About Grace5Cities 

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you'll come worship with us at our newest campus, Grace5Cities, serving the Five Cities area of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Oceano, Pismo Beach and Shell Beach.  We are one church that meets on more than one campus. While each campus is unique and has its own flavor, we share a single vision . . . to live the Gospel to the glory of God. We believe the Gospel, the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ, is not just truth to be believed, it is truth to be lived. We invite you to join us.  


 


Getting Here & Parking 

Our Family Worship & Sunday School Hour occur at 10:30 AM. Our Grace5Cities campus is located just off the 101 freeway in Arroyo Grande at St. Patrick School Gym. Check out the map below for directions. There is plenty of parking in the campus lot or in the dirt lot just adjacent to the campus.  

Look for the directional banners to guide you to the worship service and GraceKids classes. If you need help, stop by our Welcome Center as you enter the campus.  


Come as You Are

When you come to worship with us, you'll see some wearing shorts, some wearing suits and everything in between. Please wear what you are most comfortable wearing. Most people who worship with us dress pretty casually.  


What to Expect . . . 

A warm friendly welcome. You are our guest and our desire is that you feel our welcome.

A diverse, intergenerational church family. Grace is a place where college students, families and adults of all ages and life stages worship together. We welcome children in our worship services and encourage 'Family Worship.' 

Relevant systematic teaching from the Bible. We believe that the Bible is not a book of rules or a book of good advice, but a life-transforming and God-glorifying story of redemption that climaxes in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Eclectic, Gospel-centered worship. Our music is varied and diverse, including a range of styles and instrumentation. Our contemporary worship teams are complemented by an orchestra, choirs and the inclusion of an organ.



Having grown up on the Central Coast, gone away for pastoral training, and recently returned to the 5Cities, God has given me a vision for seeing His church flourish here for generations to come! I am eager to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel for the joy of all peoples to God’s glory! I'm delighted to be married to Erica and we're enjoying raising our firstborn son, Keller. I pray that God would use Grace5Cities to advance the fame of the name of Jesus in the hearts of hundreds here in the 5Cities area.

Sunday Service Times & Location

Family Worship Hour & Sunday School 10:30–11:45

St. Patrick School Gym
900 West Branch St. 
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Come Serve With Us

As we launch Grace5Cities, it clearly has the exciting feel of a new start-up.  It's an exciting time for you to get in the 'ground floor' of this exciting new Gospel venture.  And we need lots of help as we build these service teams:  

  • Set-Up/Tear Down
  • Welcome Team
  • Tech Team
  • Worship Team 
  • GraceKids Team 
  • GraceYouth Team
  • Prayer Team 


If you're interested in serving on one of these teams, let us know.  

I WANT TO SERVE!


GraceKids 

We consider it a privilege and a joy to care for your kids. We take this responsibility seriously. We desire to provide your child with a safe, secure and loving environment where they can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We aim to partner with you in the joys and challenges of Biblical parenting and instruction. 

At Grace, we're committed to both 'age-integrated' and 'age-segregated' learning. What does that mean? 

On the one hand, we're committed to encouraging parents and children to worship and learn together by attending our worship services together. We call this 'Family Worship.' So bring your kids to worship with you at Grace5Cities. You will not be alone when you do.   

At the same time, we're committed to an excellent and multi-faceted Children's Ministry where children learn, grow and have fun in settings that are geared for them.


Sunday School Classes

We offer a Gospel-Centered Sunday School program during our Family Worship service at 10:30 for Birth through 6th Grade.  As you arrive on campus, follow the directional signs to locate the appropriate classrooms for your kids.   

10:30 am | Birth – 6th Grade (All classes meet in the Preschool Building)

  • Nursery: Birth - 2 years
  • Toddlers: 2 - 3 years
  • PreK (4 years) - 1st Grade
  • 2nd - 6th Grade


Safety is our
highest priority.  

We know if you're worried, you won't be able to worship.  We take the safety of all kids extremely seriously.  All of our classes are staffed by loving and caring teachers who have gone through our extensive screening and fingerprinting process.  No child is ever left alone with a single adult.  Parents can worship worry-free knowing we will text or page them if their little one needs them.'


Parent-Child Dedication

Multiple times a year, we take time in our worship services for parents to dedicate their children to the Lord and themselves to the joys and challenges of Gospel parenting.  It's a special time in the life of our church.  


