“From His fullness we receive grace upon grace.”

John 1:16

Vision

The vision of The Sacred Grace is to see a parish church in and for every neighborhood in the Denver area.

The Sacred Grace Englewood is a parish church in and for the city of Englewood, CO. We exist to take spiritual and social responsibility for our parish and everything we do is ultimately for the flourishing and benefit of our city. Together we are following the way of Jesus by moving UP toward God through our weekly Worship Gatherings, IN toward each other through meaningful meals around the table, and OUT toward our parish through civic engagement, serving our local schools, and caring for our neighbors and neighborhoods.

We are a people who are putting down roots here to serve this city. We believe that spiritual and social renewal often go hand-in-hand and our aim is to activate that kind of renewal in Englewood.

Sundays

Every Sunday we host a simple, hospitable Worship Gathering at 9AM at 3220 S. Acoma. Each component of our service is deliberately designed to help us move UP toward God, IN toward each other, and OUT toward Englewood.

The order of service is as follows:

  • Key Information
  • The Generosity Prayer
  • Call to Worship
  • A few songs
  • Prayers of the People
  • The Doxology
  • Homily
  • Prayers of Lament & Confession
  • Communion/Eucharist
  • A song
  • Benediction

If you are not able to make it in person, we encourage you to join us online at either 9AM or 5PM for our livestream at tsgeng.org/live.

We hope you’ll consider joining us on a Sunday sometime soon! We would love to tell you more about all that God is doing in and for Englewood through our church.

Story

In 2015 Nathan and Julie Hoag began praying about planting a church in and for their neighborhood. Their lives were dis-integrated: work, play, church, family, etc. all seemed to in different placed with different people. They have spent most of their lives in the Denver area and have seen how quickly population density and commercial growth have contributed to the disintegration of their lives and the lives of those around them. They began to ask, “What if the church in Denver began to organize itself in a way that was conducive to this new reality in Denver? What if churches existed to serve and bless a neighborhood rather than hosting one main event that everyone drove from all over the place to attend?”

At the same time, TNL Church was having similar discussions and preparing to plant churches like the one the Hoags were longing for. In the summer of 2015, the Hoags resigned from their jobs and started dreaming and praying with TNL about when, where, and how to plant a parish church that took spiritual and social responsibility for a specific geography.

It was clear by the end of that year that Englewood, CO was the right place to start. Early in 2016, a group of 10-15 people began gathering with the Hoags on the north end of town to walk and pray around the neighborhood once a week. In addition to praying for God’s kingdom to come in Englewood as it is in heaven, they were praying for a home for the Hoags within a mile of the building where their church would meet. On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, The Sacred Grace Englewood hosted its first Worship Gathering at 3220 S. Acoma. On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, the Hoags moved into their new home only one block away from the church building.

Over the past 5 years, God has grown our church from our initial prayer group to a regular attendance of 75 adults on Sunday evenings and now to a church of 100 connecting weekly online or in person. In the past 5 years God has used TSGE to make a significant impact on the neighbors, schools, and government in Englewood and we hope that you will join us for the journey still to come!

Staff

Nathan

NATHAN HOAG

Parish Pastor

nathan@thesacredgrace.com

About Nathan

Nathan has called Colorado home for most of his life and loves being outdoors as he climbs, skis, and mountain bikes whenever time allows. Nathan is a graduate of Denver Seminary and ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Nathan has worked part-time for Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey since 2013.  He was on staff at Cherry Hills Community Church from 2011 – 2015 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Denver Rescue Mission.

Nathan and his wife Julie are foster, biological, and adoptive parents. They believe in making a deep and lasting impact in their neighborhood and seeing lives change at the ground level. Nathan is a big fan of the craft-everything movement in Denver and cares way too much about how his coffee is roasted.

Kevin

KEVIN PENFOLD

Parish Director

kevin@thesacredgrace.com

About Kevin

Kevin and his wife Katelyn moved to Colorado in 2017 for Kevin to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Denver Seminary. Kevin and Katelyn found The Sacred Grace Englewood after struggling to find a church home for more than 3 months. In their words, they were, “captivated by the church’s dedication to community, care for the city of Englewood, and love of God,” and they have been attending The Sacred Grace Englewood ever sense. Kevin became an apprentice under Nathan in 2018 so that he could learn how to live and work as a Parish Pastor.

Kevin loved his experience working and learning under Nathan and sought more responsibilities. Today he is our Parish Director, heading up our volunteer teams, church communications, and special events. Feel free to contact Kevin if you are looking for more ways to get involved in our parish, or if you just want to sit down for some coffee, beer, or a burger.

Hosanna

Hosanna Deseno

Worship Director

hosanna@thesacredgrace.com

About Hosanna

Hosanna moved to Colorado in 2007 from Oxford, England where her parents served as missionaries for 8 years. She spent the early years of her childhood in Taiwan, China, and Japan. Growing up traveling around Asia and Europe, Hosanna developed an appreciation for varying cultures and different styles of worship.

She began leading worship in 2010, while teaching music, art, and providing care for people with disabilities. She is now a part time art teacher for homeschool students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and believes that both music and art can be a form of worship that can edify the church. She is passionate about drawing out the gifts in each person she meets, and strives to be an advocate for the poor, the oppressed, and the sick.

