Growing in Faith. Creating an Inclusive Community.

Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Easter IV

Worship Service 

with Holy Eucharist 

in person at 

8 am, 9:15 am, & 11 am

Service Bulletin

Bishop's Visit on Sunday, April 28th

Please join us on April 28th at 10 am

for a service of Holy Eucharist with

The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin,

Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island.

There will also be a service of Holy Eucharist

at 8 am on April 28th;

but no 9:15 am family service or 11 am service that day.

Livestream and Audio Update

Due to equipment failure, Grace Church is working on repairs and upgrades to our audio and livestream systems. Unfortunately, therefore, we will not be able to livestream Sunday services until further notice. Thank you for your patience while these systems are offline. We will make an announcement as soon as our livestream capabilities have been restored.

Elinor Wilder Memorial Service

Sunday, April 21, 2024

2 pm 


 Please join family and friends for a Celebration of the Life of Elinor Dean Wilder, this Sunday, April 21st at 2pm.

A reception in the Guild Hall will follow the service.

Red Hook Farm 2024

Pictured left to right: Theresa Seabaugh, Taylor Allen, Denise Farrell, Elizabeth Martin.

Red Hook Farm 2024

Pictured: Bill Fuchsman

Red Hook Farms

Grace Church spent last Saturday morning at the Red Hook Columbia St Farm. While battling wind and rogue raspberry vines, we enjoyed working side-by-side with volunteers from all over the city. We spent our time pulling weeds (the organic way of weed-reduction) and turning compost, all to prepare for the season. Planting starts in 2 weeks!

As part of our mission to ensure that our neighbors have access to healthy food, Grace Church volunteers monthly. Last year, these Brooklyn farms produced over 30,000 lbs of organic produce for our Red Hook neighbors. This is a wonderful opportunity to be outside, get your hands dirty, and spend time with our fellow New Yorkers in a wonderful spirit of community. 

Mark your calendars- Our farm dates are: May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12 and November 9. Please contact Theresa Seabaugh at with your questions. Farm volunteers must be 14 years or older. 

If you would like to volunteer on May 11, please sign up here.

Middle School Parents Gathering on Sunday, May 5th

Who:   Parents of Middle Schoolers 
What:  A Bagel Meet and Greet with Elise Topazian & Discussion of Opportunities for Middle Schoolers
When:  Sunday, May 5th, 10:15-10:45 am
Where: The North Room
Come and meet Elise Topazian, our new volunteer for Ministry with Middle and High Schoolers. We also need your input and help for a Middle School Sunday School program in the fall! 

ELEVATE Summer Camp at Camp DeWolfe

Introducing "Elevate 2024", a brand new program for youth ages 10-17

Ready for some summer fun?! The Diocese of Long Island is excited to announce the revival of Summer Camp out at Camp DeWolfe! In partnership with the Camp DeWolfe team, we'll take campers on an exploration to ELEVATE and expand their understanding of what God has in store for all of us. Camp runs from July 25th - 28th.

Experience a weekend of faith, friendship, and excitement!

The registration deadline is July 1st.

Learn More!

Pictured from left to right: Jane Nelson, Harriet De Ceunynck, Rev. Leandra Lambert, Robin Ketchum and Coach Yakik Rumley, President of Convent Avenue Baptist Church’s Prison Ministry

Volunteer to Register Voters on Rikers Island

As part of the Vote in NYC Jails Coalition, the NYC Department of Corrections Division of Programs and Community Partnerships need volunteers to register individuals in custody. The May registration date is Wednesday, May 22nd. For more information, please email Rev. Leandra Lambert at

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of contemplative prayer in which we rest silently in the presence of God. It is a very simple method that is easy to learn. We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words, but this is not the only form of prayer. 

Zoom sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes with a 20 minute period of silence. Instructions on how to participate are part of each session.

The link for Centering Prayer is:

Barbara Harris Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Diocese of Long Island’s Reparations Committee is now accepting applications for the Barbara C. Harris Scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2024. Click on the link below for more info!

Applications and More Info

Episcopal Church 2024-2025 Educational Scholarships

Scholarships are limited to Episcopalian full-time students and part-time students enrolled in a degree program or equivalent certificate program at an accredited, post-secondary institution.

Application deadline: April 15, 2024 

Robbyn yoga

Yoga at Grace Church

Join certified yoga instructor Robbyn McCauley on the first Sunday of each month for a yoga class in the gym at Grace Church. Our next class will be held Sunday, May 5th at 1 pm. 

Robbyn began her yoga practice in 1998, and has been practicing off and on since then. In 2020, she earned her 95 hour certification in youth, children's and trauma-informed teens' yoga. Most recently, another opportunity came to light and Robbyn immersed herself in a weekend long retreat and earned a certification in restorative yoga. Robbyn has a love of Iyengar's teaching and always focuses on alignment, safe sequencing, and trauma-informed language during all of her classes.

Email to register and please tell us the following: 1. Do you have any yoga experience? and 2. Do you need a mat?

