Grace Family Church is a faith community focused on spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through helping people live Jesus-centered lives.
 
 
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415 S Kinzer Ave | New Holland, PA | 17557

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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.  
 
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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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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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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, & joy for Brad beyond his wildest expectations. Brad and Liz are constantly kept on their feet by their three young sons.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Brad

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

WALLY FLEMING
 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 MARTIN  Overseer
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 BURKHART  Overseer
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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MESSAGE PODCAST


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.
 

Jun 18, 2017
Why? Week 3 (Despair)
Series: Why?
We all have questions. Where can we go for answers?   We’re asking those questions & finding the answers.  We're discovering how we can respond to situations that bring confusion, pain, shame, and despair. There are answers, and there is hope.
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This week we discussed why there is so much DESPAIR in the world.  Pastor Tim walks us through the notion that the problem of despair is only adequately resolved in the place God has prepared for His followers ... heaven.  Are we living with heaven in mind or with this desperate world around us?
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  • Jun 18, 2017Why? Week 3 (Despair)
    Jun 18, 2017
    Why? Week 3 (Despair)
    Series: Why?
    We all have questions. Where can we go for answers?   We’re asking those questions & finding the answers.  We're discovering how we can respond to situations that bring confusion, pain, shame, and despair. There are answers, and there is hope.
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    This week we discussed why there is so much DESPAIR in the world.  Pastor Tim walks us through the notion that the problem of despair is only adequately resolved in the place God has prepared for His followers ... heaven.  Are we living with heaven in mind or with this desperate world around us?
  • Jun 11, 2017Why? – Week 2 (Pain)
    Jun 11, 2017
    Why? – Week 2 (Pain)
    Series: Why?
    We all have questions. Where can we go for answers?   We’re asking those questions & finding the answers.  We're discovering how we can respond to situations that bring confusion, pain, shame, and despair. There are answers, and there is hope.
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    This week we discussed why there is so much PAIN in the world.  Why is there hurt & suffering?  If God is all-good and all-powerful and all-knowing, why doesn't He stop the pain?  We dig through these big questions and find a path toward understanding in the middle of it all.
  • Jun 4, 2017Why? – Week 1 (Confusion)
    Jun 4, 2017
    Why? – Week 1 (Confusion)
    Series: Why?
    We all have questions. Where can we go for answers?   We’re asking those questions & finding the answers.  We're discovering how we can respond to situations that bring confusion, pain, shame, and despair. There are answers, and there is hope.
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    This week we discussed why there is so much confusion in the world, particular in regard to knowing if there is really only one way to heaven or if all paths lead there.  We discover that - because all religions claim to be exclusive - they simply cannot all be right.  Find out more about why what Jesus said is so profound:  "I am the way, and the truth, and the life ... no one comes to the Father but by me."
  • May 28, 2017Proxy – Week 4 (SACRIFICE)
    May 28, 2017
    Proxy – Week 4 (SACRIFICE)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    All of what it takes to be a good proxy for God - to represent well the One who made us - is not about reaching some pinnacle of spirituality.  We learn that to SACRIFICE for God is an authentic response of a follower of Jesus wherever she or he is in their spiritual journey ... that it all comes down to how we see Jesus.  If He is just a religious leader or a good teacher or a moral man, we'll only follow Him accordingly.  But if He is the indescribable, unmatchable, limitless, glorious Author of all Creation, then following Him and reveling in His love will invariably lead us to surrender joyfully all of who we are and what we have to serve Him with all we've got.
  • May 21, 2017Proxy – Week 3 (PROMOTE)
    May 21, 2017
    Proxy – Week 3 (PROMOTE)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    Today we see that if we really KNOW God and if we really  TRUST in Him to be who He says He is, that I can't help but begin to PROMOTE Him in all areas of my life, championing what is close to His heart and ordering my life around the glorious truth that the One who spoke and the universe leaped into existences loves me, values me, and pursues me - and all of us!
  • May 14, 2017Proxy – Week 2 (TRUST)
    May 14, 2017
    Proxy – Week 2 (TRUST)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    Today we see that if we really KNOW God to be who He really is, we'll respond by demonstrating our TRUST in Him - in an informed, active, dynamic, secure, and focused way.
  • May 7, 2017Proxy – Week 1 (KNOW)
    May 7, 2017
    Proxy – Week 1 (KNOW)
    Series: Proxy
    One of the questions we’re often asked as a church is what’s God’s purpose for my life?  Many others are like it … what does God want from me? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do with my life?
     
    This life was purposed and planned before the first foundations of our universe sparked into existence. This life was designed to be one where the Divine intersects with the daily, where God Himself walks among us, talks to us, interacts with us, and loves us … and where we do the same with Him.  We’re designed to be God’s PROXY, His representation, in our everyday lives.
     
    Today we discover more about what it means to be God’s proxy and the first step in being the kind of proxy He’s designed us to be – knowing God.
  • Apr 30, 2017Before & After – Week 5
    Apr 30, 2017
    Before & After – Week 5
     
    In our Before & After series, we look into the life of someone in the Bible who had a life-changing encounter with the Almighty God. What if this is the season that God is going use to change YOUR story, or your FRIEND’S story, from Before … to After!
     
    This week week we look at one of the shortest books in the Bible (Philemon) to discover some of the biggest truths about what our Before & After stories should look like.
  • Apr 23, 2017Before & After – Week 4
    Apr 23, 2017
    Before & After – Week 4
    In our Before & After series, we look into the life of someone in the Bible who had a life-changing encounter with the Almighty God. What if this is the season that God is going use to change YOUR story, or your FRIEND’S story, from Before … to After!
     
    This week we explore the incredible story of someone who was embroiled in a fantastic spiritual battle and the revolutionary effect it had on his life.
  • Apr 16, 2017Before & After – Week 3 (Easter Sunday)
    Apr 16, 2017
    Before & After – Week 3 (Easter Sunday)
    In our Before & After series, we look into the life of someone in the Bible who had a life-changing encounter with the Almighty God. What if this is the season that God is going use to change YOUR story, or your FRIEND’S story, from Before … to After!
     
    This week we discover more about the greatest good news the world has ever know and celebrate with those who have chosen to embrace it!

Also available as an iTunes podcast.  Please
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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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