I am glad that you have found your way to our website. Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia, is an increasingly vibrant parish as we grow with new families and individuals of all ages. We are well established but act like a church that is newly formed as our members bring new ideas for ministry within and beyond the walls of the church. Our annual Reading Adventure Camp for rising third graders in the Petersburg Public Schools is a good example of our continual efforts to explore new avenues to reach out to a community with many challenges.
We are diverse in our theological and social positions but find that being together in worship, fellowship and service is more important than strict uniformity in the belief and practice of our faith. We pray and strive to let Jesus be our guide as we seek to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.
On retreat our elected leadership agreed to concentrate our mission and ministry on Hope, Healing and Hospitality. It is our desire that you experience these qualities as well. We hope you will join us at Christ and Grace. If you do, we think you will find, as we do, that the presence of the Lord is in this place.
David Teschner, Rector
On Sunday, October 2, at 9:30 a.m., members and guests are invited to attend a special service at Old Blandford Church at Blandford Cemetery off Crater Road. The service will follow the First American Book of Common Prayer of 1789 order of the Holy Communion. This would have been used by the Rev. Churchill Gibson when he came to Petersburg to start Grace Church in October of 1841. His great, great grandson, the Rev. Webster Gibson, will be our special guest that day. After the service, we will walk a short distance to our founder’s grave site and lay a wreath in thanksgiving for his long 50-year ministry in Petersburg.
Our doors and hearts will be open to all. We will provide a variety of worship and study opportunities for people of all ages to encounter the living God. We will be agents of positive change throughout the larger community.