Grace New Hope
Easter Gatherings at Grace New Hope: Sunday, April 20th. 7am Family Baptism (no child care), 9am and 10:45am.
Worship and The Word: 9am and 10:45am
GraceKidz (Nursery – 5th Grade): 9am and 10:45am
Middle School students: Join us for LUG at 10:45am in the Student Area (near the main entrance).
High School students: 5pm House Church (meeting at the home of Bret and Amy Cade, 1931 Flowering Drive, Grayson, GA) Not meeting on April 6 or April 20.
Shuttle Parking: To help ease parking around the church, we have parking at nearby Lovin Elementary with shuttle service to the church.
CLICK HERE to make tithes and offerings to Grace New Hope. Online giving is done via GraceAccess, our secure system that also allows you to register and pay for events, camps, mission trips and more.
THE NEXT GEN FUND
Our view of raising funds for this new campus and future projects is pretty straightforward. We believe and trust that God will provide through the people of Grace by the prompting of his Spirit to fulfill the vision he has put within us, and we ask that everyone who attends Grace to pray about giving to launch this new campus.
We have established The Next Gen Fund, which is the capital campaign for expanding the Kingdom footprint of the Grace Family of Churches with projects such as purchasing the property at Oak Hill, renovating that property, and making the improvements on the Snellville Campus. In the future, we will detail more of the specific needs on the Snellville campus.
The Next Generation of campuses is Grace New Hope. The schools in the Archer and Grayson cluster represent the Next Generation we are attempting to reach for the Kingdom of God. As God leads, the community of people around New Hope represent the Next Generation of Disciples we will embrace.
CLICK HERE TO GIVE – (note: to ensure the proper designation, please make sure to input the amount in the Next Gen Fund box after signing in).
You may also give at Grace – just use one of the Green Envelopes and place in the offering basket or wall mounted collection boxes in the back of the auditorium or foyer.
If you have been around the Grace Family of churches for even a short while, you know the heart of this church is to expand the Kingdom of God into communities and cities by making disciples and releasing families on mission.
We have a simple philosophy:
Teach the Bible
Worship the Lord
Reach the Nations, Neighborhoods, and Next Generation
God has blessed Grace over and over again throughout the years–to the point of literally overflowing. Since the church began 30 years ago, Grace has grown and moved several times until we built on our current location in Snellville.
In recent years we have planted the Midtown church in Atlanta, the Monroe church, moved Midtown into a new larger facility, and started holding services in Athens. All of this, and we still have space issues here at the Snellville church. These are the kinds of challenges an Elder Board is grateful to face and we have continually looked for ways to resolve them.
In Snellville, we have considered and explored many options to expand this campus. In that exploration, we became uncomfortable with the cost of every project –the least of which would cost around $6.4 million – that would answer our needs of increased space for worship, children and students. Not feeling this was the direction God was leading us, we began to consider other options.
One of those options was to find a campus that is a reasonable distance away, where some of our folks already live and could attend, thereby creating space at the Snellville campus. We have found such a place in Oak Hill Baptist Church, located on New Hope Road in the Lawrenceville/Grayson area, across from Lovin Elementary and 1.5 miles from Archer High School. The Oak Hill property went up for sale in early 2013 and after a few months of conversation with their leadership, we have reached an agreement in principle to purchase their facility and they unanimously desire to move forward with Grace.
To be clear, Grace Snellville is not moving - this is a launching of a new Grace campus! We believe this is God’s solution for us to relieve space challenges at Snellville while exercising wise stewardship and expanding our “Kingdom footprint” in the Grayson, Dacula, Central Gwinnett & Archer areas in order to reach the neighborhoods, nations and next generation.
In December of 2013, members at all Grace campuses voted overwhelmingly to proceed with purchasing the Oak Hill property and launch Grace New Hope and the property was closed on December 19th, 2013. We will spend some time making small renovations on the campus anticipating a first service on February 2, 2014. God has called Grace to love our Neighbors, the Nations and the Next Generation and we are excited about continuing this calling in the new location.
Naturally there are a lot of questions when launching a new campus, and here are answers to the most common questions based on the information we have. It will be updated as we progress.
What are our next steps?
On December 19th, Grace purchased the Oak Hill Baptist Church facility to reach into the community expanding our Kingdom footprint. We will spend some time making small renovations on the campus anticipating a first service on February 2, 2014. God has called Grace to love our Neighbors, the Nations and the Next Generation and we are excited about continuing this calling in the new location.
Interest meetings will be held on January 5 & 12 at Grace Snellville in the high school room for anyone interested in joining our efforts at Grace New Hope. If you have questions or would like to get involved, email Rhonda@gfc.tv.
What will the church be called?
We plan on calling the church Grace New Hope. It is located at the intersection of New Hope Road and Grayson New Hope Road, we feel this name best identifies it with this area of Lawrenceville/Grayson. And we believe it is the perfect name for this church as we venture to bring New Hope to this community!
How does this solve space issues at Grace Snellville?
As can be seen on our population density map, there are several hundred people who already live in the Archer/Grayson community. As of the announcement November 17th, we began hearing from people who live near the Oak Hill campus that they are anticipating being a part of the Grace New Hope team.
Who will be preaching at Grace New Hope?
The commitment at Grace is to the Word of God preached, not to a preaching personality. As with Grace’s other campuses there will be a “campus pastor.” We as a congregation have a commitment to training and developing teachers for the next generation. The preaching responsibilities will be shared with Buddy taking a lead role in that development. God has blessed Grace with a strong teaching team.
What ministries will we have there?
It is our plan is to have all Children’s, Student and Adult Ministries on site in February. Oak Hill has been using our KidzLife materials over this past year. These ministries will take time to develop and grow but the leadership team at Grace is already working on the development and training plan for the future of Grace New Hope.
Sunday Gatherings will take place at 9:00AM & 10:45AM
We will lead GraceKidz (Nursery-5th Grade), at 9:00AM & 10:45AM
We will lead LUG AM for all Middle School Students at 10:45AM
We will lead D-Groups for all High School Students at 10:45AM
What type of renovation and costs are involved at Grace New Hope?
Curb Appeal – There is a lot of simple landscaping, clean up and painting that can be done throughout late December and January. Two work days are being put on the calendar so people with some level of skill can sign up for projects soon.
The upstairs is unfinished space, and will have to be completed at some point in the future. We will have to add HVAC and sprinkler systems on the 2nd floor prior to using them.
We will also want to redesign the stage in the worship gathering space while upgrading the sound, lighting and video.
Some of these projects do not have to be done right away. We will have to raise the money to be able to tackle most of these projects.
Are there plans for the Snellville campus improvements?
There are a number of needs at the Snellville campus we have been contemplating for some time. Some are necessary such as repairing the roof in the High School Room. There are other plans that include doing away with the tent and providing covered gathering spaces for breakout groups on Wednesday nights for lug. A variety of other improvements are needed on the Snellville campus. We are compiling that list now.
What is the cost?
There are a variety of costs in this project. The purchase cost of the property, buildings, furnishing and equipment is $2.16 million. We do not have a firm estimate on the renovation costs at the Oak Hill and Snellville campus at this time, but we are working on getting those. The obvious question is, “How do we pay for this?” We will be entering into a capital fund raising campaign we are calling The Next Gen Fund.