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Grace Family Church is a faith community focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through helping people live Jesus-centered lives.  We teach the Bible, relating it to life and living it out.
 
 
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415 South Kinzer Ave | New Holland, PA | 17557

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WHO WE ARE

 At Grace Family Church, we strive to grow as a vibrant, relevant church family … one that serves with excellence and is excited about inviting others to experience life transformation together.  We’re guided by an unshakable desire to help people live Jesus-centered lives.

 

Take some time and get to know us. Spend a couple of Sundays with us in our worship gathering and use the guest card in the seat pockets if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our pastors or overseers (elders). To get in touch with us or to stay updated on what’s going on with our church family, please visit our CONTACT page.

You can read more about our beliefs, our heritage, and our partnering agencies by clicking here.
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OUR PASTORS

PASTOR TIM, Lead Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Tim has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture in a practical and relevant way. Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Tim worked as a mechanical engineering tradesman for General Motors for over 5 years before pursuing ministry training. A graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary in Indiana, Tim joined the pastoral staff of Grace Family Church in 2004. Tim and his wife Heidi have three young sons and a daughter.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Tim.

 

 

PASTOR BRAD, Executive Pastor

Brad is passionate about Jesus and the Body of Christ – the worship of our Great God, the preaching of the Gospel, the community of believers in Christ. His heart beats for the church to be and do all that Christ desires! The second most amazing day of Brad’s life (after his salvation experience with Jesus) was the day his closest and most trusted friend became his wife. Liz has become a source of inspiration, support, and joy for Brad beyond his wildest expectations. Brad and Liz are constantly kept on their feet by their two energetic sons.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Brad

 

 

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
WALLY FLEMING | Overseer
 
 
STU MARTIN | Overseer
 
 
 
ERIC BURKHART | Overseer
 
 
 
Wally and Bev have been part of Grace Family church for many years.  First living in Leola, once they moved to East Petersburg, Grace Family Church was too much “home” to go anywhere else.  If the church building is unlocked, you’ll probably find one or both of them there!  While officially retired, Wally works part time with the Manheim Auto Auction, and Bev operates a bookstand at Root’s Market.
Stu and Joanne are a long-standing part of Grace Family church.  Their family is actively involved in all aspects of our church life, with two children in the youth group and one in college.  Stu serves as one of our LifeGroup leaders, and Joanne is often found helping with our Kids’ ministries.  Stu and Joanne run a Bed & Breakfast in Terre Hill, and Stu is an accounts manager with Comcast Communications.
Eric and Melissa are lifelong GFC’ers … they came up through our youth ministry, stayed as college students, plugged in as a young married couple, and now both serve actively in our youth and young adult ministries – and Eric recently stepped into our Director of Student Ministries role.  Eric is a pediatric LPN, and Melissa slings the best java this side of Columbia as a barista at the New Holland Coffee Company.
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We emphasize age-level ministries to strengthen marriages, equip parents to be spiritual leaders in their homes, partner in training young people, and reach families in our area who don’t have a church to call their own. Click on any of the images below to find more information about several of our initiatives.
 
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HOW DO I MEET PEOPLE?
 
Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five year- old child, a ninety-five year-old grandmother, an on-the-go busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here are some ways that you can learn, serve, and grow with our church.  
 
CLICK on any heading below for more information.
 
LIFEgroups
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has smaller, biblically-based communities that meet in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to sixteen people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group community.
 
Each week we gather together in smaller groupings that are practical, relevant, and relational.  These times together are constantly changing, allowing us to get to know one another as a church family.  Every six weeks, our Thrive Time Groups switch up – topics, participants, and teachers.  There are Thrive Time options for every age-group, empowering exciting and easy discussion for the entire church family!When do Thrive Time Groups Meet? We “thrive together” every Sunday morning as the second half of our regular weekly worship time, typically starting at 11.20am. 
 
