Grace Episcopal Church is part of the Diocese of Newark and is active in its wide range of church and community
ministries. Grace is located in downtown Madison, a suburban town of 15,000 people, with a direct train line
to New York City in Northern New Jersey. For over 150 years, we have worked to improve the lives of people,
living in Madison and surrounding towns. The Grace Counseling Center, Grace Community Music series, the
Episcopal Campus Ministry at Drew University and our Recycling Ministry help us to broaden our involvement
in this thriving region
What to Expect
We know that visiting a church for the first time can be an
intimidating or confusing experience. In order to make your visit to
Grace Church as positive as possible, here is some information on what
you can expect to experience at our services.
What You’ll Find in Your Pew
You are welcome to sit in any of the benches (pews) in church; there is
no reserved seating! In each pew you will find two books. The red book
is The Book of Common Prayer (1979) and contains the text of all of our
church services along with the Psalms, the Catechism, the Church Calendar
and some historical documents. The blue book is The Hymnal (1982) and
contains the hymns and service music used in church.
If you come for one of our Sunday services you will also receive from an
usher a bulletin containing much of the text of the service, along with
the lessons (Bible readings) of the day, and information about current
and upcoming church events. The ushers are always happy to welcome you
and to answer any of your questions.
The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is celebrated at all of our Sunday
services and some of our weekday services. Episcopalians believe in the
“Real Presence” of Jesus in the blessed bread and wine. All baptized
Christians, regardless of denomination, are always welcome to receive
both the bread and wine. The ushers will direct you to a communion
station. Communion is received by either kneeling or standing at the
altar rail. The priest or other minister will say, “The Body of Christ,
the Bread of Heaven” and will place the bread in your hand. Then another
minister will offer you the cup and say, "the Blood of Christ, the Cup of Salvation".
You may either drink from the cup or dip your wafer into the
wine. If for some reason you would prefer not to receive Communion,
please still come to the rail, cross your arms over your chest, and
receive a blessing or prayer.
After all of the Sunday morning services, everyone is invited to enjoy coffee hour,
which is held just outside the kitchen or in our new parish hall. Besides coffee and simple refreshments,
Coffee Hour provides a chance to meet members of the clergy and the Grace Church community.
We know it can be awkward to walk into a room
filled with strangers, but we’re a friendly, easygoing group and we
would like to welcome you to the church we love.
If You’re Wondering What to Wear
You may be wondering what people wear to church. At Grace there is a wide
range, with some “dressing up” for church and others choosing to be more
casual. In general, wear what makes you comfortable.