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!

Illuminated 2018 Online Advent Retreat

 This is an invitation to share a deeper spiritual journey with one another this Advent season from December 1-28.. Our goal is to involve at least 50 people through Grace UMC in the Illuminated 2018 online retreat this Advent season. You will receive three email reflections each week from Rev. Jan Richardson that will intertwine writing, art, music, and community, creating spaces of reflection and rest that you can enter into from anywhere you are, in the way that works best for you. Our pastors will be preaching on themes that will appear in the retreat reflections and there will be options for you to gather with others locally to listen and share your insights from your own reflection. This is an ideal way to cultivate practices for desiring God in a culture that wants you to desire everything else.

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Community Conversations

Community Conversations at Grace on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. serve our community as a grace-filled, transformational table for moving closer to one another in the face of things that divide us. Lately we have been talking about the impact of race and learning ways we can be agents of reconciliation. The conversation and learning there easily applies to a host of other variables that threaten to divide us as well. The conversation is always open and we will start the conversations again on January 8.

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