Grace Church Alexandria closed permanently and ceased operations on May 6, 2018. The church family voted unanimously to close on that day. The farewell sermon from Pastor Jonathan Matías is posted here.
Please read this heart-felt thank you letter below from the pastors to our members, friends, and prayer supporters–
Dear Grace Church Family,
Thank you for playing a part in God’s work through Grace Church of Alexandria. You could have joined another church, yet you have made this your church home and loved your brothers and sisters here. You have contributed to make this a place of transformation and hope. You have brought glory to God by worshiping, serving, and pointing others to Him here.
Individual churches come and go. What happened to the churches that Paul and the Apostles planted? They are long gone. Yet the spiritual fruit they planted and sowed–which God watered–remains forever. Besides, Christ loves our city so much! When Grace Church was planted eleven years ago, Alexandria and Arlington were crying out for gospel outposts. Since then, dozens of gospel-centered churches have started or been revitalized. The region has many likeminded churches that are stronger and better than Grace Church for you to be a part of. We’ve fulfilled our calling. Our time has come. Our purpose is complete.
It’s OK to Grieve
Jesus wept at the losses he endured (Jn. 11:35). Relinquishing –giving up what we’ve enjoyed together–is difficult. The Lord Jesus knows the full range of emotions you’re feeling; he is with you in full measure to comfort you (Ps. 23:4, Jn. 10:14). Stay in touch with each other! Care for one another. If you find a church that makes your heart sing, check in with others from Grace Church to invite them to join you there.
Living on Mission for Christ
The adventure we’ve been on together is not a failure. Far from it! Grace Church has accomplished more for God’s fame than we ever imagined (Eph. 3:20). Sinners saved. Backslidden ones returned to God. Children worshiping the Savior. The Word of God proclaimed. Families strengthened. The gospel shared. True doctrine embraced. What grace filled years we’ve shared!
The ending to one church does not mean the end of our mission to glorify God in Christ. The ending is a new beginning, directing us all to carry out the mission in new places and new ways where the Lord directs. You’ve embraced what it means to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matt. 6:33). At Grace Church you’ve acquired new skills and new experiences that can strengthen and bless the new church where God will lead you to. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).
A Word of Thanks
There are so many people to thank. Members–thank you for making Grace Church a haven and a home for others (Rom. 12:9-13). Team leaders and officers–you have our heart-felt gratitude as you’ve used your gifts to build up the body (Rom. 12:6-8). To the 21 who moved to the area to join our church planting team, you guys are awesome! Heritage Bible Church & supporters who have prayed and given–thanks for investing in our team to bring the gospel to this city (Rom. 15:24).
And we, the founding pastors, we thank our wives, Christy and Amanda for being by our side, taking crazy risks to make disciples and to plant a church inside the Washington. D.C. beltway. Like Phoebe who labored behind the scenes to make Paul’s missionary travels possible (Rom. 16:1-2), this gospel ministry would have never accomplished all it has without your loving support every step of the way.
Above all, we thank the Lord Jesus Christ, who considered us trustworthy and appointed us to his service (1 Tim. 1:12). We thank Christ for placing in us a burning desire to know Him and to make Him known in the City of Alexandria “to the praise of his glorious grace” (Eph. 1:6, 12, 14). We are nothing. He is Everything! This people, this place has been from Him, and through Him, and for Him from beginning to end (Rom. 11:36).
Soli Deo Gloria.
Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Garrett Lee, Pastor of Worship