Lindy

LINDY CURRY

Preschool Director

lindy@thesacredgrace.com

About Lindy

Lindy Soon Curry was born at the very end of the Korean War, found by an American serviceman, and taken to Hope Children’s Home in Jinhae, South Korea.  She was adopted by a loving, Christian family and came to live in Mt. Hood, Oregon in 1957 when she was estimated to be about four years old.

In 1991 Lindy married David Curry when they were both learning to play the Irish harp. They moved to Englewood, CO in 1992 and live a few blocks from TSGE. They adopted a baby girl from Korea and since she has grown up and moved out, Lindy has sensed God calling her to full-time ministry. She is attending Denver Seminary and pursuing a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries to better equip her to attend to the spiritual needs of children and adults in her neighborhood.

Gaby

GABY WILSON

Nursery Director

gaby@thesacredgrace.com

About Gaby

Gaby grew up in Colorado after moving from Chihuahua, Mexico with her family to Denver when she was a year and a half old. She loves learning about language, biology and the lovely things that make life sparkle. As a child (and sometimes even now), she could be found making mud pies, drawing, playing violin and exploring with all her senses. She discovered a love of teaching and learning with preschool kids at Red Rocks Church in 2014 and has loved interacting with kids since then and at different churches in Englewood for the last few years. Gaby is a social introvert that loves to dance when no one is looking.

Gaby moved to Englewood when she married Devin in 2020 and joined The Sacred Grace team as the Nursery Director and to help welcome the Spanish-speaking community as she hopes to reconnect with her Hispanic heritage. Gaby and Devin love creating new desserts, hosting family and friends in their home, and planning all the travel they will enjoy together to visit  international friends and family if the Lord allows.

Devin

DEVIN WILSON

Technical Director

About Devin

Devin grew up in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and after college felt led to move to the Englewood area. He and his wife Gaby currently live in Englewood near Oxford and love running into people around the city and inviting people into their lives and home. He is a software engineer by trade, loves to learn, has a few creative outlets including making music, songwriting, hammocking, cooking, baking, and engineering. He often finds himself connecting people and being a bridge between communities.

Devin loves to help the church grow in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world (language he learned from Intervarsity while in college). Over the years he’s done that through music, worship, sound/media, missionary work, and serving others locally and internationally, leading small groups, building community, and asking questions, and thinking about what it means to be followers of Christ in community.

Rhythms

WHO WE ARE & WHO WE ARE BECOMING

Together we are moving UP toward God, IN toward each other and ourselves, and OUT toward our parish, the city of Englewood. Among these rhythms we practice GRACE, believing that it is only by God’s grace that we breathe in and out and it is only by God’s grace that we are empowered to follow the way of Jesus in our day-to-day lives.

UP

For many people God feels far away, and yet, he is inviting us to move closer to him through regular rhythms of worship. The primary way our church moves UP toward God is through our weekly WORSHIP GATHERINGS. These simple and hospitable gatherings are designed to set our focus on the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and to send us out inspired, commissioned, and focused on following the way of Jesus in our day-to-day lives. We accomplish this through songs, prayers, teachings, confession, Communion, and relationships. Although we cherish this time every week, we don’t want it to keep people from their sacred rhythms with friends, family, and neighbors; so we keep these gatherings under 60 minutes.

IN

One of the greatest benefits of being a part of a church community is the support and friendship that comes along with that. Whether you are falling on hard times or celebrating health and happiness, relationships are essential for growth and sustenance. The primary way we accomplish these relationships is around TABLES. Often our Parish Pastor Nathan and his family host new and curious churchgoers in their home for a WELCOME DINNER to hear their story and to tell them more about our church and parish. Every week TABLE GROUPS gather for meals and meaningful conversation to talk about life, faith, family, work, and the Bible. Lastly, our church loves to host a COMMUNITY MEALS for our church and parish right after our Worship Gathering, and while these have been put on hiatus during COVID we will be reinstitution them again very soon! We also believe that growth and health require that we move toward ourselves, knowing ourselves better in order to heal, progress, and create with greater efficacy and efficiency. We accomplish this through workshops, resources, prayers, and practices that help us take our Sunday experience into our weekly rhythms.

OUT

When we take time to listen and pay attention to the places where we live, work, and play, we will often find that there is a great deal of need all around us. Typically, we will also find that there is much to celebrate and perpetuate. Our church is committed to serving our parish, the city of Englewood, as well as equipping our people to care for other places and people in their lives. We believe that God is at work all around us and we are invited to join him in that work. The primary ways we care for our community is through CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, our NEIGHBORS, and our SCHOOLS. We participate in civic engagement by regularly attending and participating City Council Meetings, hosting and moderating debates for local politicians, and by praying weekly with and for our City Manager. We care for our neighbors by hosting great block parties, taking meals to those in need, celebration, or grief, taking the time to learn about the people who live on our block, through Neighboring Grants, and by providing for our homeless neighbors. We care for our schools by hosting Teacher Appreciation Events, volunteering in classrooms, collecting school supplies for students in need, and through an annual Christmas Store. It is our hope to meet the needs of our parish through specified and carefully-tuned acts of generosity and love.

GRACE

Above all, the grace of God is both the wind at our backs and the air in our lungs. It is the momentum and movement of generosity as we care for each other and our parish and it is the fuel that forms our words and prayers. “From his fullness we have received grace upon grace.”

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