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Outreach

Outreach is a way we can show our living relationship to God through Jesus Christ by being a loving and caring community that reaches out to all His creatures.

 

 

ECHO

 

ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others) is an organization whose purpose is to help people in need in our community.  It is through the donations from congregations, civic groups, charitable organizations, and individuals that enable ECHO to assist people who suffer the long-term effects of poverty or emergency needs.  Grace Church is one of 26 churches in the Burke-Springfield area supporting ECHO.  Our church is involved through food drives, special collections (money), Thanksgiving/Christmas Baskets representation on the Board of Directors, and by individuals who serve as volunteers.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School [VBS], when held, is an outreach program offered for one week during the summer for church and community children age 4 to those entering Grade 5.  Through a range of fun activities including crafts, music, and stories, the children learn about basic Bible truths and God’s love in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.  Offerings taken at VBS are donated to those in need.  Families of Grace usually host a family evening for the families of community children who attended VBS.


Angel Tree Ministry

 

Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ.  It seeks to transform the lives of these families and to reconcile them to their Heavenly Father and each other.  Grace Church has participated in this ministry since 1996.  Prisoner-parents can request that Christmas gifts be presented to their children on their behalf.  Using information from the prisoner-parent, each child’s gift wish is collected from at-home parent or guardian.  At Grace, the gift wishes are written on paper angels hung on the special Angel Tree in the church lobby.  Members of the congregation select an angel and purchase the “wish gift.”  Grace deacons deliver all gifts on behalf of the absent parent to the families prior to Christmas.  Not only are the children and inmates being touched by the Gospel but caregivers as well.  Participants are also encouraged to keep praying for the prisoners and their families.

 

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  (Matthew 25: 35-36)