Reaching Out With Grace

Ministries of outreach and social justice
In the programs listed below Grace reaches beyond Grace offering food, housing, companionship,..

Our mission statement says that at Grace, we serve Christ through compassionate care for one another, the community and God’s world” and some of the ways in which we offer that care happens through our outreach and social justice programs.

If you are interested in participating you can simply just show up to the times and dates mentioned or contact Rev. Jen Adams at Grace for more information. Follow Grace on Twitter and Facebook for additional ways to help with other ministries of outreach and social justice.

Feeding America
The second thursday of the month

Feeding-America-Holland-Michigan-Grace-ChurchOn the second Thursday of the month from about 5:00-6:30pm Grace welcomes an average of one hundred fifty-five families for hospitality, a warm meal and then from our parking lot, we distribute about eight thousand pounds of food from the Feeding America Mobile food pantry. Grace purchases and distributes the food and also tries each month to give each family laundry detergent and toilet paper to take home since these items can’t be purchased with Bridge Cards. All ages can help us by coming to Grace between 4:30 and 7:00pm on second Thursdays to help with hospitality, meal prep, distribution, registration, conversation, take down … there is something to do for everyone and every age so jump in!

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We also welcome financial contributions to help support the food, laundry soap and toilet paper purchases. (Send a check to Grace with the memo line reading “Feeding America”) Call or email the Church Office for more information.

Community Kitchen
Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday Grace helps serve lunch at Community Kitchen, a ministry of Community Action House housed at Western Theological Seminary (12th Street and College Ave.) Sign up in the Church Commons or call the church office to get on the calendar and participate in this ministry.

Ministries with Refugees

Grace Church owns two houses that are adjacent to the Church’s property, one of which is now being used to provide a home for a refugee family from Cuba.  This ministry of care and support is a shared one with St Francis deSales Catholic Parish. When there are particular needs we post them in the newsletter and Sunday bulletin insert. If you’d like to be more regularly involved with this ministry, contact the Church Office or Outreach Chairs Elizabeth Brubaker or Robbie Schorle.

Financial Giving

Each quarter Grace distributes a percentage of our budget to local, national and worldwide relief efforts. Agencies and groups that have received support from Grace include:

    Episcopal Relief and Development
    Feeding America
    Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates, Holland
    Boys and Girls Club of Holland
    Community Action House and Community Kitchen
    Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA)
    Out on the Lakeshore (Community Center supporting LGBTQ people, families, and allies)
    The Center for Women in Transition