Sovereign Grace Community Church
Welcome to Sovereign Grace!
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are
to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
John 13:34-35 (English Standard Version)
Thank you for visiting our Web site! I wanted to share with you the exciting vision of what God
may be doing in the very near future.
We have been leasing the Chenango County Council of the Arts facility for years on Sundays
only. While this has been a great place for us to worship and meet on Sundays, we hope that
the opportunities for making disciples of Christ will be greatly increased by the purchase of
this building that could be used throughout the week.
In amazing fashion and perfect timing, God provided the entire $170,000 to purchase the
property on 58 Hale Street in the city of Norwich! Thank you to all of you who have been
praying about this and have supported this cause. Being unencumbered with a mortgage
loan allows us great freedom and resources for furthering God's work and His kingdom in
It is my hope that you would continue to pray that God would move mightily through Sovereign
Grace in furthering the Gospel of Jesus Christ and impacting many lives for eternity. We
would love to have you be a part of what God is doing. Please consider joining us on a
Sunday. We will continue meeting at the Chenango County Council of the Arts until we are
ready to make the move to 58 Hale Street. Click on the "Services" tab for further info. I hope to
see you there!
“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious
to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’"(Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)
In His Grace,
|58 Hale St., Norwich, NY
7,540 sq. ft. living "ministry" space situated on 1.16 acres.
The original asking price was $279,900.
We have purchased the property for $170,000, with additional land in back!
|This large open space would provide a very inviting community room and teen ministry room for
our guests and the many people we plan to build relationships with.
There are also other large rooms that could be used for a clean and comfortable nursery, a
Sunday School, conference, and counseling rooms The layout of the building is already well
suited for various ministries to people throughout the week!
Evangelism/Community Outreach Opportunities
• Biblical Counseling Center
There is a real need for biblical counseling in the Norwich area. We would like to start a biblical
counseling center where people could find solutions to life's struggles in the Living Word, Jesus
Christ, and the Written Word, the Bible.
We have seen how God can powerfully change lives through biblical counseling. My good friend
Rich had some marital problems as well as some struggles with drugs and alcohol, and did
not know Christ. It was through biblical counseling that God powerfully delivered Rich from his
struggles and saved him. Rich now serves as our youth leader and as a deacon.
There are many in our community, just like Rich, that need biblical counseling and to be
brought into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sovereign Grace Community Church has been training it's people to give biblical counsel in
order to transform lives.
• Teen outreach ministry
There are 687 students in Norwich High School in grades 9-12, and 475 students in Norwich
Middle School grades 6-8. The property we are trying to purchase is within a stone's throw of the
High School and Middle school. We see unique ministry opportunities with this location by
providing an after school program, where kids could hang out and have fun, play foosball or
ping pong, and be shown Christ's love. By reaching these students for Christ, we will also be
able to make inroads into their families.
• Youth group activities
With our close proximity to the schools and the relationships that we want to build with these
students, we would be in an excellent location to have a thriving youth group where many lives
would be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
• Holistic approach to helping the materially poor
In the city of Norwich there is 8.5% unemployment and 21.8 % of individuals are below the
poverty level according to the US Census Bureau (2010). There is a real need in this area to
help the materially poor.
Having a food pantry is a good first step in building relationships with materially poor people.
Showing love and concern to people often opens up opportunities to share the Gospel.
At Sovereign Grace we are interested in helping people in a holistic way that goes beyond their
immediate needs, and through God's enabling, help bring people into a relationship with Jesus
We also believe that a holistic approach to helping the materially poor will include coming along
side them and helping them to develop skills, find work, and reach their goals and dreams, in
order to fulfill their calling of glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their
families with the fruits of that work.
A young man I'll call "Bob" came to our church several months ago. There were some
immediate needs for him and his family. Our family at Sovereign Grace helped him monetarily
and also provided furniture, dishes, etc. However, we did not stop there. "Bob" and his family
have been regularly attending Sunday School as well as our Sunday Services and we believe
that "Bob" is very close to embracing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Also, one of our college
students has been involved in helping "Bob" get his GED. One of the men in our church was
also able to provide work for "Bob".
There are many "Bobs" in our community and this type of holistic approach to helping the
materially poor could be done for many more "Bobs" with the purchase of this building where
people would be able to receive help, encouragement, instruction, and counsel throughout the
week as we availed ourselves to the community.
• Crisis pregnancy ministry
According to the NYS Department of Health, in 2010, there were an estimated 108 abortions
and 468 live births in Chenango County. That means that almost 19% of babies were aborted in
2010. Some of the women in our church have a heart for helping women in crisis pregnancies.
Giving these women love and encouragement, could give them the hope they need to carry their
babies to birth.
• Community events
For example: We would love to be able to host film nights, seminars, and other creative events
for our community.
• Ladies Community Bible Study
These Bible studies would be geared towards mothers of preschoolers and stay at home
mothers. Loving childcare in a comfortable and clean nursery would be provided. This would
give great opportunity to build relationships and to reach this demographic with the truths of
• All ministries would be more accessible to the community
The location of this building gives great accessibility to the ministries of Sovereign Grace. It also
gives us greater opportunity to form relationships with people throughout the week. We would
also like to be able to offer people free coffee and Wi-Fi during the day, and would like to be
known as the Christian "Starbucks" of Norwich!
While our greatest ministry opportunities with a new building would be for outreach and
evangelism, we would also be able to further strengthen and mature believers with various
ministry and equipping times such as these listed below.
• Men's discipleship with morning Bible studies and coffee!
• Women's discipleship times
• Youth Group events & activities
• Studies during the week on various topics
• Special meals/events. For example, mother/daughter lunches, father/son breakfasts, etc.
• Sunday fellowship meals on Communion Sundays
• Host conferences and seminars
• Prayer times during the week
|This large, open, spacious room will serve well as the main sanctuary/auditorium.