Common Questions about our Church
1. Does Grace Fellowship belong to a denomination?
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), which has been in existence for over 40 years and has over 1,800 churches throughout North America.
2. What is “presbyterian?”
Is that a loaded question? Just kidding. Honestly, being presbyterian is a way of ordering and leading a church. Presbyterian comes from the biblical word, presbyter, which simply means elder. Therefore, being presbyterian means that local churches are led and represented by “presbyters” or elders, who are elected by the local congregation. There are two kinds of elders: “teaching elders” or pastors, and “ruling elders” or ordained laymen. Together, the elders make up the “Session”. The Session oversees the faith and life of the local church. A simple way to say it is that we are an elder-led church.
3. How should I dress?
According to the Bible, God does not look at the outward appearance but He looks at the heart. Most people in our congregation dress casually. Different people dress in different ways that are based on their tastes, styles, or because that is all they had to wear that day. The point is, that when you visit us, you’ll find that we’re more interested in you than in what you’re wearing, so don’t let a concern over attire keep you from joining us.
4. What about my children?
You are welcome to have your children sit with you during the service (a saying at our church is that a church that is not crying is dying) or they may participate in our Nursery for infants through age 4, that is divided between ages newborn – 2 yr. olds, and 3 yr – 4 yr olds. We have a crying room/nursing room available for mothers and infants, located just off our main foyer. We also have Sunday School and Nursery that is available for all ages that starts at 9:40.
5. What is the preaching like?
At Grace Fellowship you’ll hear what is called Expository Preaching. This means we typically preach through whole books of the Bible, all the while focusing on the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We do this because we believer that the spiritual authority of any church or any pastor is God’s Word. In other words, God has called our pastors and elders to preach, teach, and oversee our congregation by His Word. This allows preaching in context of the original meaning of Scripture and it also protects us from making the Bible say something that it was never meant to say. Ultimately, it is a way to rely on God to speak powerfully to us through His Spirit and by His Word.
6. What is the music like?
As we sing to the Lord, we worship according to Biblical principles and because of that, we can expect to be comforted and convicted, broken and lifted up, emptied and filled. God understands that music has a unique way of speaking to us in various and powerful ways. At Grace Fellowship, our desire is to take the opportunities and innovations of the present and connect them with the beauty and insight of the past. Ancient hymn writers had a way of writing music that moved beyond the mere emotions of people by giving us doctrinally rich lyrics that instruct and edify the soul. When united with contemporary tunes and instruments, a uniquely worshipful style is presented. And so, that is what you will find at Grace. Though these songs are old, they are also new and my ultimate hope is that they will glorify God as they unite us to Him in Christ.