Enter to Worship, Depart to Serve
To this place of worship, we welcome those who mourn and need comfort – who are weary and need rest – who are friendless and need a friend – who feel the need of God’s forgiving grace and love. Let all who enter here make a sincere offering of themselves as members of one body in Christ.
Grainger Chapel Church of Christ was organized in the year of 1881 by Rev. H. J. Lovett near Stony Creek, which is located behind what is now Contentnea School. As the congregation grew, the church moved to what is now the front parking lot. It was first called Stony Creek. Worship service was held under a bush shelter until lumber was brought from the Dover section to Grainger by Rev. R. A. Hargett to build a new church. Grainger Chapel got its name from the Railroad station and a local business man in the community.
The cornerstone was laid on May 19, 1957 under Bishop C. E. Williams. The church was rebuilt in 1983, and on the third Sunday in November 1983, the members and friends of Grainger marched into the new church building singing “We’re Marching to Zion”. The cinder blocks were bricked and completed with a second cornerstone laying and dedication service on the fourth Sunday in July 1988. In the year 1994, a new fellowship hall was added under the leadership of Elder R. Earl Jones. In the year 2001, the fellowship hall was enlarged, and a new baptismal pool was installed.
In May 2007, the sanctuary was remodeled by enlarging the choir stand, putting in a handicapped ramp, enlarging the pulpit, putting in new light fixtures, new windows, and other adjustments. A new sound system was added with a video system in the fellowship hall, to allow services to be heard and seen there. In July of 2009, the kitchen was remodeled. God continues to bless us to serve our members in a comfortable environment.
The preceeding Pastors of Graingers were: Elder R. A. Hargett, Bishop H. D. Davis, Elder J. A. Edwards, Elder W. A. Fordham, Elder A. Parker, Elder A. M. Cogdell, Bishop C. E. Williams, a youth minister Elder Billey Newton, Elder J. Thompson, and our present paster, Bishop R. Earl Jones, who has been the pastor for 30 years.
Upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18. These are the principles that Grainger Chapel Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ was founded upon.
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