The Grafton Seventh-day Adventist Church is part of a world-wide organization with more than 19 million members in countries around the world. We would be happy to have you join us in worship or at one of the church events listed on our calendar.
Our Local Church and District
The towns of Grafton and Philippi, West Virginia, are located in rural mountains about 130 miles west of Washington, DC. Our church building is in Grafton, but our membership is drawn from both towns and from other nearby communities. We are one of three churches in our district, and we share our Pastor with our sister churches in Fairmont and Clarksburg, WV. We are part of the family of Adventist churches in the Mountain View Conference, which includes our churches in most of West Virginia and a portion of western Maryland.
Our Worship Services
We'd love to have you come to visit and worship with us. Our services are on Saturdays, the seventh day of the week and the Bible's "Sabbath day," hence our name of "Seventh-day" Adventist. We worship on that day in observance of God's 4th Commandment and because it was the day when our Lord worshiped (see Luke 4:16).
Other than that difference, our services are typical of many traditional Protestant Christian churches. We open with a familiar hymn, then we share testimonies and prayer requests, and sometimes we are blessed with special music from one of our members or friends. We want our young children to value the worship service, too, so we try to include a short message just for them before the sermon is presented. Following the worship service, we have our "Sabbath School" Bible study time. We try to provide Sabbath school sessions for most age groups, from pre-Kindergarten to High School and adults.
(You can view the current adults' Sabbath School lesson on our Ministries page.)
After the worship service and Sabbath school, we hope you will stay for a fellowship meal. It's ordinary home-cooked foods. Since we encourage our members to adopt a vegetarian diet (it's not required), you will not find any meat, fish, or poultry items, but the food will not be strange to you. You'll still find plenty of appetizing loaves, casseroles, vegetables, breads, fruits, and desserts from which to choose. We'll eat and visit for about 1-2 hours before going home. Occasionally we might have a special movie or music event to enjoy in the afternoon or later in the evening, but usually the meal marks the end of our church day.
About Seventh-day Adventists
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let people know that Jesus is coming again soon.
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything — the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us — is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him. FIND OUT MORE
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. More >>