For nearly 17 years we have watched God provide for Grace Chapel, building us into a community of broken people whose stories together tell a larger story. He has brought all kinds of people to our family, blessing us with a diversity of spiritual backgrounds, occupations, education, and political leanings.
Over the years, we have learned of the uniting power of the main thing – Jesus died, risen and coming again.
This unity and sense of community is central to who we are at Grace Chapel and will be vital for this move. We will make this move to the Near South, together.
Father of Mercy, thank you for providing a new building for us at 16th & A, answering our prayers for a location closer to the city within a neighborhood. We sense anew our need of you, we understand freshly that unless you build this house, we labor in vain. For your glory, Father, for the coming of your kingdom, bless the renovations of our new church building and renew our hearts in the process, Amen.
Pray for our unity in Christ throughout the move.
Pray for the peace and wholeness of the Near South.
Pray for Hampton Construction and their restoration work on site.
Pray for the partnerships that we desire to make in the Near South.
Pray that the barriers to the Gospel would be identified and removed.
Pray for the Lord’s provision of our financial needs.
Finding a new church home has been a long process. We’ve intentionally searched for a new building that would meet our growing needs as a church, our direction for ministry and our call to be an active participant in our city.
We are exceedingly grateful that the former Trinity Methodist church at 16th and A streets feels like a space that God set aside for this part of our story.
It’s with great excitement that we move into the Near South neighborhood, praying in faith that God would allow us to church plant back into our original location at 40th & Sheridan.
- Grace Chapel Planted
Moved to 3 Services
- Building Search
- Move In
- Plant New Church
Our building capacity over the last few years has fueled the urgency of our move. The new building is an ideal home for our current size, with enough space to grow if the Lord adds to our numbers.
Our commitment to hospitality in the Gospel compels us to find a location where we can make room for anyone who wants to join our family. We look forward to the ways that the Near South will shape us in our understanding of hospitality and provide us opportunities to practice it.
We have felt as a church the pull of God into the city, into the neighborhood, into the work of reconciliation. Moving to 16th & A matches those criteria as a move closer to the center of Lincoln, to a community of diverse beauty and brokenness, in which we long to serve.
The move to 16th & A allows us to keep ownership of our current building. Our hope is to maintain the Sheridan location as a site for a future church plant.
Because our new home is over 130 years old, the building and facilities need to be restored to fit the needs of a growing congregation. We’re specifically working to make the building handicap accessible, modernize the bathroom facilities and update the main sanctuary area.
This is no small task, but our hope is that breathing new life into this building will be an expression of God doing the same thing in us as a church. We’re praying that as our church is restored, a similar shift would happen in our hearts during this season of change.
- New Sound System
- Accessible Elevator
- Renovated Offices
- Accessible Bathrooms
- Heating and Cooling
- Fellowship Space
Learn more about the early days at Grace Chapel and how God has shaped our story, culture and people as we’ve grown together as a church body. This is a move that impacts our church, city and the Near South neighborhood, and we’re looking forward to seeing how God uses us to care well for each other and our community.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. – Philippians 2:5
We demonstrate our unity in Christ by our willingness to follow Christ’s example in serving one another and our neighbor. Opportunities for service abound in this season of transition.
Our Outreach Team is already networking with possible partners in the Near South to see what long term partnerships could look like. One of our elders is overseeing sweat equity projects during the renovation that we can volunteer our time toward. Our Prayer Team will intercede for the entire process and plan prayer walks in the new neighborhood. Contact a team leader if you desire to serve.
For updates on the project, including prayer requests, serving opportunities and details about neighborhood prayer walks, follow Grace Chapel on Instagram @togetheratgrace
And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. – Neh 2:18
There are many ways to give toward the Together Campaign. First, we’re asking for your diligence to pray for us as we make this move. We’re also asking for you to get involved. Find a way to serve in a manner that couples your skills with our needs and become a part of this exciting move.
Finally, we’re asking you to give financially. Over the next 18 months our goal is to raise $500,000.
To achieve this goal, we’re asking every individual and family at Grace Chapel, as well as many outside friends and supporters, to prayerfully consider making a financial pledge to this work above and beyond their regular monthly giving.