WHAT TO EXPECT
At Free Grace Vernon, we desire to be a church where everyone is welcome no matter what their background, questions or their struggles. You may be on a spiritual journey, with many questions. You are welcome to bring your honest questions and real problems into our community that is open to the skeptic, the seeker, the new Believer and the struggling Christian. Your presence is expected and welcomed!
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS & NURSERY CARE
Our services always provide Sunday School for ages 4-6, as well as nursery care for infants. We also welcome children in our service, if parents choose to keep them in during the sermon (Scripture teaching)
FORMAL OR INFORMAL?
The choice is yours! Please feel free to dress in a way that is comfortable for you, your friends or your family. We don't want you to feel like you need to look a certain way. We don't have a dress code at Free Grace :)
We share Holy Communion every week, as we believe this practice, ordained by Christ, is a sacrament and means by which Christ imparts his grace to those who put their trust and faith in Him. Here is a sample order of service with explanation:
:: Divine Greeting Words of Scripture that convey God’s greeting to us (historically referred to as the 'salutation')
:: Adoration Corporate singing is our thankful response to God's greatness & grace in Christ
:: Law of God What does God require of us? ‘...obedience to His revealed will’
:: Confession of Sin Acknowledgment of our sin and need for grace--(corporate & silent confession)
:: Assurance of Pardon The promise that God, for Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins as offered to us in the Gospel
:: Thanksgiving & Offering Corporate praise and thanks for God’s grace & blessings
:: Understanding Our Faith An expression of the church's most basic and deeply held beliefs
:: Prayers of the People Public prayer for the church & world followed by the Lord’s Prayer. This is our expression of dependence on God's grace
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
:: Sermon Scripture Reading & Instruction
:: The Apostles’ Creed Historic summary of the orthodox Christian faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
:: The Lord’s Supper Communion is celebrating the grace of union with Christ & His people
:: Benediction Charge & blessing to live for and in the light of God's grace