W e l c o m e !

  We’re so glad you visited our website today!
If you want to know more about Greater Alton Church,
the best way, of course, is to visit our Sunday service
and experience it for yourself. But to give you
an idea of what you’ll find, before you stop by,
here's just a little about who we are.
( For more doctrinal concerns, see Our Core Beliefs )

Worship -
   At Greater Alton Church, we believe worship is a lifestyle;
not just a Sunday thing. Our weekly gathering is crucial to living
that lifestyle of worship. When we gather and worship together,
we are refreshed and refocused. We draw closer to God, learn
from each other, and encourage each other to acts of love, kindness,
and service to the world around us. We pray together and seek God’s
purpose, power, and provisions. We take communion together to
remind ourselves not only of what Jesus has done for us through
His death and resurrection, but also that He is coming back to make
all things new! When we assemble as His people to worship Him,
we experience a little taste of what it will be like when we finally
dwell fully in His presence. It's that little taste of heaven that fills us
and motivates us to live a life of worship while we are apart.

Learning -
    At Greater Alton Church, we believe following Jesus is a journey of
discovery that unfolds as we humbly commit to being lifelong learners.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word, and the best way to learn about Him.
We accept the Scripture as God’s love letter to mankind, instructing us
how to know Him, experience His love, and love Him in return. While we
listen to preachers, teachers, and authors from diverse perspectives, the
Bible is the standard against which we measure all claims and teachings.

Friendship -
    At Greater Alton Church you can find the kind of friendships the Bible
calls fellowship. These friendships will provide the healing relationships
that God desires for you; helping to shape your character and make you
more like Jesus. We believe friendships should go beyond mere 'hellos'
and 'handshakes', to heart-felt love — Love that serves as a bond;
holding us together in good times… as well as bad!

Service -
    At Greater Alton Church we believe serving God means
serving people. We all need a little help from time to time.
At GAC we have both specialized ministries and small groups
dedicated to providing service and training people to serve like
Jesus taught us. Our specialized ministries bring servants with
special gifts of service together with those who are dealing with
specific hurts, habits, and/or hang-ups. Our small groups serve by
connecting believers, teaching them to walk in step with the Spirit, and
equipping them to serve others, both in the church and the community.

    If any of that sounds like what you’re looking for, we hope you’ll stop by
and worship with us. We meet every Sunday morning at 10:00 am, and
we'd love to have you join us as we sing praises to God, take communion
to remember Jesus, pray together, and hear a message from God’s Word.
    While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Welcome Center in the
small dome. There you’ll find friendly people willing to answer questions,
provide you with information about upcoming events, or introduce you
to our ministers or small group leaders.

     And if you’d like to hear the sermon again - or any past sermon -
you may listen online, right here at this website after 5pm every Sunday.

Thanks for visiting our website today! And may God bless you!!!

- Our Core Beliefs -

God: We believe in the existence of a loving God who is the source of
all creation. He has created us to find our eternal destiny in relationship
with Him.

The Bible: We believe that the Bible is our inspired source for learning,
both about God and godly living. As God’s servants, our role is
to communicate the principles of Scripture to a fallen world
in a relevant way.

Humanity: We believe that human sin is rebellion against God.
It separates us from Him and His purposes for us in His creation.
Overcoming sin, restoring relationship with God, and recovering
His purpose for our lives, is not possible through human effort alone.

Salvation: We believe that salvation is the free gift of God that has
been made available to all as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Salvation is more than just being saved from something, it is about
being saved for something incredible! It’s available to anyone who
will put their trust in Christ as Lord and Savior.

Baptism: We believe baptism is a one-time faith response to our
acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is a pledge of loyalty to God
based on repentance, and it identifies us with His family. We are devoted
to teaching and encouraging believers to be immersed in Christ,
and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Communion: We believe the Bread and the Cup remind us of
Christ’s complete love for us, His sacrifice on the cross, and the
new creation that has begun with His resurrection. Each week,
we celebrate His victory over death, and His imminent return.

Worship: We believe God’s desire is that worship be our genuine,
passionate, and Spirit-filled response to Him. We are committed to
planning relevant and diverse worship experiences that inspire,
convict, teach, heal, and draw people into the very presence of God.

Prayer: We believe prayer is essential to our spiritual and physical
strength, both as individuals and as The Church. We believe nothing is
impossible with God, and He wants us to ask all things in faith and trust.

The Kingdom: We believe the Kingdom is made up of all who believe
in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and accept Him
as Lord and King, regardless of traditions. We will be supportive, and
work together in unity with other congregations in our community for
the cause of Christ.

The Church: We believe that the Church, as Christ’s body,
is designed to be a visible manifestation of Jesus on this earth.
The Church continues the work of Jesus through the transforming
power of the Holy Spirit by ministering to those who are hurting,
and by calling people to live their lives for God.

The Family: We believe God’s design for the family is for a father
and mother to be responsible for raising their children in a God-centered
and faith-building home. The Church’s responsibility is to help families
succeed in this, and provide the love and support needed for singles,
single-parent families, orphans, and widows.

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Greater Alton Church is a Church of Christ.
Every Church of Christ congregation is independent, and you’ll find
a variety of worship styles and organizational models among them.

Greater Alton Church has a few distinctives:

1) Our worship is acapella, and is led
by a worship team of men and women;

2) Our worship services are open to the public,
and designed to minister to both members and guests;

3) We encourage participation in small groups
for connecting to the community of Christ,
learning how to apply Jesus’ teachings,
and training to serve others.

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