Going to a new place for the first time can be hard. We want to make that first step easier for you by giving you a heads up about what you can expect when you come to one of our campuses for the first time.
Where to Find Us
Grandview is one church with two campuses in Johnson City. Both locations share a mission, vision, budget, leadership structure, but each has its own flavor. Pick the one that seems like the best fit for you, and come visit us!
If you prefer a more established church feel with the option of attending a more contemporary-style service (full band) or a traditional service (think hymns and choir), try the Buffalo campus. This campus meets in a traditional church building with sanctuaries, classrooms, and children's facilities in one building.
300 University Parkway
Johnson City, TN 37604
If you prefer something more modern and experimental, with an unplugged-style worship service in a laid-back environment, try the Cityview campus, starting February 2020. Cityview meets in The Gallery, an event venue located above Southern Craft BBQ in downtown Johnson City, and kids/youth meet a few doors down at Olson’s Martial Arts Academy.
601 Spring St, Suite 102
Johnson City, TN 37604
At both of our campuses, you'll be greeted by someone when you enter. That person's job is to answer your questions and make sure you're comfortable knowing where to go, so don't hesitate to ask! If you have additional questions, or if you ever need help, stop by one of our welcome desks or look for a member of the Connections Team (the people wearing lanyards).
Check-In for Kids
You’re welcome to keep your kids with you in the worship service, but we also offer kid-specific worship and learning times. This includes teaching and activity time for young kids (toddlers-6th grade) and Bible study/discussion groups for older kids (grades 7-12). We also have a nursery for newborns and infants. Every classroom is staffed by a trained and background-checked volunteer who will help your child grow and thrive in a safe and secure environment.
If you would like your children to participate in kids and youth classes, all you have to do is stop by the children’s area welcome desk before you go to worship. We’ll help you register them for classes, walk you through the secure drop-off and pick-up procedure, and answer any questions you might have. It’s quick and easy—we promise!
While each of our services feels a little different, all of them share a few common elements: singing, prayer, sermon, and communion. If you don’t know the songs we’re singing, that’s OK! Listen along until you feel like jumping in. The same is true for our prayers. Most of the time, someone says a prayer up front, and the rest of us close our eyes and pray silently along with them. A few others are corporate—meaning everyone says them out loud together. You can pray along as you feel comfortable. The words for our corporate prayers are in the bulletin you’ll receive at the beginning of the service.
When it’s time for the sermon, one of the ministers will stand up and teach from the Bible—offering ways to help you connect it to your life. Afterward, we offer a chance to respond to that teaching. If you want to talk to someone about what it means to be a Christian or become a member of Grandview—or if you want someone to pray with you—meet one of the ministers at the back of the room. We’re happy to talk with you!
The last thing you’ll find in all of our services is a time of communion. Communion is when we remember and give thanks for the life, death, and new life of Jesus. We do that by eating a bit of bread and drinking a bit of grape juice, which symbolizes the body and blood of Jesus. We offer communion a little differently in each of our services, but don’t worry! The person leading the service will offer clear instructions on how to receive and take it. You don’t have to be a member of Grandview to take communion! Everyone who identifies as Christian is welcome to take part. If you’re not a Christian, that’s OK! Grandview is a safe place to wrestle with questions of faith. When communion time comes, just sit back and wait for the next part of the service.
If you’re unsure of what to do at each stage of the service—don’t worry! The people in our services are a mix of first and second-time guests, folks who attend regularly, and people who call Grandview home. In other words, you’re not alone! There’s a service outline in the bulletin with helpful instructions that tells you what’s coming next. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for there, ask the people around you! They’re happy to help with any questions you might have.
After services each week, you can find a little table in the foyer where we host something called Grandview in 5 Minutes. If you want to learn a bit more about who we are, what we value, or how you can get involved, this is a good place to get a quick rundown and ask questions.
If you think of more questions after you leave—or if you have more we didn’t cover here that you want to ask before you visit—reach out to us! You can call the church office at 423-928-8966 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.