Grace First Presbyterian Church

Our Mission Statement:Worshipping God ...Our worship is a reformed liturgical style with great emphasis on the word proclaimed from the Bible and the holy sacraments, enhanced by excellent music through choral and handbell groups and led by committed lay leadership.

Witnessing for Jesus Christ ... We offer a wide variety of small group Bible studies and fellowship opportunities as we strive to use our spiritual gifts and time to bring Christ to those in the church, our community, and beyond.

Working to meet human need ... Grace First reaches out with hands and hearts to serve the least among us through various church and community ministries.
Grace First Presbyterian together… worshipping God,
witnessing for Jesus Christ, and working to meet human needs.


Grace First Presbyterian Church



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Welcome to Grace First Presbyterian Church

We welcome visitors and friends to come and grow with Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford, Texas. We are a vibrant, loving and diverse congregation with a strong calling to community service and mission. Come and be a part of your new church family.

We extend An Invitation to JoinAn Invitation to JoinChrist calls each of us to serve Him. Grace First Presbyterian Church invites you to commit your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and to become a member of this fellowship. Please speak with either pastor or a member of the session if you are interested in joining our church family. After meeting with the session, you may become a member in one of the following ways:

Profession of Faith—Publicly affirming Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord and promising to live your life in Him.

Baptism will be administered at this time.

Letter of Transfer—Requesting the pastor to write to your former church for a Certificate of Transfer.

Reaffirmation of Faith—Recommitting yourself, after a period of inactivity, to a renewed life in Christ Jesus.
Grace First Presbyterian Church by commiting your life to Jesus Christ and becoming a member of this fellowship.

Pastor,
Rev. Charles A. Bruner


Grace First is a member of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with denominational offices in Louisville, Kentucky, has approximately 2.3 million members, more than 10,000 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers.

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, Synod of the SunSynod of the SunSynod is the intermediate governmental unit responsible for the mission of the church throughout its region. Synod of the Sun consists of 11 presbyteries from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. They are one of 16 synods within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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and Grace PresbyteryGrace PresbyteryGrace Presbytery is comprised of 180 vital congregations with more than 45,000 members in 53 counties of Northeast, North Central, and Central Texas that fulfill the Presbytery's mission to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ who saves, redeems, and reconciles the world to God through ministries of witness, justice, and mercy.

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PresbyteriansWhat Presbyterians BelieveSome of the principles articulated by John Calvin, the founder of Presbyterianism, remain at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers. What they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe. Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone's job - ministers and lay people alike - to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.

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are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.


Grace First Presbyterian Church
606 Mockingbird Lane
Weatherford, TX 76086


Maps & Directions

Staff Directory

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:15 am Sunday School for all ages

10:20 am Coffee and snacks fellowship

10:40 am Sunday morning worship



Special Announcements


Link to Daily Lenten Devotional provided by The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Maundy Thursday Communion Service, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, April 20 at 7:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday Services, April 20 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.


"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24




Ministries of Worship

Our Sunday morning service is a reformed liturgical style of worship with great emphasis on the word proclaimed from scripture, accentuated by excellent music through choral and handbell ensembles and enhanced by lay leadership. A contemporary worship experience is also presented several times a year. Our Nursery is available for babies and toddlers younger than four. Please visit our Library Page for recordings of recent sermons.

The Sacraments of BaptismSacrament of BaptismThe body of Christ is one, and Baptism is the bond of unity in Christ. As they are united with Christ through faith, Baptism unites the people of God with each other and with the church of every time and place. (Book of Order W-2.3005)

Presbyterians baptize children as infants to witness “to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith.” Others are baptized as they “enter the covenant upon their own profession of faith witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls for fulfillment in a response of faithfulness.” (Book of Order W-2.3008)

As there is one body, there is one Baptism. (Eph. 4:4-6) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognizes all Baptisms with water in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit administered by other Christian churches. (Book of Order W-2.)
and Holy CommunionSacrament of Holy CommunionIn his last meal before his death, Jesus took and shared with his disciples the bread and wine, speaking of them as his body and blood, signs of the new covenant. He commended breaking bread and sharing a cup to remember and proclaim his death. (Book of Order W-2.4001)

At the Lord’s Table, the Church is renewed and empowered by the memory of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and promise to return; sustained by Christ’s pledge of undying love and continuing presence with God’s people; and sealed in God’s covenant of grace through partaking of Christ’s self-offering. (Book of Order W-2.4004)
(the Lord’s Supper) are celebrated regularly during worship. There are also several Special ServicesSpecial Services A Service of Lessons & Carols
Children’s Christmas Musical
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
Ash Wednesday
Palm Sunday with Procession of Palms
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Easter – 8:45 a.m. & 10:40 a.m.
presented each year.

The Worship & Music Ministry provides opportunities for meaningful worship experiences for all seekers with regular Sunday morning and special services throughout the year. Working with the Director of Music, programs and activities for the adult choir, handbell choirs and children’s choirs are planned. If you are interested in participating in one of our ensembles, please contact Marialice Parish, Organist and Director of Music.

Click here for a History of the Grace First Presbyterian Church Pipe Organ

Funeral Information Booklet (PDF)
Wedding Policies (PDF)






Ministries of Witness

Adults at Grace First Presbyterian Church have many opportunities to participate in a variety of activity categories that can be both personally rewarding and essential to the successful operation of the church. Most of the ministries meet only once a month.

Youth participate in LOGOSLOGOSA midweek program for K-12 graders which includes Bible Study, Recreation, Worship Skills, and Family Dinner Time. LOGOS runs each Wednesday from September to May (except for the Christmas holiday & spring break). Registration fee covers curriculum and meals. Dinner Time is open to the entire congregation and is a great meal for a reasonable price.

