Why We Do It
“God so loved the world!” and Grace Church does too. Our reaching out is a bold expression of faith, a response to Jesus’ imperatives that we “love our neighbors” and care for “the least of these my brothers and sisters.” Our outreach efforts also include a commitment to reaching “with.” Grace is strengthened by and always learning from others – individuals, families, churches, and other organizations – who share the goal of making this world a better place for all.
Our reach is wide. We partner with organizations such as Feeding America, Out On The Lakeshore, Lighthouse Immigration Advocates, Episcopal Relief and Development, and others. In 2020 we’ll begin hosting homeless families through Family Promise, a ministry shared with several other local churches. We’ll help the Rodriguez-Matos family, who came to Grace as refugees and live in our Parish House, build their new home with Habitat for Humanity. We’ll feed all who come. The reach of Grace takes many forms – prayerful, financial, hands on, and with – all expressions of faith as God works through us in love.
Our impact is life-giving. This year, Grace distributed over one hundred thousand pounds of food and served an average of one hundred families per month through our mobile food pantry ministry. We helped welcome thousands to the Holland Pride festival in support of our LGBTQ members, neighbors, and friends. Grace supported immigrants in West Michigan and offered our Parish House as a home for refugees. We gave to global efforts through Episcopal Relief and Development (ER&D) and were present on the ground with Faith Leaders for Justice here. Grace reaches out in ways that change lives – spiritually and materially. And as we offer this reach, we who are Grace, are changed too.