Q. What time are worship services?
A. Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 AM each Sunday morning. Make sure to check our website for Single Service times during the summer and on a few holiday weekends.
Q. What should I expect in worship? You have two services. Are they different?
A. We practice what some have called “blended worship.” Our worship services are fairly similar. We have a praise team that helps to lead both services with contemporary music, but we also use some of the traditional hymns of the church accompanied by piano and organ (this is the blended part). Our choir alternates week by week between the two services. In the service where the choir is not singing, you’ll hear special music provided by one of the many talented individuals and groups in the church.
Q. Where do I park?
A. Triangle has multiple parking lots. The first lot you will see is reserved on Sundays for those with mobility issues. There is also a small lot at the side of the building, but most of our parking is located in a three tiered lot at the back of the building. You can follow the signs that say “Main Parking Lot.” If you are visiting for the first time, you’ll see we have some parking places marked especially for you.
Q. Where should I enter the building?
A. The main parking areas are behind the church and that is where most people enter. You will see a walkway with a large welcome banner to your right, that leads into our Welcome Center. Follow signs to either the stairs or the elevator to get to the second floor. If mobility is an issue, you may want to park in one of the spaces in the front of the church.
Q. Is there child care available during services?
A. Yes, we have excellent children’s programming. Infants and toddlers are cared for in a well staffed-nursery. Children are checked in with the help of a friendly nursery greeter who will provide you with a pager should your child need you during a service. Older children participate in the first part of the worship service with their parents. After the children’s sermon, they are escorted to an age-appropriate worship experience just right for them. The infant and toddler nursery suite is located on the second floor of the building in room 210.
Q. How should I dress?
A. At Triangle you will find every kind of attire. Some of our folks dress up for worship, while others are comfortable in more casual wear. We really don’t make a big deal over how you dress. We just want you to come and worship with us.
Q. Are there educational opportunities on Sundays?
A. On Sundays we have a clubs program that engages our children of all ages in age-appropriate learning and spiritual growth. Our middle school and senior high young people each have classes to attend. Adults will find multiple opportunities to learn together as well in the many classes offered each week. Children, youth and adult educational programs are at 10 AM on Sundays.
Q. Are there programs for my teenager?
A. Absolutely! In addition to a class at 10 AM on Sunday mornings, we have both middle and senior high groups that meet at other times led by Jeff Spainhour, our minister of youth & family.
Our middle school (Major League Youth or MLY) meets on Sunday afternoons at 3:45 PM. Every summer those in middle school go to a weeklong camp put on by Youth Conference Ministries.
Our senior high (Varsity) meets on Sunday evenings at 6:15 PM for their regular meetings. They also meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM for Bible study. This group, led by Jeff Spainhour, focuses on building healthy relationships as students grow in faith together. During the summer they attend a camp called “Fun in the Son.” Every two years they also participate in a short-term international mission experience. They have been to Mexico, Nicaragua and Haiti.
Q. What do you believe?
A. We are followers of Jesus, whom we believe was and is God as a part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe as human beings we have fallen short of God’s purpose and plan for our lives and Jesus has come to restore our relationship with God. Through a relationship with Jesus Christ we have been reconciled to God and seek to live in response to his grace. Click here for more insight that fully expresses what we believe.
Q. How would I join the church?
A. Several times a year we offer an inquirer’s class led by our pastor, Ray Cobb. During the class you will hear about the core beliefs held at Triangle as well as the history of the church and how the church is governed. Attending the class does not obligate you to join but will hopefully give you all information you need to make this important decision concerning where you will worship and serve God.
Q. What does it mean when you say Triangle Grace Church is an "ECO Presbyterian community"?
A. We are a congregation affiliated with the denomination known as ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The word "Presbyterian" reflects the fact that we follow a Presbyterian form of church government and embrace a Reformed theological orientation. "Covenant Order" means we have accountability relationships ("covenant" relationships) with other churches in our geographic area (called a "presbytery") and our denomination (represented by a body called the "Synod.") The role of the presbytery is to support, encourage and be a resource to us. And "Evangelical" comes from the word "evangel," or good news. What that means to us is this: we want to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our neighbors in our community and around the world!
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Q. I'm not familiar with some of these terms and ideas. Is that a problem?
A. Absolutely not! The best way to learn what we're about is to come join us for worship. As you get to know us, you'll find that members of the Triangle Grace Church community come from many different backgrounds and have a wide-ranging familiarity with the way churches are set up and governed. What we care about most is helping people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Q. Do you have small groups?
A. We have small groups who meet for Bible study and relationship building. They meet at various times during the week, some at the church and others in homes. We even have a few that meet at local coffee shops, etc. on occasion. For more information, contact Kevin Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 919-544-2872.