April 6, 2007 News for and about Grace Episcopal Church


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Easter is Special This Year at Grace
Easter Fire

From the Vicar ...

The Celebration of our Lord's Resurrection this year has special implications for Grace Church. We have an exciting and busy week coming up. In addition to the usual Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday services, we are hosting Good Friday and Easter Vigil services as well. What a wonderful contrast to the situation at Grace Church just 16 months ago!

Good Friday

On Good Friday, there will be a three-hour service at Grace beginning at Noon sponsored by the College Hill Ministerium. The St. Claire Reader’s Theatre will present the Gospel according to St. John and Praise Dancers from St. Simon of Cyrene will also participate. Clergy from the area will preach and lead prayers. This series of meditations, prayers and hymns is designed so you can arrive when you can and leave when you must.

Easter Vigil

Four area Episcopal Churches are coming together at Grace to celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm Easter Eve.

Clergy and choirs from St. Stephen's, Finneytown, St. James, Westwood, St. Philip's, Northside, and Grace Church are combining to offer this very moving Easter worship. Our Visitor for the evening is the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Omosebi, who visited us this past December. We expect that Grace Church will be a marvelous venue for this service.

The ancient Vigil service begins with the Lighting of the New Fire in the darkened church and procession of the lighted Paschal Candle to the Altar. Then comes a segment of lessons and prayers offered by members of the participating congregations--followed by Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception. This is all followed and completed by the celebration of the first Holy Eucharist of Easter.

Several people from Grace Church will be Baptized, Confirmed, or Received from other communions. The fact that we have these persons wishing to unite with our congregation is tremendously exciting.

This service does not replace the 10:00 Easter Day Holy Eucharist. Because of the special nature of this event, it would be well worth anyone's while to take part in both services. (Do I ask too much?)

See you in church--a lot!

God is good. ALL THE TIME!

Fr. John

Grace Grounds Greenup/Cleanup Scheduled

A Work Day for our Grounds will be held on Saturday, April 14. Work will include raking, spreading mulch, planting, cleaning winter debris, and other general tasks. Sign up to help by emailing office@gracecollegehill.org. The rain date is Saturday April 21.

Summer Camp 2007 Scheduled at Procter
Summer Camp

Camp Dates and Prices have been established for summer camp at Procter.

  • Entering Grades 4/5, July 24-28, $200
  • Entering Grades 6/7, June 18-23, $200
  • Entering Grades 8/9, June 25-30, $200
  • Entering Grades 10-12, July 2-7, $200
  • Family Camp, July 19-22, Adults $100, Under 18 $50
  • Adventure Camp, July 15-19, $200
  • Creative Arts Camp, July 24-28, $200
See details on these neat camps for all ages here.

Leadership Training Coming This Fall

The Anglican Academy is now accepting applications for the 2007-2008 class of the Southern Ohio Lay Leadership Initiative (SOLLI).

This two-year program prepares lay leaders for effective service in congregations, the diocese and ecumenical agencies. There is a charge for the program but scholarships are available. If interested, see Fr. Bower or John Thayer.

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