Upcoming Events

Sun, Dec 16
Advent III

Sun, Dec 16
On or before Sun, Dec 16

Wed, Dec 19, 7pm
Blue Christmas

Sun, Dec 23
Advent IV

Mon, Dec 24
5:30pm Carols
6-7:00pm Family Eucharist

Mon, Dec 24
Christmas Eve Services
Carols 10:30pm
Christmas Eve Eucharist 11:00pm-12mid

Tue, Dec 25, 10am
Christmas Day Eucharist

Our Education Programs

Vacation Bible School

Grace in the Desert offers a week-long Vacation Bible School each summer for children age 4 through 5th grade. All children are welcome. The curriculum is non-denominational.

This year’s VBS at Grace will be held Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22, 2018. The time Mon – Thursday is from 9am – 2pm and on Friday from 9am to 12:30pm.

Children age 4 through Grade 5 (going into 6th) are welcome to apply.

The registration form and other information for next year's program are posted here.

Specific questions can be directed to the Priest Associate, The Reverend JoAnn Leach who can be reached through the church office (702) 838-7444.

View the 2018 Vacation Bible School slideshow after its completion.

Adult Education

Adult Education Adult Christian Education is under the direction of our Rector, Fr. Shannon Leach. There is a weekly series held on Sunday morning following the 8:00 am service and prior to the 10:30 am service. The time is 9:30 am to 10:15 am. Topics may be a single session and others may span a number of weeks. The topics are edifying, provocative and holy. Occasional breaks will be announced in the Service Bulletin, the "Upcoming Events" column of the website, and the E-Newsletter prior to postponement.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) at Grace
EfM Class 2018/2019

An EfM seminar was started at Grace by Fr Rick Smallwood in 2008. Rick Smallwood mentored the class until 2014/15, when Gladys Alford and Margo Smith became the co-mentors. Susan Cooper joined them as a third mentor in 2016/17. Gladys and Susan were co-mentors for 2017/18, relieving Margo to concentrate on other matters. The Grace Education for Ministry program has graduated 11 students since its inception.

EfM is a “distance-learning program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection offered by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.”

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EfM hosts local Rabbi

What EfM is NOT: It is not a bible study in the traditional sense nor is it a path to ordination. The studies are designed to give participants insight, to broaden their horizons, and to help them find their way in ministry. These classes are not required for ordination, but are recognized as a tool for discernment.

Education for Ministry (EfM) at Grace
Trunk-or-Treat Halloween

EfM requires a commitment of time, talent, presence, and money. The class at Grace meets on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00 pm weekly for 36 weeks. Preparation for the classes requires 2 to 4 hours of study per week; there is a considerable amount of reading. Since Grace sponsors the EfM class the fee is $375 per year instead of the normal $485. The fee includes all required reading materials. Partial scholarships are available from EfM based on class size. There may also be funding available through Grace or through scholarships created by EfM graduates. Each person will need to have their own bible as recommended by EfM. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha is available as an e-book, in paperback, and all other forms.

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EfM Social

EfM is comprised of a four year curriculum: Year I: Old Testament; Year II: New Testament; Year III: History of the Church. Year IV: Philosophy and Religion. Each year is designed to develop and expand one’s spiritual journey. Four years are required to complete EfM studies. The curriculum can be taken a year at a time, but must be taken in order. According to Fr. Shannon Leach, completion of the four years in EfM is equivalent to completing the first year in seminary.

If you are curious about or interested in EfM, please contact Gladys Alford , Mentor for the group. Any current student or graduate is also a good source of information.

Godly Play

Godly Play Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. The tools of this program, were lovingly created by Duane Schaefer, former Jr. Warden, and skilled craftsman.

Sunday School


Teachers gather the kids from Church after the beginning service and follow the Crucifer to the Parish Hall. Children are accompanied by their teachers back to church during the Peace.

Grace in the Desert offers Nursery School to infants up to the age of four (4) and Sunday School for the following age groups:

- Age five(5) to 2nd grade: (Held outside the PH Nursery)

- 3rd grade to 5th grade: (PH Conference Room)

- Youth group: 6th grade to 12th grade (PH)

The Nursery is a spacious and safe area always covered by two people who are licensed by the Diocese.

The Sunday School classes are taught by teams of two people who are licensed by the Diocese.

The Youth Group class is taught at a table in the Parish Hall dining area.

Tue, Dec 25
Christmas Day
Office Closed

Tue, Jan 1
New Year's Day
Office Closed

Every Wed starting
Oct 17, 10-11am
UHC Physical
Activities Classes

Parish Hall
Ends Dec 19th

Wednesdays, 6-6:30pm
Healing Eucharist

Every Thu starting
Oct 18, 2-3pm
UHC Physical
Activities Classes

Parish Hall
Ends Dec 20th

Fridays 9-9:30am
Friday Morning Prayer

Daily Worship Schedule

Office Closed on Major Holidays
Office Closed
5pm: Contemporary Eucharist
Office Closed
8am: Spoken Eucharist
9:30-10am: Adult Education
9:45am: Nursery Care
10:30am: Youth Sunday School
10:30am: Choral Eucharist
Office Open
Office Open
Office Open
6pm: Healing Service
Office Open
Office Closed
9am Morning Prayer

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