Sunday Service Canceled Due to Snow and Ice!

Due to inclement weather, ALL Grace Baptist Services are CANCELED for tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th, including the LOGOS Sunday School Party. Please be safe and glorify God with your families. Also, please be sure to check out the sermon video on our Facebook Page and the announcements below for our upcoming events at GBC!
 
Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 20th, will be the day we launch our “Baby Bottle Boomerang” for 2019, and it will continue until Sunday, February 17th.  Please, pick up empty baby bottles and fill them with coins, dollar bills, or checks made payable to the Pregnancy Care Center.  Together, we will raise our prayers, raise people’s awareness, and help raise the funds necessary for the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville to fulfill their mission of saving the lives of babies and caring for them and their parents, before and after they are safely brought into this world, all for the glory of Jesus Christ.
 
Our first Quarterly Business Meeting of the year will be on Sunday, January 27th. The meeting will be directly after our Sunday Worship Service, and will then be followed by our Quarterly Potluck Lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Please be sure to join us for food and fellowship and then have a part in the discussion of the direction of Grace Baptist in 2019.


Merry Christmas from GBC!

We wish you and your families a very special holiday as we celebrate Christ’s birth, and the great love of God that was displayed one night in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. Let’s endeavor to be intentional about remembering the true reason of the season as we enjoy the festivities and traditions of Christmas Day with our families. Please enjoy this version of Luke 2:8-14 told by our GBC Children’s Choir on our Facebook page: facebook.com/hisgraceforyou



TOMORROW! Christmas Play, Lottie Moon, Angel Tree & MORE!

Be sure to join us for this year’s GBC Children’s Choir production of “Christmas:  Where, When, and Why” TOMORROW, Sunday, December 16th, at 6:30pm.  This show is going to be a real treat, so you do not want to miss this!  Please, invite your friends and family, and remember to join us after the show for cookies and refreshments.
 
Every year, the International Mission Board (IMB) has the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to raise awareness and money for missionaries all over the world, who reach people with the life-saving news of the gospel.  The Week of Prayer for International Missions is from Dec 9-16th, and our Missions Offering will be on Sunday, December 16th, during the Worship service.
 
Due to church being canceled last Sunday, the deadline for Angel Tree gifts has been moved to tomorrow, Sunday, December 16th. Please, bring your gift with the angel attached to Grace Baptist Church. You may contact Wendy Buchanan if you have any questions.
 
On Monday, December 24th, we will be hosting our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 7pm. It will be a festive event of remembrance and rejoicing, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 year ago in a little town called Bethlehem.


Wed Night Fellowship Activities CANCELLED!

ALL Grace Baptist Wednesday Night Fellowship Activities (AWANA, Fellowship Meal, Adult Bible Study, Isaiah’s Bells, and Choir Practice) are CANCELLED for tonight, Wednesday, December 12th, due to the leftover snow from Sunday. Our church’s hill is hazardous. Please be safe and glorify God with your families. Also, please be sure to read through the important announcements below for our upcoming events at GBC in December! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for our WorshipService and Children’s Christmas Play.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Due to church being canceled tonight, the deadline for Angel Tree gifts has been moved to this Sunday, December 16 at Grace Baptist Church. We will also have an alternative drop-off location for anyone who would like to drop off their wrapped Angel Tree gift before Sunday, at Main Street Cards & Gifts next to Honduras Coffee Shop.
Main Street Cards & Gifts
127 N Main St, Stuart, VA 24171
Angel Tree Drop-off Hours:
Wed-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-2pm

Be sure to join us for this year’s GBC Children’s Choir production of “Christmas: Where, When, and Why” THIS Sunday, December 16th, at 6:30pm. Please, invite your friends and family, and remember to join us after the show for cookies and refreshments. Contact Pam or Maura Elkins with any questions.

Attention Children’s Choir Families: Our next rehearsal will be this Friday, December 14th at 6:30pm, and Dress Rehearsal is scheduled for this Saturday at 10am. Thank you performers and parents for your continued practicing!

