As Anglican Christians we celebrate the Mystery of God in Word and Sacrament. We are inheritors of the Catholic and Reformed traditions of the Western Church. We believe that God the Father has revealed himself in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity reveals himself in the life of the Church in the following ways:
- The Historic Faith of the early and undivided Church as expressed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, as recited in the public Liturgy of the Church.
- The Holy Scriptures are the foundational source of our corporate and individual identity, perspective and vision. The Revised Common Lectionary provides a systematic means whereby nearly the whole Bible is read publically in the Liturgy over a three-year cycle.
- The Seven Sacraments are means of grace established by Jesus Christ and his Apostles to be administered by His Church.
- Holy Baptism is administered publically at scheduled times throughout the year (outside the season of Lent, and especially during Eastertide). “For this reason we baptize children, although they have no sins…in order to confer upon them sanctification, adoption, inheritance…that they may be members of Christ and become the abode of the Holy Spirit.” – St. John Chrysostom
- The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at Grace every Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. and on Thursdays at 10 a.m. “Through the Holy Eucharist the faithful eat and drink the life of Christ.” – St. Augustine
- Confirmation (the Laying on of Hands by the bishop) is available for those seeking to confess and affirm the faith of their baptism. “Those baptized in the Church are sealed by the Seal of the Lord after the example of the baptized Samaritans who were received by the Apostles Peter and John through the laying-on-of-hands and prayer.” – St. Cyprian
- Marriage is the solemn public commitment of a man and a woman to love honour and support one another in family life. “We do not deny that marriage has been sanctified by Christ since the Divine Word says, ‘The two shall become one flesh and one spirit’”. – St. Ambrose
- Penance (confession of sins to a priest) is available to those who bear particular burdens and desire God’s forgiveness. “Enter into the Church and wash away your sins. For there is a hospital for sinners and not a court of law.” – St. John Chrysostom
- Holy Unction (anointing with Holy Oil by a priest) is available for the ministry to the sick. “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. “ – James 5.14-15
- Ordination (the laying on of Hands by the bishop for deacons, and by the bishop and priests for priests) is the means by which suitably called and trained persons are made deacons, and later priests of the Church. Bishops are ordained by at least three duly consecrated bishops. “The priesthood is performed on earth but it possesses heavenly things.” – St. John Chrysostom
- The Liturgical Tradition of Common Prayer wherein the laity fully participate in public worship. The authorized book used in this parish is The Book of Alternative Services (Canada 1985), supplemented by material from The Book of Common Prayer and other authorized liturgical resources.
- Preaching provides an exposition of the Bible and the teaching of the Church, relating to our contemporary situation. An archive of recordings of sermons recently given at Grace may be found here.
We believe that through these gifts God transforms our lives and equips us to serve the wider community.
The first building on this site was a white frame church with a steeple built in 1851. It is still standing as part of the parish hall. The current limestone structure was constructed in 1895. The stained glass windows tell the story of Christ, beginning at the back entrance and moving clockwise around the church. The oldest windows date to 1895; the newest was installed in 2000.
Grace Church is entirely funded by the voluntary contributions of parishioners. We encourage faithful stewardship of our God-given resources by making regular, intentional donations of time, talent and treasure to the church community. A particularly convenient method for financial giving is the Pre-Authorized Payment system, which can be set up through the Diocese of Niagara