Outreach at Grace Church intertwines with almost everything and everyone in our parish. Grace Outreach seeks to serve God and respectfully respond to the worldly needs of those Jesus referred to as “the least of these” (Matthew 25:35-46): the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, and the suffering.
From individuals volunteering to help local charities to groups within the church raising outreach funds and organizing projects that literally span the globe, our commitment is to serve the Lord by making outreach an integral part of life in our church community. As Jesus told us, by carrying His love and compassion beyond the boundaries of the church to feed the hungry, care for the sick, clothe and shelter the poor and visit prisoners, it is as if we are showing that kindness to Him.
An outreach committee meets regularly to prayerfully seek a clear spiritual focus for parish outreach ministries. In addition to keeping the parish informed about current outreach opportunities, the committee plans and administers the outreach budget, distributes funding and serves as a liaison between the parish and various outreach-related agencies, and proposes and supports outreach projects.
On-Going Outreach Opportunities
BackPacker Program. A group of volunteers, in partnership with MANNA Food Bank, procures, packs, and distributes food weekly to students in need at nearby Jones Elementary School.
Steadfast House. Volunteer teams provide and serve dinner one night a month for residents of the Steadfast House shelter for women and children.
Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM). Food is collected on a quarterly basis for the ABCCM food pantry. Other drives are held based on requests from the agency.
Broughton Luncheon. A small group of volunteers prepares and serves an annual luncheon for residents of Broughton Hospital.
Foster Child Assistance. Back- to-School supplies in late summer and Christmas presents during Advent are annual events supported by the entire parish.
Habitat for Humanity. In partnership with other area Episcopal churches, volunteers work together every two years to build the Episcopal House.
YMCA Mobile Market. Grace hosts the Mobile Market truck once a month and helps distribute free fresh produce to all who need it.
Consider Haiti. Grace partners with Consider Haiti to host the annual “Pumpkin Patch” and raise funds for the agency’s medical ministry in Haiti.
Prison Ministry. Volunteers facilitate a weekly “Grace Movie Night” at Craggy Prison.
Financial Donations. The outreach committee provides regular financial support to ABCCM, Habitat for Humanity, MANNA Food Bank, Room in the Inn, Consider Haiti, and Episcopal Relief and Development in support of relief efforts for disasters in the USA and around the world.
We are always interested in new ministries and welcome your ideas for new programs.
Social justice is the step we take from short-term crisis intervention to long-term solutions, from responses solely of the heart to responses of both heart and mind. The Grace Church outreach committee is working toward projects and activities that help and advocate – for safe and affordable housing; for enough food for everyone; for affordable and adequate healthcare; for sanctuary for those living in fear; and for respect and equity for all.