‘Healthy Church:’ A Vision for the 21st Century
Grace Communion International has been in Memphis since 1961, when John F. Kennedy was President!
Known locally as Community of Faith (GCI), the congregation has had more than its share of excitement across the decades. Older members can remember meeting at a hall in Southhaven where the local branch of the KKK would follow right after. There was a long sojourn in West Memphis, Arkansas and then an expansive period of owning its own church building in the 1990s.
When financial necessities forced closure the congregation was invited to share space with St. Timothy Methodist “up the road” in Raleigh. This move led to a series of combined “Unity Services” – interdenominational and black and white – an event which attracted the attention of the local media, most notably for the fine singing of the combined choir.
Now we have moved again. When St. Timothy closed its doors we found a lovely new venue in the Bartlett Senior’s Center every Sunday at 10:30 at 5727 Woodlawn Street.
Our members have been “around the block” but fervently embrace the renewed vision fom world headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Healthy churches are more focused outward than inward,” said a recent update. “Our vision is for Grace Communion International to be a denomination filled with churches that provide hope.”
As a veteran experienced group of former sinners enjoying Christ’s grace, we invite you to come and check us out for yourself – every Sunday right across from Bartlett High School.
Call Gary for more information (901) 426-2761.