Deacons Talking 

about Grace Place

with Deacon Jerry Jacobs


Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00-8:15 pm


This is an online event. You will receive log-in information once you register.

There is no cost for the event.


Julie Lytle
Episcopal Province of New England

Jerry Jacob, Deacon at Grace Episcopal Church in Cullman AL, has a knack for seeing needs and launching innovative programs. After retiring from forming and serving as Executive DIrector of a free health clinic for low-income residents of Cullman county, he helped launch and is now Interim Director of Grace Place.

Grace Place is a creative interaction program that exists to enhance the quality of life of adults with mild to moderate memory-loss and provide respite for their caregivers. Based upon the original work done to establish a similar program called Grace Arbor at First United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville, GA in 2004, Grace Place opened in January 2018 and centers on a one-to-one volunteer/participant (those with memory-loss) ratio and following a pattern of activities with a closely observed four hour per day schedule.  Grace Place currently has 10 “regular” participants and 16 volunteers for Tuesday and Thursday sessions.

Join us to hear Jerry's story and learn how you can respond to support people with dementia and their caregivers by clicking on the REGISTRATION BUTTON and completing the form to receive web conference instructions.

8Province I has a new website.  It contains a special section devoted to diaconal ministry that includes links to previous Deacons Talking web conferences.  If you miss our live conversations, you can find recordings of them here. (NOTE: Newer programs will be posted asap. Thank you for your patience.)

  • Feb 18, 2018  Sorry, no recording available
  • Jan 18, 2018 - Tuberville Farm Coop with James Ballard and Ralph Perkins
  • Dec 18, 2017 - Supporting Women Leaving Prison with Ellen Adams
  • Nov 16, 2017 - The World is Our Mission - Regional Diaconal Ministry with Tom Mariconda
  • Oct 19, 2017 - Refugee Resettlement with Grace Sawicki and Christine Cassels
  • Apr 20, 2017 - Diaconal Ministry and Haiti with Leroy "Buck" Close
  • Mar 16, 2017 - Talking About the End of Life with Lucy Pellegrini
  • Feb 16, 2017 - The Hungry Soul Breakfast with Don Burr 
  • Jan 19, 2017 - Foot Care Ministry with Bonnie Matthews 
  • Dec 15, 2016 - Preaching with the Bible in One Hand and the Newspaper in the Other with The Rev Deacon Sudie Blanchard 
  • Nov 17, 2016 - Rebirthing Campus Ministry with The Venerable Jan Grinnell  
  • Oct 20, 2016 - Laundry Love with The Rev Deacon Jane Griesbach and the Rev Meredyth Ward 
  • May 28, 2015 - Stan Baker Talking about General Convention
  • Jan Grinnell Talking about the RI Center for Reconciliation

Deacons Talking on the Road to Emmaus is a web based way for deacons to walk with each other and share stories in hope of inspiring, supporting and renewing diaconal ministries. It is inspired by the story of Cleopas and another disciple who, after recounting all that they had experienced while walking on the road to Emmaus with a stranger, recognized Jesus in their midst (Luke 24:13-32). Jesus' presence led them to release their fear and grief, return to Jerusalem to share their experience of the resurrected Christ with the gathered community, and renew their ministry with confidence.

Sponsored by the New England Deacons Network and the Episcopal Province of New England (Province I), these free, live, interactive web conferences will occur monthly on the third Thursday, 7:00 -8:15 pm and feature deacons sharing stories from their ministries, exploring case studies, offering peer wisdom and feedback, and exchanging mutual support.