We are called “to love and serve others” and outreach is an expression of love and serving. It is the living out of the Christian message. We undertake special projects but we also work in concert with a number of local organizations to support many who are marginalized. Along with the sharing of time and talent, we also share our financial resources.
Ongoing Outreach - Food
Churches may provide food for the soul but we find an important part of our mission of caring for God’s people is to provide food for the stomach.
The “Food Bank” that Grace supports is operated by the North Dartmouth Outreach Support Centre out of Stairs Memorial United Church in Dartmouth. Grace provides Board members to the North Dartmouth Outreach Support Centre and people from the congregation volunteer on Tuesday (delivery and packing) and Wednesday (distribution) mornings. Grace accepts weekly food donations (place in the drawer of the stand at the King St. door) as well as having special campaigns for food (White Gift Service, Easter breakfast, etc.). Grace makes an annual donation but congregation members can also make donations to the Food Bank by indicating it on the PAR form or marking it on the church envelope.
Grace offers financial support and provides meals to the F.O.O.D. (Feeding Others of Dartmouth) that operates out of Margaret’s House. We are part of the of the Christian Relief and Development Coalition that supports F.O.O.D. Members of Grace also provided donations of goods for the annual fundraising Christmas Full of Caring (dinner and auction) that is F.O.O.D.’s major fundraiser.
Ongoing Outreach - Inclusion
Grace has a special interest in inclusion of people with differing abilities. Over the past several years we have formed a partnership with Club Inclusion and are able to offer a number of activities at Grace. On Mondays there is Inclusive Choir, a free drop-in Choir for people from disabled and abled community. On Tuesday, Club Inclusion offers a day program and on two Saturday evenings a month, Club Dartmouth (Club Inclusion-Grace partnership) operates a drop-in program. Club Inclusion’s monthly calendar provides current information on these events.
Club Inclusion and Grace were able to partner to purchase and install an adult change table in one of the main floor washrooms.
Each year, the congregation collects collects personal care items for Coverdale Foundation (April) and Alice Housing (October).
In late November and early December, Grace has an Adopt-A-Family project that support families chosen by different agencies by providing Christmas gifts. Stocking tags are hung at the front of the church with desired items. You can choose one or more stocking and return the unwrapped items, with the stocking tag attached, by early December.
Each fall of each year, we place an undecorated Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary which becomes the Tree of Warmth. Members of the congregation “decorate” it with mittens or other winter clothing accessories (hats, scarves, etc) as well as socks and underwear. Items are given to Brunswick Street Mission and to Margaret’s House as well Out of the Cold at St. Matthew’s Church.