We expect new people every week, so we hope you will feel as comfortable as possible on your first visit. You will find several people will want to help you find a place to sit or help you follow the service. If no one offers, just ask. We aim to be welcoming.
Grace is located at the corner of 6th and Court Streets in downtown Port Huron. Ample parking can be found in both the front and the rear of the building. Some parking is reserved for people with handicap tags, otherwise you may park wherever you like. When you enter the door a greeter will greet you and hand you a service sheet. Grace uses long wooden benches known as pews for seating, grab a seat anywhere you would like. You are free to spend sometime in quiet meditation if you choose at this time.
At your pew you will notice a few books, the two books in the holder are the Prayer Book (red), and the Hymnal (dark blue). You will also see another blue book in the pew called the Gather Hymnal which is used occasionally. Most of what you need to follow the service is printed in the bulletin or in one of the hymnals.
Most people stand for the hymns and some prayers, for the gospel reading and for the creed. Most people sit for the other lessons, the psalm and the sermon. Many people kneel for the prayers. Please adopt the posture which is most comfortable and natural for you.
A central part of the service is the Holy Eucharist (which means Thanksgiving) also called the Holy Communion. All are welcome to share in this sacred meal of Christ’s presence with us. More detail about communion below. *
After the service we really hope you will join us in the Gathering Place for coffee, refreshments, and conversation, we’d love to get to know you. If you cannot stay, please sign the guest book or fill out a visitor’s card.
We hope that you will discover a hospitable faith community here, that strengthens and supports you all week long.
* People usually come forward as directed by the acolytes and stand or kneel along the rail. A member of the clergy will offer you bread (gluten free is available if you ask) and another minister will follow with the wine. Most Episcopalians consume the bread and guide the cup to their mouth, taking a good sip of the wine. Some prefer to hold on to the wafer and let the minister dip it into the cup for them. If you prefer not to receive the wine, indicate that by crossing your arms across your chest after you receive the bread. If you don’t want communion and would like a blessing instead, come forward to the rail and cross your arms.