v About us
are a self-governing congregation that calls its own pastor, affiliated with
the Disciples of Christ. Worship services may be formal or informal, and
include lay women and men in leadership. Open discussion of issues is
encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common. Disciples are called together
around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy
Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others. We
have been serving God and the spiritual needs of
As members of the Christian Church, We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. In Christ's name and by his grace we accept our mission of witness and service to all people. We rejoice in God, maker of heaven and earth, and in Godís covenant of love which binds us to God and to one another. Through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God. In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ. At the Table of the Lord we celebrate with thanksgiving the saving acts and presence of Christ. Within the universal church we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture. In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom has no end. Blessing, glory, and honor be to God forever. Amen.
Contact Information & Staff
Please feel free to contact us any time at (716) 695-2446 or attend Sunday worship at 10:00am, or read and comment on our interactive Face Book Page.
Rev. Jim Girling (Pastor) †††† †††Ina Young††††††††††††††††† Kathy Carr
email@example.com††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† (Secretary)††††††††††††††††††††††††† (Music Director)
v Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God.
v All persons are God's children.
Beliefs & Practices of Disciples:
v Open Communion. The Lordís Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ. This is how Jesus told us to remember him. Jesus is the host at the Lordís Supper. He invites all to commune. Therefore, we at The Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) have no barriers which would keep any person from the meal. No matter where you attend Church, or what your Denomination is, or how you were baptized; All who believe in Jesus Christ are welcome at the weekly Celebration of the Lordís Supper.
v Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
v Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
v Belief in the oneness of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
v The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
v No creed but Christ. Disciples reject the use of divisive man-made creeds as "tests of faith,".† The simple confession that Jesus Christ is Lord is believed to unite all Christians.
How to Become a Member of Grove Street Christian Church
Step 1: Believe in your soul that Jesus Christ is your personal Savior. Confess and repent your sins through prayer to God.
Step 2: Come forward any Sunday. Publicly state your belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, your personal Savior and Friend.
Step 3: State your desire to become a member of the Church. You can do so through your Confession of faith, Statement of faith or Transfer from another Christian congregation.
Step 4: If you have already been baptized, by any means or form, we do not require re-baptism. If you have not been baptized into the faith, you will be baptized. We usually practice Believerís Baptism by immersion. Upon request other forms of baptism may be used.
History Of Our Church
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament.
The history of the local congregation reads in part as follows: Asa Horton Ransom of Clarence, New York, a member of the Clarence Church of Christ, moved with his family to Grand Island in 1845. Samuel Kinsey from Williamsville, a Disciple, settled with his family in this community in 1851. Their desire for weekly fellowship about the Lord's Table led them under the leadership of Elder Jasper J. Moss to conduct a series of meetings in what was then known as "The Union Church". These meetings resulted in the formation of The Church of Christ in Tonawanda with 40 charter members, on the last Lord's Day in March, 1853.
Permanent quarters were sought, and a frame building on Adam Street was procured from the Presbyterians where the congregation carried on its work until 1857, when a building was erected on the corner of Broad and Seymour Streets. The church then was called "The Christian Chapel". Ministers in those days were addressed as "Elder", and Elder J.J. Moss was the first Pastor-Evangelist. His first conversion was Mrs. Betty Ransom Kent, who was baptized in the Niagara River, where the baptisms were administered for some time until a baptismal was installed in the church building.
The church records were destroyed by fire in the office of S.G. Johnson on Christmas day in 1870. Some of the charter members met and recorded the church's history from memory. The membership roll was renewed with 123 responding. The congregation remodeled its sanctuary for the 50th Anniversary. At the time of the 1906 International Convention held in Buffalo, the church membership had increased to 430.
Evidence of the sacrificial ministry of this congregation is seen in the efforts to establish other churches throughout the area and communities surrounding. When Richmond Avenue Christian Church was founded in 1870 and the Niagara Falls Church (first known as Suspension Bridge Church) in the same year, it was the services of Joshua Goodrich, then pastor of the congregation who visited several churches to solicit aid for the organization of these congregations.
On Saturday, October 7, 1939, the first sod was turned by the late Mrs. A.A. Bellinger for the erection of the present sanctuary at 85 Grove Street. On December 16, 1939, the corner stone was laid. On June 16, 1940, the present church building was dedicated. The present legally incorporated name is Grove Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Did you knowÖ
We are the oldest U.S. founded Christian Denomination in America today. Among others, we have had as members:
v James Garfield, 20th President of the United States
v Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States
v Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States†††††††††††††
v Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken††††††††
v John Stamos, Hollywood actor
Weíve been a part of Tonawanda & the North-Towns for over 150 years!
The biggest reason people donít attend church is because they are fearful they will be aggressively solicited for money. We believe the most valuable thing you have to give to God, is yourself!
Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150, 716-695-2446 Services are Sundays at 10:00am