Grace Church is lead by its governing body, the elected Church Council. The organization includes the Pastor, a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and other elected members. The group leads and oversees the committees, which include other lay members of the congregation. The committees are: Music and Worship, Finance, Stewardship, Inreach, Outreach, Mutual Ministry, and Property.
Sunday School and Vacation Bible School
Sunday School is an integral part of the life of Grace Church. Today the children over the age of 3 attend the opening portions of the 10 a.m. Sunday worship with their parents. The children remain at the service for a special Youth Focus time with the Pastor and then attend their Sunday School classes in the Fellowship Hall. During a week in the summer, a program of education and recreation, called Vacation Bible School (VBS), is conducted for all children of the neighborhood. As the Grace Church children mature they are provided special instruction in the Holy Communion prior to receiving their First Communion and then subsequently are instructed in church teaching before being confirmed to become adult members of the church.
Grace Church has always been proud of its music program and especially in recent years under the direction of our
Minister of Music,
The choir leads worship services each Sunday, except in the summer, and prepares a special anthem for each service. Choir rehearsals are held each Monday evening during the singing season. New members are welcome.
The children of Sunday School age are provided an opportunity to offer their talents in song, under the direction of Betsy Berglund. The Children's Choir has an opportunity to sing at several services throughout the year, primarily, but not limited to, Christmas and Palm Sunday.
Hand Bell Choir
The congregation recently obtained a set of Hand Bells. A new organization of ringers are rehearsing weekly and creating additional musical offerings during some worship services. The hand bells offer those who enjoy creating music, but do not wish to sing, an opportunity to share their talents. Adults and children are integrated into this group of enthusiastic ringers.
The Youth of Grace Church are working with the young people of Zion Lutheran Church in neighboring Flourtown for activities of interest to all. The Grace young folks have had several fund raisers, spaghetti suppers for the neighborhood and car washes, to enable them to perform service projects. In 2004 they spent one Sunday morning serving breakfast at the Ronald McDonald house in Philadelphia. The group’s activities are educational, recreational, and service oriented.
The women of the congregation have been especially supportive of the church through the years. The present women’s group is referred to as WELCA (Women of the ELCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). The women sponsor two fund raising events, one in the spring and one in the fall. Recently these events have included bake sales, plant sales and rummage. The funds earned by these efforts are donated first to Grace Church and also to other church related groups such as the seminary, welfare organizations, and the national church. In addition to the contributions that the group makes in cash, there are other opportunities for sharing sponsored by WELCA. Groceries are collected throughout the year for Inter-Faith of Montgomery County. Mittens, gloves, hats and scarves are gathered before Christmas to be given to Lutheran Children and Family Services in Roslyn for foster children. For Silver Springs – Martin Luther School stocking stuffers are collected and individuals may make a gift for a specific child’s wish list. Individual items for ‘Kits’ of various kinds (health kits, school kits, sewing kits and baby layettes) are purchased by members of the congregation for distribution through Lutheran World Relief projects overseas. The women also are the participants in the Altar Guild, the folks who are responsible for the maintenance of the weekly preparations for worship.