Our Mission

Grace Memorial has a mission—our purpose, our reason for being—a mandate which has remained consistent since the church was first organized in 1845.

The mission of Grace Memorial Baptist Church is to lead and support people
at home and abroad in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
 
Grace Memorial’s mission can be expressed in the acrostic:
Glorify God through worship
Reach the unchurched through witness
Accept new members through fellowship
Care for those in need through ministry
Equip members for ministry through discipleship

Like a compass that keeps us pointed in the right direction, the following values are the constant, passionate core beliefs that guide our church. They are our core values, because they describe the “heart” of Grace Memorial Baptist Church and are at the centre, motivating us in everything we do.

Scriptures

We value the Word of God, because of its capacity to transform our lives. We believe it is the highest source of written authority for God’s plan for His people, revealing how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. We seek to keep our beliefs, practices and priorities anchored in clear biblical teaching.

Prayer

We believe prayer makes a critical difference in all that we attempt and is foundational to everything we do.

Holy Living

At the heart of our faith we cherish a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the defining example for holy living. We pursue integrity of life as exemplified by Him.

Worship

We value both personal and corporate worship of God because God is worthy of our worship, and because it places our affections and priorities in their rightful place.

Evangelism

Making disciples is our mandate from Christ. We seek to express our faith with a balance of head and heart, so that our friends, family and acquaintances may come to Christ.

Fellowship

We value authentic relationships that result in a loving fellowship of people. We appreciate the diversity that exists among us in age, gender, race, personality, culture, and perspective. We believe loving relationships occur best through small groups.

Family

We have a high regard for the family as the foundational unit of society and the best starting point for spiritual nurture and training.  We seek to strengthen families by encouraging them to live by biblical values.

Relevance

We are called to keep serving the present age, and we believe relevance is significant to reaching people. Grace Memorial respects and builds on its past without becoming its slave. We seek to be relevant to the culture in which we live, while not surrendering our core values, beliefs and behaviours either to tradition or culture.

Church history

The Church Begins

Here in Fredericton, a handful of people had been meeting at one another’s homes for worship and study. Known as “Free Christian Baptists” they were determined to establish a church—and they did just that, meeting on August 15, 1845 to organize the Fredericton Free Baptist Church.

They worked hard and by February of the next year, they had erected a small meeting house on the site which is currently 229 Brunswick Street.

Unfortunately, their determination was short-lived. The first pastor had a circuit of churches and did not reside in the city, so Sunday worship services were not held regularly. When several members moved from the city, those who remained became discouraged, and for a time the church lost its visibility.

A revival of interest took place in the mid-1850′s, and the church was reorganized at that time.

The Church Grows

When the Rev. Ezekiel McLeod became the first full-time pastor in 1858, the church came into its own and began to experience steady growth. Soon there was a pressing need for a new house of worship.

Under Rev. McLeod’s leadership, in 1861 the congregation erected a much more spacious worship centre at the corner of George and York streets. For more than 100 years, generations of people worshipped at George Street, and the church became known in the city as the “friendly church on the corner.”

By the 1960′s the George Street building had become inadequate to meet the needs of the congregation. Several options were explored to expand the property, but eventually plans turned to the construction of a new building.

The Church Relocates

The current building was erected on the corner of Connaught and Northumberland Streets and was dedicated on February 14, 1965.

Along with a new building, the church was given a new name: Grace Memorial Baptist Church, honouring the memory of Grace Matheson, a member of the church who served as a missionary in India for more than 44 years.

The Church Today

The most thrilling part of our rich history is the story of many who have found meaning, purpose and freedom through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The motto in the Welcome Centre aptly expresses the church’s vision for the future: We dare to dream of a place where people live in harmony, worship with expectancy, and give with generosity, where everyone is included, anyone can be involved, and no one feels insignificant.

We hope you will consider becoming a part of what God is doing here, and take advantage of the activities and opportunities that we offer. We are convinced you will find our church an encouraging and helpful place for you and your family.

This week at Grace

This Week:
Friday, February 22
7:00-9:00 PM Youth Group
Saturday, February 23
A team from Grace will walk in the Coldest Night of the Year
Sunday, February 24
10:00 AM Library is open for 30 min before and after church with volunteer to serve you.
10:30 AM Worship Service. Pastor Peter is speaking on the first chapters of Revelation, this week on the city of Philadelphia which had some of the greatest opportunities for Jesus to impact lives. We will also consider some of the open doors that God places in our lives.
Tuesday, February 26
9:30-11:30 AM ESL
10:00-12 noon Martha Group
7:00 PM Philippine Team members meet at 667 Montgomery St
Wednesday, February 27
12:00-2:00 PM Graceland
Thursday, February 28
9:30-11 AM Moms & Tots
7:00 PM Choir practice
7:00 PM Diabetes Support Group
Friday, March 1
10:00-12 noon Painting class, anyone welcome. Bring something to paint on, supplies provided.
Sunday, March 3
Food Bank donations
10:00 AM Library is open for 30 min before and after church
10:30 AM Worship and communion