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Small groups are communities of people who gather regularly for prayer, study and friendship. They are key to growing spiritually and connecting into the life of the church. Meeting regularly in community is a way we live out our commitments to serve God in community, pray for one another, support one another, and critically think about questions of faith. Some small groups meet for short intervals (4 - 5 weeks), and some meet more regularly. Small groups are an excellent way to meet people and get more involved in church life. All groups are open and newcomers are welcome.
Children are welcome at all worship services. Faith development in our children is one of our most important responsibilities as a faith community. We also understand the importance of age-appropriate methods to help children worship God and learn the stories of the Scripture. A children’s sermon is included in the 10:30 a.m. worship service as children are invited to come to the Communion rail.
If you would prefer the opportunity of better focusing on the service, a free infant and toddler (to age 4) nursery is available every Sunday morning from 8:15 a.m. ‑ 12:15 p.m. Two paid childcare providers are there to greet you and your child.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL is available for children kindergarten through seventh grade every second and fourth Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Check the church calendar for exceptions. Calendar
Our youth group consists of students in 6th-12th grades and meets for specific activities. For more information click HERE. Youth group currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evening of the month. We meet from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
We offer an annual Computer Camp for Junior High & High School aged students. For more information on this summer camp click HERE.
Other activities will be listed with Upcoming Events as scheduled.
We welcome our college-age neighbors. Lunch is served to all college-age students on the fourth Sunday of the month following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This group is self-directed and makes plans that include mission projects and social events. Our College and Young Adult Ministry has a facebook page – Grace UMC College and Young Adult Ministry. Facebook
Grace is located in the Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood, is within walking distance of Washington University and Fontbonne University, and is 2 blocks north of the Skinker Metrolink station. Transportation to and from Washington University's campus is available on request. The Grace UMC van picks up students on Sundays at 10:10 a.m. at the clock tower on the South 40. Let the church office know if you would like a ride. E-mail Office
There is a variety of opportunities for adults of all ages to grow in their faith in a Sunday School setting. Each week"The Story" class meets in the Fellowship Hall. Throughout the year, a variety of short classes are offered on Sunday mornings or on weeknights with specific and varied curriculum. Check the current calendar to see what is available in the coming weeks. Calendar
All men of the community are invited to a devotional and breakfast every Tuesday in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 a.m. Grab breakfast and enjoy fellowship over Scripture before heading to work or starting your day. The men are very active in working around the church building to keep things working smoothly. They are actively involved in church-sponsored S.H.E.D. (Safe Housing for the Elderly and Disabled) projects. They also have an annual retreat as well as a special Lenten breakfast gathering.
This group supports many local and national missions.
Check the church calendar for upcoming day and evening gatherings. Calendar
The "Holy Knit Wits," the Grace knitting group, meet every Tuesday at 1 p.m. (following the UMW meetings or the Food Pantry on weeks UMW does not meet) in the Wesley Conference Room for knitting and fellowship. All knitters are welcome, experienced or soon to be experienced; or you can just come for the fellowship!
For over thirty years Filmgoers has chosen a current film each month between September and May. Participants view the film on their own or in small groups and then gather on a designated Friday evening for discussion and refreshments. For current film and discussion location, see the church calendar. Calendar
Related to The Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Recovery Support Programs, Al‑anon is a support group for friends and families of alcohol and drug-addicted persons. An Al‑anon group meets Thursdays at noon in the Wesley Conference Room at Grace Church.
Ian’s Book Nook meets once or twice monthly for fellowship and discussion of a variety of best-selling books. This group typically meets on the fourth Friday and Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Check the calendar for upcoming meetings. Calendar