with little.
We cherish the multi-ethnic diversity of our congregation, which is unique within the Diocese of Central New York. However, it is also a significant and important ongoing challenge to retain, nourish and grow this diversity. In addition, although we sit at the doorstep of major institutions of higher learning (specifically, Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University), we have struggled to make lasting connections with students, faculty and staff.
Our facilities are in excellent shape with a new, commercial kitchen; elevator lifts; and new office, fellowship and meeting spaces. These beautiful spaces are underutilized and could be a greater source of additional revenue to support parish ministries.
We have a good website, active Facebook presence and weekly online and print newsletters. However, the church needs to continue to expand our communications within the parish and better engage with the larger community.
Since its founding in 1871, Grace Church has been a beacon for social justice and progressive activism. Our nation is facing extreme challenges, but also unprecedented opportunities for fundamental, meaningful change. The people at Grace know they have a role to play in promoting peace and justice in our community and spreading the knowledge of God’s universal love.
The Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent
Episcopal Diocese of Central New York