At Grand City Station, we care more about where you’re going than where you’ve been or what you wear. We are real people with real struggles just trying to figure out what it means to be followers of Jesus in today’s world. Whether you’re new to the whole church scene, giving it another shot after a time away, or been a church-goer for most of your life, you will find people here who are excited to walk beside you on your spiritual journey and help you take one step closer to God.
What to expect at a Sunday worship experience
High energy worship music
Engaging, relevant Bible teaching
Fun teaching for your kids
Before the worship experience
Check in your children
Our Sunday kids program is a safe and fun experience for children from birth to 5th grade. Infants and toddlers each have their own area staffed with trained volunteers, while preschool and elementary students learn Bible stories in an engaging, interactive environment. There is a kids check-in station to the left as you walk into the lobby. Our volunteers will be ready to assist you. (Please plan on arriving 15 minutes early if you are checking your kids in for the first time. This will provide plenty of time to register and allow your children to get acclimated to the environment.)
Enjoy some complimentary local fresh-roasted Bully Brew coffee with an assortment of gourmet creamers or a variety of teas, if that is more to your liking. When you are ready, head to Theater 6 to find a seat. Be sure to grab a paper program from a host as you enter or you can access a digital copy on your phone or tablet.
During the worship experience
We typically sing 5 songs throughout the Worship Experience. This time is set aside for communicating with God from our hearts. Our worship team will lead us in upbeat, contemporary songs of celebration, as well as, some more intimate songs of worship. Everyone worships in his or her own unique way – for some, that means raising hands in surrender to God, singing and clapping along, and for others, it means quietly reflecting on the words.
Every week, one of our pastors gives a relevant, straightforward message that is based on Scripture, and is designed to be helpful in your everyday life. Many past messages are available online. These messages will help you develop a growing, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, and apply biblical teaching to your own life. These talks are typically 25-30 minutes long.
Occasionally, we invited guests from the community to share about how their organization does good in the community. Additionally, people from GCS share from time-to-time about a ministry they are involved in or what God has done in their lives. These segments are typically 5 minutes.
Every Sunday we post an “engagement question” on Facebook and Twitter that is related to the message. We encourage people to respond to this question on social media or to ask a question of their own. Following the message, our pastors take some time to reflect on people’s responses and respond to any questions.
We don’t receive an offering during the Worship Experience. As a guest, there is no expectation for you to give. This is a private act of worship for those who are committed to God and the mission and vision of GCS. People give online, through text, or by placing a donation in the offering box in the hall. This allows them to thank God for all of the great work He is doing in their lives and enables GCS to reach more people for Christ in the future.
We celebrate communion together on the first Sunday of every month. Anyone can participate in this time of reflection and prayer – as long they’ve made the decision to follow Jesus Christ. The juice and bread that we share represent the life he gave up so that our sins could be forgiven.
Frequently asked questions
There is no dress code at GCS. Many people just wear jeans and a t-shirt or sweatshirt. Some wear suits and dresses. Please dress however you feel most comfortable.
A typical Worship Experience is 60-70 minutes long with many different elements (see above).
We have staffed nursery and toddler areas during the entire Worship Experience. Preschool and elementary age children worship with their parent(s) or guardian(s) and then are dismissed for their own fun age-appropriate learning before the pastor’s talk.
We have found that a movie theater is a perfect venue for a church. Everyone – no matter who they are – has been to a movie theater and knows what to expect. This provides a familiar and comfortable atmosphere that puts everyone – young and old, regular and new – on common ground. Tons of parking, a spacious lobby, large clean restrooms, comfy seats, large screen, and great acoustics – all make for a fantastic environment to encounter and experience God.
We encourage people to bring a Bible, if they have one, in whatever format they desire. For many, this means using the Bible app on their phone. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Bible. All of the Scriptures referenced in the pastor’s message will be clearly displayed on the screen. Additionally, you can stop by our Connection Station and pick up a FREE Bible.
We believe that it is developmentally critical for teenagers to learn alongside adults on Sunday mornings. Our pastors talk in a way that is engaging and relevant to all ages and teenagers enjoy being treated like a young adult. Teens in 6th – 12th grade do have the opportunity to gather together with peers on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30 to play and discuss Sunday’s message in an age-appropriate setting.
Many people engage in Life Communities throughout the week. You can learn more about Life Communities HERE. Additionally, there are periodic opportunities to serve the community in various capacities.
We have nothing against being called a “church.” In many ways, it would be a lot easier. However, our name is very intentional. Stations aren’t permanent. Nobody lives and grows old at a station. What do stations do? They send people out! Fire and police stations send people out to help others. Gas stations fuel people up and send them on their way. Train stations provide rest and respite as temporary stops on a longer journey. At GCS, we want to fuel people up and send them out to reach our city, region, and world!