Compassionate Outreach

Serving as a key ministry of Grace Episcopal Church, the mission of our Outreach effort is to provide effective support to those in need in partnership with a number of worthy organizations in the Gainesville community and beyond. Grace Church parishioners are active in giving time and talent to many community organizations and the church facilities are available to many worthy community activities. We encourage you to get involved.

Community Food Pantry

Grace Church has been serving the Community Food Pantry for over 39 years, making this the longest running outreach program of our church. Rotating with other churches, Grace serves by providing volunteers to staff the pantry and by collecting food to stock the shelves just prior to our assigned dates. Volunteers typically work in groups of four on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 12:00 to 1:30 PM during our rotation dates. The Food Pantry, which is conveniently located in the Community Foundation Building on Oak Street, is in need of additional volunteers because of a substantial increase in the number of families needing assistance.

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Family Promise

Family Promise is ministry in our community with a goal of helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Grace provides overnight lodging and meals for one to four families (parents and children, up to 14 persons total) for one week every two or three months on a rotating basis with other area churches. Many volunteers are needed to make it all possible.

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Good News at Noon

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers from Grace Church have been responsible for preparing and serving the noon meal at Good News at Noon mission every Tuesday since 1977.

Angel Tree

Grace Church, in partnership with the Salvation Army, helps fulfill the holiday hopes and dreams of children in our community through our Angel Tree. Please look for the tree in the Greeting Area in November.

Other Opportunities

There are many other opportunities for outreach throughout the year, such as a Thanksgiving food collection for Emmaus House, participating in Challenged Child and Friend's annual 5K, sending a team to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy Spelling Bee, painting pottery bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's "Empty Bowl Lunch," and collecting money in Mite Boxes each Easter for Episcopal Relief and Development. Our children's and youth programs are also involved in outreach projects.

The Outreach Committee

The committee that coordinates our Compassionate Outreach to the community and the wider world meets on the second Monday of the month from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Grace Center Conference Room. The Outreach Committee is a group of hard working and committed parishioners who take their duties very seriously and realize that they are entrusted with the responsibility of using outreach funds wisely. The Committee commits funds to agencies and programs at the beginning of the year and also funds agencies, programs or individuals on an emergency basis throughout the year.