Grace Episcopal Church

Reaching the world for Jesus Christ beginning in Casanova

Church Service:

Sunday 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist on the lawn

Adult Education:

Suspended due to COVID-19

Location:

Church and Family Center

5096 Grace Church Lane,

Midland, VA 22728

Located at the end of Grace Church Lane, off Rogues Road near the 

Fauquier County SPCA.

Office:

5108 Weston Rd. Casanova, VA

P.O. Box 18, Casanova, VA 20139

540-788-4419

Directions to Grace Church,

5096 Grace Church Lane,

Midland, VA

Directions to Grace Church Parish House, 5108 Weston Rd, Casanova, VA

Join Us!!


With the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are happy to ​announce that Grace has been approved by the Diocese to gather each Sunday. We are meeting at 10AM currently and are worshipping in the Rectory, aka Redlands, yard, weather permitting. Please join us each week as we lift up our prayers to Heaven. All participants must wear face masks/face coverings and maintain separation of 6 ft., but members of the same household may be seated closer together. All participants should bring a lawn chair. Hand sanitizer is available. Services are usually a "COVID-19-conscious" Holy Eucharist.  Unfortunately, Hymns are not permitted to be sung presently, so certain service elements that are normally sung will be said. No food is served during or after the service, e.g., Coffee Hour. Gathering and conversing after the service is welcomed; however, masks are required, social distancing is maintained, and physical contact is avoided, e.g., hugging. There is a service leaflet available each week and a collection plate in view; however, contributions may be sent electronically from financial institutions or via mail. The mailing address is: Grace Episcopal Church, PO BOX 18, Casanova, VA 20139-0018. Electronic submissions should be sent to Grace Church, c/o Fauquier Bank, 10 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA 20186 for account 8501. Please notify the Grace Church Treasurer to ensure that your contribution is correctly associated with the donor. More information on what's happening at Grace may be obtained by clicking on the Newsletter.

Many blessings to you and we hope to see you this Sunday!!!

Vestry, Grace Church

A WEEKLY COVERT, CHRISTIAN, AND COVID-SAFE ACTIVITY

To test your memory and familiarity with all things “Grace,” a photograph of some aspect of Grace Church will appear in this column every Monday for you to identify.

Some of the images in the photographs will familiar. They will be labeled “Easy” and display one asterisk to indicate their level of difficulty. Many will require more familiarity with Grace, will be labeled “Moderate,” and display three asterisks. Several will be images that are especially hard to identity. These will be labeled “Challenging” and display five asterisks.

The correct identification of the images posted on Mondays will posted on following Fridays.

Keep track of your successes. Enjoy discussing your identifications with others. Delight in your expanding knowledge of all things Grace.

Stay well and have fun!

⁃ submitted by Diane Gulick

Monday, November 30, 2020

Photo #8

Level of Difficulty: Easy

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Photo #7

Level of Difficulty: Easy

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Answer:

This is a photograph of section of Grace’s lovely labyrinth. Several members of Grace provided the following information:


Jim Chipps was Grace’s rector when Betsy Anderson suggested that a labyrinth fill the space between the church and its family center.

The suggestion was well-received by the congregation. Bobbie Gouldthorpe procured grant money to cover the labyrinth’s costs. Its design was provided by the diocese. Jimmy Walton and crew managed its construction. Members of the congregation worked with him to lay its stones.  A stone bench and kneeler mark its center.

Grace’s labyrinth serves its congregation well as a means of meditation, reflection, and prayer. 


This year on Thursday, December 24, 2020, the labyrinth will be the site of Grace Church’s Christmas Eve service at 3:00 p.m.  Bringing a mask, a chair, and perhaps a warm blanket, please come to celebrate the birth of our Lord at this unique and safe setting.

All are welcome.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Photo #6

Level of Difficulty: Easy

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Answer:

This photo is a detail of one of the stained glass windows behind the altar at Grace. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Photo #5

Level of Difficulty: Challenging

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We all know this is a sketch of Grace Church, but does anyone know who is the artist that drew it?

If so, please share all that you know about the artist and the drawing by e-mailing [email protected]


Answer:

No one responded with the name of the artist who sketched this familiar picture of Grace Church which appears on the cover of our Sunday bulletins.


Monday, November 2, 2020

Photo #4

Level of Difficulty:  Challenging

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Answer

Stacked Surplus Supply of Slate Shingles

In 2019, Grace Church’s roof was in very poor condition. Parishioners walked around a bucket holding water from the leaking roof as they approached the altar to receive communion.

A “Raise the Roof” fundraising campaign, requesting donations from the congregation, friends of Grace, and the local community, proved exceedingly successful and the roofing job was completed in time for all to return to Grace to attend 2019 Christmas services. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Photo #3

Level of Difficulty:  Easy 

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Answer

Grace Church Main Entry Door, Plate, and Keyhole

The two main entry doors of Grace Church, as well as the main entry doors of the parish hall, bore a distinctive turquoise blue color for decades.

Recently, Grace’s vestry voted to paint the church’s main entry doors a bright red color in accordance with a tradition going back to medieval times. The doors’ red color symbolizes the blood of Christ.

There are other explanations for why Episcopal Church doors are usually painted red. In earlier times, the red-colored doors sometimes indicated that the church’s mortgage had been paid off. A simpler explanation is that the practice makes Episcopalian churches more easily recognizable.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Photo #2 

Level of Diffculty: Moderate


Answer:

This needlepoint covering of a kneeler rests under a chair near Grace Church’s altar.

Barbara Jacobs thinks it may have been stitched by one of a group of ladies at Grace in the 1960’s.

Does anyone know the name of the lady who made this? Was it in honor or in memory of someone?

Did Grace Church have a needlepoint guild in the 1960’s?

Monday, October 12, 2020

Photograph #1

Level of Difficulty: ***


ANSWER:  This first photo is one of a cast iron finial that serves as an ornamental fixture on the cast iron fence that encloses part of the Grace Church cemetery.

A “finial” is a decorative element at the top, end, or corner of an object.


As you can see, this one was once painted gold.