Our Lost and Found has accumulated a collection of items over the months, and with the start of the New Year, we will need to clear everything out. Please be sure to take a look at our Lost and Found box in the hallway before we donate the leftover items on Sunday, January 6th.

Every year, the International Mission Board (IMB) has the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to raise awareness and money for missionaries all over the world, who reach people with the life-saving news of the gospel. The Week of Prayer for International Missions is from Dec 9-16th, and our Missions Offering will be THIS Sunday, December 16th, during the Worship service.

On Monday, December 24th, we will be hosting our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 7pm. It will be a festive event of remembrance and rejoicing, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 year ago in a little town called Bethlehem.



Church CANCELED tomorrow due to Snowy Weather

Due to inclement weather, ALL Grace Baptist Services are CANCELED for tomorrow, Sunday, December 9th. Please be safe and glorify God with your families. Also, please be sure to read through the announcements below for our upcoming events at GBC in December!

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Be sure to join us for this year’s GBC Children’s Choir production of “Christmas: Where, When, and Why” on Sunday, December 16th, at 6:30pm. Please, invite your friends and family, and remember to join us after the show for cookies and refreshments. Contact Pam or Maura Elkins with any questions.

Attention Children’s Choir Families: Because of the snow, we are not having our usual Sunday Christmas Play rehearsal. Our next rehearsal will be on Friday, December 14th at 6:30pm, and Dress Rehearsal is scheduled for next Saturday at 10am. Thank you performers and parents for your continued practicing!
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You can help bless a child who has a parent in prison by stopping by our Angel Tree, which is on the Ministry table in the Sanctuary. Please, consider picking up an angel card from the tree, purchasing the requested items on the card, praying for the child, and dropping off your wrapped gift (with the angel card attached) by the Angel Tree. The deadline has been moved to this Wednesday, December 12th because of the inclement weather.
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IMPORTANT ONLINE GIVING ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to processing times for online giving, any online offering that you would like to do before the end of the year must be submitted by TOMORROW, December 9th, to be documented as a 2018 offering.
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On Monday, December 24th, we will be hosting our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 7pm. It will be a festive event of remembrance and rejoicing, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 year ago in a little town called Bethlehem.
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Every year, the International Mission Board (IMB) has the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to raise awareness and money for missionaries all over the world, who reach people with the life-saving news of the gospel. The Week of Prayer for International Missions is from Dec 9-16th, and our Missions Ingathering will be on Sunday, December 16th, during the Worship service.



Saturday! Grace Family Foundations Condensed Class!

There will be an accelerated Grace Family Foundations Special Condensed Class on Saturday, December 1st, at GBC in the Conference Room from 10am-2:30pm.  If you are interested in learning more about Grace Baptist Church and/or becoming a member, please contact Pastor Mark.  Lunch will be provided.



Wed Night Activities Canceled Due to Inclement Weather!

 

All Wednesday Night Activities (AWANA, Fellowship Meal, Adult Bible Study, Isaiah’s Bells, and Choir Practice) are cancelled tonight due to inclement weather! Stay safe and enjoy your evening with your families! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for our special Baptism Sunday!



Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

 
December 9-16th is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering’s 2018 Week of Prayer for International Missions. Every year, the International Mission Board (IMB) collects money from churches around the Christmas season. 100% of the proceeds go to missionaries serving all around the globe to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ. Our annual Offering date is Sunday, December 16th.


Angel Tree Christmas 2018

Being with your family is one of the special blessings about the holiday season, but so many kids don’t have that same privilege this Christmas. You can help bless a child who has a parent in prison by stopping by our Angel Tree, which will be in the hallway outside the Sanctuary very soon. Please, consider picking up an angel card from the tree, and purchasing the requested items on the card, praying for the child, and dropping off your wrapped gift (with the angel card attached) by the Angel Tree. The deadline is Sunday, December 9th.  Please, contact Wendy Buchanan if you have any questions.


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is back and we need your help to share God’s love with a child who needs the gospel. You may take one of our OCC boxes to fill with a special toy or craft, hygiene items, clothing, school supplies, and $9 for shipping. Or you can just bring some of the supplies suggested or donate money for shipping costs.  This year, OCC is asking people to not send any candy or liquid items, including toothpaste or lotion. There will be a Packing Party directly after church on Nov 18th. Please contact Peyton Elkins if you have any questions.



