Grace Community Church started in 1991. During the early days, Grace met in a leased warehouse where the Greyhound Pass Shopping Plaza is currently located. Ever since those first gatherings, Grace has grown rapidly and hasn’t looked back. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Keith Carlson, Pastor of Outreach and Leadership at Grace, about the impact Grace is having on the people in the City of Carmel, Hamilton County, and beyond.
The mission of Grace is “To love people into a responsive and maturing relationship with Jesus Christ, connect them into authentic, redemptive communities and launch them into God’s kingdom revolution.” This mission is being played out in very tangible ways not only within the walls of the church, but also outside of the walls.
Grace will be living out their mission on November 6-7. During these couple of days Grace will be holding their 2010 Weekend of Service. The Weekend of Service involves members of Grace going out into the community and serving people in need very practically. The Weekend of Service will feature nearly 3,500 members of Grace splitting into about 175 teams and going to nearly 100 locations to serve in various capacities. Some groups will be painting, others will be cleaning, while others will be collecting canned food. The main mission of the weekend is to serve and love others.
Grace is focused on using their resources, whether that is their building or people, to serve and love others into a relationship with God. Carlson said, “I would challenge the people of Carmel to look beyond ourselves and our community to see how we can in turn be a blessing to the world.”
Grace, due to its location and size, has the ability to split the church into several different worship venues depending on the needs of individuals and families.
GraceMain is a worship experience that combines a wide variety of elements, including music, drama, media, and relevant, Biblical teaching to communicate the timeless message of hope and redemption. GraceMain gathers at 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday evenings and 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the South Auditorium.
Sojourn is for those who are looking for a worship expression that allows for a small community feel with the advantages of a larger church body. Sojourn meets at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the North Auditorium.
Sanctuary provides a peaceful setting for reflection and adoration with a flexible liturgy that includes communion, ministering prayer and musical styles ranging from classical to contemporary. Sanctuary meets at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Grace Community Church encourages everyone in the community to check them out in person at 5504 East 146th Street in Noblesville, or online at www.gracecc.org.