Bridges of Grace is a newly forming congregation in the Charleston area. We hold services at 3 pm on Sundays in the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston’s East End.
Bridges of Grace is in its infancy, having only begun meeting in March of 2011, but is a church created with love by members of the First Congregational Church, UCC in Huntington.
We invite you to join us for worship, make our church family your church family. We come from different backgrounds, have different life experiences, and each bring something different to this community of faith. We are not complete without you.
Bridges of Grace is a United Church of Christ congregation. Roots of the denomination go back as far as the founding of our nation. The UCC was formed by the melding of four denominations that in 1956 became the United Church of Christ. One of those contributing denominations was the first protestant denomination to ordain an African American pastor, and one of them was the first to have an elected Christian woman congregational minister. You can read more about the UCC and its history at UCC.org.
The following is a statement of the beliefs of the UCC, taken from the UCC.org website:
“The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the “covenantal” tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.”