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.

Community Housing Partnership

Grace Church owns three houses that are adjacent to the Church’s property and two of those homes are a part of the Community Housing Partnership. Through this ministry Grace provides homes, mentors and other support for families transitioning out of homelessness for up to eighteen months. We work with Community Action House and Good Samaritan Ministries to provide a well-rounded and thorough network of support to help families get a new start. You can help us by:

  • Serving as a mentor to one of the families. Contact Rev. Jen Adams at rev.jenadams@yahoo.com or Sue Cloutier at suzannemcloutier@hotmail.com if you are interested.
  • Contributing to the Star Tree collection through which we provide Christmas gifts for the families.
  • Contributing during times in which we welcome a new family and need to help stock them with some household basics (kitchen items, furniture, towels, …)

Financial Giving

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

    Episcopal Relief and Development
    Boys and Girls Club of Holland
    The Center for Women in Transition
      LEDA

(Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance)

    Feeding America
    Holland is Ready
    Community Action House
      OAR

(Ottagan Addictions Recovery)

      PFLAG

(Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays)

    Community Housing Partnership
    Community Kitchen