circle of women
Tuesday, May 25, 7PM, Outside at Grace
Bring a chair and we will sit in an actual circle for the first time in over a year! For this month’s session, we are taking a break from our usual book that grounds our discussions, and we will be reflecting together on the spiritual gifts and challenges we have discovered in pandemic.
Social distancing and COVID guidelines will be followed.
As part of our outreach ministry, Grace Church is responsible for fresh food donations and preparing and serving at nourish.NJ at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. The Soup Kitchen serves 150 – 250 guests a nutritious meal of soup, chicken, rice, vegetables, salads, fruits, breads, desserts and beverages.
Kitchen volunteers work 9:30am to 1:30pm, while servers work from 11am to 1:00pm. Food and monetary donations are always needed as well as twelve to fifteen volunteers to help in the kitchen and serve the food. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. To volunteer, check the sign-up sheet which is posted three weeks before our CSK date or contact Tom Honohan.
Food for Friends Food Pantry Donations
Food for Friends is an outreach food ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, collecting food at churches all over the diocese and distributing it to those in need. Food gathered at Grace Church is distributed by Trinity Lutheran Church, Dover, a small and amazingly active urban church that runs a daily soup kitchen, meals on wheels for the home-bound, and a food pantry, all conducted by volunteers. Grace Church also supports the small emergency food pantry at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dover. This pantry has been very active because of the pressure of the national economy on indigent families.
Donations can be made to the shopping cart in the lobby outside of Grace Hall. Most useful items include: canned chicken and beef, chili, corned beef hash, ravioli, “chunky” soups, spaghetti sauce, stew, pork and beans, Vienna sausages, tuna and similar non-perishable food. Please make sure they are not past their expiration date. Contact Kit Cone with questions.
The Re-Start Ministry
The Re-Start Ministry of Grace Church gathers furniture and other household items from donors, and delivers them to people who are moving from group housing into apartments. It is a collection and redistribution agency for gifts of furniture, small appliances, baby goods and supplies
and food stuffs. Clients are referred to the
Re-Start Ministry by 50 private and government agencies, representing battered women’s shelters, drug rehabilitation programs, and homeless shelters. If you can use assistance, please contact Nancy Willis, Communications Manager, at
(973) 610 2325 or by email.
Grace Outreach Grants
The Outreach Committee supports the work of other non-profits--in our community as well as national organizations. Applications are reviewed twice yearly and the Outreach Committee make recommendations to the Vestry for review. Typically, grants are between $500- $2,500.
Here are the 2018 Grant Recipients.
Backpacks for Kids
Before each school year Grace collects school supplies and backpacks for those children in need. This outreach allows those kids to get a head-start on a successful school year.
All The Way Up
We’re looking for new tutors in Newark and Maplewood for our GED classes. We also are providing some volunteer opportunities beyond tutoring: student tech support (possibly youth volunteer opportunity for only one hour weekly) and welcome desk volunteers (to answer the phone and help with check-in, etc.)
More info at allthewayupnj.org