Our Sunday morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m., with music beginning at 10:20. Additional services are added during Lent and Advent. The choir, praise band, hand bells, organ, and voices of the congregation combine with powerful, Scriptural interpretation to provide a dynamic Presbyterian worship experience. We invite you to be part of the experience!
Fellowship within the community of believers is important at Grace. During the worship service, the Passing of the Peace and sharing of joys and concerns provide opportunity for us to bond as a community. Every Sunday, refreshments are also served in Wester Hall (the fellowship hall) following the worship service.
We invite the presence of art into our worship with large, beautiful banners in the front of our sanctuary. These banners rotate to mark changes in the liturgical year (Advent, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time). The colors of the banners correspond to the seasonal changing of the paraments on the pulpit. In addition, trees, visible through the window that frames the cross behind the pulpit, mark the passage of nature's seasons, from spring's gold, to summer's green, to autumn's fiery orange. As we worship amid the changes of nature's seasons and the church calendar, we enjoy the beauty of art and nature, and we celebrate God's gifts.
DVDs of our Sunday worship services are available for checkout in the Church Office. Sermons are uploaded to the website, in both text and video form, for those who cannot attend on Sunday.
Grace’s worship services are open to children of ALL ages. Children are welcome to stay for the whole service or to attend one of the offerings below. A Children's Sermon is offered in each service.
A nursery is provided during the worship service and for most special worship services. Adult and teen volunteers work with paid nursery staff to provide comforting care to our little ones. Contact Lee Bartlett, Nursery Coordinator at ude.s1508672187pcf@t1508672187teltr1508672187abhl1508672187 or (703) 644-8433, for more information.
Play ‘N Worship
Play ‘N Worship is for three- and four-year-olds and offers a Bible story and activity, after which children are brought to the nursery for the balance of the worship service.
Bridges to Worship
For children ages five through seven, Bridges to Worship is based on the Godly Play curriculum. This child-centered activity includes its own liturgy of songs, prayers, stories, and creative time.
Communion is a sacred time to renew and strengthen our faith. Grace Presbyterian Church is an inclusive community, and all are welcome to the table.
Communion is served the first Sunday of the month and at additional services throughout the year. We accommodate individuals with special needs attending the service, and communion is delivered off site to members who are unable to attend. The "bread and wine" are bakery bread and grape juice, with a gluten-free option.
The sacrament of baptism for infants and children signifies God’s love and commits the parent(s) and congregation to support that child’s growth and instruction in the Christian faith. There is no minimum age for infant baptism. Parents seeking baptism for their child should contact Pastor Ben Trawick or Pastor Susan Wisseman.
Baptism is a sign of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior. Your baptism from any Christian faith, whether as a child or as an adult, regardless of how the water is administered, is acceptable in the Presbyterian Church. To discuss baptism, or to arrange for it, contact Pastor Ben or Pastor Susan.
Members and those related to members may choose Grace Church as the site for their weddings. First, choose one of the pastors who will work with you in counseling and who will perform the ceremony. When a date for the wedding is selected, our wedding coordinator will assist in planning the use of the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, musical instruments, and AV on your wedding day. Contact the Office Manager or the Pastor of your choice to begin your plans.
Services upon a member’s death give the congregation a way to celebrate their life and say farewell. Members know that Grace will be there for them to carry out their last wishes for a service for a friend or a loved one. Sometimes, other venues are chosen for a funeral or memorial service. Loved ones should contact the office, even if they do not wish to hold a funeral at Grace. The Pastors are ready to offer comfort and support either way. Contact the Pastors or the Office Manager to talk through your desires for a service.