What should I expect when I attend?

 

When you attend a service at Grace Baptist Church, you should expect to find a welcoming community of people united by our love for God and thankfulness for the salvation we have because of Jesus’ death on the cross. As we gather together each week, our goals are to:

Learn the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15):
The Bible makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” Therefore,  as a church, we are committed to studying and knowing God’s Word in our times together.

Experience God (Genesis 28:17) : 
The Bible is not just a set of facts to learn and master. Instead, the Bible describes a God with whom we can have a relationship. We want the truths we learn about in Scripture to become part of a living experience we have with God each time we come to church. We want to see God coming into our midst and working in our hearts through his word and the Holy Spirit so we leave saying “I met God today.”  This experience convinces us that what we’re learning about God in the Bible is true.

Worship God according to the Scriptures (John 4:24):
 Throughout the Bible, God has revealed to us how we should worship him. In our time together, we seek to implement these Biblical patterns and understand what true worship is. As our hearts engage in worship, the Holy Spirit reveals God’s truth to us and shows us how we are to live our lives.

See the Gospel lived out in one another’s lives (1 Corinthians 13):
Throughout the week, whether at school, work, in our neighborhoods, or even at home, we’re surrounded by a world feeling the effects of sin. When we gather on Sundays, we come into an environment where the gospel, not sin, in the prominent thing. We seek to live out the Gospel in our marriages, our families,and in godly friendships, encouraging each other as we model our lives after Christ. When sin and conflict exists, we desire to work it out in love, according to the principles of God’s Word.

What are the services like?

In our time together, the Bible, God’s word, is central to all that we do. Our goal is to” read the Bible, sing the Bible, pray the Bible, and preach the Bible.” 

Our 11:00 am service on Sunday is our main time of worship together. We typically sing 4 hymns, read a psalm and a consecutive Scripture reading, pray, and hear a sermon from our pastor. The service lasts about 75 minutes. 

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly, either at 10:00 or 1:30. This service includes 3 or 4 hymns and a brief sermon of reflection on the table. All baptized believers are invited to partake of the bread and cup with us.

At Wednesday night prayer meetings, we gather for a hymn and a brief devotional, followed by several sessions of prayer. Our first session focuses on missions and the needs of our church. For the second session, the men and women separate for a time of prayer for families in the church and individuals in need. This service lasts about 90 minutes.

What about my kids?

We’d love for you to bring your kids with you! Our children are encouraged to attend the worship services so that they may learn what it means to worship God. 

We do offer a nursery for infants and small children through age 4 during our 10:00 am and 11:00 am services on Sunday.  At 10:00 am, we also offer Sunday school classes for children starting at age 3. These classes include songs, Bible lessons, and activities.

The nursery and children’s Sunday school classes are located on the second floor. Children must be signed in by a parent or guardian and will only be released to that person. Our volunteers have received training and undergone police background checks to protect all of the children. We operate under a “Plan to Protect” that includes additional safety guidelines to ensure your child’s safety.

Join us for lunch!

Every Sunday following our morning service, we gather for lunch in the church fellowship hall. This is a great opportunity to visit and get to know the members of the church. We’d love for you to join us! 

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