A friendly Guest Experience Team that will help answer any questions or give direction.
A casual atmosphere.
An opportunity to dive deep into matters of faith during LIFEtime
A dynamic, live Worship Gathering that lasts about an hour.
KidsChurch during the Worship Gathering
Relevant, challenging and practical teaching from the Bible
If you grew up on the church, this time might have been reserved for Sunday School, but at Gretna this is SO much more. It is a time for Learning about Jesus, getting Involved in the mission, building Friendships, and Encouraging one another. In short - doing LIFE together.
There are multiple LIFE.Time groups. They are all different in their personalities, we want you to find the right one for you.
Our address is 1564 Twp Rd 46 S, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
We are located at the corner of County Rd 11 & Township Rd 46, just west of Bellefontaine, Oh.
NOTE: If you are using Google Maps to get you here, we recommend you put in the name of the church - Gretna Brethren Church - rather than the address. Though Google Maps is an awesome tool, it's not God - and sometimes using just the street address doesn't work.
As you enter our parking lot, there are signs directing you to our drop off zones & parking locations. Grab a spot and follow the "Entrance" signs.
As you're walking to the building, the greeting team will meet you and show you where to find the auditorium, restrooms, and children’s ministry. If you need anything throughout the day — mints, earplugs, a Bible, or a pen — feel free stop by our 'I'm New' station in the lobby. Or, just ask anyone with a Gretna lanyard. We’re a friendly bunch, and we’d love to serve you.
All of our worship services have a casual and informal atmosphere, and usually last around an hour.
Generally we spend time singing, praying, and listening to practical Bible teaching. The worship and music style varies depending upon which of our worship teams is leading. You may hear traditional hymns, country, contemporary, southern gospel, a choir or something else!
Most of the time Pastor Rob teaches a Bible lesson, but we often hear from members of our church and other followers of Christ as well. The goal is to lift up the name of Jesus, and encourage each other.
The question that is on everyone's mind these days! Check out our accomodation strategies here: Indoor Worship Gatherings - FAQ
Most people dress casually, but you are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable.
In KidsChurch, children from 3 years to 5th grade experience Jesus at their level. KidsChurch is a safe, age-appropriate environment where kids have their own service with singing, a Bible lesson, and small group time. Generally, we start KidsChurch about halfway through our Worship Gathering. If you would like to attend with your child the first time, please let us know.
For children younger than 3, we there is a nursery/playroom available for your use. The audio from the Gathering is available in this space, and we are happy to help however we can.
If you own a Bible you will want to bring it. We don't preach sermons as much as we simply teach the Bible. The Bible is the core of our knowledge of God – and we encourage you to mark it up as your life-textbook. If you don’t have one, just ask one of the hosts or ushers, we have plenty set aside to borrow until you get one of your own.
Generally we teach from the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). If you have another version you are used to or prefer, bring it along. The differences from version to version are mostly minor. Having a CSB will simply make it easier to follow along when our teachers read or point out the wording in a particular verse or passage.
Oh my, yes! If you wish, you can even grab some coffee in our lobby before the worship gathering starts (though Dunkin does make some pretty good stuff!).
Fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, a single parent, broken, an addict, a skeptic, etc. Everyone is welcome to explore Jesus with us at Gretna. So come as you are, and we’ll see you on Sunday!
We'd love to answer them
When we choose to follow Jesus, our whole world changes. Holy Spirit (yep, it's a person more on that later) wants to be relevant in every corner of our lives. We firmly believe the more we invite him to lead us every day, the more he restores our souls to what they were made to be. It's about building a relationship that transforms who we are.