Grace Chapel began in June, 2010, as a Bible study group and a ministry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brockton with the coming of Rev. Moses O. Sowale as an Associate Priest for Outreach and Evangelism, with a particular mission to develop new, flexible, worship that engages people of diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups. The first Sunday worship of this new ministry was held on Sunday August 8, 2010.
A major change in circumstances, but not in mission, came when the Diocese of Massachusetts determined that the expense of supporting St. Paul's Church (a small congregation with a large building in need of expensive repairs) was no longer sustainable and St. Paul's closed in December, 2010. Despite this closing, the Diocesan commitment to an Episcopal presence in Brockton remains strong and the outreach ministry which begun at St. Paul's under Rev. Sowale's leadership now continues as Grace Chapel.
In January 2011, Grace Chapel was welcomed to share worship space at First Evangelical Lutheran Church Brockton and on Sunday February 20, 2011, history was made in Brockton when Bishop Bud Cederholm presided over a joint service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Grace Chapel Episcopal/Anglican Ministry in a welcoming service to 900 Main St. Brockton, Massachusetts
Grace Chapel, an Episcopal/Anglican faith community in Brockton, is now constituted as an outreach ministry of St. John's Church, Holbrook. Our worship and office spaces are in First Evangelical Lutheran Church at 900 Main Street in Brockton and we benefit from strong support, encouragement, and partnership with both St. John's and First Lutheran.
We celebrated our first anniversary with a Multicultural Sharing event on Saturday, August 6, 2011. We had a historic thanksgiving service on Sunday, August 7 with First Lutheran Church; Bishop Bud Cederholm of the Diocese of Massachusetts presided over the Holy Communion with Bishop Segun Okubadejo of Ibadan North diocese (Church of Nigerian Anglican Communion), as preacher.
We look forward to adding more and more to the story of God's love and reconciliation in Brockton and the world.