In light of the shelter-in-place recommendations extended into the foreseeable future, Grace Cathedral will remain closed until further notice. During this unprecedented moment we see a unique opportunity to experience community, faith and one another in new ways. We invite you to join our live stream services, online events and virtual gatherings. Visit our calendar of online events, and connect with us on social media. Love, peace, hope and the arts live online at Grace.
As we continue to do everything in our power to keep our community safe during this pandemic, we give thanks for all those who work tirelessly to develop and distribute the COVID vaccines. We celebrate with healthcare workers, seniors, and others in our Grace family who have already received the vaccine and continue to hope and pray for a day when the vaccine will be available to all who desire it. Learn more about getting vaccinated in San Francisco.
Community Support During the Pandemic
The coronavirus has created great hardship across our community, and Grace Cathedral is taking action, distributing resources, building new bridges through technology, and connecting with those in need.
- Supporting our Bayview Mission as it distributes free homemade face masks to six Bay Area food pantries, offers a clothing swap, stocks up an outlet of the Little Free Library, and distributes bags of grocery staples, infant supplies and children’s crafts.
- Joining with GLIDE and other faith leaders in a unified effort to ask San Francisco city leaders to test people living in shelters for COVID-19 and to house shelter residents in hotel rooms to reduce the population number in the shelters and bring the unhoused off the streets.
- Advocating at the state level for rent and mortgage relief for those in marginalized jobs who have seen their income drastically reduced by the economic impact of the stay-at-home mandates.
- Hosting an online Memorial Evensong on March 18 to honor those who have died from COVID-19.
- Partnered with the Episcopal Impact Fund and Episcopal Community Services on Good Friday to raise over $10,000 for their emergency funds that provide immediate relief to the most vulnerable in our community experiencing poverty and homelessness who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Initiated an emergency fund and raised $40,000 to offer relief to out-of-work families of The Community Preschool, enabling them to cover rent, groceries and other essential living expenses.
- Lit our cathedral home as a visible beacon of hope and inspiration in support of the sick, front-line workers, first responders and hospitality industry professionals.
- Led our neighborhood in the feel-good sing-along #SingOutSF with Director of Music Canon Benjamin Bachmann playing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on the cathedral carillon on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
- Hosting a robust schedule of the Online Winter Forum conversations featuring sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts.
- Upcoming we have a remarkable virtual performance of Seven Last Words of Christ, Joseph Haydn’s reflection for Good Friday, featuring the musicians of the Alexander String Quartet each recording his part separately.
- The Community Preschool teachers are offer online education and activities to nurture the imaginations of our curious students and to keep them engaged and inspired to learn.
- We offer Yoga at Grace classes online so our 600 weekly participants can join in from home.
- Establishing phone trees for clergy and peer outreach to offer one-on-one comfort and connection for over 700 members of our congregation.
- Engaging our community in spiritual rejoicing in an online celebration of Easter reaching worshipers worldwide.
- Inviting our wider community to drop in online for Daily Morning Prayer and weekly Bible study.
- Gathering for faithful fun and making new friends by providing Godly Play and Grace Quest Zoom Time online classes for kindergarten to sixth-grade students.
- Creating resources for individuals and households to observe Holy Week at Home, while also transitioning the liturgies for this sacred time to livestreamed, online formats.
- Building a bridge around the world by encouraging participation in Light a Candle: Prayer and Action for COVID-19 on Sundays, as a visible message of hope and symbol of the light of God’s love that demonstrated solidarity in support of those working to contain the COVID-19 virus and those who are most vulnerable.
While this time of physical distancing continues, volunteers are reaching out to congregants through a phone tree. Please fill out our Homebound, But Not Alone form to participate. We will be in touch to hear how you are doing and help all of us stay connected with one another and with Grace.
As the cathedral of the Diocese of California, we are closely following the direction of our bishop regarding public worship. Click here to read the most recent communications from the bishop and his recommendations to the churches in our diocese.