Grace Advent - Saturday 8th December
This year Grace is as early in December as it can be, so we've gone for an Advent theme to be explored in reflections, music and prayers.
However, we will still be doing mulled wine and mince pies in the café afterwards!
God in the House - Grace on TV 1996
'God in the House' was a series of 6 programmes shown on Channel 4 24th-30th December 1996. Each one featured a 'radical alternative Christian service' and the final one was Grace. We finally had it digitised and put it on YouTube here for your entertainment!
Of course it's an artificial situation. The church is lit for filming, there are more people than was usual, the emphasis is on live music not recorded - probably due to performing rights issues for TV programmes (although a bit of Inner City Life can be heard at one point). And there was a Communion which was edited out. This explains why Jonny is suddenly singing with a glass of wine!
Grace 25 video clip
A walk around the space at about 11pm. The meal is over and some people have gone.
Grace XXV zine
We have created a 64-page full colour zine to mark 25 years of Grace - it grew into a small book really. But it could have been two or three times as big!
Click here or on the image above to open it in your browser. You can then download it to keep. It's 50Mb so maybe best to open it when you're on wifi. Takes a few seconds but it's worth it!
Grace 25th Anniversary Celebration - Saturday 10th November
We would love to see you on November 10th for a meal and celebration of our 25th anniversary.
Grace began on Sunday 7th November 1993, with a service called ‘Grace’ and Dave Tomlinson as guest speaker. We can't quite believe that was a quarter of a century ago. The evening will revolve around a celebratory meal, with plenty of stuff to bring back memories, and also look to the future - Grace 50th in 2043? It will be great to see as many old friends and members as possible.
Please let us know at email@example.com if you intend to come, it will help with the catering.
Hünkerîng Døwñ: Harvest, Hospitality, Thanksgiving - Saturday 13th October
Join us at Grace for an evening with unusual punctuation.
Oblique Strategies - Saturday 8th September
A new season of Grace kicks off this Saturday with Oblique Strategies. There is a photography exhibition that will be hanging in St Mary’s church put together by the Ealing London Independent Photography group which has a couple of Grace members as part of the group. The exhibition is part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art Trail. It’s called Oblique Strategies inspired by Brian Eno’s cards of that name - each photographer was given a card at random and the photos are a response to that. It will look great suspended in St Mary’s and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the space in the middle of the exhibition for Grace. Grace itself will interact with the photos and explore a couple of spiritual practices using photography. As ever there will be a cafe afterwards.
Below is the flyer for the exhibition.
If any of you would like to come to the private view/opening night you would also be welcome at that which is Weds 5th September 7-9:30pm
Barbecue - Saturday 14th July
The next Grace Service is going to be a BBQ on Saturday 14th at St Mary’s.
It would be good to know if you are going to be able to join us so that we can plan numbers. If you are each able to bring a contribution of meat or dish to be BBQ’ed and something to drink that would be great. If any of you are able to bring a salad or dessert could you please let us know.
We do a grass labyrinth in the churchyard every summer, but we haven't done an indoor one since 2004 because we didn't have our own cloth. So Adam produced this one. The octagonal pattern only took about two hours to tape out - definitely a plus. The overall size is 6 x 6 metres, the path width is 400mm. So now we can run a labyrinth at any time of year, and it's a simple but rewarding thing to do when we don't have much energy or ideas.
Labyrinth - Saturday 9th June
Join us at Grace this week for a chance for prayer, reflection and hanging out. A labyrinth will be available all evening, to walk at your leisure. The cafe will run all evening giving plenty of time to catch up or get to know someone new.
Ignatian retreat day - Saturday 12th May
For our next Grace, on May 12th, we'll be meeting during the day - participating once again in an Ignatian Retreat day hosted by Mount Street Jesuit Centre in London. It's from 10.30am-4pm and more info can be found here.
Note that there will be no service in the evening at St. Mary's.
It would be handy if we could give the centre a rough idea of numbers ahead of the day, so if you're planning to come please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org There is an optional donation to the costs, suggested at £25, but the centre have emphasised that all are welcome whether or not you can donate.
For those who still want to gather on the evening of May 12th, how about exploring the local cultural phenomenon of the Hanwell Hootie?
The Table - Saturday 14th April
Next Grace we are delighted to welcome friends from The Table in Southall. The Table is a fresh expression of church that fits perfectly into Southall's context, gathering around the table over food and conversation and hospitality. Friends from The Table will be coming and helping to lead Grace and cooking up some food Southall style - one not to miss. Don't eat before you come!
Because we'll be catering we could do with knowing numbers so let us know if you are planning to come.
Be faithful - Saturday 10th March
Join us at Grace on March 10th for the second of two services exploring the themes of Lent. Themes for both are taken from words in the Ash Wednesday service 'turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ'. Having explored 'turn’ this month we look at ‘be faithful’. It doesn’t matter whether you attended the last one or not - do come along.
Followed by Grace café.
Turn - Saturday 10th February
Join us at Grace on February 10th for the first of two services exploring the themes of Lent. Themes for both are taken from words in the Ash Wednesday service 'turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ'. First up is 'turn' - face down your vices and join us in Grace’s very own 3 step programme.
Followed by Grace café which will be serving up pancakes.
New Year - Saturday 13th January
All are welcome to join us for a reflective service to start the new year. Café afterwards as usual.
This photo ended up on Flickr's main feed on New Year's Day for some reason - the only photo with the number 18 perhaps! 2000 views in a couple of days. 18 is just the garage number - I didn't realise it was the year until afterwards.