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and several Camps & ConferencesCamps & ConferencesPresbytery-sponsored events include KidQuake, YouthQuake, Senior High Youth Connection, and various Summer Camps. In recent years, the Jr. High Youth have had a Colorado retreat in the summer, and the Sr. High Youth have gone to Tulsa, OK, for the Synod Youth Workshop, sponsored by Synod of the Sun.

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throughout the year, and meet weekly for Sunday School, Youth Group, and may choose to participate in Youth Bells. Special Events include Youth Sunday (worship service led by the youth), Annual Scholarship Variety Show and Dinner, Semi-annual Sexuality Retreat for 7th and 8th grades, Confirmation Classes, Senior Recognition Lunch, and Mission Trip.

Children participate in LOGOSLOGOSA midweek program for K-12 graders which includes Bible Study, Recreation, Worship Skills, and Family Dinner Time. LOGOS runs each Wednesday from September to May (except for the Christmas holiday & spring break). Registration fee covers curriculum and meals. Dinner Time is open to the entire congregation and is a great meal for a reasonable price.

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, Kid's WorshipKid's WorshipFour-year-olds through Fifth Graders may leave the worship service following the Children’s Moment for special activities designed just for them., Sunday School, the Acolyte program, Children’s Choirs, a Children’s Moment during worship. Special Events during the year include Children’s Sabbath (worship service led by the children), and Vacation Bible School.



Ministries of Mission

Mission strives to reach out to the community, as well as our own congregation. Our Mission Statement reads “Grace First Presbyterian together… worshipping God, witnessing for Jesus Christ, and working to meet human needs.” In fulfilling the mission of “working to meet human needs,” we serve the community through the following programs:




History of Grace First Presbyterian Church

Inscription of the Dedication Plaque located in the Narthex of Grace First Presbyterian Church, Dated 1974

"The confluence of three great streams of American Presbyterianism is realized in the life of Grace First Presbyterian Church of Weatherford. We claim as our common heritage the traditions of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, The Presbyterian Church in the United States, and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.

Since 1859, when young Presbyterian pioneers began establishing churches and schools in Parker County, leadership in the communities has been an outflowing of Christian citizenship. We have reached out to the world in love through our general assemblies. Over the years our shared faith and ideals have melded the three congregations into one.

This edifice is a double symbol marking unity within Trinity. In its construction we express our gratitude for the past and commitment to the future as this body of believers reconsecrates itself to be Christ's bride."


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Contact Us

Grace First Presbyterian Church
606 Mockingbird Lane
Weatherford, TX 76086


817-594-2744, (fax) 817-594-7143
Office Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm CST

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Rev. Charles A. Bruner The Rev. Charles A. Bruner, PastorRev. Charles A. BrunerCharles Bruner, PastorThe Reverend Charles Avery Bruner has served Grace First Presbyterian Church since October 2000. He has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary (’91) and has served churches in Little Rock, AR and Lancaster, TX before coming to Weatherford. He is blessed with a lovely family that consist of his wife, Jennaver and their five children: Joshua, Katherine, Gabrielle, Isaiah and Christine. The Bruner clan also enjoys their adorable cats and dogs that keeps life lively and fun. For fun, Charles enjoys the challenges of golf as recreational therapy!
The Rev. David A. Slyter, Associate Pastor Rev. David A. SlyterDavid Slyter, Associate PastorThe Rev. David Allen Slyter accepted a call to Grace First in October 2009. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS and graduated from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2004. David previously served at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church in Wimberley, TX as Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry.
The Rev. Fred A. Ryle, Jr., D. Min., Pastor Emeritus Rev. Fred A. RyleDr. Fred A. Ryle, Jr.Pastor Emeritus
Marialice Parish, M.M., Dir. of Music & Organist Marialice ParishMarialice Parish, M.M., Dir. of Music & OrganistMarialice Parish is Director of Music and Organist, a post she has held since 1992. Ms. Parish was reared in Marshall, Texas, and holds degrees in organ performance from Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana, and from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She has done extensive post graduate work in organ performance and choral work at the University of North Texas, Denton. She has served churches of many denominations and enjoys teaching organ to interested students. Ms. Parish is also on staff at Texas Christian University as Wedding Organist for Robert Carr Chapel.
Jill Bray, Office Coordinator Jill BrayJill Bray, Office CoordinatorJill has been a member of Grace First since 1989 and began volunteering in the church office when her youngest child started school. After several years as a volunteer, she was hired as a part-time office assistant. Jill served as Office Assistant for 15 years before becoming the Office Coordinator in 2013, following the retirement of the Office Administrator of 20 years.
As a life-long Presbyterian, Jill is an ordained elder, is a member of the Sanctuary Choir, and is active in Presbyterian Women at both the local and Presbytery level. She and her husband and four children (now grown) have enjoyed living in Weatherford for 25 years.

Kimberly Perry, Financial Administrator Kimberly PerryKimberly Perry, Financial AdminstratorKimberly has an Associates of Applied Science degree in the field of accounting and experience in accounting both in a church and business setting.
Amy Justice, Office Assistant Amy JusticeAmy Justice,Office AssistantAmy brings a varied and impressive background with her, from library customer service to Spanish teacher to administrative assistant at Brite Divinity School, and sees her work here as a way not only to take care of the daily dealings of the office, but as a ministry to people.
Dale Rogers, Communications Administrator Dale RogersDale Rogers, Communications AdministratorDale has worked in Public Radio and spent 23 years with the City of Fort Worth Library.





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