Welcome to Grace

Grace United Methodist Church, a historic and active congregation located in the center of downtown St. Augustine, has remained a vital congregation for well over a hundred years. Today the people of Grace Church are becoming a multi-generational, disciple-making congregation that cares for the vulnerable in our church, community and world. Guests to St Augustine are welcome to visit the historic Grace sanctuary most weekday afternoons from 1 pm to 3 pm. All are welcome to worship with us on Sundays at 7:45 am, 9:15 am or 11 am. Come as you and experience God's grace to become who God created you to be.

What's Great About Grace?

Grace isn’t just the name of an historic building on the corner of Carrera and Cordova in St Augustine. Grace is a beautiful gift of God for everyone. God’s gift of grace allows us to recognize that God is not afraid or ashamed of us. God sees us as human beings, with all our hurts, habits and hang ups, and God moves close. Like a first responder running toward the wounded and wrecked with hope to restore and save, we understand that God has turned toward our wounded and wrecked world with hope to restore and save. We understand that God hasn’t picked some and not others to offer this gift of grace. God’s grace is a beautiful gift for everyone.

Awakening to this gift of God and receiving it in all its mystery gives us peace with God and moves us toward peace with one another. Grace doesn’t fix all our problems, but it turns them all into opportunities for beauty to erupt. The reason for that is we begin attending to where God is present in our “problems,” and trusting that God has something to say if we will listen.

Encountering and awakening to God’s gift of grace comes with an invitation to follow and be formed by grace. While not pontificating or shaming, grace is demanding. Like the potter’s hand on a lump of clay, grace wants to lead to something. Recently, our Bishop Ken Carter put it this way. “Grace wants to lead us to more opportunity, more equality, more flourishing, more patience, more justice, more covenant-keeping, more hope, more and deeper followers of Jesus; and said differently, less unfairness, less judgmentalism, less prejudice, less violence, less despair, less hunger, less racism, less sexual harassment, less mimicking of unhealthy patterns of behavior that we see in the world.”

This way of grace through Jesus is something that shapes the personality of Grace United Methodist Church and is woven into God’s future story for our life together. These days we are experimenting with ways to become a church for all generations, making disciples of next generations for the transformation of the world. We are just beginning to learn that God’s beauty is best seen and experienced when we serve, worship and pray together across generations. It hasn’t been our habit to function this way, but we are convinced that God really wants to teach us and our community something wonderful by intentionally looking for ways to involve more than one generation when serving, worshipping and praying together. We’d love for you to come be a part of this adventurous, unfolding story of God’s great gift of grace!

Job Opening: Youth Ministry Director

The Youth Ministry Director position at Grace United Methodist Church will focus on calling middle and high school students to follow Jesus, developing them as spiritual leaders and sending them out in ministry.  This position would fill a gap in leadership needed to support our movement toward becoming a church for all generations, making disciples of next generations for the transformation of the world.  Click here to view job description. Click here for job application. Submit applications and inquires to Rev Carolyn Williamson

Fast and Pray to End Racism

Grace United Methodist Church, St Augustine
Saturday, September 22

We cannot be healed of that which we will not acknowledge. We pray to see the ways we have distanced ourselves from our sisters and brothers with different skin color through a long history of laws, systems and cultural norms that continue to this day. We pray to see ways we can close the distance, repair the fractures and share life together with equity. We pray for humility and desire to make new history in the historic city of St Augustine, serving as an example to the rest of the county.

Click here to see the invitation, acknowledgement and prayer prompts that we will use on Saturday. The acknowledgements of “What we see that ought not be” all flow out of the many community conversations we held this summer with 15-25 people from our church and community.  

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