The closed church in Farmington Hills will reopen in September under a new name
The old Grace Chapel in Farmington Hills will reopen later this month as the second campus for Ward Church of Northville.
The former Grace Chapel, 27996 Halsted Road, closed in February for minor renovations after its members voted to merge with Ward Church earlier that month. The church saw a drop in attendance during the pandemic and had been without a pastor for some time.
Ward Church saw Grace Chapel as a good place for a second location because its own members started Farmington Hills Church in 1983.
“As a church, we have been blessed to be a blessing,” said Sean Carroll, pastor of the Farmington Hills campus. “We want to get into the community to learn about the needs of the community and meet those needs. People are valuable, and we want them to feel loved and cared for.”
The original Ward Church, 40000 Six Mile Road, has operated in Northville since the 1950s. Executive Director Kyle Nabors said the church, part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination, plans to expand in a multi-campus operation and hopes to open more sites in the coming years.
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Ward Church Farmington Hills will open at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 25 for its first services, including children’s programming and a “block party.” The church will also offer group programs that meet outside of the church as well as volunteer opportunities. Carroll will serve as the campus pastor, but the vast majority of services will be broadcast from Northville.
“The message will remain consistent across different campuses,” Nabors said. “Everyone goes through the same series with the same preacher.”
The church hopes to welcome 300 people on the first Sunday and plans to be a positive presence in Farmington Hills.
“We’re really looking forward to meeting people in the community and partnering with people to meet community needs,” Carroll said. “We know there’s a lot of good work going on in Farmington Hills already, so we just want to be a part of it.”