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 parish. 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, local schools, and our neighbors.

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 evening we host a simple, hospitable Worship Gathering at 5PM 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:

  • Call to Worship (communal prayer)
  • A few songs
  • Prayers of the People (call and response prayer)
  • The Doxology
  • Key Information
  • Generosity Prayer (communal prayer)
  • Coffee Break
  • Sermon
  • Lament & Confession (call and response prayer)
  • Communion/Eucharist
  • A song
  • Benediction

We strongly encourage people to take advantage of one of the many restaurants within walking distance of our building for dinner after church. Invite someone to join you!

We hope you’ll consider joining us on a Sunday evening 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 two years, God has grown our church from our initial prayer group to a regular attendance of 75 adults on Sunday evenings. In just two short years God has used TSGE to make a significant impact on the neighbors, schools, and government in Englewood. We are so excited to see what’s next and to come alongside the next member of the TSG family: The Sacred Grace East Colfax, launching in 2019.

STAFF

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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 to about 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. Every month our Parish Pastor 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 a meal and meaningful conversation to talk about life, faith, family, work, and the Bible. The last Sunday of every month we host a COMMUNITY DINNER for our church and parish right after our Worship Gathering. 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.
[OUT VIDEO coming DEC 2018]

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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