We are a people of grace. We are a group of Christ-followers covenanted together, seeking to live our lives as a reflection of Jesus Christ. We began public worship in April 2012 as a new church called Grace EPC. We meet in Hampstead NC near the intersection of US Highway 210 and Highway 17.
Our name is Grace EPC
Grace is what we seek to embody as a group of Christ-followers, loving and sharing Jesus love with the people around us. EPC is our denominational identity. The E stands for Evangelical, the P for Presbyterian, and C stands for Church.
Who are the people of Grace EPC?
People that extend God’s Grace because we have experienced it.
People that tell Jesus story which makes us Evangelical.
People that believe that God calls leaders for growing God’s people.
People that believe the Church is a Spirit-filled family that is fulfilling one of Jesus dreams.
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.” – Jesus
(John 17:22-24 ESV)
The last prayer Jesus prayed was for unity. We are working to make that prayer our reality in this local church, in this community, and around the world. Grace EPC is a new church body organized in the Fall of 2011. We are grafted in the historic Christian faith founded by the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross, taught by the Apostles, received by the Church, reaffirmed in the Reformation, and continuing in our new covenant community. We are both ancient in our identity, present in our work for Christ in the community, and part of the future Church as we live out our faith until the Kingdom of Christ comes.
What is the EPC?
It is a young Reformed denomination started in 1981 that has its re-invigoration in the Reformation. The EPC stands to balance grace and truth while planting churches and sustaining established churches. We believe Jesus love is not bound by how good or how bad we have been and that salvation is the gracious gift of God.
Why a denomination?
Some think denominations are not relevant in our world. We respectfully disagree. A denomination is a home to be enjoyed, not a prison to be escaped. Our denomination is reaching people from Arab and Israeli peoples in the Middle East, former addicts in the city, the formerly self-righteous that have experienced God’s amazing grace, to the neighborhood kids down your street.