Beyond the Church
Christ & Grace Episcopal Church offers a host of opportunities to serve the community, the region and the world. Parishioners are committed to the Great Commandment: To love God and our neighbor as ourselves.
THE MEN'S SHELTER
Twenty-six to 30 volunteers from Christ & Grace provide a hot dinner for 35-40 men on the third, fourth and fifth Wednesdays of each month. Each month a different team shares the preparation and delivery and also serves the food.
DOWNTOWN CHURCHES UNITED LUNCH PROGRAM
We provide lunch for the homeless 6-7 times a year at various churches in the community.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Volunteers deliver meals to shut-ins through the national Meals on Wheels organization.
WORK CAMP LUNCHES
Lunches are provided for two weeks to a team of young people who are renovating homes for people in need in the Tri-City Area. (About 5-10 volunteers are involved in this outreach program.)
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS DINNERS
The Department of Social Services identifies needy families, and Christ & Grace provides complete turkey dinners for them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We typically help about 8-10 families at Thanksgiving and 25-30 families at Christmas.
ANGEL TREE MINISTRY
Christmas gifts (toys) and gift cards for clothing are purchased for 40 children of incarcerated parents accessed through the Prison Ministry. Gifts are wrapped and delivered shortly before Christmas. (Nearly 60 parishioners volunteer for this program.)
WALK AGAINST HUNGER
We participate in the Downtown Churches United (DCU) Walk against Hunger in November each year. Those who participate in the 6K walk raise funds for the needy in Petersburg.
Our international mission trips to the Diocese of Belize have helped build schools and offered Vacation Bible School for students. In the past, 13-18 volunteers have participated in this mission each time the church has organized a trip.
MARTHA MERRITT FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION
Parishioners donate "foods of the month" for the Martha Merritt Pantry, and members of the EYC deliver them.
JACKSON FEILD HOME FOR GIRLS
Garments and toiletry items are picked up or delivered to the Jackson Feild Home.
We provide small loans for low-income people in second and third world countries through an organization called Kiva, which works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT
ERD, the charitable branch of our denomination, collects donations through our church on ERD Sunday and after national or international calamities. Through the ERD Christmas Gift Catalogues, members can help poor people around the world enhance and develop growth opportunities.
ONE-TIME OUTREACH SERVICES
“Adopt a Family” in stressed circumstances, Support for Palestinian Christian from Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Middle East to help with Work Camp, Malaria nets for Africa, Care packages for the troops in Iraq, and St. Joseph's School retention effort.
The Outreach Committee distributes designated funds from our budget and endowment income to more than 30 local, national and international charities.