Worship: what to expect
Visiting a church for the first time can be a daunting experience. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome to explore Grace!
This might help -
(we hope it will)
When is worship?
Our Sunday service begins at 10:30AM, but folks often gather in the entry and lounge (just off the main entry hallway) for conversation about 10:15AM.
How long does worship last?
Our regular Sunday services usually last approximately seventy-five minutes.
What should I wear?
People of our congregation come from all walks of life and you can see it in the way we dress, so wear what makes you comfortable. Each week we have folks who are dressed casually; others are in their "Sunday best." We believe God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.
What are services like?
Our Sunday worship is a traditional, yet (we think) not too formal mixture of scripture, music, preaching, prayer and communion shared. All are welcome to participate in this sacrament.
Occasionally we have special services with Baptisms; hymn sings too.
At certain times of year, Dinner Church offers a favorite mid-week worship experience. Dinner Church allows us to gather for a simple meal and conversation around a table with others; in the process we reflect on scripture and share communion together.
What can I expect on a basic Sunday?
As you enter our worship space, a smiling greeter or usher will give you a bulletin. (These folks can also point you to the restrooms should you wish). 
  • This bulletin  includes prayers, hymns, readings we'll use - just keep turning the pages (an insert has announcements and an upcoming calendar of events). 
We strive to keep unexpected surprises to a minimum (unplanned moments happen on occasion).
  • From time to time we stand during worship; watch the folks around you.  If you don't want to stand or if you're mobility impaired, you're welcome to stay seated, and "stand in spirit."
We usually sing 3 or 4 hymns per Sunday (printed in that bulletin, or from a book in the seat racks).
  • Singing is optional as well, but there's no need to feel shy, we encourage everyone to make a joyful noise regardless of musical prowess. And our volunteer choir is open to all (come "test-drive" it! ) 
Children are definitely welcome participants. 
  • We strive to provide age sensitive ways to explore the day's theme, including a Children's Word time as part of worship.  
Commentary on that day's readings comes as a sermon. 
  • Most often, our pastor leads this; sometimes a group offers a dramatic presentation; from time to time we may use media.
When it's time to share communion, ushers provide guidance to help us come forward to receive communion elements; bread (gluten free option available) and wine/juice. 
  • Blessings are offered for folks choosing not to receive or you can simply remain in your seat and check the whole thing out from there. 
When finished, we return to our places/seating area to complete that day's worship. 
  • Following worship there's usually someone who has provided something for everyone to share (drink or snack: we like to nosh while connecting with each other).
Seasonal worship opportunities
We offer worship occasions to remember dear ones (like our autumn All Saints Sunday), worship designed to help people cope (healing prayer) and life passages like first communion, confirmation, weddings and funerals.

Ash Wed, Holy Thurs, Good Fri; Easter Vigil, festival Easter worship; along with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day are here for you too. As is ice cream cake after worship on the Sunday nearest June 24. [our "beginning date"]
I could easily follow the service.
- M. LaPinto
Good Friday (Stations of the Cross) was as uniquely moving as the art pieces people crafted for each station's experience. Thanks!
- Mark R.
Thanks again for your time and hospitality during our visit to your beautiful church.
- John D.
After worship
we go into our Monday - Saturday living, blessed to be a blessing for others.
Contact Us
gracefhny@verizon.net

(718)268-6189

103-15 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
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