Parish Life at Grace Church aims to foster a welcoming and friendly spirit within our parish through ongoing activities and special events which strive to build a deeper sense of Christian community for all ages and interest groups in the parish. Sometimes it’s all about hospitality and building community. Sometimes it’s all about fun. Usually it’s all three!

Homecoming Procession - Grace Episcopal Church - The Plains, VA

Homecoming Celebration

The weekend after Labor Day, after many have been away on summer vacations, the choir reconvenes & we gather once again for Sunday worship to begin the program year. The annual Homecoming Celebration & Luncheon marks this special day as we welcome each other back, hear stories of the summer, and open our arms to newcomers with a festive cake and a delicious meal.

Special Events

It could be a Sock Hop, it could be a Church Picnic, it could be a Car Show! Throughout the year as the spirit moves us, Grace Church holds special events as fundraisers and fun-raisers.

Sunday Coffee Hour

Following Sunday worship, the weekly coffee hour is a time of welcoming hospitality for our parishioners and visitors, with a simple treat of pastries and fruit- provided by church volunteers, and the essential coffee or tea- provided by the church. It’s a chance for us to get to know you and to catch up with each other. If you are visiting with us Sunday, we hope you’ll linger a while with us afterward so we can welcome you.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - Grace Episcopal Church

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday is the church’s version of Mardi Gras! Everyone is invited to dress up with festive beads and masks- the men of the church traditionally cook a delicious supper of pancakes, and we all gather in the Grace Church parish hall, young and old alike, to celebrate one last time before Ash Wednesday ushers in the holy and reflective season of Lent. In 2017 we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday on February 28.

Passover Seder Table

Passover Seder

Every other year during Passover, which occurs late in Lent, Grace Church reflects on the Passover experience with a traditional, instructed, 14-step Passover Seder. There is a special focus on the children during the Seder, and it’s lots of fun for the kids and the adults!