Baptism Sunday

We will be having a special Baptism Service on November 18th!!! Our worship service will begin in the sanctuary at 11am. Please, be sure to join us as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please contact Pastor Mark if you have any questions.



Children’s Christmas Play

THIS SUNDAY! It’s time again for the GBC Children’s Choir to prepare for their yearly Christmas performance. This year, we will be presenting the musical production, “Christmas Where, When, and Why.” We will have a short meeting Today, directly after the Worship Service, and practices will be held each Sunday, at 4pm, until our show on Sunday, December 16th, at 6:30pm.  Please contact Pam or Maura Elkins with any questions.



Trunk & Treat

Mark your calendars! Our annual Trunk and Treat will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 6-8pm in the Grace Baptist Church parking lot. Please join us for some safe family fun, as we pass out free candy, roast marshmallows, drink warm apple cider, and hot chocolate, as we enjoy fellowship together. Be sure to invite your friends for this fun, FREE event! Please comment or message Grace Baptist Church if you have any questions!
 
Note: We will not have Wednesday Night Fellowship activities on Wednesday, October 31st. We invite you to bring your families for our fun event.


Apple Dumpling Festival Outreach

The Stuart Apple Dumpling Festival is on Saturday, October 20th, from 10am-4pm, and we will be there with a GBC booth.  We need help from volunteers like you for setup, clean-up, handing out waters, and face painting.  If you would like to join us (and we would love to have you), there is a sign-up sheet on the Ministry table in the Sanctuary.  It is a fun event of service, fellowship, and representing our great God to the community!



Ladies Retreat

We invite you to join us for a very special Ladies Retreat this October at Grace Baptist Church! The Retreat was created for women of every age and stage, so please invite your friends!

The fun begins at 10am and ends at 1pm. This is a free event, and you can register online today at www.hisgraceforyou.org/ladies-retreat!

Our special guest speaker, Anne Van Curen, will be focusing on Jesus as the greatest storyteller ever known, and how He desires to share His love for us through His parables. Let’s dive in together to contemplate Christ’s love through His stories!



Sunday School & Children’s Ministry Luncheon Canceled for Tomorrow!

Due to the effects of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, we have canceled tomorrow’s 9:45AM Sunday School & postponed the 12:30PM Children’s Ministry Luncheon (we will update you on a new date soon).  Unless there is a power outage at church or severe flooding, we are still planning on having our 11:00AM Worship Service.  Please check out our website (hisgraceforyou.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/hisgraceforyou) for further updates.

Also, if anyone needs any help in the storm, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my cell:  (276) 229-5719

Be safe and pray for all those affected by this storm, especially our first responders.
In His Grace & Love,
Pastor Mark



Children’s Ministry Luncheon & Training this Sunday!

Our Children’s Ministry Luncheon and Training is THIS Sunday, September 16th, directly after the worship service for everyone who is a part of our GBC Children’s Ministry.  We invite you to attend this very valuable workshop, which will include guest speaker, Pam Hylton, talking about the issue of bullying.



AWANA Kick-Off & New Online Registration!

Wednesday, September 5th, is our special AWANA Kick-Off Night. Each clubber will get to meet their AWANA leaders for the year and get a fun, brief taste of what the year will be like. Then we will end the night with an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL for the whole family!!!

We at Grace Baptist Church are very happy to begin a new year of AWANA for our 7th year. We would love for your family to come join in on the fun on Wednesday Nights! AWANA is a fun and interactive ministry that teaches kids the gospel and God’s Word in an exciting and enjoyable way. We meet every Wed at Grace Baptist Church at 6pm until 7:45pm.

