Grace Conway is a United Methodist Church located at 1075 Hogan Lane in West Conway. Grace was a new church start with roots at UCA and Hendrix, and we have been in our current location since the mid-90’s.
The United Methodist Church is a denomination with roots in the Church of England. John Wesley, a minister in England, believed strongly that the church should be reaching people inside and outside of the building, through study and service. That passion for study and service took hold in America as it formed, the Methodist movement grew rapidly.
That same passion is still alive in the Methodist movement today. At Grace, we envision this a process through a three step process:
Reaching People. First, Grace is committed to reach people with the love of God we have come to know through Jesus Christ. Put simply, Jesus came to show us love before we deserved it, and willingly gave his life to prove his love for us. “Grace” is a way of describing God’s “unmerited favor,” or unconditional love, and our church is named for that love! Our primary way of reaching people is through our worship. We have a variety of other events we host to reach people with this love, as well.
Growing Faith. Second, Grace is committed to helping to learn more about God through study and fellowship. Our small groups are our primary way of helping each other grow in our faith, and they include Sunday School groups, short-term (semester) study groups, and small accountability groups that help us care for one other.
Changing Lives. Finally, the goal for every person at Grace is to become involved in a ministry that changes lives as we serve the world. Just as Wesley believed it was important to take the ministry of the church to the streets and country sides, we believe it is imperative we serve people around the corner and around the world!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Grace is part of the United Methodist Church, an international connection of over 11 million members worldwide, and we are part of a connection of about 140,000 members in Arkansas. We are also strongly committed to the “kingdom of God,” that is, working with other denominations by focusing on the beliefs we hold in common.
To learn more about the United Methodist Church, visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/basics-of-our-faith
We are also a “creedal church,” which means we base our beliefs and actions on “creeds,” or statements of belief. Our Social Creed is:
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities.
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen.