Jesus told us to go and make disciples of all nations. This is the pathway to the highest joy. In order to fulfill this Great Commission, He sent us the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:7 tells us, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” Each one of us has been given a grace-gift (spiritual gift) for the profit of everyone else. As each of us serves Christ through faith, God the Holy Spirit will produce a unique pattern of results through each believer which will benefit the whole church which, in turn, will enable us to strengthen and equip the body of Christ to carry out Christ’s mission and make disciples of all nations.
The apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 4:10, tells each of us to use his/her spiritual gift in serving one another. Each Christian functions as the manager of an aspect of God’s grace.
If you are a Christian, you have a spiritual gift, and that gift is either actual or in potential. The Holy Spirit has singled you out by giving you a supernatural endowment and enablement for service. It is to be used. The purpose of this page is to help you become aware of the various ministries currently going on at and through Grace Church. We want to help you find a place of ministry in keeping with your God-given gift so that you can faithfully dispense God’s grace for the benefit of the members of Christ’s body and, thus, for the glory of God. Then, more and more, we will become a church readied and equipped to be intentionally making disciples.
- Pastor Pete
Please contact the office if you would like to be a part of any of these ministry opportunities.
Administrative & Service MinistRies
The committee audits all church financial records, and is responsible for making recommendations for changes in procedures if necessary.
The committee provides technical support in the areas of sound, lighting, visual effects and streaming for Church functions. The committee inspects all equipment and makes recommendations for acquisitions of new equipment. The committee is responsible for training new staff.
The committee provides administration and maintenance of the church cemetery. Administration includes conducting transactions such as transferring ownership of burial plots, scheduling the opening and closing of gravesites, and overseeing the maintenance of the grounds. The committee also performs annual inspections of the cemetery grounds.
Christian Education Committee
The committee provides oversight for Sunday School, small groups, VBS, Awana, Children’s church and other ministries. The committee also appoints qualified teachers and provides training.
Church Beautification Committee
The committee serves to maintain the appearance of the interior and exterior décor, including seasonal decorations and special events.
Church Building Committee
The committee provides maintenance and improvements to the primary church building as required. This involves inspections of the main building and parking lot. The committee will make repairs when possible, or arrange for professional repair. The committee coordinates completion of special projects and makes recommendations to the church board as required.
This committee provides for the availability of trained personnel to staff the kitchen. The kitchen committee inspects the equipment and makes recommendations for maintenance or improvements.
The committee maintains all aspects the church library.
Office Building & Youth Center Committee
The committee works to provide maintenance for the office building and youth center. The committee either makes repairs or arranges for a contractor to make necessary repairs. The committee makes recommendations for any significant maintenance or improvement.
The committee works to provide maintenance for the two parsonages. The committee either makes repairs or arranges for a contractor to make necessary repairs. The committee makes recommendations for any significant maintenance or improvements.
The committee helps select individuals to serve in the ministries and committees available at Grace Church.
The committee is to provide nursery care during various services. The committee inspects the nursery rooms and equipment, provides maintenance, recommends improvements, and maintains the nursery policy and standard practices manual. The committee cleans the toys in the room and provides training to individuals responsible for nursery care.
Adult Sunday School
A great deal of work goes into conducting a series of quality lessons to comprise a complete class beyond teaching the class. If you are interested in assisting in the various tasks required to manage a class we would like to use your talents! Research is required, lesson plans created, hand-outs need to be copied, rooms need to be prepared. Our teachers can use a helping hand.
Just For You
This Adult Sunday School offers 2-3 class options quarterly. Teaching ranges from Bible teaching to topics and issues from a Biblical perspective. Classes meet at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings.
The Men's Class
For mature men who enjoy study and fellowship with other men. This class meets every Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Men's Bible Studies
There are several study opportunities available for men. Contact the Associate Pastor for details.
New Church Membership
Classes are provided as needed, on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM for individuals that are considering becoming a member of Grace Church.
The mission of Women’s Ministries at Grace Church of Harmony is to touch the lives of women by the transforming power of Jesus Christ. The ministry seeks to build spiritual wholeness through consistent prayer and the study of God’s Word, providing an atmosphere for women to develop their gifts, abilities and lasting relationships, and to provide encouragement to women to find their place of ministry and effectively touch their world for Christ. All women are invited to attend the monthly planning meetings, the weekly Bible studies, and the regular outreach projects.
