Welcome to the
ministries page. Our purpose at Grace Baptist Church manifests itself in a three-pronged approach to ministry:
To promote reverent, God-centered worship of the sovereign, triune God
who has revealed Himself in His word, the
To build up of God's people in the truth of that Word, and
To spread the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to our
neighbors near and far who are yet outside of a
saving relationship with Him.
Accordingly, our corporate gatherings for worship emphasize preaching
and teaching as God's appointed means of
bringing people into His kingdom and furthering the work of His Church. We
seek to instruct and equip those of every age to honor the Lord by a
whole-hearted obedience to His revealed will and a practical, daily holiness in heart
Our Worship Services on the Lord's Day are both preaching services
that have the same basic format. We aim
foremost to focus our attention on and bring glory to our sovereign, triune God.
We use great hymns of the faith, both ancient and modern. Central to our
services is the expositional, applicatory preaching of God's Word.
Nursery is provided for the little ones through age 2. After that, we
want our children to be with us in our
services when we gather for worship. See Walt Chantry's article,
SMALL CHILDREN AT
WORSHIP SERVICES - WHY ARE THEY PRESENT?
We also plan evangelistic services during the Christmas and Easter
seasons of the year to which we extend an
invitation to our neighbors by means of a leaflet containing a brief Gospel
Corporate Prayer Meeting
We meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. After an opening hymn and a very brief devotion, we divide and
spend the bulk of our time in prayer.
Two times a year, in the spring and fall, we devote a Saturday morning
to Noon to a period of prayer and fasting.
We have Sunday School classes for all ages. Nursery care is provided
for the little ones through age 2.
Ladies Prayer Meeting, 1PM every Friday
AND MISSIONS GROUP, meets monthly to pray for, write
letters and plan service projects to benefit the
wives and families of missionaries.
Here are photos of past
For ten years, from 2004 thru 2014, our
young adults sponsored a Young Adultsˈ Retreat. Here are
pictures and information on the speakers and topics from the various
Kids Club (grades 1-5) meets the 1st Friday of each month.
access the GBC Church Calendar on the sidebar for
scheduled dates. Go to
to learn more.
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP
(grades 9-12) usually
meets about once a month on a Friday or Saturday. Please access the GBC Church Calendar on the sidebar for scheduled dates.
Grace Camp - For three
days this summer we are conducting Camp Grace and invite children ages
5 to 14 from our congregation and children from the local community to
attend. Camp Grace 2018 will be July 26-28, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 3:00
PM. Download the
REGISTRATION & CONSENT
from the GBC website and mail them to 475 Starr Avenue, Chambersburg,
PA 17202-9669 OR call Mandy at 717-860-2461 to assure a spot for your
Here is a
CAMP GRACE POSTER
that can be
downloaded and printed.
Book table, tract and
sermon audio ministry
Resources are available weekly for purchase to help promote spiritual
growth through solid reformed literature as
well as to provide materials for evangelistic outreach.
We maintain a well-stocked and high-quality library covering all
branches of biblical and theological study and
related practical disciplines.
Each Sunday visitors are warmly welcomed to share in a meal at the
church provided by different families after
the morning service.
About six Sundays each year we schedule Church-wide Fellowship Meals
after the morning service as a means of fostering
mutual love and encouragement in a more informal setting.
At different times throughout the year we conduct worship services at
two area nursing homes.
LITERATURE MINISTRY PAGE
As a church we are members of ARBCA, the Association of Reformed
America, an association of nearly 70 churches in
North America and
Canada, all of which subscribe to the
London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.
The stated purpose of this Association is ״to advance Christ's
kingdom by providing a fellowship in which
churches of common confession may find mutual encouragement, assistance,
edification, and counsel, and may participate in cooperative efforts such as home
missions, foreign missions, ministerial training and publications all of
which are often beyond the scope of one local church.״
Through this association we are able to be involved in larger mission
endeavors, such as the training and sending of
missionaries, then we could ever be able to undertake on our own.
We contribute financial support to foreign missions and church
planting efforts in the Philippines, the Middle East
and the Far East, as well as in the U.S. in Naples, Florida. In addition, we
pray regularly for such efforts being undertaken by many other like-minded men in
numerous other lands. We also remember in prayer the persecuted and suffering
church and endeavor to give practical, financial help as we are able.
In early December 2013 and 2014 we
conducted Neighborhood Christmas Banquets in place of our traditional
Christmas Social. The event has been well attended and we look
forward to hosting a banquet again this year on December 5 at noon.
ABOUT THE 2013 EVENT
Providence Christian Academy
While our primary commitment is to the local church, we regularly pray
for and contribute both financial and
personnel resources to the following ministries in our community:
Pregnancy Ministries, Incorporated
Bible Released Time - Teaching the Bible devotionally to public school
students during school time but off school
premises and with parental permission
Here is a
for finding us