**NEW! You can now pre-register your child online for the 2018-2019 year! Save time on Kick-Off night by registering today! Visit https://www.hisgraceforyou.org/awanaregistration/ to register online.***

Our newest AWANA Club, Puggles, introduces kids from the ages of 2 and 3 about God and His word. At Cubbies, we teach kids through the ages 4-5 about the Bible right to their level using fun and games. At Sparks, kids from grades K-2nd are introduced to memorizing Scripture and enjoying entertaining games together. We also have our T&T Club. T&T stands for “Truth and Training” and this club hosts students from grades 3rd-6th. It’s a very special club where the kids move forward with memorizing and learning scripture in addition to hanging out and competing in exciting games at recreation time. And last but not least is our newest club…TREK which is geared toward older students in the 7th and 8th grades.



Baptism Service this Sunday!

We will be having a special Baptism Service this Sunday, August 26th!  Our Service begins at 11am at Grace Baptist Church, then we will travel to Dick and Pat East’s home for the Baptisms. Be sure to join us, as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will also have a fun time of fellowship after the service at the East’s house with a hot dog lunch (provided by the church). Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share.



MOPS is Back! First Meeting is Next Tuesday!

The Grace Baptist MOPS group is having their first meeting of the new year next Tuesday, August 21st, at 10am! Be sure to join us for a inclusive group of authentic women who offer friendships, advice, and a place to fellowship. (And FREE childcare!) The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet here at Grace Baptist Church, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, to encourage and equip one another in the love of Jesus Christ.

Do you have a couple hours twice a month to give in service to the young families who will attend the MOPS meetings here at Grace?  If you can help provide childcare for the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, please contact Jennifer Brown.



Promotion Sunday is THIS Sunday!

Back-to-School season has arrived, and we are so excited about welcoming your kids and students into their next class at GBC! This Sunday, August 12, students will move up a grade in our Children’s Ministry just like they do in school. Promotion Sunday offers us more than just this though, it also offers us the invaluable opportunity to be more aware of praying for each and every child in our Children’s Minitstry. Here is what you need to know about Sunday:

Something that everyone of every age and stage of life can do for an eternal impact is to pray earnestly and intentionally for the hearts of the students in our ministry as they begin a new school year. We will also have a special time during this Sunday’s worship service to devote to prayer. All school age children will come forward and Pastor Mark will say a prayer of blessing on them. They will also receive a back-to-school packet which will include a prayer calendar, so that they can write down their own specific prayer requests. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. You can also pick up your own Prayer Calendar to pray over the students from our Ministry Table in the Sanctuary. Let’s set them up for success through our faithful prayers!

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry Age Groups

Sunday Morning Small Group 9:45am-10:45am

  • Beginners Nursery (Infant – 3 Years)
  • Explorers 4 – 6 Year Olds
  • Treasure Hunters 1st – 4th Grade
  • BLAST 5th – 7th Grade
  • Student Ministry 8th – 12th Grade

Worship Service 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Nursery (Infant – Pre-K)
  • Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)

 



Tomorrow! Time Lab VBS Begins!

Set your watches! Be excited! A time-traveling adventure begins TOMORROW at 5:45pm at Grace Baptist Church with TIME LAB VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! Join us as we learn about Jesus from eternity past to eternity future through games, crafts, snacks, worship, drama, and bible lessons! Vacation Bible School runs through Tuesday, July 10th–Friday, July 13th, from 5:45pm–8:30pm, followed by the very special VBS/Community Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 14th, from 10am – 2pm.

You can still save time by pre-registering online at: https://gracebaptistchurch.myanswers.com/timelab/. Pre-Registration closes on Tuesday at noon! Then Registration will open at the door at 5:30pm!
 
Volunteers: Please, arrive at VBS each night at 5:20pm for prayer and announcements in the Fellowship Hall; and park on the side of the building or the back row of the parking lot. Thank you for your help and ministry service teaching kids about Jesus and His Word!

We still need some help for our VBS/Community Family Fun Day this Saturday. Set-up begins at 8am, the special program is at 10am, lunch is served around 11am, outdoor fun goes until 2pm, and then we clean up. Any amount of time you can give is appreciated. Please, let Pam Elkins know if you can be a part of this terrific outreach opportunity.

See you tomorrow!



Tonight! Last Night of Wed Fellowship Activities!

