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Each of us is a child of God worthy of God’s love. In our diversity, we are created in God’s image. In celebration of that good news, everyone is invited to join in worship and fellowship. This invitation is extended to all–people of all races, all ethnic backgrounds, all generations, all physical and mental abilities, all economic conditions, all sexual orientations–honoring the diversity of our faith journeys. We invite you to bless this church with your presence as God’s grace is present in all creation.

Grace United Methodist Church is a community of Christ where a cross-section of metropolitan Des Moines gathers for worship, study and service. At the core of our existence is Christ’s vision for the world and the church. We are a servant people, striving to live our lives so as to increase the love for God and neighbor in the world.

Who We Are

In an era when people split off and avoid others who have different opinions and backgrounds, there is no single label to describe all the people who worship at Grace United Methodist Church.

We’re from all across the metro and all across the spectrum:

We reside on the Eastside.

We come to refill from Snusville and Pleasant Hill.

We have a matriarch from Capital Park–

–and laymen from Mondamin.

We are firebrands from South of Grand,

old farm hands from North of Grand,

and ‘yes we can’s from Waveland.

We enjoy daybreak at Gray’s Lake–

–and a milkshake at the Drake Diner.

We are Riverbend and West end.

We are the Downtown, and the down and out.

We’ve got Insiders and South Siders,

We’re sometimes from Grimes and often ahead of our times.

We’re conjoined with West Des Moines, interlocked with Norwalk. and we-a commune-a with Altoona.

We come from Sherman Hill by our own free will.

We have high achievers from Lower Beaver.

We have the legendary from Waterbury. The literary and the quite contrary.

We’ve made mistakes but got retakes.

We have been rejected, neglected, and dejected.

But then we objected, connected, corrected, and protected.

Some are skeptical and heretical–

–but many are firm believers in the young redeemer.

We are those with mild demeanors–

–and those with misdemeanors.

We are the dreamers and schemers who get down and dirty–

–but come up cleaner.

So, if you’re an Easter Laker–

–or a bellyacher,

If you’re an ordinary male from Urbandale–

–or debutante from Bondurant

If you are Brown, Black, White; bashful or forthright.

Gay, straight, cisgender, transgender, or none-of-your-business! You are welcome here.

We are pretty religious and quick with forgiveness.

We are all here.

And that’s really what we have in common.

We believe there is something powerful in our differences and something FAR more powerful that draws us together.

But even though we may not know our next steps, we can be sure that we are “beloved” by the one whose steps we can surely follow

— the resurrected Jesus.

What does it take to live in harmony?

What does it mean to follow in the steps of Jesus?

How does it feel to dance together?

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