The true identity of people of God is firstly related to service. Christians are those who offer services to God. The meaning of service cannot be defined simply. According to Paul, the service is not only offered in a limited time and space on a special day but in a whole life process offering “the bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” as “spiritual act of worship.”
Gratia Community Church holds regular services on Sunday and Wednesday which becomes the platform for Christians to extend it to the actual lives as a pleasing sacrifice to God. In this aspect, physical participation in church services is still an uncompromising element of the Christian life to be renewed and communicated both in God and congregation.
Through service our connection with God is strengthened and a new relationship with brothers and sisters in Christ is formed. Service protects and sustains our lives in both vertical and horizontal relationships. We considers the offering of service to the Lord with full heart and spirit to be the most significant role of the church.
SEASONAL SERVICE • New Year Service • Easter Service • Pentecost Service • Thanksgiving Service • Christmas Service
“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” -Psalm 78:4, 6-7
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matthew 19:14
Through the Sunday school program, the youth can be introduced to spiritual practice early in their lives. The Kids service is held for young children to know the love of God and the truth of the Bible; they can experience and practice precious traditions from the Bible starting from within the church. Fun and enjoyable activities will help your child start his or her early life memorably.
The Sunday school teacher will guide the kids to worship God together through song and dance. Bible song and worship dance, with a music story, will prepare the kids with a joyful heart for service.
SERMON AND BIBLE STORY
The teacher will share a short message about one or two Bible verses, guide the kids in understanding the meaning and memorizing the verse of the week. The Bible story can be told through acting or a movie to engage kids in the Bible step by step.
After the sermon, the teacher will lead the kids in praying together, to pray for each other and their families. From the Lord’s prayer, to freely sharing prayer topics, the kids will experience the way to communicate with God, and to know the love and blessing of God.
The teacher will share snacks and toys with the kids in teaching the kids to build beautiful relationships through sharing in God’s love.
If parents wish for their kids to participate in offering, they should prepare tithe or other offering for their kids to bring to Sunday school. The offering will be used for Church and for the Sunday school program.
All parents are welcome to join the Sunday school service with their kids. Parents of children who are under 3 years old are highly encouraged to participate. Please cooporate with Sunday school teacher in guiding the children to participate in all the service activities. Your example presents the best lesson for your children.
SERVICE FOR KIDS
Outreach & Evangelism ministry has the foundational commission for the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) All the believers are asked to follow what Jesus commanded at the end of his ministry on earth.
Outreach activities and evangelism programs are the priorities of all branch churches and fellowships. The ministry encourages people in us by opening outreach programs, strategy seminars and evangelism tools.
PARTNERING CHURCHES & FELLOWSHIPS IN THE US
We are in the partnership with many churches in different locations in the United States. The collaboration was formed by supporting the church planting in the initial stage or the sharing of resources, events, educational materials and pastoral guidance, etc. Pastors and congregants in the related churches enjoy the resourceful fellowship in the Lord in order to stay open for the greater perspective and opportunity beyond the physical boundary of the local area. The local church partnership and network greatly increase the strength of the individual church when it mutually serves and fills the needs in diverse situations. We continually endeavor to solidify the churches in many locations in the cities to reach out everybody to know the name of Jesus Christ our savior.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
Spreading the good news of Jesus is not only limited to directly preaching or teaching the Bible. God has given us many tools to deliver the news of mission and Bible understanding through modern networking methods.
Through communicating the word, we can be mutually strengthened and edified within the body of Christ.
The love of the Gospel is expressed through many diverse forms of service. Gratia members and families have various opportunities to practice their love and see the gospel of Jesus revealed in their church. We thank the Lord that the church is built up by those who volunteer to serve in many areas.
If you would like to join an area of serving, please mark what you feel you are called to with the gifts God has granted.
• BIBLE STUDIES
• ART & DESIGN
• SERVICE PREPARATION
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
– 1 Corinthians 12:27