Gathering in Worship
We offer two in-person worship opportunities led by our rector, the Rev. Seldon Walker: a Rite I service at 8 a.m. in the historic church; and a Rite II service at 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
The Rite I service is more traditional but does include some music. The Rite II service is more contemporary, with congregational hymns and a broader musical selection.
Masks are currently required for all indoor worship, regardless of vaccination status. Nursery care is available on the lower level of the Parish Hall for children ages 4 and younger between 8:45 and 11:30 a.m.
We will continue to offer at least one livestream worship service on Sundays. For now, the 10:15 a.m. service will be offered for virtual visitors at GraceYorktown.online.church. There’s no login or membership required (though you may choose to do that) and no need to type in a .org or .com when you get on the internet. Services will be recorded and posted to Grace’s YouTube channel shortly after the service concludes.
You may watch past services on our YouTube channel. A sampling of audio-only sermon recordings from longtime rector The Rev. Carleton Bakkum, who retired June 30, 2019 after 30 years’ leadership at Grace; now-retired Associate Rector The Rev. Dr. Connie Jones and former Associate Rector The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline R. Soltys are available by clicking here.
We invite you to join us between services – that’s from 9 to 10 a.m. – for our formation hour. We’ll offer an Adult Forum, Sunday School for children and confirmation class for our high school students. Check our events calendar to see what’s in store.
Sunday’s bulletin is typically available online the Friday before services. You can see it at our online streaming location: GraceYorktown.online.church. It’s also linked in our weekly e-newsletter, the FridayGram. For those watching the 10:15 a.m. livestream service, the bulletin appears on the screen alongside the service, although this may be too small for easy reading on some devices.
Miss a service or want to watch all or part of it again? Head to Grace’s YouTube channel, where we post all livestreamed services shortly after they conclude.
Wednesday Healing Eucharist
Slow down and join us at noon Wednesdays in the historic church for a holy eucharist service with healing, led by our rector The Rev. Seldon Walker. This service typically concludes after about 40 minutes. As with all of our in-person, indoor services and events during this phase of the pandemic, properly worn masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
Daily Morning Prayer
On weekdays we invite you to participate in Daily Morning Prayer, a ritual that helps to start the day off in a contemplative way. Grace follows the “Forward Day by Day” booklets, which are available in the church office in both pocketbook- and large-print formats. You may also access “Forward Day by Day” online by clicking here.
Grace’s Centering Prayer Group each Monday practices a particular kind of wordless, contemplative prayer grounded in Matthew 6:8 – “Wherever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to the Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Developed in its modern form by the late Fr. Thomas Keating, it has deep roots in ancient contemplative Christian spirituality. It is open to all and first-timers are provided brief instruction. The experience begins at 7:30 a.m. Mondays with short readings about Centering Prayer practice and from Scripture. Then comes 20 minutes of silence and a time for reflection – all concluding at 8:15 a.m.
Grace’s Centering Prayer Group meets in the Parlor during “normal” times; during the pandemic it has shifted to Zoom. Contact the office, 757-898-3261 or communications@GraceChurchYorktown.org, for the Zoom link.