Grace Episcopal Church
Worship with Us:
5:30 on Thursday
8am, 10am and 6pm on Sunday
315 Wayne St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
Fax: (419) 625-6924
Watching events unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, it is impossible to overlook the racial, social, and economic inequality that continues to define our society. The violence of the actions that led to Michael Brown’s August 9 death, and that of the protests that have followed, expresses with clarity how wounded our nation is by racism. Reactions across the country and beyond witness to the breadth of that hurt and reflect the ongoing injustice to African Americans and other minorities that continues as part of the fabric of our culture. It is hard to believe that we are in this situation a full half-century after the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.
I ask that you pray for the soul of Michael Brown, for his family, for Officer Wilson, for the law enforcement community responding to this ongoing situation, for the people of Ferguson, and for the leaders who serve them. As well, I pray that each of us will be moved to address anew the racism of which we are all a part, turning to Christ the healer to redeem us and make us whole.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Bishop of Ohio
For decades, Episcopal Churches around the United States have been identified by a sign, which shows the Episcopal Shield and the words, "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You."
Although the Episcopal Church across the United States and locally in the Diocese of Ohio has been challenged and changed in some ways over the years, those words . . .
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You
. . .are truer than ever before.
You will find us to be old and young, male and female, gay and straight, single, married, divorced, and widowed, white and black, CEO and unemployed, rich and poor. In fact we are like everybody. We work in our communities, we try to further God's kingdom on earth, we study and we ask questions as we move deeper into the mystery of God. We support one another in good times and bad, and we try to see Christ in everyone we meet.
We are known for our engaging and beautiful worship services. For those who have grown up Catholic, the service, known as the Mass or Eucharist, will be very familiar. For those of reformed tradition or no religious tradition at all, we think you may find a spiritual home in a church that respects its tradition and maintains its sense of awe and wonder at the power and mystery of God. The Episcopal Church welcomes everyone at the communion table, because we believe everyone is invited into a relationship with the living God.
There are no prerequisites in the Episcopal Church...
Everyone is welcome. No Exceptions.
I Am An Episcopalian
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Episcopal Church has members in the United States, as well as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Haiti, Honduras, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.
We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person.
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and traces its heritage to the beginnings of Christianity.
Our liturgy retains ancient structure and traditions and is celebrated in many languages.
Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops.
We believe in amendment of life, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting.
Lay people exercise a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church.
Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.
We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer.
We affirm that committed relationships are lifelong and monogamous. Episcopalians also recognize that there is grace after divorce and do not deny the sacraments to those who have been divorced.
We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.
Rev. April 2013