Lent 2024

In News by Kim Eiffert

Join us at Grace Avenue as we journey through Lent, to the cross and then on to the joy of Easter.  This season will present opportunities for gathering, study, worship and prayer.  

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Details HERE.   

Lenten Dinner & Devotion
Wednesdays:  Feb 21, 28 & March 6, 13, 20 
6:00-7:00 pm | Worship Center
Join us one time or join us every week!
Take some time during this Lenten season to feed both your body and your faith.  We will be gathering each Wednesday to share a meal and a time of devotion and conversation.  All ages are invited to participate.  Meals will be family-friendly.  Registration is appreciated.  A love offering will be received to offset the cost of meals. 

Women’s Night Out:  Interfaith Night of Friendship
Monday, February 19, 2024
6:30-8:30 pm at Grace Avenue UMC
Catered by Mary’s Mediterranean Cafe
February is a month to celebrate love and friendship.  It offers a perfect opportunity to meet new friends in our community.  All women are invited to join us for an evening of good food around tables while we share in conversation about our hopes and dreams for our community.  We hope that friendships will be formed as we get to know our neighbors. Childcare available.  

Contact Laura Echols-Richter at laura@graceavenue.org with any questions.

Insight Out:  Exploring the Labyrinth
Sunday, February 25 at 4:00 pm | Worship Center
Laurie Hanson Roberts will be leading an informational class on walking the labyrinth. We will talk about the history of labyrinths, give suggestions on how to walk a labyrinth, and share the locations of labyrinths in the North Texas area. There will be a time for questions as well as the opportunity to walk one of the two labyrinths at Grace Avenue.  Childcare is available.  

Contact Laurie Hanson Roberts at lhr@graceavenue.org with questions.  



Thursday Morning Study with Laura Echols-Richter
Lenten Study: Prayer As a Journey
Thursdays from 9:15am-10:30am
Beginning February 15
Meets in Tom Graves Hall (Online option available)
Prayer is an ongoing journey with God that opens us to a greater understanding of ourselves in relation to God's world.  Join us as we focus on prayer during our pilgrimage to the Cross.  

Details & Registration

Insight Out Lenten Study
Led by Christopher Vaughan
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm | Feb 20  – March 19

“Insight Out” is a Lenten journey paralleling our worship series that invites participants to engage in a contemplative and transformative process, mirroring the spiritual labyrinth.

Details & Registration

Practical Prayer: Real Tools for the Average "Pray-er"
Led by Jeff Bouis & Laura Byrd
Sundays at 9:15 am | February 25 - March 17 We invite you to join us at the beginning of the Lenten season to pick up some practical prayer tools which will support a regular prayer practice and interact with others who are doing the same.

Details & Registration

Atlas Bible Study
Led By Billy Echols-Richter
Wednesdays at 12:30 pm
Meets Online (via Zoom)
Each week this group will dive a little deeper in to the sermon series topics and scriptures for worship that week.  Follow our Atlas HERE.

Email communications@graceavenue.org to get the Zoom link.  


Mission Sunday
March 3 (Throughout the Morning)

Gifts for Teachers
Spread some joy to our teachers at Brent and Corbell Elementary this spring by helping to make “Thinking of You” gifts which we will deliver to the schools. 

Peat Pot Flowers
Come create a peat pot and seed gifts to brighten someone’s day.  We will include an invitation to Grace Avenue’s Easter Worship services.

Blood Drive
Carter Bloodcare will be onsite from 8am-1pm for donations.  You can reserve your time at the link. 

Blood Drive Registration

Welcome Kits Collection
February 14-March 24, 2024
Throughout Lent, in partnership with Church World Services, our Welcome with Grace Team is collecting kits to help refugees with some of their immediate needs when arriving in a new home.  You can drop employment, cleaning, or toiletry kits in the collection bins around the church or in the Grace on the Go Trailer.   Details and contents of the kits are al the link. 

Welcome Kit Details

Labyrinth Field Trips
As we focus on using the Labyrinth as a spiritual practice this Lenten season, we would like to invite you to venture into our community and experience the many different labyrinth opportunities in our area.  Grace Avenue staff will be coordinating some field trips to local labyrinths (watch for details!) or you can check them out yourself (or your Small Group). 

Click the link to find local labyrinths for your enjoyment.

Pub Theology

Monday, March 4 at 7:00pm

Holy Grail Pub (Plano) 

Black Theology and Christ: The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Led by Laura Byrd and Jeff Bouis
Do you question things a lot and then ask questions about your questions? Do you enjoy diving deep into life’s hardest theological quandaries? Then this is the group for you.  Joins us for the deep theological discussion in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.  

Contact Laura Byrd at lbyrd@graveacenue.org for details or questions, and join our Facebook group HERE.

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 24 | 4:00- 6:00 pm
Come and join us for Easter Eggs, petting zoo, lawn games, inflatables, egg toss, hotdogs/sandwiches, sweet treats, and prizes!  Children of all ages are welcome to come and join us for this fun Spring event.  We will have staggered start times for each age group (details at link).  Please make sure that you are at your hunt location a few minutes before your start time, because once the hunt begins there is no turning back!

Contact Kristen Lane at klane@graceavenue.org with questions.

Easter Lilies
Purchase Online or on Sundays
Purchase Easter Lilies in memory or in honor of loved ones.  We will use the lilies to decorate for Easter Worship and then you can take them home to enjoy.  

Contact Kristen Lane at misty@graceavenue.org with questions.


Pop-Up Community Easter Celebration
Saturday, March 30th
Watch for Location Details Soon!
The Prodigals Community is hosting an off-site community-focused Easter experience.  This is an opportunity for those who may be hesitant about church to engage with a loving and safe community outside of our walls.  Be sure to spread the word to those who might benefit from this opportunity. 

Contact Laura Byrd at lbyrd@graceavenue.org with questions.