TONIGHT is our last night of Wednesday Fellowship Activities and it is going to be special! The night is going to be kicked off with a fun, FREE cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs at 5:15pm. At 6pm, children ages Nursery through high school will join us for our “Grace Games,” and tonight is Water Night, so please bring a modest swimsuit, a towel, and dry clothes. At 6:15pm, there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark and Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night finishes with the last Voices of Grace Choir Practice for the summer at 7:30pm.



Wed Nights in June for the Whole Family!

While AWANA has ended for the summer, we will continue to have Wednesday Night Fellowship Activities throughout the month of June. We will have a Fellowship Meal together at 5:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. At 6pm, children ages nursery through high school will participate in our very special “Grace Games,” and tonight is Outdoor Game Night! At 6:15pm there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark, and a Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night will be finished with the Voices of Grace Choir Practice at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!


Vacation Bible School: Time Lab

Get ready to set your watches, because this Summer we are traveling back in time for VBS: Time Lab at Grace Baptist Church!
Every night from July 10th-13th at 5:45pm-8:30pm, kids can enjoy fun Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, songs, outdoor games, and a comedy show every evening! Ages 4-13.
 
Then join us on Saturday, July 14th for our Community Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm to finish off our VBS week! This is open to the whole community whether or not your child was in VBS. It’s just a fun day with songs, a comedy show, games, a bounce house, face painting, dunking booth, crafts, emergency vehicles, balloons, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, candy, and more! All ages.
 
Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends!
Please email office@hisgraceforyou.org if you have any questions!!!


AWANA Sunday & Grand Prix

The AWANA Celebration will be next Sunday, June 3rd. Join us as we honor the hard work of our clubbers and volunteers with a fun slideshow and awards during the Worship service, our highly-anticipated AWANA Grand Prix, and a picnic with food and games that we can all enjoy with the clubbers and their families!  
 
AWANA Clubbers: Remember to bring your pinewood derby cars for our Grand Prix!


TOMORROW is the GBC Red Cross Blood Drive!

TOMORROW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE!

HELP SAVE A LIFE! The need for blood donations is constant, and especially after several destructive storms and tornadoes have hit the US in recent days. YOU can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. Just one donation can potentially save up to 3 lives! Grace Baptist will be hosting another Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 16th, in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray and consider donating and/or volunteering for this wonderful cause. Sign up by CLICKING HERE.

If you are curious about what is involved in the process of a blood donation or what happens to your donation afterward, be sure to click one or both of these links: www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs and www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood

 

SAVE TIME AT YOUR DONATION WITH RAPIDPASS!

What is Rapid Pass?
Rapid Pass allows you to complete your pre-donation reading and answer health history questions online ahead of time. It will ask you easy questions that everyone is asked before they donate blood. If you complete your Rapid Pass, and print it out for the Blood Drive, you will be able to save valuable time at your blood donation!! You must fill out your Rapid Pass on the day of your blood donation. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time, and now you can use Rapid Pass on your mobile device. Be sure to bring your printed out code when your arrive to the drive, or the code from your mobile device if you completed Rapid Pass on your phone. CLICK HERE
to complete and/or learn more about Rapid Pass.


May is a Month for Missions!

Throughout the month of May, we have combined the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering with the Vision Virginia Offering to raise money to support missionaries in North America, as well as specifically in the state of Virginia. Our Missions Week of Prayer will begin on Sunday, May 20th, and continue until the date of our Ingathering on Sunday, May 27th during the church service. Our offering goal is $1,600.



Quarterly Church Mtg this Sunday!

This Sunday, we will be having our Quarterly Church Meeting. We will also have a Potluck Lunch that will precede the meeting and follow the Worship service.  Please, join us for food and fellowship and then stay for the meeting, in order to have a part in the discussion of the direction of Grace Baptist in 2018.



Stuart Strawberry Fest 2018

Looking for smiling volunteers from Grace to represent our church in the community at the Stuart Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 19th, in Uptown Stuart. Please pray and consider serving, as we pass out free water to thirsty festival goers, offer free face painting for the children, and share the love of Jesus with all we meet. There is a sign-up sheet on the ministry table in the sanctuary. Please contact Pastor Mark (pastor@hisgraceforyou.org) if you have any questions!
 


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