Grace Church and St. Paul’s, Atlanta are pleased to announce a 2024 Pilgrimage to highlight racial equity and social justice. Beginning in Tennessee, pilgrims will continue over eight days through Mississippi, Alabama, concluding in Georgia. Our time together will expose you to the shapers and keepers of history, including religious and civic leaders, librarians, educators and cultural curators. Traveling during an election year and this tender time in our national life, you will also engage with local and national leaders to learn from history about courage and faithful witness in uncertain times. Throughout the pilgrimage our reflections will center on the truth of two foundational questions: Who am I? and Who does God need me to be right now. For more information, please email Rev. Leandra Lambert at

Rector's Bible Study

The Rector’s Bible Study meets in the McKittrick Choir Room on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. This term, we are studying the Book of Isaiah.

if you cannot make it in person, participants can also join via Zoom:

Should you have any questions, please reach out directly to the Rector at

Sunday School & Spring Calendar

Children in grades K*-5 are invited to participate in Sunday SchoolClasses meet from 10:15–10:45 am in Classroom 2 (on Sundays with one 10 am service only, Sunday School meets from 9:15-9:45 am). Volunteers lead children in 30-minute sessions focusing on Bible stories, using the Storymakers curriculum.


The spring Sunday school schedule can be found here.

Please note: Snacks will be served upstairs in the Guild Hall at the end of Sunday School. Please eat in the Guild Hall and not in the classroom.


*If your child is not yet a reader but would like to attend Sunday School, they can attend with a parent to help with the activities.

The Rector's Discretionary Fund

Even the most meticulously crafted budget can’t always cover an unexpected emergency, e.g. a child’s trip to the ER; a car vandalized and needing an expensive part; an elderly parent in another city requiring help.

Since it was established in 2004, the Rector’s Discretionary Fund has given to parishioners in circumstances like these. The need is great, especially after the pandemic, with more on the horizon, and the sole source of funding for this important fund is the generous contributions of our congregation, helping members of our Grace community when they are facing temporary financial hardship.

Contributing to this important fund fulfills our parish goal of Serving with Compassion. If you would like to participate, you can do so by using our online payment system, Realm. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to Grace Church Brooklyn Heights with Rector’s Discretionary Fund on the memo line.

Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Evening Prayer

Grace Church offers Evening Worship every Tuesday - Friday at 5pm online.

To attend Evening Prayer online, please use the following Zoom link: .

Parish Prayer Concerns & Thanksgivings

This week, we pray that the Church may manifest God’s love in truth and action to all people. That we, who know God’s love, and enjoy so much of the world’s bounty, may respond compassionately and generously to our brothers and sisters in need. That we at Grace Church, who are called by the Good Shepherd, may have the courage to follow Jesus, and the openness to welcome others who hear his call. That all who are searching may encounter life and wholeness, and so find the shepherd who searches for them and cares for them. That Joe, our president; Kathy, our governor; Eric, our mayor, and all members of our judiciary will deliberate on matters of great importance to our country with honesty, equity, and justice. That God will give hearts like the Good Shepherd and compassion toward those who suffer to all who lead the nations of the world; we fervently pray that they may have the wisdom to turn away from escalating violence, and towards dialogue and peace. That God will shepherd and shield all those who are in danger in the Middle East, Ukraine, Sudan, and all places where war and violence threaten lives. That God will lead those who are hungry, homeless and unemployed, and those seeking refuge, to the resources they need; may God open many hearts to assist them and, in particular, show us how we may help. That we may be good shepherds to all of God’s creatures, and good stewards for all of God’s creation. For those wounded by rejection or disappointment. For those who endure chronic or incurable illnesses, and those who care for sick or aging loved ones. For those in any need or trouble, and for those commended to our prayers, especially Lucy, Cheryl, Mother Joanne Izzo, Ray, Tom C., Lally, Vivian H., Judy, Anita; Tom K.; Trey; Lenore; Marilyn; Lauren; Ladson & Xandria; Christine; Heidi; Linda K.; Judith H.; Sarah Jane, Patti & Steve; Irma; Amanda; Judith & Sandra; Pam; Jane P.; Barbara; and Carrie. For those who have died, and those who mourn. Risen Lord, Alleluia! Hear our prayer.

Grace Notes Submissions

Announcement submissions for Grace Notes and Sunday bulletin can be sent to Melissa Kelly, Parish Administrator. All submissions must be received no later than Thursday at 10 am in order to be included in that week's e-newsletter and bulletin. Thank you!

Sunday Services at Grace

Grace Church holds in-person services at 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11 am each Sunday unless otherwise noted. All are welcome.We have child care available for those who need it during the 9:15 am and 11 am services. 

Join us for coffee hour! Please join us for coffee and snacks after each service. 

If you have any questions about our worship schedule, please contact Melissa Kelly, Parish Administrator, at or (718) 624-1850 x 10.

The Common Cup

Holy Eucharist is offered in both kinds, bread and wine. The wine is offered from the common cup (drinking directly from the chalice). Intinction is not permitted.  At communion time, after receiving the bread, proceed to the eucharistic minister to receive the wine by drinking directly from the chalice. Those not wishing to drink from the chalice may cross their arms and reverence the cup.

Giving to Grace

We are happy to let you know that you can make a pledge or general offering donations by text! 

Please send a text to 73256 with the message "GraceBrooklyn". The first time, you will be prompted to provide your name and address, including your credit card number. If you save that information for future use, the second offering by text will be immediate. You can also make one-time pledge payments and general offering donations online here.

If you would like to set up a recurring pledge payment on Realm, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, for an invitation to join

In Remembrance or Gratitude...

Altar flowers are a wonderful way to express gratitude for life's blessings or to memorialize a loved one.

If you would like to contribute altar flowers, please contact Melissa Kelly in the parish office. The suggested donation, which covers the cost of the altar flowers for Sunday services, is $200. An acknowledgment will be included in the service bulletin.

Weekday Visits to Grace

When you visit, please use the Clergy Door, which is the first door on your right in the Hicks Street courtyard. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Public visiting hours for the church sanctuary are Monday-Friday from 3-5 pm.

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