O U R S E R V I C E S
Grace Reformation Church meets at the Woodland Christian High School facility every Sunday morning, with Sunday School from 9 to 10am and Worship Service from 10:30am to 12:15pm, at 1787 Matmor Road, Woodland, CA.
What To Expect?
We gather to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, worshipping Him in truth and love in accord with what we believe is an acceptable biblical pattern. Our liturgy includes elements found in very old writings about what occurred in the early churches, and a lot of that has been a staple for God’s churches over the centuries. And we ask for His grace to offer our praise with a love, intensity and focus that comes only from His Spirit and truth working in us.
Here’s the general order of our worship service: (1) welcome/announcements; (2) call to worship/confession of sin; (3) worship in song; (4) hear reading of the sermon-focused passage of Scripture; (5) share in the ministry of praise and prayer from both our corporate and individual lives; (6) congregational reading from the London Baptist Confession of Faith; (7) sermon (generally expositional preaching); (8) Lord’s Supper; (9) closing benediction; and (10) acknowledgement of birthdays and anniversaries, and fellowship time.
Our congregational singing at GRC is a blend old and new. We love the older, doctrinally rich hymns and also find blessing in modern choruses.
Dress trends towards business-casual, though you’ll see jeans and an occasional suit. Our congregation consists of approximately 15 households, including marrieds and singles, and a wide range of ages. We encourage arriving 15 minutes early for welcoming and settling in.
Christian growth is the typical theme of our adult Sunday School program, and we address a wide variety of such topics and utilize various means to present that subject in ways that hopefully encourage pondering biblical truths, provide focused discussion and identification of practical applications of God’s Word to our lives.
The class format varies somewhat with the class leader, and may include handouts, study guides or video recorded teachings from select teachers followed by discussion time. Adult Sunday School meets in the classroom next to our worship meeting room.
Jr. High Sunday School is generally for children transitioning into Jr. High at around 12 or 13 years age. Students may join earlier or later depending on their overall maturity and readiness for reading directly from the Bible.
In late 2018 and early 2019 we looked at the scriptures supporting the story line of a wonderfully illustrated version of Pilgrims Progress. Next we followed the narrative story of the Bible using the fully illustrated Action Bible as a framework and then we read directly from the ESV or NIV versions of the Bible. Care is taken to emphasize the key verses which form the basis of our understanding of God, our standing before Him, and the way of salvation through faith in Jesus. Significant time is given to asking the students what they think about what we are reading in an effort to draw out their own thinking on the discussion topic. Finally, we are always keeping one eye open for opportunities to make class time enjoyable and interesting for our transitioning children through role playing, use of supporting materials and activities.
We recently finished a lengthy series, joined with the Adult Sunday School class, to study God’s design for the family, using John MacArthur’s book entitled “The Fulfilled Family” and Paul Tripp’s teaching series “Five Words that Change a Family.”
First through Fifth Grade Elementary Sunday School has recently finished studying the Pilgrims Progress book and learning about what it means to live like a Christian. In class we read, memorized verses, drew maps, and played games all centered around the Pilgrims Progress book which is a story about a young man who learns about the joys and trials of the Christian life.
We’ve also studied about the Old Testament Books, studying key stories, people, places and dates, along with learning where each book fits into the Bible. This process takes about a year, then we shift to the New Testament.
Bible Adventurers Sermon Time Class for early elementary age children is held during the sermon time and focuses on an overview of Bible stories and biblical truths. Bible songs, hymns, Bible story time, activities and crafts are designed to make the story memorable for our youngest learners.