The Annual Calendar Sale is a project of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Each year nearly a thousand calendars are produced and sold throughout Grace Church and the local community. The calendars feature black and white line drawings by local artists, many of whom are members of Grace Episcopal Church. The calendars have become collectors’ items as they display the beauty and history of Camden in art. A series of note cards using some of the images from the calendars are also available throughout the ECW.
The Blessing of the Pets
The Blessing of the Pets is an annual event held in Rectory Square in the heart of the city on the day of our church calendar when we remember St. Francis of Assisi. Participants have included horses, dogs, goats, lizards and cats. Refreshments are served both to the humans and the animals. Participation is open to all pets in the community.
Over the past few years in the spring the usual Hymns are replaced by a Jazz rendition. Jazz, like all music can be sacred and point to God who created all things Beautiful.
Lemonade in the Breezeway / Coffee Hour in Richardson Hall
Lemonade in the Breezeway has become a tradition. During the warm months, on Sunday morning following the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, we gather for lemonade and a fellowship reception under the arches of the breezeway. As the weather cools, we move to Richardson Hall for coffee hour following our 10:00 a.m. service.
Mass In The Park
In the Fall of the year a Green Cathedral Blue Grass Mass is held in Rectory Square under the spreading oak trees. Often in partnership with another local church. Worship under the autumn skies, Blue Grass music and a pot luck lunch. What could be better?
Oyster Roast and Fish Fry
Over the past several years, several members of Grace Church have organized and participate in Mission Trips to aid those affected by natural disasters, including Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina) and Alabama (various tornados). The annual Oyster Roast is usually held in February or early March, to raise funds to support these humanitarian efforts. A similar event, the Fish Fry, is usually held in the fall, for the same purpose.
On Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), the Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) holds a Pancake Supper. Funds from this event help support the EYC program during the entire year.
One of our more popular programs focused on Christian formation is our set of Quiet Days, or Days of Reflection, usually held during Lent and Advent of each year. Outside speakers, in many cases nationally recognized leaders, associated with spiritual formation, are invited to Grace Church Camden to lead participants during these events.
Lenten Lecture Series
On Wednesday evenings during Lent, Grace church has held formative classes in Christian topics. Over the years, this tradition has been formalized into a lecture series/supper. We have asked leaders in the Episcopal Church, as well as some from other denominations such as the Dean of the Lutheran seminary in Columbia, to share their views on program topics such as “Transformation” or “Five messages of Jesus.” The series draws significant numbers from our parish and from the larger Camden community.
Spring Dog Show
The Spring Dog Show is held annually in Rectory Square. This event is a project of the EYC and has taken place in Camden since 1937. It is open to all members of the community and their pets. Awards are given for a variety of purebred dog classes. The Children’s Handling Class allows children to demonstrate their ability to show a dog. In addition to these more traditional awards, there are several fun classes such as Tricks and the Mutt Class. Proceeds from this event are traditionally given to a local charity.
Vacation Bible School
Every summer Grace Church offers Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children ages 4 through 6th grade. The goal of Bible school is to offer a meaningful Christian experience to young people. Each year we have a different theme for Bible school such as “High Sea Expedition.” At Vacation Bible School the children hear the word of God taught through opening preaching time and classroom teaching. They also enjoy craft time, where they work on a craft throughout the week, and enjoy theme-related snacks.