Lighting the Way Building Expansion




Grace United Methodist Church is a growing congregation!  We are using the current building to its maximum capacity for Sunday School, children's, youth and seniors' events, music, mission and weekday small group/community ministry - and more people arrive all the time to have living relationships with God and reflect the Light of Christ.  Let's make space for all the people God is sending to us!


Lighting the Way: Building by the Grace of God is our opportunity to invest in the future of Grace UMC's ministries.  These are uncertain financial times for many, but we remember that the existing building was also built in tough economic times, and we see how twice as many people are now worshiping God in this place and more than 10 times as many are in Sunday School and small groups!  We are excited to make that same kind of courageous and generous investment for future generations.




Your tax-deductible financial gifts to the expansion of the building will let new ministries reach people in our church and community who are looking for a vital relationship with God in Jesus Christ.  We hope you will join with church leaders in making a commitment to the future at whatever level you can give.


Link to Electronic Giving


Campaign Timeline

November 30, 2015: Church Conference approved the recommendation from the Building Expansion and Lighting the Way Committees to secure a “special use permit” from the City of  Manassas.

December 2015: A civil engineering firm was retained to begin necessary surveying and drafting of documents associated with the proposed expansion.

January 28, 2016: Members of the Building Expansion and Lighting the Way Committees, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and pastors met with representatives of the Virginia Conference United Methodist Foundation and Development Company to discuss Grace’s mission, the proposed expansion, and financing options.

February 2016: The Finance Committee took action to secure a better rate of return on existing Lighting the Way funds.

February 22, 2016: Building Expansion Committee chairperson and pastor met with an attorney and civil engineers to the begin the application process for the special use permit. This process may take 6-7 months. Public meetings with the City of Manassas Planning Commission and City Council will be given in advance for all interested parties to attend or watch via cable TV or the web.

June 1, 2016: The initial 3-year Lighting the Way campaign ends! Stay tuned for the launch of Lighting the Way 2…another 3 year financial commitment to pay down potential borrowing. As shared at the recent meeting with Foundation representatives, ”every $1 raised today saves $1.20 later.”

Looking ahead….Once the Special Use permit is given, the Building Expansion/Lighting the Way Committees will present their recommendation for building, first to the District Building and Location Committee and, if approved, to the Grace UMC community. At a designated time, our District Superintendent will come and preside over another Church Conference -- where all members of the church will be able to exercise their vote on the committees’ recommendation.



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