Grace Episcopal Church is a parish in the Diocese of California of The Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Church is a Protestant Christian denomination which is part of the global Anglican Communion. We are a democratic and hierarchical organization and consider clergy and lay people to be equally important to the work of the church, with each group attempting to find and fulfill our specific call to serve from God. Grace Church Martinez began as a “house” church for the sailing community in 1854. Our anchor symbol honors this association. The current property, consecrated in 1955, is the third site of the parish. Our church bell has been calling people to worship at Grace since 1875.
Members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement follow the way of Jesus Christ in both our worship and mission. Our form of worship has been described as a “via media” or “middle way” between Protestant and Roman Catholic doctrine, but a broad spectrum of theological views is represented within the Episcopal Church. Our primary worship text is the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church (1979), supplemented with other resources. We are a “sacramental” church, honoring the importance of scripture but emphasizing the primacy of community through the Holy Eucharist. We believe that our actions in the world are also a form of worship. In all that we do we attempt to follow Jesus’s commandment to fully love God and our neighbors.
The people of Grace practice their faith in many ways, including:
Service to others: Loaves and Fishes food pantry, People Feeding People street ministry, backpacks for students
Worship leadership: Choir, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and Acolytes
Christian formation: Bible study, all-age formation activities, Godly Play for school-age children, Youth a.m. for tweens and teens
Social Justice: Martinez Interfaith Council, DioCal Beloved Community events, Maundy Thursday immigrant foot washing, Ashes to Go
Pastoral Care: Casserole Patrol, Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Parish Life: Annual Bocce Tournament, Seasonal dinners and barbecues, Youth Events, Men’s Group, St. Christopher’s Guild.
Stewardship: Cottage groups, Gardening, Building Projects and Maintenance
We are a diverse community welcoming people of all ages, genders, races, cultures, family constellations, and sexual orientation. If you are looking for a spiritual community or are simply curious about our faith, we invite you to “Come and See!”