MINISTRIES – Where Do You Fit In?At Grace Fellowship, we have two types of Ministries. Those that WE provide to YOU and those that YOU provide to US. Let me explain. The Ministries that WE provide to YOU are services such as Nursery care while you are worshiping or studying, Youth activities, Small and Large Group sponsorship. You get the idea.
On the other hand, the Ministries that YOU provide to US are areas where YOU serve. Like the Music Team, where you might sing and/or play an instrument during one of our worship services. Or Ushers and Greeters – we all know what those folks do. Anyway, these are the services that make this place run on Sundays and Wednesdays and all the times we have any special activity going on.
Below we highlight the main ministries that we provide to you and have grouped the service areas under Opportunities to Serve. If you would like to get involved or want more information, please contact the church office.
GROUPS: Small + Large
Small – Our small groups are gender based and operate within our men’s and women’s ministries. They are designed to go deeper into Christian maturity, equip and encourage evangelism, and incorporate service both within and outside of the church. Our groups typically meet every week during the school year. Groups resume in August/September time frame. Please call the church office for information.
Large – Our church utilizes large groups for maturing in the Christian life, equipping for ministry, evangelism and service. These groups include our classes on Sunday Mornings and Evenings, and on Wednesday Nights. Please see the Children and Youth section below to learn about their current curriculum. Large group opportunities for adults include:
Adult Sunday School – Sunday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30.
Wednesday Night – Fellowship meal from 5:30 – 6:30 and discipleship from 6:30 – 7:30.
Children + Youth Ministries
Learning is an essential part of what we do for our children, but we also love to combine it with other fun events including: Easter party, summer play dates, back to school swim party, Fall Festival, and Christmas party. Please check out our monthly calendar of events to keep up with all the fun activities. For more information about children’s ministry, please contact our director of Children’s Ministry, Mary Alred at email@example.com.
Preschool – Kindergarten: We are studying the Bible using The Bible Building Blocks of the Faith curriculum.
1st – 2nd Grade: We are using the Show Me Jesus curriculum for lower elementary.
3rd – 5th Grade: We are also using the Show Me Jesus curriculum for middle elementary.
Children’s Church: Children’s Church is for ages 3 years old until 1st grade. This is a time to help transition our little ones from the nursery to worship service.
We meet on Tuesdays during the school year from 3:00 until 4:30 pm. This time is used to learn about God in a group setting of boys with boys, girls with girls; then we separate into smaller groups where we pray together and do Bible verse memory work. The sign-up sheet for 2017-2018 school year is available in the church office.
Children’s choir meets from 6:30-7:00. During this time, the children learn scripture along with hymns and songs. The age for this class is Preschool – 5th grade. We then separate into our classes from 7:00 – 7:30: Preschool-Kindergarten and 1st – 5th grade.
Every year in June, Grace Fellowship partners with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Albertville Recreation Center to hold our annual Sports Camp for ages 7 – 13. This is our alternative to vacation Bible School and is used for outreach and service. We bring in expert sport instructors and well-known Christian athlete speakers to offer a week of fun, food, sports and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
During past Sports Camps, we hosted over 350 area children and had 99 decisions for Christ! Some of these children had never heard the Good News prior to Sports Camp and many attended on scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of our members, sponsors and volunteers, we are able to impact our community in a way that has eternal implications. To God be the Glory!
Outreach: Near + Far
True to our Mission and Vision Statements, Grace Fellowship Presbyterian Church is committed to supporting missionaries around the world financially and through prayer. We support both home and foreign missions. We also support local outreach organizations.
