WHAT TO EXPECT AT GRACE
We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be an awkward experience. We want to be as helpful as possible in making you comfortable so that you can look forward to encountering Christ in our midst when you visit Grace.
We hope this provides answers to some of your burning questions:
What is your service like?
Our service is best described as traditional with a twist - a mixture of old and new. The pastor offers a message based on a passage from the Bible and her reflections on how the scripture speaks to our lives today. We lift up joys and concerns and pray together. We sing both traditional hymns and newer songs. From September to May, our choir blesses us each week with wonderful music.
On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, which is always open to everyone regardless of age, ability, class, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or membership status.
What should I wear?
You are invited to come as you are for worship. Formal or casual - it's your decision, and regular worshippers come dressed in both ways. Please wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
How long with the service last?
Our services typically last an hour to an hour and fifteen
minutes. After worship, you are invited to Fellowship Time (coffee, juice, and cookies).
Will I be singled out in any way? Will I have to say anything or sign anything?
Don't worry - while you can expect to be greeted and welcomed, you won't be put on the spot or asked to introduce yourself during worship. You are our guest and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible. During the service, you'll notice a "Connection Card" in the pew pocket. Please fill it out if you would like more information about the church or if you'd like to connect with the pastor. If you'd like to remain anonymous, that's coll too.
What about my kids? Is child care available?
Our nursery (for babies through age 4) is open for business every Sunday throughout the year. Our nursery attendant, Miss Shirley is friendly and loves spending time with the kids. During the school year, we have Sunday school for elementary school children during worship. Find out more about opportunities for families here.
Are your facilities accessible?
Yes, our building is all on one level and there is easy access to the sanctuary, fellowship hall, and bathrooms. Accessible parking is located in the back of the building (from Avenue B, take 19th Street W behind the building and turn left into the alley.)
How do I get there? Where do I park?
Please visit our directions page for more information. Our parking lot is across from the church on Avenue B. You may also park on the street in front of the building.
Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?
Grace is part of the United Methodist Church, and is one of 136 churches throughout Montana and Wyoming that make up the Yellowstone Conference. At the same time, Grace is made up of people from many different backgrounds. Most came because they found Grace to be a welcoming community of folks exploring faith and engaged in making a difference in the world.
Who is your pastor?
Her name is Sarah Beck. She is ordained in the United Methodist Church and was appointed to Grace in 2014. Sarah has a BS in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. Her passion for ministry lies in preaching and crafting worship, teaching, and social justice. Sarah enjoys good coffee, great conversations, swimming, reading, and spending time with her puggle Wesley.
What is Grace Church all about anyway?
In a nutshell, we believe that God's love changes lives and that a group of passionate people committed to working together can make the world a better place. You can find out more about what we believe here.
I still have more questions!
We'd love to talk with you about them. Get in touch with us by calling the church office or sending our pastor an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Better yet - come visit us this Sunday morning at 10:15!