The annual Bach festival is organized and directed by Grace Church’s organist/choirmaster, Francine Maté, DMA, and features performers from the United States and Germany. Visit Grace’s Bach Festival for a full description of the concerts and performers.
Taste of Georgetown
Don’t miss The Taste of Georgetown! This event generally takes place on the first Saturday of October.
This annual event offers a true “Taste” of the unique culinary flavors of Georgetown, as well as opportunities to participate in family activities, and purchase raffle tickets for excellent prizes donated by local businesses.
The “Taste of Georgetown” brings friends far and near to lower Georgetown, and offers live music and activities in addition to food.
For many years Grace Church and the Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) for the homeless have worked together to organize and staff the event, which helps support GMC’s work with our homeless neighbors.
In 2004, the Georgetown Partnership—Business Improvement District (“BID”) joined with Grace Church and GMC to present this very special community and family event, and the partnership continues.
The “Taste” needs lots of volunteers to be successful. Contact the Grace office if you can help sell tickets, greet and direct guests and customers, set up and take down tents, tables and food venues, and count and deposit revenues. Volunteers generally receive 2 free tasting tickets, a t-shirt, and discounted parking.
Net revenues from the event are donated to the Georgetown Ministry Center for the homeless.
Check the Upcoming Events page every year for event details.
Grace will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 7, 2021. At this gathering, the whole congregation receives and considers reports from the church’s various organizations and ministries, as well as a year-to-date financial report with year-end projections. Also, members in good standing vote for representatives to the church’s Vestry (governing board) and for Senior and Junior Warden, the parish’s chief lay officials.
The Congregation Based Shelter opened in 1992. Each year in late November/early December, area congregations host the shelter in blocks of a week, providing 10 homeless men and women with dinner and breakfast and a safe and warm place to sleep from 7 pm until 7 am. The shelter guests are screened by Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) staff and are among the more fragile of their clients. In addition to providing a safe haven from the harsh winter and creating a comfortable, low-demand environment for sometimes service-resistant homeless people, the CBS program seeks to link all residents to the continuum of care, including case management and psychiatric services, thereby encouraging them to make the changes necessary to prevent them from returning to the streets. Parishioners, friends and community volunteers cook and serve dinner each night, engaging in fellowship with the guests. Overnight volunteers, who share the evening meal and assist the paid GMC staff member with breakfast, also are a key part of this program.
Dates aren’t set yet for 2021. Contact the Grace office for more information, and to volunteer.
As is previous years, GMC staff works to place shelter residents in transitional or permanent housing following the shelter’s closing.