Thanks for visiting our site! Whether you are just surfing the Internet, looking for a new church home, or investigating the claims of Jesus Christ for the first time, we hope your visit here will encourage you and help you to know more about our congregation Our church is committed to the means of grace: God’s Word, the sacraments, prayer, and fellowship.
Through these simple gifts, God is at work in our midst, and I am so thankful for the privilege of being one of His tools. I encourage you to come worship with us on Sunday mornings and evenings. You can listen to past sermons here. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday morning and have a church-wide fellowship meal afterwards.
Our “Grace Groups” are a great source of encouragement and fellowship – check them out here! To facilitate our ministry of joyfully gathering and growing the saints, our church facility can be found on Burton Branch Road in Algood.
Our desire is to see to men, women, boys, and girls become growing disciples of Jesus Christ, walking by faith, in a manner worthy of the holy calling with which they have been called.
You may be searching for a church home, a place where you can be loved and love, be ministered to and to minister, be celebrated and celebrate, be served and serve. That’s community and that’s what we are striving for at GRACE. Come, give us a visit!!
In Jesus’ love, Pastor Chris
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where do you meet for worship?
Thank you for visiting our website; we hope you will visit our church soon, too!
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Adult & Children’s Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Sunday Evening Bible Study 6:00 p.m.
The church is located on 2226 Burton Branch Rd. Cookeville, TN 38506.
What can I expect when I visit Grace Pres?
Grace Pres is a diverse church community. While we are a church with a short history, we have a deep desire to reflect the grace and mercy of Christ to our community today. Our worship services mirror God’s grace throughout history. The style of our morning services is liturgical with blended music, while our evening Bible study is casual. Whatever the style, we strive to be a friendly and inviting community for anyone.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code at Grace Pres. Although our morning and evening services reflect different styles, you won’t be out of place whatever you wear. Our morning services tend to be more business casual, with some people wearing suits. The evening study tends to be more casual.
What is available for my children?
It is our great privilege and joy to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to the families of Grace Presbyterian Church and to families outside of the church. We strive to assist, train and equip parents as they raise their children to know and love the Lord Jesus. Additionally, we provide dedicated volunteer staffing and purposeful programming that ministers to the specific needs of children and youth at every age and stage.
Nursery Ministry: Serving children ages 4 and younger
Children’s Ministry: Serving children in Pre-K through fifth grades
Youth Ministry: Serving middle school and high school students
Do you have Sunday School?
Sunday School classes are provided for all ages from 9:10 to 10:00 a.m. across our campus.
Nursery: Nursery is provided for infants 6-weeks-old through 2-year-olds during the Sunday School hour. Children ages 3 and older participate in Sunday School.
Children: Children are taught in Sunday School using the Show Me Jesus curriculum from Great Commission Publications.
Youth: For Sunday School, our students meet in the Meeting House.
Adult Class: Strong fellowship of mixed aged adults. Classes include various topics taught by different teachers and meets in the church sanctuary
What do Presbyterians believe?
We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a denomination “true to the Scriptures, the reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.” We are committed to biblical faith as set forth in part by the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, but look to the Bible as the ultimate authority. Below is a summary of our core beliefs.
- We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
- We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
- We believe that all mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
- We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
- We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Therefore, human life is of tremendous value in all its dimensions from conception through natural death and worthy of protection and value.
- We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity because they bear God’s image. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual or groups are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrines of Grace Presbyterian Church.
- We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
- We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage and do to so is sin.
- We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
- We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
How do I get connected in your church?
Connect Through Sunday School
Adult Sunday School provides opportunities for Christian growth and fellowship. By offering a wide variety of topics over time we hope to provide a solid, biblical education so that each participant has an opportunity to grow in his or her understanding of the Bible’s content and implications. In addition to the teaching, there is a time of fellowship that provides opportunities to connect with existing friends and to meet new ones.
Connect Through Shepherding Groups
To help us become more connected to each other and our community, our congregation has been organized into six shepherding groups, consisting of 10-15 families. Each shepherding group has a leadership team committed to getting to know and care for its members.
Connect Through Grace Groups
Throughout the week, members of our church meet in small groups we call “Grace Groups.” Our prayer is that these groups would serve as:
- a deeper and ongoing community and connectedness between members, that we might experience and walk together in God’s grace as we get to know and pray with one another;
- another, perhaps more accessible, avenue of gathering the lost into the body of Christ;
- an opportunity to apply, through discussion, what we are learning in our private and corporate times in God’s word, thus enabling us to grow more in our knowledge of the truth, godliness, and zeal to show the love of Christ in good deeds;
- another venue through which to seek the welfare of our surrounding community together. In a word, we hope and pray that Grace Groups will facilitate our glorifying God by gathering and growing His people in accordance with His word.
**Please check with the group leaders listed to confirm date, time and place**
Sparta Group – Meets 3rd Sundays after morning worship in the church kitchen – Chase Vaughn (931) 808-8763
Father Tom’s Fellowship – meets every week at 4:00 p.m. at Fr. Tom’s – Jamey Farris (931) 260-6572
Men’s Group – meets every week at 7:30 a.m. at Algood Stop n Go – Andy Berg (931) 397-9952
Vick group – meets weekly at 6:00 p.m. at different homes – Landon Vick (931) 319-8534
Barnhart Group – meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at different homes – Ray Barnhart (931) 261-8441
Spickard Group – meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at the church – Dan Spickard (931) 510-1294
Connect Through Serving
One of the richest ways to connect with others is by serving. Whatever your life experience, skills or interests may be, there is a place for you to serve the Lord and his people. Each new member who joins Grace Presbyterian is asked to choose a place to serve, and they are finding serving a wonderful way to get plugged in to the life of the church.
How can I join your church?
Twice a year the church offers an Inquirers Class to those interested in learning more about the vision and mission of our church and to those who are considering membership. This class is designed to provide you with information about Grace Presbyterian Church and the opportunities for you to become involved in ministry. It is also designed to answer some questions about what it means to be a believer in Christ, what it means to be a member of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), and what it means to be a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. We will explore how you can become involved in the many ministry opportunities locally and around the world.
The dates for the next class are:
- September 4 through October 2, 2016 – Sundays, 9:15 – 10:10 a.m. in the Meeting House
- Please contact the church office, 931.537.6400, for more information or to reserve your spot.