As you visit Grace Baptist for the first time, we pray that your first impression will be positive and encouraging! Church services are filled with inspiring music, helpful teaching and preaching, and connections with friendly people. Our prayer is that you will find Grace Baptist to be a place you feel welcome and “at home” as you develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ! Below are a few answers to questions you may have concerning what to expect during your first visit.
When are your services?
Classes for All Ages
Morning Worship Service
Prayer & Bible Study
How do I get to GBC?
You can’t miss our church facilities on Royall Avenue! The sign for Grace Baptist Church is visible right out front of our church building which is located at 1715 Royall Ave. As you drive in, first-time visitors are welcome to utilize the visitor parking spaces which are close to the main auditorium entrance. If needed, we also have handicapped parking spaces available.
What can I expect when I get to GBC?
As you enter into the main auditorium building, one of our hospitality greeters will meet you, show you where to go, and answer any questions you may have! You will also receive a guest packet of information and a gift from our church. We hope that you will feel welcome and encouraged during your visit with us!
Throughout the week, Grace Baptist Church offers services at three different times—Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening. Each service is about an hour in length. Below you will find a brief description of what to expect during these services.
At 10:00 Sunday morning, we offer Sunday School classes for everyone! All classes are designed to emphasize the Word of God, so come expecting to hear a relevant Bible lesson that will be helpful to you as you strive to please the Lord every day!
Our Sunday Morning Worship Service begins at 11 AM. This service is filled with uplifting congregational singing and special music featuring our choir, ensembles and soloists to prepare us to hear the preaching of God’s Word. Pastor Stoeber preaches clear, helpful, and challenging Bible messages designed to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. Join us again Sunday evening as we once again gather together to sing praises to the Lord and open the Bible together! The whole family is invited to sit in these services together! The Wednesday evening service is designed to be a middle-of-the-week “refresher”! Whether you are coming in from a busy day at work or you have been at home with the kids all day, this time of the week is set aside to be a “boost” to get you through the rest of the week. We spend time singing together, praying together, and studying God’s Word together!
What about my children?
We welcome children of all ages at Grace Baptist Church! Our hospitality greeter will direct you to our nursery and children’s facilities upon your arrival. For additional information regarding our programs for children, please click here.
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Grace Baptist Church for members or guests. Those involved in the ministries here at Grace as well as many of our church family dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Grace Baptist!
How do I contact the staff or Pastor?
Feel free to use our online Connection Form to get in touch with us, or call our church office at 919.735.1500. We will respond to you as soon as possible.
How can I request a home visit from the Pastor?
You can request a visit by doing one of the following:
Fill out a Connection Card at one of our services.
Call the church office at 919.735.1500 to set up an appointment.
Use the online Connection Form.
Am I expected to participate in the Offering?
No. We don’t invite you to Grace Baptist Church for your offering. We want our service to be a gift to you. We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God’s Word, and a place where you can grow in God’s grace. Please don’t feel any obligation to participate in the offering as a guest.
Malls are trendy, Churches should feel timeless. With the forceful current of constant change sweeping over every part of our lives, people have the need to connect with something enduring and firm. We believe Christ designed the church to fulfill that need by representing an eternal kingdom and ageless truth with no need to imitate the culture. We want you to know that there’s still a church that feels like a church. It won’t feel like a rock concert, comedy club, or motivational seminar. It’s not old-fashioned, as in 50 years ago. It is timeless, as in 2000 years ago.
God doesn’t need the Top 40 hit songs or the latest trends to be exciting. We still enjoy several timeless practices that stir the soul in a way that strobe lights and dancing in the aisles can never manufacture. There is a mistaken idea these days that God needs the help of the latest fads and technologies to be considered exciting. It seems that for some, the simple timeless truth about Him just isn’t enough. Entertainment and true Bible worship just don’t produce the same result. Once a church starts down the path of an entertainment based worship, the destination becomes unpredictable and the outcome often undesirable. What may be exciting to the older folks is not tolerated by the younger and often, churches becomes divided generationally. That doesn’t sound like the church Christ had in mind. We believe that church can still be exciting without borrowing the latest fads commonly used to hype-up a crowd.
Our culture’s experiments with the family have left the American home in a mess. We still teach the Biblical roles for the family as the best answer and as our only hope for stable, fulfilled homes. The family has been redefined in America until there seems to be no absolute standard. In fact, the traditional, Biblical definition of the home has become the minority. Even the most casual observer would have to admit that the American home is in trouble. A marriage with a mom and a dad whose love for each other grows year by year, surrounded by children who are happy and respectful is little more than a fairytale. Yet, in truth it really is more than a fairytale. It can be a reality and we still believe the key is the Biblical roles for the family. Call them old-fashioned or timeless; the Biblical plan still works when people work the plan. Grace Baptist Church is a place for homes of various kinds, whether starting out right or trying to restore broken relationships around the proven biblical standard. With a heart for the whole family, come and enjoy a church that is still about relationships. We’re still church, and we’re still all about the family.
Most church music amounts to dumbing down the lyrics and cranking up the volume to build interest. The hymns we sing still generate an attitude toward God that is anything but lifeless and boring. Have you noticed that church just doesn’t sound like church anymore? The latest music trends rule the pew and no one really knows where that will stop. Isn’t it amazing how rock stations can make it promoting the oldies, but the modern church is now scared of the hymns? Even the oldies stations want the music pure, but if today’s church includes a hymn, it has to be reworked in modern rock to be accepted. We still believe the hymn is the most truthful and exciting form of music used in the church. Where it is appreciated, it is not boring. Even the hymnal is alive and well. Public schools know that if you want the most learning and participation, give the kids a book. Come join us and rediscover the excitement of singing the timeless hymns.
The rumor that masculine men hate church isn’t entirely true. Come discover an environment where plenty of real men still believe God expects them to step up and provide courageous, loving leadership in the church and in their families. Look inside most churches today and one of the most notable vacancies is men. We want you to know that’s not true everywhere. We still believe men are expected to provide strong leadership within the church and in their homes. The church needs men today just as it did when Jesus founded the church over 2000 years ago. Jesus called and trained and worked with 12 men to build His church and He is still looking for men that he can use today.
Passionate preaching that comes straight from the Bible still brings more lasting change than comedy routines, drama, or motivational talks. Come discover the benefit of Bible preaching. Preaching conjures up a lot of different images in people’s minds these days… Boring, Dry, Irrelevant. May we clarify it a bit? Preaching is simply a passionate and dynamic communication of an important and vital truth from the Bible. The preaching you hear will first of all be Bible-centered preaching. We still believe in the absolute truth of the time-tested Word of God. Be sure to bring your Bible because you’ll need it. Second, it will be relevant and clear. You won’t wonder what the point was and you will be able to use it immediately. Last of all it will be unapologetic. In a culture of “believe-whatever-you-want-regardless-of-whether-it-is-actually-true,” Bible preaching might seem offensive to sensitive ears. Rather than water it down and mix it with entertainment, we still believe in that timeless, biblical practice called preaching.
Casual is all the rage in American institutions, but God deserves better. While you won’t find a judgmental spirit here, you will find a place that still believes reverence is right for the presence of God. We still believe that the presence of a Holy God deserves our attempt to express respect and reverence; not because it impresses Him, but because it affects our own hearts and attitudes. Reverence is a fading virtue in America, not because God no longer deserves it, but because churches no longer promote it. While we believe God deserves our best, we don’t become the judge of what that is. Why not come and discover how refreshing reverence can be.