One of the central components to our weekly Sunday Gathering as a church family is our message time – an opportunity to hear from one of our Pastors or other guests as they open the Bible and share God’s truth with us in a relevant and accessible way. CLICK HERE for our present message series or CLICK HERE for our Podcast Archive.
 
Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is central to our DNA as a family:  we love kids because Jesus loves kids! We also have periodic events and activities outside of Sunday morning to gather our youngest ones together to build relationships and engage in community life outside the constraints of our regular weekly gathering time.
 
GRACE STUDENT MINISTRY
The teen years can be among the most challenging … for youth and parents alike!  We dedicate time Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and various other times & locations.  We have a team of youth leaders that are passionately committed to Jesus and teens … and, of course, FUN!

YOUNG ADULTS
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people. 

 
 
WOMEN CONNECTING 
The verdict is in … women and men ARE different!  We have opportunities to help women connect with other women in a variety of ways, including a blossoming Moms’ Group, intentional over-coffee-conversations between just a few ladies, and events that provide the chance to rub shoulders with other women in our church family and invite along those without a church family to call home.  For more information, email us by CLICKING HERE.

FIGHT CLUB

Accountability among men is an act of integrity. Accountability is designed to protect, encourage, and develop men of all ages. Accountability groups consist of three men each. Accountability groups meet together as their schedules allow and keep in touch by email or phone.
 
CHURCH CALENDAR
Everyone has a busy schedule … and it just keeps getting busier! With that in mind, we work hard not to clutter schedules further but rather to promote those events and activities that best reflect our vision & core values. CLICK HERE to access our online calendar and see some of what is happening in our church family right now.  Can’t find something on the calendar that you’re looking for?  SEND AN EMAIL and let us know what you’re trying to find!
 
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MESSAGE PODCAST

Do your best to present yourself
to God as one approved, a worker
who has no need to be ashamed,
rightly handling the word of truth.
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(2 Timothy 2.15)    
 
One of our central values is that God is knowable … that He has revealed Himself to us in tangible ways, primarily in the person of Jesus Christ, specially in the recorded Scriptures we call the Bible, and evidenced throughout His creation. 
 
When we gather together on Sundays, a major component is teaching from the Bible. We often utilize series or topics to present God’s truth, but the very words of the Bible are our truth and foundation. 
 
Check back here often to find the latest in our podcast archive, whether you missed a week or were especially encouraged or challenged by a particular week’s message.

Feb 12, 2017
Jonah – Chapter 2
Series: Jonah 2017
 
Of all the stories found in the Bible, one of the most recognizable is that of Jonah, particularly the part of the narrative when he is swallowed alive by a gigantic sea creature and - miraculously - lives to tell the tale.  But could it be that there is much more to this account than fantastic oceanic adventures?
 
Join with us throughout the month of February to discover how the story of Jonah is really a story of ALL of us and how we can learn to discover the heart of the One who loves us, designed us, and has big plans for us.
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  • Feb 12, 2017Jonah – Chapter 2
    Feb 12, 2017
    Jonah – Chapter 2
    Series: Jonah 2017
     
    Of all the stories found in the Bible, one of the most recognizable is that of Jonah, particularly the part of the narrative when he is swallowed alive by a gigantic sea creature and - miraculously - lives to tell the tale.  But could it be that there is much more to this account than fantastic oceanic adventures?
     
    Join with us throughout the month of February to discover how the story of Jonah is really a story of ALL of us and how we can learn to discover the heart of the One who loves us, designed us, and has big plans for us.
  • Feb 5, 2017Jonah – Chapter 1
    Feb 5, 2017
    Jonah – Chapter 1
    Series: Jonah 2017
     
    Of all the stories found in the Bible, one of the most recognizable is that of Jonah, particularly the part of the narrative when he is swallowed alive by a gigantic sea creature and - miraculously - lives to tell the tale.  But could it be that there is much more to this account than fantastic oceanic adventures?
     
