IS GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PART OF A DENOMINATION?
We believe that all who follow Jesus Christ are brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of denominational affiliation. In Ephesians 4, Paul says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Therefore, Grace is not part of any one denomination, and one of our core commitments is to partner with other churches to bring oneness with the broader body of Christ through mutual respect, prayer and compassionate service together.
Theologically, we are committed to Biblical truth and to the teaching and life of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only Son of God, the author and protector of our faith. We believe that scripture is the inspired word of God, and we value prayer, community and service. (see What We Believe)
We are a contemporary church with traditional Christian values. We seek to translate the timeless truths of God into language and experiences that can be understood and embraced by people today, in our cultural setting.
We believe that every local fellowship that is seeking to follow Jesus is an integral component of the Kingdom of God. Thus, we want to break through any barriers that separate us so that the fullness of Jesus may be experienced throughout this region and beyond.
DOES GRACE HAVE A SUNDAY SCHOOL?
Perhaps you grew up in a church where there was a separate “Sunday School” hour before or after “Worship.” Often, adults, as well as children, had Sunday School. Following Sunday School, both adults and children would go to the worship service. You may have memories of sitting in a pew as a young child trying to keep still until the last song was sung! At Grace, we do things just a little differently.
For children from birth through 5th grade, our Children’s Ministry provides an outstanding age-appropriate learning environment for our children at the same time as our weekend services. For our middle schoolers, Wildfire provides a high-energy program tailored specifically to the needs of this age group. Venture is our high school ministry, powered by students and adult volunteers, which meets on Sunday mornings.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A DISABILITY?
We want every child to be able to fully experience all of what Grace has to offer! We are committed to providing your child additional support or care based on their unique needs or disabilities. Our staff and volunteers can work individually with kids and families to ensure full participation in all our programs. Please do not hesitate to contact your children's director for more information.
Can Women serve in leadership at grace?
Our belief is that God calls every person who follows Jesus to serve Him in accordance with their gifting and calling. Therefore, we affirm women to serve at all levels of church leadership. We recognize that not all churches share this conviction and so we have great respect toward those who view this differently. If you would like a fuller understanding of how our elder team reached this conviction, please see the position paper.
WHAT ARE GRACE’S VIEWS ON BAPTISM?
Being baptized in water proclaims through a physical symbol the spiritual reality that you have become identified with Christ through saving faith in Him. Therefore, those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior should be baptized.
Baptism is our response to Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19-20 where He says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Much like a wedding ring signifies a commitment that has been made between husband and wife, the public act of baptism signifies a commitment that we have made to Jesus Christ. Baptism is one of the two ordinances practiced by the church (the other being the Lord’s supper or communion.)
Many true believers practice infant baptism followed by a confirmation of a faith commitment once an age of reason is reached. Others “dedicate” infants and reserve baptism for those who have made a commitment to follow Jesus on their own. At Grace, we understand the Biblical bases for both approaches. As a matter of church order, we practice the latter.
We hold periodic baptism classes in order to help those who are exploring or planning to be baptized learn more about it. We experience baptism as a church body in our Weekend Services periodically.