-We are a church with a proud past . . . and a promising future!
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Rob Joy
Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Home Phone: 330-892-0512
Fellowship Hour: 11:45 a.m.
Worship June – Weekend after Labor Day: 10:00 a.m.
Church office: 330-482-4532 Church Office Email: g firstname.lastname@example.org
140 S. Main St. Columbiana, Oh 44408 Prayer & Devotion Line: 330-482-CARE
Office hours: 8am-1pm Mon.-Thu. Church Secretary: Marcy LaVogue
For a calendar of Youth Activities, see the links on the website or call the pastor.
FAQ's About Grace Church
1.How old is Grace Church? Officially, we were founded in 1814, so we are 200 years old! The first structure was built on this site in 1822. The second structure was constructed in 1868. It was mostly destroyed by fire in 1907 and rebuilt. The windows in the front of the sanctuary, dramatically depicting the Ascension of the Lord, were donated by dedicated member Harvey Firestone. Grace Church, through its years, has overcome many problems and thrived in promoting the gospel to Columbiana and the world. By the grace and mercy of God, we are a church that renews itself every generation with new folks led by the Spirit of God!
2.To what denomination does Grace Church belong? Grace Church is a Congregational Christian Church, member of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, based in Oak Creek, WI. We are a volunteer member of an association of like-minded churches (NACCC) who recognize the right of the individual local church to be autonomous under the headship of Christ. We are also members of the Ohio Assn. of Congregational Christian Churches. In the past, Grace has belonged to the Reformed Church, the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and the United Church of Christ.
3.What is Congregationalism? Short answer: We believe in the local autonomy of the congregation to decide exactly what God wants us to do and what to believe. Our congregation owns our property and building, not a denomination, presbytery, or diocese. We determine, with guidance from God, our own budget and exactly how we spend our mission funds. We find and call our own pastor. No hierarchy assigns someone to us. We determine, again, with God’s guidance, our own stance if we wish to have one, on the social issues of the day. We have supportive and cooperative friendship and fellowship with other Congregational Christian Churches and often join with them in partnership on larger mission projects here and around the world.
4.What missions does Grace support? We support many! For example, we support local missions: the Way Station, and Meals on Wheels, among others. Regionally, we support Hosanna Industries which is a housing ministry north of Pittsburgh. Nationally, we support the Morgan-Scott Project in the Appalachian region of Tennessee/North Carolina. Internationally we support the Pilgrim’s Presence Ministries in Kenya, the Congregational Churches of Myanmar in Asia. We also support the Confirmation Mission Worktrip (national) of our Confirmation Class, along with a number of charities like the ALS Foundation. In what we say and do, we are God’s people trying to do God’s work as best we can, to God’s glory.
5.What do Congregational Christians believe? In brief, Congregational Christians have a variety of belief across the spectrum of Christianity. To get the real flavor of Congregationalism, you need to get a handle on what an individual congregation claims to believe, for each congregation is autonomous under the headship of Christ. Therefore, the question is “What do Grace Church people believe?” The answer, briefly, is that Grace Church folks mainly hold to traditional Christian doctrines as outlined in such statements as the Apostle’s Creed. We do allow for, and encourage questions about faith. We know we don’t have all the answers, but we know God does! We seek those answers together guided by the Bible and the Spirit.
6.What can I expect when I come to worship? What we hear from those who have visited is that we are a friendly congregation! Our current service at 10:45 a.m. (mid-September – May) is a strongly traditional service with the deep sounds of the organ, majestic hymns, and sweet choir singing! The pastor’s sermons (and children’s sermons) are helpful and thought-provoking. A fully staffed nursery is available (just outside the sanctuary) for those up to five years old. There are bags of worship activities just inside the sanctuary for those five and up. We have a coffee hour immediately after worship in the downstairs fellowship hall where there is coffee, tea, cookies, and punch or lemonade. If traditional worship is not to your preference, and would more like a non-traditional opportunity, we are working on putting something unconventional together. If you would like to help us develop that opportunity for worship, study, and service, let us know! We do, now and then, have a coffeehouse worship service (The Holy Grounds Coffeehouse) in fellowship hall with a blend of traditional and nontraditional songs, along with a participatory sermon and skits. We have had “unconventional” worship services at Firestone Park, and even in the parking lot of our church!