WHAT TO EXPECT
Visiting a new church can be daunting. Here’s what you can expect at Grace+Peace on a Sunday.
We meet for worship on Sundays at the Ooltewah Adventist Church, 9209 Amos Road.
10:00 – 11:15 Worship (with Children’s Church)
11:30 – 12:15 Sunday School for children
Pastor’s Forum for adults
What’s worship like?
Some people tell us our services are formal, others have told us we are the most informal church
they have ever visited. Our worship is casual, yet liturgical; we take worship seriously and try to
make it beautiful while keeping it warm and easily understandable. We sing hymns that are usually
set to more modern tunes, contemporary songs, and even some gospel. We joyfully celebrate the sacraments weekly. The room we meet in feels traditional, but the people are warm, friendly, and casual. The service lasts about 75 minutes and Benjie usually preaches about 25 minutes and is often working through a full book from the Bible. We think this kind of stylistic variety gives life!
What do people wear?
There is a mix of styles. Some people dress up but most come dressed casually. You have the freedom to come as you are.
How will I know where to go?
There are clear signs directing you where to park at the Ooltewah Adventist Church. You’ll enter the doors under the Worship sign. There are restrooms as you enter. And the nursery is right across the foyer. We have Greeters that can help you find whatever you need.
What do I do with my kids?
We love kids at G+P! We have a nursery available for children 0-4yo and Children’s Church for kids Pre-
K-4th grade during the sermon. But, we always welcome children into the worship service. That might be a
little different for you. Don’t feel bad if they make a little noise, we think that is a sign of blessing and life! If
you need to step out of the service with your child, that’s fine. In the Nursery, there is a space for nursing
We think that the worship service is for everyone and should help every person know and love God. So,
the service is accessible to all kinds of people. And, we have age-appropriate ‘busy bags’ and other
worship notes available at the Welcome Table. Check out the children’s page for more information.
There is a clearly-marked check-in station for the Nursery and all of the children’s classes. If you’d like to
register and check in your children before you arrive, you can go here for more information.
What if I’m single?
Grace+Peace does seem to have a lot of families. But, you would be surprised at how many singles
find our community a breath of fresh air. Married folks have a lot to learn from singles and singles
have a lot to learn from those married. We think you’ll fit in just fine.
Do you have Sunday School?
Yes! We offer SS after the worship service and lasting from about 11:30-12:15. You can find out
more about the children’s classes here.
For adults, we offer a Pastor’s Forum. It’s located in the Sanctuary and is a chance for Benjie to
informally respond to any of your questions about the sermon or about Christianity. There may also
be times that he’ll lead through a discussion on a different topic related to the sermon.
What does “Presbyterian” mean?
Presbyterians are a denomination with deep historic roots in Chattanooga. We stress God’s
kingship over all creation, Jesus’ perfect work of salvation, and an intimate relationship with the
Holy Spirit. “Presbyterian” simply refers to the way the church is governed. In Greek, the word
”presbeuteros” means elder or shepherd and out church is led by elected elders (Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Timothy 5:17; Acts 15; Acts 16:4; Acts 20:17; James 5:14). Our pastor is held accountable by other pastors in the region who make up a presbytery.
Don’t let the funny name keep you from coming. On any given Sunday, we will have Baptists,
Methodists, non-denominationals, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, cynics, skeptics, and lots of
people who have no clue what any of these terms mean.