Mark your calendars for September 16th!

We are excited to announce that starting on September 16th, Peninsula Grace Church will be moving to two worship service times on Sundays. We will have two identical Sunday worship services, the first one starting at 9:00am and the second one starting between 10:45am.

We know that all change comes with some level of worry and fear, but we hope you will join us in celebrating this change and seeing it as a significant move towards reaching more people and better serving the people that already call Peninsula Grace their home. Below is an attempt to answer many of the questions that people will have. Please read through these and join us in praying for God to lead us in this transition. Also, please take a moment and fill out this brief survey which will assist us in preparing and planning.

Two Services Survey (link)

Please pray with us.

As we move forward towards two services, we want to be thoroughly covering the work in prayer. Please click the button below for a prayer calendar--a chance for the church to be praying in unison, seeking God's will and God's glory.

Why are we adding a service?

The decision to add another Sunday morning service was one that has been discussed and prayed over for by the leadership of Peninsula Grace for quite some time. While there are many reasons why we believe this is the next step God is directing us in, but the primary reason is we believe this move will help us better accomplish our mission of reaching more people with the Gospel and discipling people into maturity in Christ. We believe this move will help in three strategic ways:

1. Allowing more people to be a part of the Worship Gathering: 

As God continues to grow our Church Family, we face the good problem of running of of space. We especially want to open up seats for those who don't know Jesus, welcoming them into a Gospel-centered community. At the heart of this decision is a desire to see more people meeting, loving, and serving Jesus and we believe adding a second service will allow us to reach more people with the Gospel. Let's keep a seat open for a neighbor!

2. This move will better serve and love our children: 

Many of our children’s classrooms are over capacity, which is another good problem!. However, overcrowding the classrooms is not beneficial to our children or the leaders who lovingly serve them. Adding a second service will lower the numbers in each class and will better serve our kids and leaders in those classes.

3. Allowing people to serve and not miss the Worship Gathering: 

We have many faithful volunteers in children’s ministry who faithfully serve our kids. Currently this requires those servants to miss our main worship service, often weeks at a time. Adding a second service will allow people to Serve at one service and still join a worship gathering on the same Sunday. We hope this culture of “Attend one, Serve One” will become a regular part of the DNA of Peninsula Grace. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the transition take place, and what will the new gathering times be?

    Our projected Launch Weekend is September 16th (unless the Lord leads to push it back farther). That would be our first Sunday going to two services. We are distributing a survey (see above) to find our optimal service times, but it will somewhere in the range of 9-9.30am and 10.45-11.15am.

  • Will the gathering itself change at all?

    No, our worship gatherings will remain the same and the two services will be identical in form and format. We love what God is doing in our worship gatherings and an emphasis on God’s Word preached, God honoring worship music, and a time of reflection and communion will remain our focus. We love the fact that God has made our church so multi-generational and we want to minimize anything that would cause those generations to separate (ie traditional/contemporary service)

  • Will children's ministries be offered at both times?

    Yes. One of the primary reasons we are making this move is to add more space for our kids. To be able to offer this ministry at both services we are asking our current leaders to serve a little more often… but our real hope is that many more people will join in to love and serve our kids together. We believe the "attend one, serve one" dynamic will allow for more consistency in our classroom relationships.

  • Won’t this “divide” us as a family? I already feel like I don’t know everyone.

    This is a real concern that we have labored and prayed over. The reality is the larger a church gets the harder it is to “know everyone,” even if we all gather together. The primary purpose of Sunday morning Worship is for the glorification of God and edification of the saints. Fellowship and community is a great added bonus, but the main vehicle for that is in our home groups and other smaller group gatherings. So if you are not connected to a home group yet, please take this opportunity to find one. Home groups are really where church becomes family. Our location is not what makes us family; our common Savior and shared mission is what makes us family and that will never change.

  • Will we ever gather together as one large family again?

    YES! This move will make it even more critical that we think through ways for our whole church family to gather together and that is exactly what our leadership is praying about. We don’t have all of the answers, but we will be much more intentional of finding times for our whole church family to be together throughout the year. 

  • Are there needs with this new change that I could help with?

    Another great question…YES! One of the ironies of a church growing larger is that often times a smaller number of people do a greater amount of work. This is not good! We want as many people helping and engaged as possible, and this change will provide ample opportunity for that. We will need more help with media (sound, audio, video), worship, nursery, children's ministries (teachers, helpers), greeters, security, etc. This is what a family does…it takes turns serving one other! Young, old, married, single, boys, girls…there’s room for everyone to help.

    If you are interested in helping serve our growing family, please see the survey link above. We are always looking for more people to use their gifts to serve others at Peninsula Grace. Remember… Church is a battleship (All hands on deck), not a cruise ship (how can others serve me).

The final thing we would ask is please PRAY! 

Any time there is change the enemy will try to use that to cause division and destruction in the church. Please pray that this would not happen. Pray that God would continue to use our church as a family on mission for His glory on the Kenai Peninsula and celebrate that now there will be two worship gatherings for that to take place in.

Together in Christ,

Pastor Justin and the Elder Team