    Join with us throughout the month of February to discover how the story of Jonah is really a story of ALL of us and how we can learn to discover the heart of the One who loves us, designed us, and has big plans for us.
     
  • Jan 29, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 5 (RELATIONSHIP Matters)
    Jan 29, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 5 (RELATIONSHIP Matters)
     
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.  
  • Jan 22, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 4 (TRUTH Matters)
    Jan 22, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 4 (TRUTH Matters)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.
  • Jan 15, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 3 (MISSION Matters)
    Jan 15, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 3 (MISSION Matters)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.
  • Jan 8, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 2 (Fast FORWARD)
    Jan 8, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 2 (Fast FORWARD)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.
  • Jan 1, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 1 (REWIND)
    Jan 1, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 1 (REWIND)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.  
  • Dec 18, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 3 (God’s Great Purpose)
    Dec 18, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 3 (God’s Great Purpose)
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    This Christmas, we look at the grand story of God, how He seeks us, saves us, and sends us with His message of hope and healing.  Are you part of the story?  Because He deeply desires for you to be an active part of His great tale! 
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    Because God's great power enables Him to accomplish His great plan, we are encouraged to embrace His great purpose behind it all.  He brings beauty out of ashes.  He sees beyond the muck & the mire of this life to the one beyond.  He invites us to join in His grand design, emboldened and energized by the reason behind all of life.  The greatest story ever told.
  • Dec 11, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 2 (God’s Great Plan)
    Dec 11, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 2 (God’s Great Plan)
     
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    This Christmas, we look at the grand story of God, how He seeks us, saves us, and sends us with His message of hope and healing.  Are you part of the story?  Because He deeply desires for you to be an active part of His great tale! 
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    We discover that, because of His great power, God has and is able to accomplish at great plan.  He invites us to be a part of that plan - of His great story.  Will I step into it?
  • Dec 4, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
    Dec 4, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
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    Stories define so much of who we are and what we do – we tell them to our children, to teach them how to grow up to be the women & men they should be. We tell them to our friends & family to share bits and pieces of who we are and what makes us tick. We spend our money on entertainment that (by-and-large) are comprised of stories.
    What if there was one story that rose above all others? One story that was grander, richer, bigger, and more powerful than every story ever told. This Christmas, we discover not only that there IS such a story, but that we are invited to be a part of it. 
     
    Today we look at the story of God's Great Power, how His power is both magnificent & grand AND profoundly personal.  His power doesn't remove Him from us but draws us close.  And it all begins in such lowly places that we can all relate.
  • Nov 27, 2016What Will I Choose?
    Nov 27, 2016
    What Will I Choose?
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    We live in a world and a time that demands constant decisions for a host of situations.  How do we decide what is best?  What decisions are really important?  Pastor Tim helps us discern what is most necessary in what we choose.
  • Nov 20, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
    Nov 20, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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    Included video audio credit:  Timothy Keller (The Prodigal God)
 
Also available as an iTunes podcast.  Please CLICK HERE to find it.
 
 
 
IF YOU ARE OUR GUEST, please don’t feel compelled to give.  We provide opportunities for those who call Grace Family Church their home to worship through giving and to support the ministries and initiatives of our church, both in our corporate gatherings as well as through this online portal. 
If you are just getting to know us, we don’t want you to feel any compulsion to give. 
 
Just relax and join us in seeking to worship the One who made us and loves us! 
 
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At Grace Family Church, we believe that how we manage our resources as individuals and as a faith community is very important.  The Bible is full of illustrations, commands, and proverbs showing us that what we do with our money matters.  
 
To facilitate regular giving as well as special project opportunities, we have partnered with EasyTithe, an organization that helps ease this process.  This partnership enables us to maximize security and ease-of-use with minimal overhead.  Rest assured, this site utilizes top-of-the-industry protection and encryption policies to make sure all of your data stays secure.
 
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