Through our support of Mission to the World, we currently support missionaries serving in the following locations (some information withheld):
- Czech Republic
Dayspring Center for Christian Counseling is a ministry of Grace Fellowship Presbyterian Church. It is operated by Terry Nelson, LPC, who is also an elder at Grace Fellowship. All clinicians are licensed and see a wide spectrum of counseling issues including:
- Marriage & Family
- Pediatric through Adolescent
- Divorce Recovery
- Parent-Child Relationships
- Adjustment Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Addiction & Recovery
Biblical principles and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are used to bring healing and restoration to hurting souls. Real Life Crisis Pregnancy Center is supported financially and prayerfully by Grace Fellowship and offers our members ministry opportunities to serve as counselors and operational staff. Some of the services offered by Real Life include:
- Free pregnancy tests
- Information about pregnancy
- Accurate information on abortion
- Adoption education and support
- Post Abortion counseling and support
- Maternity and infant clothing
- Infant furniture (when available)
- 24 Hour message line
- Non-judgmental support and acceptance
- Speakers on abstinence and pregnancy related topics
- Literature on abortion, adoption, sexually transmitted disease, etc.
- Abstinence education
- Evangelism Explosion (EE)
- Bridge to Life
- Life Issues
Opportunities to Serve
Descriptions of many of our ministries can be found below. We welcome suggestions for other ministries that our members would like to see or start at Grace Fellowship. Please contact the church office with your choice for service or suggestions for new ministry opportunities.
Music Team – Sing and play instruments in our corporate worship services.
Mission’s Ministry Team – Plan and coordinate our annual mission’s conference; communicate with our foreign and home missionaries and promote congregational awareness of their ministries and needs; plan short-term mission trips; recommend to the Session which missionaries to support and how much support they receive.
Church Life and Fellowship Ministry Team – Help coordinate and prepare for special functions of the church (Valentine’s banquet, Thanksgiving Feast, Friend Days, conferences, etc.), monthly congregational lunches and weekly Wednesday Night suppers; decorate the church and sanctuary.
Children’s Ministry Team – Equip and care for the Nursery and Toddler area; children’s curriculum and teacher selection, help with children’s choir, summer events, and Sports Camp.
Youth Ministry Team – Sunday and Wednesday youth ministry, curriculum and teacher selection, fellowship activities such as movie nights, RYM retreats, Sports Camp, and individual discipleship of students.
Sound Booth and Technology – Sunday morning sound and PowerPoint.
Ushers and Greeters – Sunday morning welcoming, handing out bulletins, and passing the offering plate in the morning service.
Nursery Volunteers – Serving in the nursery on a rotating basis during our Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday night activities.
Toddler’s Teacher Rotation – Teach the curriculum to the toddlers during Sunday School hour.
Van Ministry – Driving church van to Brookwood and Colony apartments to pick up kids for Wednesday Night.
ESL – English as a Second Language class on Wednesday Night; teach or assist in class.
Sunday School Teachers/Substitutes – For Adults, Youth and Children’s Ministry
Small Group Leader – Facilitate and lead a small group Bible study or discipleship group.
“Adopt a Child” on Wednesday Night – We need families to “adopt” a child that does not have parental supervision to care for them that night.
Children’s Choir – Interested in working with Children’s Choir.
Adult Choir – Interested in participating in and/or leading Adult Choir.
House and Grounds – Assist Deacons with work, maintenance and repairs, etc. of building and grounds.
Food Ministry – Prepare and deliver food to shut-ins, recovering sick and new Moms.
Visitation of Shut-ins – Provide companionship and encouragement.
Evangelistic Outreach – Various opportunities exist.
Work for single moms, widows, seniors – Cut grass, home repairs, car repairs, etc.
Lord’s Supper prep and clean up
Library – Catalog, sort, and replace books.
Office Aid/Volunteer – Help with weekly bulletin, periodic mail-outs, various office duties.
Real Life Crisis Pregnancy Center – Volunteers, counselors, receptionists, or organize baby clothes and items.
Dayspring Center for Christian Counseling – Advisory Board member, office assistant, client transportation, assist in fundraising events, office and grounds maintenance.
Surveys + Analysis
One of the congregational expectations at Grace Fellowship is for our members to find a ministry in which to serve. As members of the body of Christ, it is our honor to serve our Lord and Savior with the spiritual gifts and talents He has bestowed upon us. For an in-depth exploration of your gifts and talents we invite you to check out our Spiritual Gifts Tests listed below.