- GO–Grace Outreach
Our Commitment to Serve Others
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.
The “Outreach Group” at Grace Church.
In searching for an outreach ministry as a church or as an individual, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the staggering needs in the world as well as the many opportunities available for Christians who want to address those needs. A group of people at Grace, the ‘Outreach Group’, meets when necessary to prayerfully seek a clear spiritual focus for parish outreach ministries. In addition to keeping the parish informed about current outreach opportunities, the group plans and administers the outreach budget, distributes funding, and serves as a liaison between the parish and various outreach-related agencies. This group also proposes and supports outreach projects, encourages parish participation, works closely with the Vestry and takes responsibility for the stewardship of outreach funds.
Programs supported by Grace Outreach are on the next tab.
Current Outreach Opportunities at Grace Church
BackPacker Program – procures, packs, and distributes food weekly to the homeless and hungry students at Jones Elementary School and Asheville High School
Steadfast House – provides and serves dinner one night a month for residents of the Steadfast House shelter for women and children
ABCCM Food Drives – collects food on a quarterly basis for the ABCCM food pantry
Welcome Table – providing a simple meal from 4:45 to 5:45pm on Mondays (Sept.-May) for anyone who Is hungry. Parishioners are welcome to eat and/or help with this meal.
Room in the Inn – provides shelter and meals at the church to women who are homeless and who are participating in the Room in the Inn program
Broughton Luncheon – provides an annual luncheon for residents of Broughton Hospital
Back to School – provides school supplies to needy foster children in Buncombe County
Angel Tree – provides Christmas presents for 75 foster children in Buncombe County
Habitat for Humanity – partners with the other Episcopal churches in our area to build the Episcopal House for a family chosen by Habitat for Humanity
Financial Donations – provides regular financial support to ABCCM, Habitat for Humanity, MANNA Food Bank, Room in the Inn, Helpmate, Council on Aging, Consider Haiti, and Episcopal Relief and Development as well as relief efforts for disasters in the USA and around the world.
We are always looking to start new ministries so if you have ideas for new programs please contact the Outreach Group. Anyone interested in participating is warmly welcomed.
A descriptive listing of our parish service opportunities is at Get Involved!.