A Commitment to
Family Worship

In many churches, parents are discouraged from bringing their kids into worship services. The opposite is true at Grace. We're committed to Family Worship.  We believe it's vital for families to worship together.  

LISTEN TO OUR VISION


Child Wellness Policy

If your child is ill, we ask that you please keep them at home out of consideration of other children and their families. Please do not bring your baby to the nursery or the Family/Cry Room Room if they have any of the following symptoms:


  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Any other contagious
    childhood ailment


Downloads

GraceYouth   |   Middle & High School 

Our vision at GraceYouth is simple. Know. Grow. Go. We want all our students to know the gospel, grow in their understanding of it, and then go into the world to serve and share that good news with others. We have a decades long legacy of an intentional and growing youth ministry here on the Central Coast and by God’s grace and power we plan to maintain that for the decades to come. 


Gatherings

We have one mid-week gathering and we gather to worship on Sunday mornings as well. We meet Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm at various homes in our community to have fun, connect with each other, and study God’s Word. Both our High School (9th-12th) and Middle School (7th-8th) students head into our Worship Service at 10:30am and are encouraged to sit together. Don’t forget to click the calendar link on the left for our most recent quarterly calendar. We hope to see you soon!


Leaders

Do you love teaching others the Bible and want to share it with students? Do you have a lot of energy and like having a crazy amount of fun? Then we would love to talk to you about joining our Volunteer Youth Staff! We have a great, energetic, and loving staff who pour into our students week in and week out all year long. We need people who want to help with tech, music, small groups, events, or by being a parent on our youth board. 
Have a question about anything you read here? Go ahead and let us know by clicking the link below!


Have a question about anything you read here? Go ahead and let us know by clicking the link below!

Email Pastor Ben Crandall


Gatherings

  • Sundays @ 10:30 AM  |  Worship Center
  • Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Various Homes 
     


Connect 


Resources & Stuff 

Living Life Together!  

Grace is a big place!  It’s easy to get lost in the crowd. We all want the benefits of a large church, but we all need the experience of a small church. . . . a place where we can know and be known by others, a place where we can live the Gospel together.  We believe that Gospel transformation happens in the context of small groups where real relationships can be experienced and deepened.


We have identified Growth Groups as our 'Big Rock Priority' at Grace . . . the centerpiece around which we're going to build the rest of our ministry and events.  What that means is that our highest priority for all those who worship at Grace, beyond attendance at the Sunday Morning Worship Service, is involvement in a Growth Group.


Realizing we're all busy and don't need any more to do, our leadership is on a mission to streamline and simplify our ministry so that the priority of Growth Groups is clear.  We want to do less, so that we can connect and care more.  


Growth Groups are groups of 6-12 people who meet for 8 to 10 weeks at a time to . . .

  1. Care for one another.  The aim is to open up and share our lives with one another.
  2. Explore and apply God's Word together. Growth Groups are centered around the text and message of the previous Sunday.
  3. Pray together.  God has given us the opportunity to cast our cares on Him . . . let's do it together.

Growth Group Enrollment happens in September, January and March. 

ENROLL HERE!

On Ramp Growth Group

To create a safe and welcoming environment for those either new to Grace or new to the growth group ministry to try a short-term growth group with the goals of either identifying a permanent leader and launching a new group or placing all participants in current existing groups.
 

Growth Group Buzz

Thinking about a Growth Group?

We recently asked folks involved in Growth Groups to share their experience and any words of encouragement for their Leaders/Shepherds?  We were delighted with these responses . . .
 

  • I enjoy going to growth group not only because it reminds me of what I learned on Sunday, but also because I am encouraged by the other people that go there. They are always happy to see me and they ask about my life, which makes me feel important. They are also older Christian adults that I can look up to as role models.
     

  • It is always good to be able to connect with other believers. Small groups lets you share and learn from others. You can know you are not alone in your walk with Christ.
     

  • We know a bunch of people at Grace, but it has been refreshing to get to know those in our Growth Group in a deeper way. It is such a privilege to both spur another in their faith as well as to be challenged in our own. And we are becoming a small community that cares for one another.
     

  • In the 3 years since the humble beginnings of our North County group, I have experienced the BLESSINGS of Christian fellowship during a challenging period of transition in my life.  I know God has brought each one of us together - and I have received comfort, encouragement, and caring during our Tuesday nights together in the quiet setting of Bob and Kathy's living room or around Eileen's dining room table.  I cannot speak enough of the impact of these weekly meetings on my daily life and on everyone in the group - so much so that we plan to gather during the summer.   I thank God for my Growth Group!
     

