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We don’t care how you’re dressed, how many tattoos you have, or who you voted for.
We’re all on a journey from brokenness to wholeness in Christ. Come and share your journey with us!
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What to Expect
When you arrive, you can expect to be welcomed into a friendly, positive environment by people who are genuinely excited to see you.
You’ll be able to connect at your own pace. If you’re ready to jump right in, the Action Team is the place for you! Want to take it slow? Great! We’re just glad you’re here!
On Sunday, expect:
Opportunities to Connect:
- A place to grow. Connect to discipleship through our Sunday School class. More opportunities will be coming as the Covid protocols are updated.
- A chance to make a difference. God created you with gifts and skills that you can use to change lives in your community and the world. The Action Team and I Love My City are opportunities to serve the church and your community.
- A way to grow. We want to equip you with the tools to develop as a fully devoted follower of Christ. Sunday morning worship equips believers and families to pursue a life in Christ.
We celebrate the ability to come together as the family of God for worship, fellowship and building up in the Word! Please help us be respectful of everyone who gathers with us in person by being mindful of the guidelines below during this season of caution.
- We encourage anyone sick or with any health vulnerability to stay home and participate in services online.
- Please use a face mask as you enter, exit, and are moving around in the building.
- Use social distancing as you enter and exit the building.
- Face masks are available and using hand sanitizer is recommended when you enter and leave.
- Doors will be opened for you so that there is the least amount of surface touching.
- Sanctuary seating is spaced so family units can be appropriately distanced.
- Vaccinated individuals may wish to remove their face covering while seated during the service.
- Use outdoor space when possible to fellowship with others.
- Overall, please help us care for others, as there are varying comfort levels of contact and vulnerability to sickness. Caution and grace are always appropriate in these days.
Thank you! Following these simple guidelines is helping us to stay healthy and responsible while enjoying corporate worship in person. As vaccination rates meet greater milestones soon, we look forward to things becoming more “normal.”
Your family will enjoy:
- A blended worship environment. Sunday mornings include inter-generational family worship.
- Fun for kids.Moments of the service are specifically designed to engage kids.
- A night just for teens.STRIVE meets on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm for students 6th through 12th grade.
For Your Kids
At Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene, kids are not an afterthought; they’re our priority. Sundays will quickly become your family’s favorite day of the week. Our church is committed to providing an environment that is safe, clean, fun, and which fosters spiritual growth.
We take a different approach than many churches. Rather than sending the kids off to children’s church during the worship service, we believe they learn best by encountering the example of their parents, grandparents, and the adults of the church who are investing in their lives. Adults and children worship together in an inter-generational service that is designed to engage all ages. There are moments of each service designed just for the kids, and times during worship when our children can serve, lead, and grow.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
You’ll find everything from casual clothes to suits at our worship gatherings. Our focus is not on what you look like or what you wear. Dress in whatever you find comfortable!
YOUR FIRST VISIT
Our goal is to make you feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door. Our friendly greeters will help you to know exactly where to go. Your family is in good hands!
Gathering in Christian Love to Serve our Community and Neighbors
GATHER – “Gather” is the word we use to emphasize the importance of gathering as a congregation for worship. We believe that the worship service is formational, and our desire in worship is to encounter God in ways that are transformational. Weekly worship is foundational for spiritual growth.
LOVE – “Love” is how we describe the importance of discipleship. For too long, the church has thought of discipleship as the transmission of information. We take a different approach. Successful discipleship fosters a genuine and growing love for Christ in the heart of the disciple.
COMMUNITY – “Community” emphasizes the importance of connecting to the body of Christ by engaging in the fellowship of the church. We all need Christian community, and one of the ways we grow as Christians is to experience the joy of uplifting and encouraging fellowship.
NEIGHBORS – “Neighbors” describes our commitment to our friends, coworkers, neighborhood and community. We believe that Jesus calls us to be representatives of his kingdom, to love those who are undervalued in society, and to serve the needs of the people around us. We engage in service ministries regularly and intentionally, often under the umbrella of I Love My City.
Online and recorded services can be viewed the following ways:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glnazarene
- Glnaz.com: https://live.glnaz.com
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsgomycLoloeKzWdXEMDrSw
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Richard Hand is our Pastor. He has served several congregations in the Michigan District Church of the Nazarene in various capacities as both layman and ordained Elder over the last three decades. He is no stranger to the Grand Ledge Nazarene family, as he has served over ten years as pastor of this congregation before returning this past summer. Pastor Rich and his wife, Brenda, have been married for thirty-six years and have three grown children and four grandkids. The Hands have a passion for serving the Lord together and seeing individuals and families grow in their faith.
Corinne Edgecomb is our Outreach & Fellowship Coordinator. She works to connect the families and individuals of Grand Ledge with our church family. Corinne also serves on our I Love My City – Grand Ledge Ministry where we partner with local businesses, churches, organizations and families to work on projects needed to improve our city. She has attended the Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene her entire life. Corinne has served in this position since 2019. Corinne and her husband, Cody, have one son and a dog. The Edgecomb’s enjoy attending church together as a family as well as camping and spending time with their friends and family.
I Love My City
Community service is a part of our church’s DNA. I Love My City is one of the most exciting ministries of Grand Ledge Church of the Nazarene. Through I Love My City, we connect to our community through service ministry. We have painted the flower pots in downtown Grand Ledge, picked up the trash after parades and city festivals, and brought appreciation gifts to city officials, businesses, and city servants.
STRIVE Youth Ministry
We love our students! Students from 6th through 12th grade enjoy a friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Adult youth workers are dedicated to providing a great learning experience and an accepting and engaging environment. They have a great time in our Sunday evening youth gatherings and they are encouraged to worship and develop spiritually by exercising their ministry gifts. We are intentional about youth development, and include them in ministry planning and church leadership. Summer camps are a highlight, as are talent and sports events through our district and regional church organization.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 am.
Sunday Evening Youth Group begins at 6:30 pm.
Your kids are our priority. We share in your desire to see your children grow in Christ in a safe environment. Age-appropriate lessons, highly invested teachers, and an emphasis on safety are just a few of the great things you’ll love about our children’s ministries.
Join Kara Purves on Sunday mornings as she and other volunteers teach our young students about the magnificent love of God. The children meet for Sunday School at 9:30 and then join the worship service for a kids moment followed by a return to the children’s area for their own worship time.
The Action Team is the easiest way to plug into the life of the church and impact our community. The Action Team meets monthly after the worship service to plan fellowship and outreach ministries, form ministry teams, and partner with church members to turn good ideas into well-planned events and ministries.
AA Groups meet every Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in our fellowship hall. Covid protocol will be followed. For information about online meetings, visit https://aa-intergroup.org.
You do not need to be a regular attender or a member of our church to attend our AA meetings. The only requirement for attending the AA meetings is that you have a desire to stop drinking. The meetings are closed, meaning that only those who are in need of recovery and/or currently in recovery are allowed to attend.