Serve Our Community

The Community Ministry committee spearheads the church’s involvement in several interfaith service agencies, including the Salvation Army, Samaritan Center, and Common Ground Benevolence Office. Food collection-the parish collects non-perishable food items throughout the year. Food is given on alternating months to Salvation Army and the Samaritan Center for distribution to the needy. 

Salvation Army- Grace Church has diligently worked to establish an ongoing relationship with work of the Salvation Army.  Parishioners serve in the following projects:

  • Prayer Garden and playground-Grace Church has created a lovely prayer garden and playground adjacent to the Salvation Army Shelter House for use by Shelter residents and the community. Both Grace Church and its scouting program work to see that the garden and playground are maintained and well-kept. 
  • Meals at the Salvation Army Shelter-Each month a volunteer group of Grace Church members prepares and serves a Sunday dinner to 40-60 residents of the shelter and others that are hungry.
  • Red Kettle bell ringing- Each December Grace parishioners of all ages man the Salvation Army kettles to raise money for Salvation Army’s work in the community.

Samaritan Center- Grace Church parishioners volunteer to organize and distribute food or perform clerical duties at Samaritan Center.  In addition, the parish creates elaborate baskets for the Center’s annual dinner and auction.  Money raised supports the work of the Samaritan Center.

Common Ground Benevolence Office-Common Ground is a partnership between First United Methodist Church and six other churches, including Grace Church.  The organization provides financial assistance through a small benevolence ministry, houses a Fair Trade Market, maintains a community garden, and provides educational an  outreach services to the neighborhood.  Grace Church’s involvement includes the following;

  • Community Garden-Each year the Grace garden group prepares and plants the raised beds and then maintains them throughout the growing season. Harvested food is offered to the surrounding neighborhood on a first come basis.   Most importantly, these volunteers interact with neighbors, introducing or sharing a love of gardening with them.
  • Benevolence Office tasks- Each Tuesday of the month, parishioners serve as receptionists, welcoming clients, scheduling appointments, and answering the phone.

Food 4 Kids-for one week each summer, Grace parishioners prepare lunches to be given to school age children who would otherwise be food deficient.  

Scouts BSA Troop 10 and Venture Crew 10 - Grace Church has a lengthy history of supporting a scout troop for 5th through 12th grade boys and a venture crew for 8th grade through college young men and women. Troop 10 meets at Grace Church in the parish hall on Monday nights, Crew 10 meets once a month on a Sunday evening. Grace Church is working to charter a Scouts BSA troop for 5th through 12th grade girls.

Beyond Our Community

 This year Grace Church has financially supported the following organizations that strive to serve the less fortunate of the world:

  • Shelter Box, Inc-providing shelter and essential supplies to those affected by catastrophes such as war or weather disasters;
  • the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief