We believe that God meets us in worship in distinct ways that He doesn't in any other circumstance. We believe that worship should not just be a conduit to get people into community groups and discipleship groups; rather, we believe that worship is an extremely valuable thing in and of itself. True worship provides real life change.
Where We Worship
We meet at Westwood Elementary School, which is at the corner of 6th and Kings on Sunday mornings at 10:30. You can park on either the East or West side of the building. There is a nursery for little ones and a class for ages 3 - early elementary (children this age start in worship and then are dismissed to their class halfway through), along with donuts and coffee. We love having children in worship, however, so you are quite welcome to keep them with you.
We are thankful for Westwood and how generous and understanding their staff has been over the years. We'll be saying goodbye soon, though, as our new building (on 12th & Blakely) is going up, and should be finished before Christmas 2017.
How We Worship
You can wear whatever you'd like and sit wherever you want, but make sure you get a worship guide so that you can follow what's going on. At Grace we have what we like to call a "light liturgy," meaning that we're not overly formal, but we do find much value in congregational participation in confession and profession. We celebrate the Lord's Supper every week as a regular means of grace that goes hand in hand with the preaching of the Word. If you are a believer in Christ and a member in good standing of a Bible-believing church, you are welcome to take the Lord's Supper with us.
While our goal is not necessarily to be different or unique, we believe that the gospel (that Jesus Christ saves sinners and is renewing all of creation) is what changes lives. Our goal is not behavior modification or willpower or intense spiritual disciplines, but continual reliance on the grace and love of God to renew our hearts and lead us to repent of our sins and trust in God. We believe that this is the most freeing news in the world!
We have two ordained ministers at the church: the senior pastor is Ryan Baker and the RUF campus minister is Shane Hatfield. We also have elders and deacons who do the work of caring for and serving those in our church and the community.
While it may take a few weeks to learn the songs and make new friends, we promise not to single you out or embarrass you in any way. Our aim is to make you feel welcome, and we hope that it will be easy for you to get involved in the life of the church.