Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and residents of Southern Maryland are sure to have several things on their minds, such as how to make their holiday guests comfortable, when to start thawing the turkey and maybe even what it is they are thankful for this year. To help get into the spirit of Thanksgiving, this Wednesday evening Grace Brethren in Calvert County invites all who wish to come to join them in a Thanksgiving Eve service.
With around 350 members, Grace Brethren is located in Owings, and was founded in 1984. Its Sunday services are a blend of both traditional and contemporary worship styles. The church is a part of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, a denomination of the Protestant branch of Christianity formed in 1939, which was based on the Brethren beliefs founded in Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708. The core belief of the Brethren faith is that as Christians, they should always follow the teachings of Jesus and the biblical word of God, no matter what complications may arise.
Grace Brethren is active in the Calvert Community through several of its outreach programs. “It’s a very friendly, outgoing church,” says church office worker Thea Pontow. “We have something for all ages here in the church.” The church makes donations to Calvert County Community Food Pantry and is part of Calvert County’s “Safe Nights,” a program that provides a safe place for the homeless to sleep during the winter season. Grace Brethren also takes up collections for the children at homeless shelters at Christmastime and various times during year. Through programs such as “Our Little Angels” and the Angel Tree Ministry homeless children and children of inmates will have toys and gifts to open on Christmas morning.
For congregates of Grace Brethren from grades six through twelve, there is an active Youth Ministry available that provides a Wednesday evening program, a Sunday evening program (for senior high), Bible quizzing, puppets, drama and rallies, among other things. These activities are focused on fostering and meeting the specific spirituality needs of adolescents. There are also programs for younger children, such as the Merry Music Makers choir, Sunday School and Children’s Church.
Adults at Grace Brethren have specialized programs available to them as well, including several Bible studies and fellowship groups tailored to meet the needs of young adults, families, women and men. There are also special events for adults, such as breakfasts, retreats and outings that include recreational activities like fishing.
Grace Brethren offers something for people of all ages who wish to worship and become a part of the fellowship. For more information, please click here