Serving our church
There are many opportunities to serve at Grace Presbyterian Church, especially on the Lord’s Day.
Serving in our community
We believe Jesus when he said in the book of Acts, “After the Spirit has come upon you, you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We are continually confronted with the needs of those around us in Cookeville, our “Jerusalem,” and our vision is to make a positive impact in this community for Christ.
- We have a responsibility as a church to let our light shine (Matthew 5:13-16) to the neighborhoods around us, as well as to the whole town of Algood, in which our church building resides.
- We especially desire to minister to the Algood Schools and Masters Nursing Home.
- The Grace Service Squad is committed to loving our neighbors in very tangible ways. Old, middle aged, and young, we desire to serve those in need. For more information, contact Ian Robson or Andrew Martin.
- Each of our members has a particular town and neighborhood in which they live, and so we are individually responsible to love our neighbors (Luke 10:25-37) and seek the welfare of the various cities to which God has called us (Jeremiah 29:4-7): Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, Gainesboro, Livingston, Smithville, Sparta, Spencer, and all the counties in which these towns lie. As we work, play, eat, etc., we desire to be a people committed to doing good deeds that meet pressing needs (Titus 3:1-8).
The Upper Cumberland is our Judea. We seek to support gospel-based ministries in the Upper Cumberland that are serving those in need in word and deed.
Cookeville Pregnancy Clinic
(The following is taken from the Clinic’s website.)
You may think that abortion is your only option. We want to help you explore all of your options. No one can force you to have an abortion. Many women experience pain and suffering following an abortion, and we want to help you avoid that pain. Talk to us. Our services are completely free and confidential. We help you…
- Learn how to continue school or work.
- Find a place to live during your pregnancy.
- Find a doctor for prenatal care.
- Receive maternity and baby items.
- Get referrals for foster care or adoption if you choose one of those options.
Cookeville Rescue Mission
The Cookeville Rescue Mission offers the following services:
- Chapel Services
- Bible Clubs/Sunday School
- Youth Center
- Non Computerized GED/Literacy Programs
- Tutoring for Individuals
- Prepared Meals Served
- Community Food Pantry
- Thrift Store
- Residential Program for Parolees
- Emergency Shelter for Men
- Long Term Recovery/Rehab Program for Men (in city)
- Hispanic Ministry
- Dental Clinic
- Support Groups
- Emergency Shelter for Women and Families
- Accepts Couples and Men with Children
- Furniture Bank
Heart of the Cumberland
Phone: (931) 525-2600
(The following is from the Heart of the Cumberland website.)
Our mission is to provide hope and healing for the grieving through Christ-centered peer support.
A peer support group is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery through communication with peers who have been in similar situations.
At Heart of the Cumberland, children, teens and adults can share their experiences with peers and feel the love of Christ through caring adults who are trained to help them.
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
Contact: Landon Vick
Gavin Breeden is the campus minister for RUF at Tennessee Tech. Our mission is to support and encourage him in his efforts. We can do this through prayer, being an encouraging church to RUF students, feeding RUF students, and generally getting involved with the lives of the students that RUF brings us.
(The following paragraph is taken from the RUF website.)
RUF is a Christian campus ministry providing opportunities to learn what the Bible teaches and put it into practice in our everyday lives. In RUF, we want to emphasize the importance of both doctrine and life. This means that the gospel must be understood if it’s to be lived, and also that it must be lived if it’s to be truly understood.
Though we are Presbyterian in affiliation, we welcome students from all walks of life, both the “convinced” and the “unconvinced’. None of us has it all together, but we are people deeply committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, believing it has the power to change any person, any community, any culture.
Not only are we called to be the Lord’s witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea, but Jesus continues pushing back the geographic boundaries, expanding the circle in which we’re called to serve as His witnesses (Acts 1:8).
Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)
(The following paragraphs are taken from the RYM website.)
Our mission is to support and encourage them in their efforts and to use their resources as appropriate in the development of the youth in our church. RYM exists to reach junior and senior high school students for Christ and equip them to serve Him in the church and in the world.
For over 30 years we have fulfilled our mission by providing conferences for youth that are Word driven, God centered, and Gospel focused. God has blessed RYM, growing us from our original one conference to now six conferences that are reaching and equipping students in the Southeast, West, and Pacific Northwest. We give all praise to God for the abundant grace he has extended to us and the more than 2000 students and youth leaders who attend our summer conferences.
However, we are only scratching the surface of what needs to be done for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom through RYM. We have a growing burden that the youth culture of our cities and nation be transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a growing burden that the disintegrating family be restored by the gospel of Jesus Christ. How can we serve Christ’s church in extending His kingdom in these ways? Our plan of action will focus on three primary areas: conferences, training and resources.
When natural or human caused tragedies occur, the need for restoration and rebuilding can be great. When these needs arise we partner with our denominations national ministry arm – Mission to North America to help with funding.
We seek to adorn the gospel’s message with Christ-like deeds of mercy (Mt 9:3-38), by serving others (Mk 10:42-45). It is our goal at Grace to send one team of our own members out on a short term mission project each year. When sending out our short-term teams, it’s our priority to support the work of our missionaries.
Missionary: Rachel Powelson, with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Thailand
Missionaries: Perry & Betty
Email: Please contact the church office for Perry & Betty’s email address
Missionaries: Petrie & Ruth Mitchell
Serving our missionaries
Making disciples among all the nations is the command of our Lord with a promise of his manifest presence (Mt 28:18-20). Our willingness to love, give and serve is encouraged by opportunities to minister in a world in desperate need both physically and spiritually. We give financial aid to missionaries and mission agencies locally, nationally and overseas as well as pray regularly for our missionaries.
As a congregation, we want to be intimately involved in the life and ministry of our missionaries, and to accomplish this we encourage our members to communicate with, associate with, resource and encourage our missionary families.