Grace Church operates on a simple notion found throughout the Bible: That God is not mad at us. In fact, God likes you and even, loves you. He calls us to follow His way in life to the destiny that He has planned for you. So with that simple idea, we invite you to Grace. We promise not to waste your time, but to give you meaningful worship, life-giving messages and a family to belong and serve. Welcome Home! Welcome to Grace!
Core Values of Grace Church
found people find people | growing people change | you can't do life alone
saved people serve people | you can't outgive God
What We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is both holy and loving.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and died on the cross to atone for our sins. He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and will return again to earth to judge all people.
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. When we receive Jesus as the leader of our lives and the forgiver of our sins, the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. He provides us with power for living, enables us to understand spiritual truth, and guides us in doing what pleases God. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
About The Bible
The Bible is God’s Word written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the final authority for determining our Christian beliefs and how we are to live.
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God — we are rational and moral beings. Because we are God’s creation made in God’s image, each person possesses great self-worth. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of self-centeredness which the Bible calls “sin.” This attitude and its resultant actions separate us from God, others and ourselves.
About Being Made Right With God
Becoming right with God and having our relationship with God restored is what the Bible calls salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We can never earn it or achieve it by self-improvement or good works. We accept God’s gift of a new life when we turn from our self-ruled life and accept Jesus as our Savior. The new life that God gives us is an abundant life in this world and eternal life in the world to come.
About Being An Overcomer
God made us in His own image to reign and rule in life! (Genesis 1:26-30) Therefore, as followers of God, we are positioned with Christ Jesus at His right hand (the hand of power-- Ephesians 2:4-10). We are made to be overcomers, not to be overcome by anything this world throws at us. We are made to be victors, not victims in our struggles in life. We are made to pursue excellence in all we do (work, life, play). We are made to not make excuses for failure, but to come back hard and win. When Jesus comes back, He will return as a victorious champion over the forces of darkness and put evil in its place. We walk it out in humble security, love and patience but with an undeterred power from the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is our initiation into the church and our identification as children of God. God initiates this relationship through the grace that draws us to Him and we respond to Him through faith as daughters and sons, beginning our life-long journey of faith.
About Holy Communion
Communion is an opportunity for us to renew our relationship with Jesus Christ. On His last night before His death, Jesus ate a special meal with His disciples. He charged his Church with repeating this meal to remember His sacrifice and celebrate our new life through His death and resurrection. God offers this relationship to everyone, so all who desire to receive are welcome to participate.
A Brief Look into Our History
Grace Church was founded in 1897 and originally named Methvin's Chapel after it's founding pastor, Alex Methvin. But after a move to Howard Avenue, the name was changed to Howard Ave Methodist Church (mostly because people couldn't pronounce Methvin without spitting). After another relocation to Kolstad and Queen Streets, it was renamed Grace. For years, Grace served the community in that location until 2000 when it relocated to property near Loop 256 around Palestine. In 2013, when the church outgrew its facility, Grace purchased the former Meadowbrook Country Club and relocated. Today, we are located at 2130 Country Club Road and have great plans for the future!
The country club had been shut down, but Grace entered a long-term lease & partnership with the Palestine ISD to run the golf course as a public course. PISD also uses the golf course as a learning lab to teach its students business, marketing and golf course management for college credit. This is the only partnership of its kind involving a religious organization, public school and golf course in the nation.