Sometimes the scariest part about visiting a new church is not knowing what to expect when you arrive. We don’t want this fear to keep you from coming to Grace! If you have any additional questions after reading this info, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Parking: We have a large parking lot behind our church building and a couple of handicapped spaces in front if needed. After parking, most people enter the church from the glass door in the side of the building with the "Welcome" decal on it.
Greeters: We have a greeter posted just outside the main auditorium every Sunday morning. He will welcome you to our church and hand you a Program and Welcome Packet. If you have any questions before the service begins, our greeter will be glad to help you. If you arrive late, a hall monitor will be nearby to assist you.
Nursery & Preschool: Nursery and Preschool care is provided every Sunday. Our greeter can show you where to find their rooms. Children in Grades 1-6 should join you in the auditorium for the start of worship. They will be dismissed to their own "Junior Worship" just before the sermon begins. (NOTE: All children's workers have been through our system of training and have passed three separate background checks)
THE WORSHIP EVENT
Start Time: Morning worship begins at 10:00am. You should plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you have time to get a Program, drop your children off in the nursery (if you have young children), and find a seat in the auditorium. However, if you are a little late, it's okay! We would rather have you a little late than to have you not come at all!
Attendance: On a typical Sunday morning about 75 people gather for worship. Our congregation is multi-generational and comes from all walks of life. We have visitors in attendance most weeks, but we never single them out!
Attire: Our pastor always wears a tie, but most of the congregation dresses more casually. The men typically wear a collared shirt and pants, though some wear a t-shirt and jeans. Most of the women come in a dress, skirt, or dress slacks. Our goal is to dress in a way that lets people direct their attention toward God, and not toward ourselves.
Music Style: Our instrumentation includes a piano, organ, and keyboard, and we try to provide a blend of contemporary and traditional songs reflecting the best congregational worship music of the past and present.
Sermons: Our pastor typically speaks for about 35 minutes, and his speaking style is conversational (in other words, no yelling or pulpit pounding!). The purpose of each sermon is to help us understand and apply a specific Bible passage. Our pastor preaches from the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV). If you don’t own an ESV you may use one of the Bibles provided in the pews in the auditorium. We also have gift ESV Bibles in the main hallway that you are welcome to take home with you at no charge.
After morning worship (which lasts about 60 minutes) we have a 15-minute reception called Grace Cafe. Light refreshments are available in the Fellowship Hall at no charge. We would encourage you to take advantage of this time to get to know our people better.
Following Grace Cafe, from 11:15-noon, we break up into our Growth Groups classes.
Our Location: 500 Cosmopolitan Ave. Marshall, MI 49068