Grace Cathedral makes a difference in people’s lives. Through Grace, you can make a difference while connecting with others in service and fellowship.
Grace Cathedral has a vast family of ministries, some devoted to our worship and congregation life and others in service and partnership with our neighbors. Every year, one Sunday in September, the Grace community comes together to celebrate these ministries and the Grace congregation over food, fun activities, informal conversations, and information sharing. This year, Congregation Sunday will be held on September 11 in person, on the plaza, and immediately following the 11 am service.
Congregation Sunday answers questions like “How can I get involved?” “How can I get more involved with Grace?” and finally, “How can I get to know my fellow Grace congregants better?” So many people want to contribute their time and talents to make the world a better place. Congregation Sunday pulls together concrete ways to volunteer and get more involved in the cathedral’s work while connecting directly with others in the Grace community and beyond.
This is a time to learn more about the many ministries and programs at Grace! Ministry representatives will be on the plaza for one-on-one conversations about their work: Where and when do they meet? How much time do they involve? What’s the level of commitment they require? Some, such as the Stitching Ministry, meet a few hours every two weeks, while others, like Dinner with Grace, provide regular sign-up opportunities to volunteer as your schedule permits. Over coffee and snacks, you can browse the tables, learn more from fellow Grace congregants, and explore ways to get more involved.
Here are some of the ministries that will be at Congregation Sunday:
Bayview Mission – Bayview Mission is a Special Mission of the Episcopal Diocese of California with strong support from Grace Cathedral. It provides enrichment services and meets basic needs for families with infants and toddlers, seniors, and foster care groups in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods.
Carillonneurs – Carillonneurs, or bell ringers, share in the expression of music as worship. Experienced keyboardists (piano, harpsichord, organ) and bell ringers play the cathedral carillon (bells) before and after worship and special services.
Congregation Council – The Congregation Council is a group of elected representatives that promotes community, identifies needs, and provides a voice to congregation concerns.
Dinner with Grace – Dinner with Grace builds community, engenders empathy, and combats loneliness through volunteer-prepared healthy meals shared with individuals transitioning from homelessness.
Docents – Docents lead tours describing the cathedral’s history, architecture, stained glass, and other features.
Education for Ministry – EfM is a small-group-based program of lay education in the Bible, church history, and theology that meets from September to June. Participants develop deep friendships, a way of looking at things through a theological lens, and leadership skills.
Labyrinth Guild – Supports monthly candlelight Labyrinth Walks and other events.
Men of Grace – Committed to supporting one another, Men of Grace conducts various activities to deepen faith and provide service to the cathedral and broader community.
Seniors with Grace – The cathedral’s seniors are a diverse, stimulating community of seasoned people aging with Grace. We gather to learn, grow, stay healthy and enjoy each other’s company – and everyone is welcome.
Ushers Guild – The ushers welcome and manage the flow of worship services by helping with seating, taking the collection, and guiding people during communion.
Women in Community – Gathers monthly for mutual support and fellowship, building friendships among women drawn to the Grace Cathedral community.
We hope to see you there!