Where We worship: Grace Presbyterian Church

May 20, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.
Updated May 21, 2010 at 12:21 a.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church in Victoria was founded in October 1952 with 99 members worshiping at the Campus Theater on Red River Street.

Grace Presbyterian Church in Victoria was founded in October 1952 with 99 members worshiping at the Campus Theater on Red River Street.

Q: Please give a brief history of the church.

A: Grace Presbyterian Church was organized on Oct. 27, 1952, with 99 charter members worshiping at the Campus Theater on Red River Street, now Woodlawn Bowling Center. The first building was built on property given by Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Tracy, at the present site on Ben Jordan Street in the fall of 1953.

The present sanctuary was constructed in 1962 and the fellowship hall (Tracy Hall) and kitchen were added in 1981. Those charter members back in 1952 chose Grace as our name. The word grace comes from the Greek word "chairo" meaning to rejoice. The definition includes favor, goodwill, kindness, the love and favor of God, mercy, pardon and elegance with appropriate dignity.

We have always worked to be what our name implies.

Q: What activities do you have through the week?

A: On Wednesday evening, a study and discipleship group called Step by Step meets at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Good Grief Gang, a fellowship and support group for members who have lost their spouse, meets twice a month.

Presbyterian women meet in small groups for monthly Bible study and a monthly luncheon and fellowship.

Men's fellowship called the "Fix It" Committee meets monthly to do minor repair around the church.

First Friday Fellowship is a Dutch-treat outing at a local restaurant where members gather with new members and visitors.

Grace Crusaders softball team plays in a city league on Monday nights.

Vocal and bell choirs practice weekly.

We sponsor Boy Scout Troop 242 and have a covered-dish luncheon on the third Sunday after worship.

Q: Are you working on any projects? If so, describe them.

A: We have just installed a memorial garden complete with columbarium.

Q: How are you involved with the community?

A: Grace Presbyterian Church is a partner church with Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and with United Campus Ministry of Victoria at Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria. We also actively support Christ's Kitchen, Kairos, and Emmaus. We support many other local organizations and charities including the American Cancer Society, CASA, Perpetual Help Home, Hope of South Texas and others. Each year, we give educational scholarships to deserving Victoria County residents.

Q: If I'm new to the community, what sets your church apart from others in the area?

A: The atmosphere at Grace Presbyterian is one of friendliness and genuine welcome to all. Our services strive to be both devout and comfortable. The Lord's Supper - open to all Christians - is celebrated each Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. service. The 10:45 a.m. service is distinguished by a music program including choir, bells and frequently outstanding guest musicians.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to share about your church?

A: We would love to have you worship with us.



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