Grace Classes focus on personal spiritual renewal, biblical and theological foundations and practical instruction to experience what it means to live a life of renewal and spiritual vitality. Our desire is for everyone to grow deeper in their gospel understanding.
If you have any questions about classes/scheduling at Grace Mills River please contact Colin Thornley at
Fall 2019 Grace Classes
Lost Women of the Bible (Women Only)
Fridays 9 - 11am | Begins September 6 | 12 Weeks | Education Building
Please Purchase your own book
Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn Custis James
Amazon or Westminster Bookstore
Teachers: Barbara Hebert, Debbie Ross, Georgia Sams, Beth Robinson, Tanya Hutchinson & Roundtable
Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Tamar, Hannah, Esther – you know these women, but you don’t know them like this! Please join us as we explore the lives of 10 familiar Biblical women. Their stories will offer fresh insight into God’s vision for our lives, a vision that encompasses the vast diversity of our lives and calls us to be more. See how the Gospel plan touches each of them as they struggle in the crossfire between church and culture. Grace abounds!
Ladies Bible Read (Women Only – All Ages)
First & Third Fridays 11am - 1pm | Begins September 6 | Ongoing |
Education Building 306
No Cost - following a reading schedule, currently in the Old Testament
Facilitators: Diane Margenau & Elizabeth Burrell
You are enthusiastically invited to participate in a group of gospel-loving, laid back women who love to read through Scripture. We meet together a couple of times a month to discuss the questions and insights we are gleaning from our readings. Currently we are in the Old Testament as we endeavor on a 2 year plan to read the entire Bible.
NEW - Preparing for Worship
All Ages | Sundays 8:30am - 9am | Begins September 8 | Ongoing - no gatherings on holiday weekends | Main Building Room 125
No Cost - Optional - New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp
Amazon or Westminster Bookstore
Facilitators: Veech Li, Colin P Thornley & Roundtable
Before we run into Sunday worship, let’s spend some very brief time hearing how Jesus is moving in our weekly lives, learning to pray for one another using Scripture, and focusing on a hymn and its story. We will open each week with the Gospel Doxology as we move through informal heart prep, prayer & singing.
NEW - Adult Discipleship Class
All Ages | Sundays 9am - 10.15am or 10.45am - Noon | Ongoing - no classes on holiday weekends – no classes 10/6 | Education Building | No Cost
9 am Teachers: Guy & Alicia Evans, Britt & Arlana Peterson, Brad Owen & Roundtable
10.45 am Teachers: Colin P Thornley, Brooks Harrington, Ken Downer. Gregg & Cindy Stashenko, John Shelley, Tom Ross, Becky Whisenant, Veech Li and Roundtable
Finally, an ongoing class for all adults, from young to old! Discipleship cannot be contained in a Bible study or class, it calls us into a lifestyle of faith in Jesus and his finished work which expresses itself in love. Discipleship is about growing in our dependence on Jesus, our interdependence as his church and loving others in weakness. Come be refreshed with us this fall as we get to know each other, tell & listen to stories, pray ---, explore Scripture and dive into the many realities and practicalities of everyday life from a uniquely gospel-centric perspective.
Where Angels Fear to Tread
All Ages | Wednesday evenings (TBA) | October 2 - November 6 | Auditorium | No Cost
Teacher: Patrick Lafferty
When it comes to the issues that hold the cultural (and the church) conversation captive, what does it mean as a believer in Jesus to think, speak, and love well? How do we find the courage to be present, humble and dignifying in matters we perhaps feel ill-equipped or too intimidated to engage? Join us on Wednesday nights starting in October for consideration and discussion of topics where, you might say, even angels fear to tread.
Miracles - For Real? (Women Only)
Sundays 9am - 10.15am | Begins September 8 (no class 10/6) | Education Building 304 | No Cost
Teachers: Christy Lafferty & Mary Dean Beland
All women 18 and up are invited to join us Sunday mornings as we study a miracle each week and explore together what it means for us in our everyday lives. How might this truth change how we see God, how we pray, how we see suffering and how we love others?
Servant Leadership Part 2
All Ages | Sundays | Begins September 9/15 | 6 Weeks (no class 10/6) | Education Building
Please purchase your books: "The freedom of Self Forgetfulness" by Tim Keller Amazon or Westminster Bookstore
"Indispensable: The Basics of Christian Belief" by David P Cassidy Amazon or Westminster Bookstore
Teachers: Ken Downer, Gregg Stashenko, Cindy Stashenko, Becky Whisenant, Colin P Thornley & Tom Ross
This class is designed for people who are interested in being leaders or having spiritual influence at Grace Mills River. Officers and a few other leaders are required to complete both Part 1 & Part 2 to complete their specific areas of training.
17 – 27 year olds | First & Last Thursdays | 7-9pm | Begins September 5th
The Shire (register for address)
Facilitators: Nathan Williams, Sarah Houser, Mary Linville & Colin P Thornley
Join us for a thematic potluck Dinner @ The Shire on the FIRST Thursdays and for worship & conversations “Fire @ The Shire” on the last Thursdays of each month. The schedule will be adjusted around holidays. We also provide several other activities outside of our regular Shire meetings such as community service, outdoor adventures, game nights, etc.
Becoming Family September 2019
Sundays | 10:45am - 12pm | Begins September 15th
Come get to know Grace Mills River more intimately. Spend 3 consecutive Sunday mornings hearing from our pastors, staff and leaders as we take you on a verbal “tour” through our church’s ministries, vision, leadership, theology and other distinctives.
If you are interested in joining our family, you will find everything you need to become a member. If you simply want to know more about who we are, you will enjoy connecting with other explorers as you interact with our leaders.
Church Center App
We will use the Church Center mobile app to connect and communicate through Grace Classes. Download the app for notifications and messages with your class group!
- Go to the App Store on your phone and search for “Church Center”. (Apple App Store) (Google Play) It is a free app!
Download the app.
- When prompted, enter your zip code and then choose Grace Mills River Church as your church.
- Follow the prompts to get logged in: You will probably have to either enter your phone number or email address, possibly both.
- Planning Center will send you a code either via text message or to your email.
- Enter that code into your the Church Center App.
Click on the groups icon at the bottom of the screen and you should see your class.
- If you need assistance, please email Colin Thornley at
If you have any questions about classes/scheduling at Grace Mills River please contact Colin at