Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

Classes & Ministries

The Many Ministries of Grace Cathedral

Get Involved

We offer many ways to get involved and serve the liturgy or the community at Grace Cathedral. Learn more about all of our ministries below.

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 area.

Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

Sunday programs for children, youths, and teenagers that encourage familiarity with faith, worship, and conversations about life’s big questions.

Dinner with Grace

Teams prepare food and share a meal with formerly homeless people now living in supportive housing in the Tenderloin.


Men of Grace

Committed to supporting one another, Men of Grace conduct a variety of activities to deepen their faith and provide service to the cathedral and wider community.

Seniors with Grace

The cathedral’s seniors are a diverse, stimulating community of seasoned people who are aging with grace. We gather to learn, grow, stay healthy and enjoy each other’s company — and everyone is welcome at our gatherings.

Stitching Ministry

To provide knit or crocheted items to comfort, soothe and care for those who might need encouragement or support in their lives.

Ceremonial Vergers

Ceremonial Vergers help direct processions for Sunday morning services, Evensong, weddings, funerals, Diocesan events and special services.  We guide readers, preachers, and guests to their places, and help services run smoothly.  Furniture placement, the lighting of sanctuary candles, and cleanup are also parts of this ministry.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild plans decorations in the cathedral for Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, Pentecost, and occasional special services. Guild volunteers create and install arrangements and decorations, and remove them after the holidays. We seek a new Head, preferably with knowledge of the San Francisco Flower Market.

Altar Guild

Altar Guild volunteers prepare eucharistic vessels and linens for communion services on Sunday mornings, some weddings, funerals, Diocesan events and special services.  This involves setting the credence tables, then cleaning and storing all vessels and linens in the sacristy.  A mid-week volunteer also performs most of the ironing.

Bread Bakers Guild

Makes the sacramental bread for Holy Eucharist used on Sundays and in special celebrations.

Contact Kirsten Tucker for more information.


Carillon Guild

Carillonneurs, or bell ringers, share in the expression of music as worship by playing the cathedral carillon before and after worship and on special occasions.

Contact Terry Shelton for more information.


Education for Ministry (EfM)

EfM is lay education for anyone interested in spiritual development and information about the Bible, church history, and theology. Join the new summer series (July 6 – August 10) about St Paul. Read more about EfM in our blog.

Contact Roberta Sautter for more information.


Garden Guild

Meets regularly to weed, prune, replant and maintain the landscaping and gardens around the cathedral.

Contact Julia Held for more information.


Healing Ministry

Contact Peter Grace for more information.


Jail Ministry: Stories from Mom & Dad

Contact Tom Leffler for more information.



Read the lessons during worship services.

Contact Roberta Sautter for more information.


Monday Night Bible Study

Join cathedral Dean Malcolm Young for a deep dive into the Scripture readings from February 19 to March 25, 2024.

Learn more on Class for Adults page.

Preparation for Baptism, Preparation or Reception

Our 2024 class begins on February 18. Register today and learn more about Baptism at Grace Cathedral. You can also email Steph McNally, Formation Programs Manager, for more information about youth and adult baptism and confirmation.

Serve Breakfast with GLIDE

Contact Steph McNally for more information.


Sunday Book Study
This is a self-led discussion group for adult Christian education with rotating member- facilitators. We have multiple series during the year, each approximately 5 to 6 weeks in duration. Some of the authors that we have read include Borg and Crosson, Howard Thurman, Cynthia Bourgeault, Barbara Brown Taylor, C S Lewis, J Phillip Newell, Ilia Delio, Bart Ehrman, and Richard Rohr.

Learn more on Class for Adults page. Contact Bob White for more information.

Thursday Bible Study

We continued to offer our study of the Bible through reading and discussion on Zoom every Thursday from 11 am to noon, and always welcome additional participants. We read various books of the Bible in their entirety, taking as long as is necessary to explore them fully.

Learn more on Class for Adults page. Contact Peter Grace for more information.


Vocations Discernment

Contact Mary Wood for more information.


Women in Community

Women in Community started ten years ago and is a joyful group of women of faith who gather informally once a month for conversation and community in private residences or periodically at Grace Cathedral for lunch after the 11 am Sunday Eucharist. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate our love and friendships.

Contact Joanne Compean at [email protected] for more information.