The goal of small group ministry is discipleship through the study of Scripture, fellowship, and group service. Most meet on Sunday evenings, though meeting times may vary. Groups are formed typically in January and September. There is always a need for group facilitators. Contact the Associate Pastor for further information.
The purpose of this caring ministry effort is to provide assistance to those in our community who may be going through a temporary financial, spiritual, or emotional crisis. A small group of volunteers continues to prayerfully consider ways that we can effectively provide assistance. Requests for such assistance are handled discreetly on a case-by-case basis.
During months when there is a fifth Tuesday, church members come together to pray for each of the church's ministries and committees.
The purpose of Stephen Ministry is to provide distinctively Christian care to those in our congregation who are experiencing some of the normal crises of life. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who provide continuing follow-up care to those who are experiencing difficulty. They are broken people ministering to other broken people through the common bond of fellowship and hope that Christ provides to his own.
Faith In Action
Faith in Action is a national program that provides good neighborly care for the elderly in our community. Our services range from transportation to shopping to friendly visits. The program runs out of the Sewickley YMCA and is coordinated by Alice Anton. Our volunteers have freedom of choice; freedom to tell us how often they want to volunteer and freedom to say "I can't" when we call. We offer NO GUILT volunteering!! Please consider this opportunity. We are in desperate need of volunteers, especially drivers. We provide excess insurance coverage and training. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please give me a call at 724-452-0745 for more information. Thanks so much. Alice Anton.
Awana is a Bible-centered ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade whose purpose is to build up young children in Christ through scripture memory and teaching. Awana meets every Wednesday from 6:15 to 8:00 PM during the school year. The Awana clubbers are grouped based on age: Cubbies (3-4 year olds), Sparkies (K-2nd grades), and Truth &Training (TNT – 3rd-6th grades). Every week the clubbers enjoy counsel time, game time, handbook time (Bible memorization), and have the opportunity to receive awards for Bible verses they have memorized. Awana reaches families within our community as well as families within our church.
Children are dismissed during the second half of the 10:45 AM service to attend their own church service. They are separated into two groups: 4 year olds through kindergarten and 1st through 3rd grades. This ministry time involves a lesson, craft, and snack. Volunteer staff includes two adults and a teen helper who work together for two consecutive Sundays every six weeks.
Nursery workers provide loving care and interaction with children ages newborn to 2 years old. Volunteers are needed during the Sunday School hour and the 10:45 AM service. Volunteers should expect to serve approximately once every 5 weeks. Activities include monitoring the sign-in log and dispensing pagers, lots of playtime on the floor, rocking little ones, reading stories and changing diapers.
Toddler Nursery provides loving care and interaction with children 2 through 4 years of age during the 10:45 AM worship service. Volunteers should expect to serve approximately once every 6 weeks. Activities include unstructured playtime, games, songs, story time, and snack.
Sunday School classes are available for all children from age two through high school. The children’s classes are grouped according to age. Teachers are needed to provide a firm Biblical foundation for our children.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is built around a Biblical theme. Ministry opportunities include facilitating groups, teaching, snack preparation and service, teaching songs, and working in the craft department. Our program is for 4 year olds through 8th grade. The 6th through 8th grades are usually led by our Youth Pastor.
This ministry provides a social luncheon and program the second Thursday of each month, March through December. The schedule is in the Sunday bulletin.
All year round we have informal "pick up" games on Friday Evenings in the church gym.
3 couples/singles meet for a meal, every other month; one hosting with main course, one bringing salad, one bringing dessert, or you can meet at a restaurant, or just have dessert, however you choose to fellowship. This is a great way to get to know others in our church family. Different groups every quarter.
All year round we have informal "pick up" games on Thursday Evenings in the church gym.
The committee coordinates the annual church missions conference, as well surveying all church supported missionaries and institutions in order to update the congregation on support needs. The committee also coordinates the needs for hosting of visiting missionaries, reviews perspective candidates seeking support, and makes recommendations to the church board.
CrossTrainers is the youth ministry for students in grades 7 through 12. The ministry’s goal is to foster Christ-like growth in a healthy and safe environment. CrossTrainers is built around four basic elements: 1) Discipleship [mentoring through teaching and relationships], 2) Fellowship, 3) Service, and 4) Evangelism. CrossTrainers meets on Sunday evenings from 6-8 PM. Please contact Pastor Nick Prugar if you are interested in serving in this ministry.
Bible Studies (seasonal)