Who is welcome at Grace-St. Paul’s Church?
Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome at Grace-St. Paul’s, as you are, to receive the blessings of God so freely given. We are an open and inclusive church community and welcome people of every age, class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic orientation, physical condition or religious background to fully participate in worship and fellowship.
What are services like?
All of Grace-St. Paul’s services are from the Episcopal tradition. All Sunday services—at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.—are Holy Eucharist Rite II services which means that they utilize largely informal language, include the reading of scripture and a sermon, and culminate in the celebration of Holy Communion. The 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services are spoken and do not include music, except on major feast days; children of all ages are welcome to fully participate. The 10:00 a.m. service, which follows formation hour (i.e., Church School for children and the Adult Forum for grownups), includes hymns, sung service music, choir anthems, and an organ prelude and postlude; children of all ages are welcome to fully participate.
On Wednesday evenings, a more informal and more contemplative celebration of Eucharist is offered at 7:00 p.m. Those assembled sit together in the front of the church and gather around the altar for Holy Communion. Prayer for healing is normally offered on the first Wednesday of the month.
During the Summer months:
Sunday morning services are offered at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. as well as a Sunday evening service at 5:30 p.m.
The second Wednesday of the month, we gather one hour earlier at 6:30 p.m. for Eucharist in the Park (the Grace-St. Paul’s back lawn) followed by a potluck dinner, fellowship, and family fun!
Special services during the Christmas and Lenten seasons are also offered; please refer to Services & Directions.
Are Gluten Free or Wheat Wafers available?
Gluten Free and Wheat Wafers are available at any service that the Eucharist is celebrated. Let any usher know before the service and we’ll be sure to accommodate you!
Is there childcare available?
Yes. Children are welcome to fully participate in the worship service and activity packets are available in the back of the church for elementary- and middle-school-aged youngsters to explore during the service. However, if your child would be more comfortable in the Nursery, care is available for children 4 and under. Our Nursery is located in the basement and staffed by professional childcare providers from 7:45 until 11:30 am. Church School is offered during formation hour from 9:00 to 10:00 am. (Neither childcare nor Church School is offered during the summer months.)
How do people usually dress for services at Grace-St. Paul’s?
Grace-St. Paul’s has a relatively relaxed atmosphere and parishioners feel free to dress each according to his or her own preference—from suits and dresses to jeans and t-shirts. Know you will be welcomed no matter what clothes you wear. In the summer, shorts are perfectly okay and sometimes preferable, given that the church is not air conditioned.
Where can I park?
Although Grace-St. Paul’s does not have its own parking lot, ample parking is available on the streets adjacent to the church: East State Street Extension, Stratford Avenue and Sheridan Road. Please be sure to follow the following New Jersey State parking regulations:
No parking in a crosswalk.
No parking within 25 feet of a stop sign or crosswalk.
Handicap parking spaces are available on both East State Street Extension and Stratford Avenue and an access ramp into the church is located in Community Hall—just to the left of the church’s main entrance.