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Welcome to Grace

Welcome to Grace Baptist Church of Owatonna, MN. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. As you peruse our website, I trust you will grasp our heartbeat for God, His Word, and people. It is my prayer that you will see that GBC exists to honor God by growing together, learning Truth, serving others, and proclaiming the gospel. I would encourage you to view our ministry opportunities and consider partnering with us to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I encourage you to visit us in person and see what the Lord is doing in and through Grace. He has done great things in our lives for which we give Him all the glory. Come and grow with us.
– Pastor David Levy | Senior Pastor


 

Sunday Morning

Morning Schedule
Sunday school—8:45 am
Worship Service—10:00 am

 

Arrival and Parking
 

  • Our parking lot is located on 26th St NE and 3rd Ave NE. There are two entrances off of the parking lot facing 3rd Ave. The main entrance to our lobby is located under the car port facing 26th St.

  • In our lobby you will find signs directing you to multiple classes during the Sunday School hour. You will also see into our auditorium where we meet for the main 10 a.m. service.

  • An usher should greet you upon your arrival and be able to give you any information you may desire.

  • We have nurseries available for the entirety of all services. The infant nursery is located on the main floor off of our lobby. The toddler nurseries are located along the entrance to our lower level.

 
Dress
 
  • We do not have a dress code at Grace. You will see diversity from “Sunday best” to jeans and T-shirts. All we ask is that you dress respectfully and modestly.
Sunday School
 
  • During our Sunday school hour we offer a variety of classes for all ages. The sign in the lobby should direct you to where you want to go. You can also ask an usher for help guide you to your class.

Morning Worship Service
 
  • We want to make sure we make contact with those visiting with us. Our ushers will give you some information with a visitor’s card in it. Should you choose to fill it out, we ask that you place it in the offering plate as it is passed later. We will send you a handwritten greeting later in the week. You will not be put on a long and involved mailing list.
     
  • It is our desire to exalt and glorify God in our worship. Our services are God-centered and Christ exalting.  It is not our desire to entertain, but to focus attention on the greatness of God. Our music, prayer, and preaching is carefully designed with that end in mind.
     
  • Our services mainly consist of four things: singing, prayer, Scripture reading, and preaching. We encourage you to bring your Bible. We primarily will preach from the New King James Version. If you do not have a Bible, feel free to take one located in the pew rack.
     
  • Our music would be considered traditional and is accompanied by piano, organ and orchestra. We love to sing corporately and we do a lot of it! The goal of our music is not to exalt the singer, but the God to whom we sing.

Morning Worship Service
 
  • Our preaching is predominantly expository. The pastors take great care to prepare sermons that unpack the meaning of a Bible passage and its application to daily living.
  • Children’s church is available during our main service for K4 through 3rd grade. The children are dismissed after our time of corporate singing.
     
  • The Lord’s Supper is usually observed on the first Sunday of each month. We alternate between our Sunday morning and evening services when observing this ordinance. While the Lord’s Supper takes place at the end of the service, it is not just tacked on as routine. The entire service will be focused on the reasons and implications that Christ died for the world.
     
  • The service usually concludes between 11:00 and 11:15. We are not slaves to the clock, however. It is our desire to be unhurried in the delightful task of unpacking God’s Word.
 
Sunday Evening

Evening Service Time
6:00 pm service

Evening Service Overview

 
  • This service has a more casual feel than our morning service. During this service we often sing, baptize believers, hear testimonies, conduct church business, study God’s Word, and hear from missionaries.
     
  • This service is still centered on the teaching of God’s Word. We will often go through a series of studies that are designed to put specific tools in the belt of a Christian.
     
  • On special Sundays (e.g. Mother’s Day, Easter), we will typically forego the evening service in order to encourage fellowship between families and church members.
     
  • Nursery is provided for the entirety of the service.
Wednesday Evening

Wednesday Service Time
7:00 pm service

Wednesday Service Overview

 
  • We gather weekly on Wednesday evening for the purpose of corporate prayer and Bible study. The main adult class meets in our auditorium for a time of prayer in small groups, as well as Bible study.
     
  • There are several other things going on during this time. Often, we will have a variety of small group classes meeting throughout the building. Also, our AWANA ministry takes place this night from October through May.
     
  • For 12 weeks during the summer, we focus our attention on specific topical classes designed to train us in various aspects of Christian living.
     
  • Nursery is provided for the entirety of the service.