Outreach/Faith in Action

The Outreach Ministry at Grace strives to build meaningful and sustainable relationships by working with our community “Ministry Partners” who feed, clothe, shelter, and welcome immigrants; and support families.

  • We seek out, support, partner, and build relationships with local and international organizations that support our core values of inclusion, service, discovery, and gratitude.
  • We provide opportunities for parishioners of all ages and abilities to connect with our service ministry partners.
  • We strive to discover new and creative ways to work with other ministry programs to build a more integrated church community.

We presently have nine Ministry Partners, which include local community food banks and assistance programs; an immigration assistance center; and “Mom’s Morning Retreat,” an inspirational monthly meeting of mothers with school-age children. In 2021, we began “Gifts of Dirt,” a working garden led by volunteers from Grace. Each year, this garden ministry produces more than a ton of vegetables for Helpline House, our local food bank. We also offer “Butterfly Gifts” to applicants. These one-time financial gifts are given to an organization or ministry and are earmarked for a humanitarian need or service after approval by the Outreach ministers and our rector.

Service Sundays at Grace

Service Sundays have focused activities benefitting our established Ministry Partners, and are designed to work toward the goal of achieving a hands-on and “being with” relationship with both our Ministry Partners and other organizations in the community and beyond. Usually falling on the last Sunday of each month afterthe 9:30 service, we meet and gather donated items, or work on a simple project to support our Ministry Partner of the month. Notification of the selected ministry and description of requests are highlighted in the eNews and Sunday bulletin.

Sample of Outreach Giving:

  • Thirty-two $25 gift cards for Helpline to disperse for the holiday season
  • Butterfly Gift in the amount of $1200 to support the health and dental program at Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center
  • 52 packages of cowboy chili ingredients to Fishline
  • More than six carloads of warm clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, rain gear, camping gear, and blankets dispersed to local organizations helping clients meet their clothing needs
  • Delivered 3,339 pounds of fresh produce grown in the Gifts of Dirt Garden to Helpline House
  • $500 donation to Episcopal Relief and Development for humanitarian aid to assist people affected by the Middle East conflict
  • $250 donation to Holy Innocents Church for people affected by fires in Maui
  • Supported an active role in Grace Summer Camp

Grace Outreach Ministry Co-Leaders: Cindy Logan and Kathleen Abell

Grace Ministries and Ministry Partners