Spiritual Snacks

Spiritual Snacks are short, occasional offerings on a topic of Christian spirituality or prayer practice offered at 9:30 am in the church as part of Abide@Grace.  After a short presentation, there’s time allowed to try the practice, followed by conversation reflecting upon the experience.  Presenters are clergy and members of the congregation.  Gather in the Lady Chapel to the left of the pulpit.

  • Oct 21 – How to Forgive
    Jesus says forgive.  Great.  How?  Mother Mary will lead participants through a guided reflection that offers a process for how to forgive.  The path begins and ends in God’s love.  No sharing will be asked or expected, just heart and mind open to the possibility of less resentment and more love.
  • Oct 28 - Breath Prayer
    led by Rev. Dr. Bob Hughes
    Breath prayer is an ancient practice of Eastern Orthodox monks. It is especially helpful if you are finding breath practices in Yoga, TaiChi, etc. meaningful, but wonder how that fits with your Christianity.

Taste and see that the Lord is good!


Contact us at this link.

Other Adult Formation Opportunities

The Book Study Group organizes itself around authors who focus on living more fully from one’s soul in the second half of life. The life of Christ is often used by such authors as a paradigm for this.  The Fall 2018 selection is Days of Awe and Wonder by Marcus Borg.  2nd Wednesdays at 7 pm.  Last program year they discussed Phyllis Tickle’s The Great Emergence, Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now and Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Accidental Saints.

Please email Izabella for meeting dates and location, with any other questions, or to join the group.

Men’s Spirituality Group
This group was reconstituted in 2018 and meets on 4th Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 11 am.  Please contact Fred Barnett here for more information.

Coming in January - Good Book Club returns!
Grace joined Forward Movement’s Good Book Club during Lent and Easter 2018 with over 50 from Grace reading the books of Luke and Acts daily, together with thousands of Episcopalians across the church.  A small group gathered weekly around a coffee hour table to discuss their readings.  A closed Facebook group provided a space and community for comments and questions at all hours.  We’re looking forward to the next read, Romans, beginning in early January 2019.  More on the Good Book Club here.  www.thegoodbookclub.org.

One Book, One Oak Park
For the last two years, Grace has participated in the Oak Park Public Library summer program One Book, One Oak Park with a group discussion of the work selected by the library.  We’re looking forward to the 2019 selection.

20s/30s Group

This group seeks to connect with those in their 20s and 30s (or so!) as we discuss spirituality and enjoy social time together. Connect with the 20s/30s Group on Facebook here. We have brunch at a nearby restaurant on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Meet us at the back of the church after the 10:30 service.

Adult Spirituality & Christian Formation Offerings

1st Sundays

9:30 – 10:15 am in the Parish Hall

Outreach Speaker Series:

  • On Oct. 7, Housing Forward’s Shelter Manager, Dale Nowicki, will join us to talk about homelessness in our local community and Housing Forward’s work with those experiencing homelessness.  Housing Forward is the agency coordinating the PADS sheltering program for which Grace is the Wednesday night shelter site.
  • On Nov. 4, Linda Francis, Director, Success of All Youth, OPRF Community Foundation will speak on the challenges facing our youth.

Coloring Community
Children’s and Youth Formation does not meet on 1st Sundays to coordinate with the youth choir rehearsal schedule.  As a parallel activity for all ages, we’re pleased to offer large format coloring posters, related to scripture, as a venue for all ages to come together colorfully and enjoy each other’s company.  Coloring is also in the parish hall so that one may listen and color, if so desired.

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Adult Formation events are at this link.