One of the great things about GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH is that we live out our faith in real and practical ways beyond the Sunday morning experience. We are not here just to sing about Jesus and hear a sermon for an hour, we are here to live for him everyday by helping people, reaching out, feeding the poor, providing disaster relief, and doing things that are close to the heart of God. Not only are we involved in local outreach in our community with programs like School Kits for Kids, the Food Pantry, or Farmington Community Meals but we are very involved in outreach worldwide with partnerships in places like Haiti and Nicaragua.
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Grace Community Church
Missions and Outreach Local and Global Opportunities
Grace Community has two locations currently running in Rochester and Farmington NH. Volunteers are always needed to help serve the families who come into the food pantry. This is done mostly on a rotating schedule. This ministry to the community is one of great need in today’s world. It has proven to be a perfect way to connect with people on a personal level and share the Gospel first hand.
Farmington Family Meals
This weekly opportunity have proven to be a purposeful way to be “THE CHURCH” to families in need. They come not only because they can use a warm meal, but they are hungry for a personal connections with other people. This ministry runs ten months out of the year, from September through the end of June.
Farmington Grace Place Center
Grace Community began renting a space in Farmington near all the businesses where it could be centrally located. This space is open every Tuesday and Thursday for Junior High and High School Aged Kids. We have volunteers on site to oversee the needs of the youth who attend. They come to hang out with their peers and play games, do homework, and what all kids like to do…eat. We provide free refreshments for all those who attend the Center on those two days. Now the kids who come on Tuesday’s are also helping to make food for the Wednesday Family Meal Night and have even been known to show up to help serve.
This outreach opportunity is one that has changed the course of people’s lives. It is run by one of the churches members, Tim Metiver. This ministry began after hurricane Katrina. Teams were taken to help down south and returned with a burning desire to help those in our neighborhoods. This program has been thought, because of the name to be a moving company…not so, it helps the elderly clean yards, build ramps for the handicap in need, gut rooms where mold had set in and needs removal. It is a visual of God at work…hands and feet together for His purpose to…SERVE
School Supplies has grown in cost and in the amount families need to provide. This program runs from June through the end of summer as the kids get ready to go back to school in the fall. Supplies and school bags are collected. School bags are assembled by volunteers, for those families in need of assistance due to financial struggles. There is always a need for volunteers to help with this program.
Every year as we edge towards Christmas, we work with the program “Angel Tree” to provide Christmas gifts for children in the surrounding nearby towns whose parent or parents have been incarcerated. Many of whom are now being raised by Grandparents, Aunt and Uncles…even older Siblings at times. Each child is provided two gifts through the program. One that is a “needed” item and the other an item that the child would “want”. A Christmas party is thrown for the families who can and want to attend where all the gifts are personally handed out. For those families who are not able to attend, those gifts are personally delivered to the homes by volunteers in the church. Wonderful way to show the love of Christ to families who are going through personal hardships.
Haiti “Church to Church” Partnership – Missions Trips
More information can be here http://graceplace.com/haiti/
Jeff and Kris Thompson – Forward Edge Ministries
We first met Jeff and Kris Thompson and were introduced to the ministry of Forward Edge International in New Oreland’s after Hurricane Katrina hit the Southern ledge of the United States and devastated and destroyed thousands of home and lives. We worked alongside them to assist in rebuilding homes and families lives in the New Oreland’s area.
Forward Edge International exists to share Christ’s love with those affected by poverty, disaster and sickness in the U.S. and around the world. They do this by mobilizing people to participate first hand in long term projects, empowering individuals, churches, campus fellowships and businesses to be the hands and feet of “Jesus” in world desperate for His touch.
Knowing Jeff and Kris personally we felt compelled to support the work they are doing in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua with the “Clean Water Project” and the Orphanage they are working with.
True Sojourners is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to blessing and empowering the people of the “hard places” of this world with tangible demonstrations of love. We accomplish this through a series of unique development projects that are all done in partnership with local leaders who direct each initiative.
We believe all people should have access to God’s blessings to humanity, with no strings attached. Blessing, therefore, can take various forms, but often includes things like the opportunity to be educated, to receive medical care, to drink clean water and to personally know that they are loved.
True Sojourners ministry is close to our hearts at Grace Community Church. The work with the organization came from the blanket of our church family. We have watched their children be born, adopted and brought up in the Christian faith. They may live apart from us, but only by distance. They are in our hearts and prayers always. We pray for their amazing lives and the work that God is doing in them and all they come to know.