We at Grace are a small congregation, but a very active one! We believe it is important to help our members grow as Christians, but also believe in reaching out to the community around us. Grace  regularly offers Christian formation classes, activities and ministries for adults (and some for kids!). Here is a sampling of our community life.  Come and join us.

Children’s Faith Formation

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Children are invited to Grace’s Sunday experience for them:  Godly Play.  This experiential, sensorial and quiet Christian teaching method is designed to awaken in each child the sense of wonder, awe and natural spirituality inherent in all human beings, young and old.

The Godly Play program is focused on 3-6 year olds from 10 – 10:40 AM,  when they will be brought upstairs to join their families in worship.  Each session begins with an opening song, the story, wondering and prayers, which mirrors the Liturgy of the Word happening upstairs with the adults.  Contact us with your questions or comments.

2017-18 Godly Play Schedule 

Sept 17 Godly Play begins!

Oct 1 Pet Blessing Sunday, include children in liturgy & Oct 15

Nov 5 & Nov 19

Dec 3  & Dec 17

Jan 7 & Jan 21

Feb 4 &  Feb 18

Mar 4 & Mar 18

Apr 1 Easter,include children in liturgy & Apr 15

May 6 & May 20 Pentecost, last day of Godly Play




Annual “Blessing of the Animals”

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The South Loop has one of Chicago’s largest concentrations of pets, and Grace realizes the important roles they play in residents’ lives. On the first Sunday in October, Grace joins with Christians worldwide in celebrating the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. An outdoor pet blessing, attended by members and local residents alike, is followed by fellowship indoors (of both pets AND people) and a worship service that invites and includes our furry friends.

Adult Faith Formation

carrelli teachingFollowing our 10:00 AM worship service and Coffee Hour, we often host discussions led by members of Grace on thought-provoking, faith-encouraging topics. Recent ones include a series on celebrating the saints as exemplars and companions, a month on using the arts as instruments of faith, and a four-part course on the essentials of Episcopal identity and practice.

Please join a formation session after the 10AM service for learning and community. If you have an idea or a topic you’d like to see as the focus of an Adult Formation session, contact Steve Carelli. On the calendar so far:

Lent is a time for deep reflection and spiritual discipline. Please join us for our adult formation series during Lent to learn about a variety of spiritual practices.

Saturday Breakfasts

community breakfastFor 51 Saturdays each year the Chicago Temple/The First United Methodist Church sponsors a Breakfast in Grace Place for 200 souls from 8:30 – 10:30 AM. This heroic ministry relies on the commitments of scores of volunteers from The Temple, Grace Place, the neighborhood and surrounding colleges and universities. If you or your group would like to volunteer please contact us.