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An inclusive Episcopal community practicing the way of Jesus by loving our neighbors, striving for justice, growing spiritually, and celebrating in word, music, and art.
An inclusive Episcopal community practicing the way of Jesus by loving our neighbors, striving for justice, growing spiritually, and celebrating in word, music, and art.

VISITORS

Come as you are! Our people come to church dressed in whatever way makes them feel comfortable. That can be casual, or “Sunday best,” and often you will see both sitting right next to each other in the pew in front of you.

We continue to monitor Hennepin County COVID statistics using the CDC's current
data. The COVID caution-level in Hennepin County has been low recently. If you are vaccinated you may mask at your discretion. Please check our Members page for last-minute changes to our worship schedule or COVID practices.

Worship Schedule
Sundays: 10AM worship (choir, eucharist, full liturgy)
Wednesdays: 5:30PM Centering prayer group
First Friday of the month: 7PM Taizé prayer service (silence, prayers, contemplative music) Taizé services are NOT held in June, July, August, or January.
Second Tuesday of the month: 7PM Healing prayer service

We worship in our church building at 4557 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Our services are available online too. We share recordings of our Sunday morning worship on YouTube after the live service ends.

Location and Parking

Located at the crossroads of the East Harriet, King Field, Lynnhurst, and Tangletown neighborhoods of Minneapolis, you can easily find us between Lake Harriet and 35W on 46th Street. We're just a short walk west of bus stop 2855 and 57203. We have a parking lot on the northeast corner of Bryant Ave and 46th St (just east of our building), but you may also park along the city streets in our neighborhood.

You may use any of our three entrances on Sunday mornings. There is a wheelchair ramp on the south side of the building at our 46th St entrance. There is also a reserved parking space at the foot of the ramp. Once inside the south door, you’ll find an elevator to the worship level immediately to your left.

Because we have changed our parish's name recently, some mapping programs still have us listed as "St. Luke's Episcopal" or "Sts. Luke & James". That's us! Same folks, just a new name: Grace Episcopal Church!

Worship Style

Here at Grace we hold the middle ground between "high church" (think formal English cathedral) and "low church" (unscripted). We follow the traditional structures of Episcopal worship and order our service according to the liturgies laid out in the Book of Common Prayer.

Although we always follow the traditional Episcopal liturgies (more on this below), we may present these worship elements in a variety of ways. While we usually feature choral music from the Anglican tradition, we have explored worship with gospel, jazz, and classical chamber music. The point is, at Grace we enjoy traversing worship styles while maintaining a focus on the unity of the sacraments.

Liturgy / Rituals

The Episcopal worship service is filled with historical rituals. If you grew up in a formal, liturgical church, these rites will make you feel right at home. If you are trying out the Episcopal church for the first time, don't worry. You'll receive a guide to the service when you arrive. It's okay to be a little uncertain sometimes. Even people who have been attending an Episcopal Church all their lives often have to look around to see what they are supposed to do! So do what the people around you are doing and enjoy.

After-Service Options

Coffee Hour
After the worship time ends, we invite you to stay for a while. In our library, across the lobby from the front exit, you will find some free snacks. We encourage you to pause there and have a treat so we can greet you. We hope you’ll decide to return!

Adult Forum
On many Sundays we hold educational conversations shortly after the worship service ends. The topic will be announced at the end of our morning worship time.

Membership

Becoming a Member
All are welcome, all the time, to come to our services and events. We are apprentices of the way of Jesus, and if you are looking to join that journey, these three steps will lead you deeper into God’s life in the midst of this community.

1. Join in worship
We gather for worship every Sunday, and offer monthly opportunities for Healing Prayer and Taize worship as well. Apprenticing ourselves to Jesus is a contact sport – we need to make time to meet God and each other regularly.

2. Practice your faith
The promises we make at baptism include these five commitments, a blueprint for the Christian life.
Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

I will, with God’s help.
There are infinite ways to put these promises into action. How will you live them out? Take time to pray and consider concrete ways these five commitments show up in your life, and how the Holy Spirit might be calling you to try new ways of living them out.

3. Invest in the congregation
  • Invest your time and your skills by joining in an event, small group, or ministry team! This is the best way to get to know others in the congregation. You can find opportunities here and by talking with staff and members.
  • Invest your resources! Financial pledges – a promise of how you will give money over the calendar year – fund our church. Your financial pledge is a way of committing to the ongoing life of our congregation. Make a commitment that works for you and helps you feel like your resources are going to support something you really care about. Whether it’s $5 a week or something more, the important thing is to make a commitment. You may pledge or give online.
Practical steps for membership
  • Let us know! Reach out to office@graceepiscopalmpls.org to let us know you are ready to become a member. That will let us make sure we have your contact information, get you plugged into our database and communications, and connect you with next steps.
  • If you’re coming from another Episcopal church, we will ask you to transfer your ‘letter’ – you can reach out to the office at that church, and they’ll send us a formal letter of transfer.
  • A few times a year, we have gatherings for newcomers to meet each other, key leaders, and be welcomed during a worship service.
  • Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation are all ways that we mark membership in the context of worship. Talk to the clergy to find out which one might be right for you.

Children

In Our Worship Space
The Pray Ground

One of our deepest values here at Grace is our commitment to children and youth meeting God in worship. The intention of the Pray ground is to facilitate prayerful responses to worship.

It is a space for people ages 0 - 100 to be part of worship together with options for sitting, space to wiggle when needed and age appropriate resources to keep hands busy.

We are blessed to have kids in worship and space for all to show up as their authentic selves.

For everyone who takes part in using the Pray Ground, be extra gentle with each other, help each other be respectful of other people’s space and safety. Help each other reflect prayerful voices and movements.

Parents/Guardians, if your kiddos are in the Pray Ground on their own, we ask you to check in with them outside of worship about how they can make our space safe and welcoming for everyone. Ask them how they can bring their gifts and love to church too.

In Our Child Care Room
Childcare Room available Sundays, beginning at 9:15am

At Grace we offer a loving safe environment for our youngest members, birth - age 5. The childcare room is on the 2nd floor which is accessed by the west stairwell from the Commons. Our Childcare Room is staffed by two caregivers beginning at 9:15 am through the passing of the Peace during worship. When possible the caregivers will bring our little ones into worship so they can also be part of the Communion experience and will unite with parents/caregivers if possible. If you would like your little ones to stay in the care of our caregivers please communicate your needs with them and if you would like your little ones to stay in the childcare room beyond the end of worship so you can attend the Forum in the worship space 11:30am - 12:15pm following Coffee Hour.

In Our Classrooms
Godly Play

Godly Play is a Montessori based process of storytelling and wondering that we use as our Children's Formation. Sundays 9:00 - 9:50am. Following Godly Play the children have 10 min. of transition time to connect with their parents/guardians to either sit with them in worship or to get settled in the Pray Ground. To learn more about the Godly Play experience visit the
https://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/.

Godly Play – Atrium 1 Ages 4-6 Focus on the Old, New Testament and sacrament core stories. Our children have the opportunity to wonder and interact with the stories.

Godly Play – Atrium 2 Ages 7-11 Focus on diving deeper into the core stories and utilize more resources and experiences in order to develop a connection between the stories and their own daily life experiences.

Join Us!

Sunday Morning Worship
10AM

Taizé Prayer Service
7PM, first Friday of most months

Healing Prayer Service
7PM, second Tuesday of each month
Phone: 612-524-9180
Email: office@graceepiscopalmpls.org


Our parking lot is located on the NE corner of 46th & Bryant Ave.
Grace Episcopal Church
4557 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419