In our baptismal covenant we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all persons”, loving our neighbors as ourselves and “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons,
loving your neighbor as yourself?
This the root of our Outreach and the root of our lives as Christians: we follow the example of Jesus in caring for the sick and the poor, the outcast and the forgotten. Our church buildings, once surrounded by the large Victorian residences of affluent people, are now in the midst of a neighborhood of poverty and working poor people, dwelling in mansions that have been carved into During 2013, Outreach Ministries, along with our Grace Episcopal Church family, continued to “Love our neighbors as ourselves.” Grace Church assisted hundreds of our neighbors in our local community and beyond by allowing God’s love to pass through us to others in their time of need. As stewards of the talent and treasure provided to Outreach, we were able to provide financial assistance to: Mid-City Nutrition Blue Water Safe Horizons Neighborhood Ecumenical Team (N.E.T.) Habitat for Humanity We continue to help Habitat for Humanity, Blue Water Safe Horizons and Bridge Builders by offering them rent free use of two buildings on 6th Street, across from the church. Our Grace Church family has developed a strong legacy of giving to our local community. We continue to serve those in need through the following projects:
- Spring Break Food Baskets – joined with neighborhood churches to provide food for families during Spring Break who normally rely on schools for breakfast and lunch
- Provided toiletry and warm winter items for Native Americans to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
- Nail Sale – to support Habitat for Humanity
- Support for animal shelter at Caroline’s Place and for the Community Garden there, both ministries of Blue Water Safe Horizons.
- Angel-to-Angel Project – gifts of toys & clothing, as well as a food basket, helped 23 families (over 75 children) celebrate Christmas
- Soup Kitchen – 47 or more Grace volunteers manned the Soup Kitchen 24 Saturdays.
We increasingly try to engage in ministries which allow us to meet with people face to face — rather than just sending money or other donations. We have provided carpet to the BWSH Pathway shelter when they rehabbed it last summer, we partner with BWSH to work with client needs which fall outside of their grant criteria. This year, Grace is partnering with other churches to bring several food trucks to Port Huron. We continue to volunteer at the Soup Kitchen at Mid City Nutrition. Several people from Grace have visited the Dominican Republic as part of the D.R.E.A.M. ministry.