Sunday Mornings at Grace
Visiting a new church can be daunting. We get it. We'd like to do all we can to extend a warm welcome. On this page you will find an overview of what a typical Sunday morning looks like at Grace, which will help you to know what to expect when you come. For more information about what happens the rest of the week, and how you can get involved, check out the Ministries page. If you have any questions or particular needs, please don't hesitate to contact us before your visit and we'll do all we can to make you feel at home.
**Please note: Grace Academy is currently on hiatus for the Advent season. The Winter term will begin on January 7th.**
9:30am - 10:30: Grace Academy (coffee and tea available in the Fellowship Hall, downstairs in the main building, fully ramped and accessible from the parking lot)
- Child Care for Infants and Toddlers (newborn-Pre K) in the Education Building
- Children's Education for Elementary-aged kids in the Education Building
- Using the curriculum Kid Connection, each session begins with worship time and a Bible story presentation for the whole group. Then kids gather in small groups (K-3 and 4-6) to connect with their leaders and dive deeper into the lesson.
- Youth Group for Middle and High School students
- Currently working through a 24-week curriculum called Deep Down Faith that challenges teens and young adults to break through surface-level belief and explore their faith more deeply. This series challenges participants to (1) learn what the Reformed faith is all about, and how it's rooted in Scripture; (2) get a clearer picture of what they believe, and why; (3) find out how what they believe impacts their daily life; and (4) develop a language of faith to help them share their story with others.
- Adult Education in the Fellowship Hall
- Our most recent class was on the book of Judges, and was led by one of our pastoral interns.
10:30 - 11: Coffee/Tea Break in the Fellowship Hall
- Between Grace Academy and the Worship Service, we have refreshments and time to visit with one another in the Fellowship Hall. This is a great chance to catch up with friends or to get to know someone new.
11 - 12:15: Worship Service in the Main Sanctuary (wheelchair accessible from the parking lot using the elevator at the back of the building)
When you come into the sanctuary, bulletins are available that explain the order of worship, the various ministries we offer, and any coming events in the life of the church. After a brief word of welcome and some announcements from the Pastor, the congregation will be invited to read together a short call to worship, usually consisting of a few verses from the Bible that help direct our attention to God. We usually open the service with several songs (we use a variety of traditional hymns and contemporary songs), prayer, and an opportunity to express worship through giving. Each week we also set aside a brief time to reflect on our need for God's forgiveness, both corporately and privately, and remember the mercy that God has extended to us in Jesus Christ. Worship continues with a sermon on a biblical text (usually about twenty minutes or so). Every week we take communion after the sermon, as a way to remember and celebrate God's grace to us in Jesus Christ. The bread represents the body of Christ that was broken for us. The cup (of wine or grape juice; we always offer the latter) represents the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Everyone who professes faith in Christ is invited to come forward, to take a piece of bread (gluten-free wafers are always available), to dip it in the cup, and to eat in remembrance of Jesus. The worship service closes with prayer, a closing song, and a word of benediction from the Pastor, sending us out to follow Jesus, serve people, and share God's love with the world.