  • It has been a great time of fellowship together. We enjoy a meal together, encouragement and digging into God's Word together. We have such a sweet time together.

Shepherd Resources


     Listen to Shepherd Training & Support
  

Grace Women

Grow

Our GraceSLO campus has ongoing Bible Studies offered from September through May each year. This is a great way to learn more about God, start a relationship with Him, and grow in strength and wisdom, in His Word.

Thursday Morning Bible Study
Starting January 19th, we will dive into our Winter/Spring Elective series. We will offer 6 different studies to choose from. Each will be offered twice (6 weeks studies), so you get to choose 2. You will attend the first for 6 weeks and then switch to the second study for the last 6 weeks. This is a great way to get to know people and to get to do two shorter studies instead of one long one. The first day (Jan. 19th), all the studies will be highlighted and talked about. You will then be able to pay, and sign up that day. There will not be any early registration.

Here are the options for this 2017 Winter/Spring Elective Series:

Kingdom Living- A study on love, money, and forgiveness.  
Taught and written by Lorraine Maksoudian

Connect the Dots- A Study to help you know what you believe by looking at what the Bible says about difficult subjects.  Taught and written by Robin Lee

The Science of Living Blessed Forever- This is a study based on the book “The Pursuit of Holiness” Jeff Bridges.
Taught and written by Debbi Weeks

What Love Is- A study of the books, 1,2, & 3rd John, by Kelly Minter (1st session only).  
This is a DVD study taught by Shay Peck

Your Perfect Prayer- A study on how to enrich our prayer life, by Suzie Larson.
This is a DVD study taught by Shay Peck (2nd session only).

Entrusted- A study of the book of 2 Timothy, by Beth Moore.  
This is a DVD study taught by Suzanne Kelley Armor of God

A study of the Armor of God, by Priscilla Shirrer.  
This is a DVD study taught by Laurie Potratz

Connect

  • Women's Events
    Coming February 24th, we will have a Women’s Mentoring Evening Event. These events are designed to be a relaxed, fun, and encouraging evening where women choose to sit at tables according to subjects that intrigue them and spend time with a mentor table leader talking about the subject at hand (working women, parenting, marriage, divorce, spiritual life, etc.). Plan to join us. It is a great way to get to know other women in our church community and gain challenge and encouragement in our lives. And besides that, we have prizes, great food, and don’t forget laughter! More information will come in October.
     
  • New Beginnings
    We would love to begin a monthly gathering for Senior Widows.  If interested in being in the group or helping start the group, please contact Angela Anderson at 543-2358 or email angela@graceslo.org.
     
  • MOPS
    MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.” We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why we connect moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. They meet monthly at the Grace SLO campus. The group is currently full for the Winter/Spring semester but stay tuned for Fall of 2017.
     
  • Mom's in Prayer
    This is a prayer ministry of moms who gather together to pray for their children, their schools, their teachers and administration.  The parents of Middle School and High School students prayer group meets Wednesday mornings at SLO First Baptist Church from 8:30-9:45 am starting September 16th.  Email Cindy Frauenheim at mcfrauen88@gmail.com for more information.
     
  • Love from MOM
    This is a ministry for moms of post-high school children who desire to pray for their kids, connect with other moms in the same stage and send care packages to those living away for college.  We meet the 4th Tuesday of the month during the school year from 1-2 pm at our GraceSLO campus,  to assemble care packages and pray for our college-aged children.  Contact Liesl O’Brien at 805-471-5819 for more information.

Grover Beach Elementary 

We are EXCITED to adopt Grover Beach Elementary! We are committed to Campus Cleaning days, Good News Club involvement and an English as a Second Language learning classes starting Fall 2016. To find out more and to get involved, contact our Campus Pastor, Ben Collins via email: bencollins@grace5cities.org

Campus Service Times

Worship Service & Sunday School  |  10:30 AM 
 

Campus Location 

St. Patrick School Gym
900 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420


 

Office Hours

Our staff would love to meet with you at one of the many coffee shops or restaurants in the 5Cities area. Just email a member of our staff to set up an appointment.  






 

Campus Contact 

PHONE:  805.543.2358

Campus Pastor  |  Ben Collins  
bencollins@grace5cities.org

Worship & GraceYouth  |  Ben Crandall  
bencrandall@grace5cities.org

GraceKids  |  Lisa Klingenberg  
lisa@grace5cities.org

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