MINISTRIES

SUNDAY WORSHIP

WEEKLY GATHERINGS: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

At Urban Grace, we value the time we spend together on Sunday mornings and hope it is a meaningful time for everyone that attends. As an ecumenical congregation, we follow the liturgical, or Church, calendar which roots us in ancient Christian tradition and connects us to the larger body of Christ. We hope these rhythms and seasons deepen our spiritual practices as we remember together God’s promises and the story of our reconciliation to God and one another.

Every Sunday is unique including the worship band, preacher and themes, so you’ll need to visit a few times before you can get a realistic picture of who we are. Whether you like traditional hymns with organ, gospel music or bluegrass, there is something for everyone when it comes to our musical styles. We often incorporate poetry, dance or art pieces into our worship services as well. All are welcome!

LISTEN TO SERMONS

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Children are welcome in our services anytime. We love the sounds of babies and inquisitive kids throughout the morning! But if you’d prefer, we also offer quality nursery and Sunday School programs during the service. We start all together in the sanctuary, then kids will be dismissed after the Blessing of the Children.

We offer nursery care by trained staff and volunteers for those four years old and under. Our classes for kids take place during our worship service and follow a lectionary-based rotational model following the liturgical (or Church) calendar. Each week they focus on a story that corresponds with the church season and look at that story from different angles through activities like games, songs, drama, crafts and other hands-on projects. The first Sunday of the month is our congregation’s communion Sunday, so our Sunday School class is shortened so children can be a part of this meaningful time with our church family. On the fourth Sunday of the month, we have Service Project day where the kids participate in an on-site service project to serve those in need.

Our youth group (4th-8th graders) is on Sunday afternoons at Urban Grace. We join with about seven churches in the area in order to provide a robust group for small churches that would normally not be able to provide a program. Pizza, games, discussions about faith, and laughter are provided each week.

We take the safety of our children seriously and hope that all families feel secure in the policies and procedures that have been set up to ensure their child’s well-being. Please take a look at the policies we have and let us know if you have any questions.

Youth & Family Safe Conduct Policy

Sex Offender Policy

SHEILA KOVATS

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY COORDINATOR

Just after realizing that God is really real in my early twenties, I began teaching Sunday School.  My late husband and I lived and worked abroad and in the US, where I filled a number of roles including refugee resettlement, teaching preschool, running an assisted living residence and, after being widowed in 2010, an interior design business in Cambodia.  I have two grown daughters living in Tacoma...Keep Reading

I am deeply committed to both church and children, sensing that both are intrinsically connected to our hope for the world.  I came to Urban Grace by way of a recent marriage to a member and am eager to engage my new church family.  My favorite words to hear:  Sunday School is fun!
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UPCOMING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH

Nursery & Sunday School Sundays, 10:30 A.M.

Youth Group Sundays, February 12-March 26, 4:30 P.M.

SMALL GROUPS

Throughout the year we offer topical small groups based on interest and/or liturgical season (i.e. Lent, Advent). Topics have included science & faith, race, and the work of James Alison. Current Group

Every Thursday, Starting February 23, 7:00pm, Free, Urban Grace Library

Our race and identity discussion group will start our regular weekly meetings on February 23. While the group always focuses on issues that matter to people of color, in this next series we will discuss what civic engagement and activism look like for us, sharing with each other practical ways to take action. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions about the group, email Kenny (kcoble@urbangracetacoma.org).

Sean Dean teaches our long-running, lecture-style Bible study on Wednesday nights. They are currently studying the book of Romans. Dinner starts at 6pm and everyone brings a dish to share. The bible study starts at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to both or either part of the night. Enter at the 9th Street door and join this group in the Parlor.
This group meets for breakfast and a discussion of the lectionary texts on Thursdays at 7am. The diversity of voices and long held friendships make for a very lively and fascinating conversation. Enter at the 9th Street door and join this group in the Parlor.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

We place particular significance on the poor, marginalized, and oppressed and seek to reach out through providing services that meet immediate needs as well as supporting, collaborating, and developing efforts to strive for justice and equity for all who live in our city.

This weekly breakfast is a unique way to meet those in need in the community. Every Sunday over 200 people are served a free, hot breakfast and are always looking for a listening ear and friendly face. Come join us! Contact Willie to volunteer or for more info.

Tacoma News Tribune Article

footcare clinicOn the second Sunday of every month, volunteers with the UW MedEx physician assistant program come to the Community Breakfast to provide free foot care and health screenings to anyone who needs it. They serve about 15-25 people per month, and provide valuable one-on-one time with the attendees of our breakfast. Read article about the foot care clinic from MedEx Magazine. Read article and see video about foot care clinic from Tacoma News Tribune. NEW MedEx Foot Care Clinic Video!

FAMILY HOUSING NETWORK

For many years, Urban Grace has partnered with Family Housing Network (FHN) to provide shelter, meals and fellowship for families in transition. Twice a year, our building becomes full of beds, children, warm meals, and laughter as our congregation volunteers to provide dinners and overnight supervision for these families in need.

Next FHN Dates: Saturday, April 29-Saturday, May 6, 2017

HALLOWEEN PARTY

Through this annual event, Urban Grace provides a safe and fun place for families to celebrate Halloween. This party is not just for families within our own congregation and neighborhood, but also reaches out to those we are hosting with Family Housing Network and the Tacoma Rescue Mission.

2017 Halloween Party: TBD


For more information or to volunteer, contact Michael.

CREATIVITY & ART

“These Stones” Music Video, Lyrics by Elizabeth Archer Klein, Music and Vocals by Emily Wickman & Adam Ydstie
Downtown Mural Sponsored by Urban Grace and the City of Tacoma’s Innovative Grant in 2009. Design and Artwork by Fab-5.

We value the arts as a unique and strategic part of our community context and as a means for exploring, expressing, and communicating truth and beauty about God and one another. We encourage creativity and freedom of expression in our worship and practices. We also seek to develop and nurture the arts and artists through the use of our facility as a community arts center.

ART GROUPS THAT SHARE OUR BUILDING