As a body of believers who want to know Jesus more, and want others to know him too, we want to be FOR our city.
Our world is a broken world, devastated by racism, poverty, hunger, addiction, and relational hurt. This brokenness is the result of sin of man, but God didn’t leave us to be devastated forever. God is for us and he is for our cities. He gave us light amidst the darkness, hope amidst the hopelessness, and peace amongst the chaos. He gave us Jesus.
Isaiah 61:3-4 says,
That they may be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; They shall raise up the former devastations; They shall repair the ruined cities, The devastations of many generations.
We have the opportunity and the call to engage the devastation and brokenness we see in our city and world by bringing Jesus beyond the walls of our church. We do this by learning and showing up! Grace Church has been humbled to partner with amazing schools and organizations around our city to bring hope in three main areas: Foster Care/Adoption, Food Insecurity, and Education.
Serve through Grace Church:
Grace Church Book Clubs
In partnership with Waco ISD and many churches across our city, we have teamed up with our neighborhood school, Crestview Elementary, to increase literacy amongst kids in our neighborhood. All it takes is 30 minutes a week! You will be assigned a Book Club of 2-3 kids that you will invest in simply by reading 30 minutes during their lunch. Please contact Amy Jimenez for more information and/or complete this form.
Staff and Family Support at Crestview Elementary
Throughout the school year, we host breakfasts and assist in school events to encourage the staff and teachers at Crestview to keep doing the amazing and difficult work they do. If you are interested in these upcoming events, please contact Lydia Mathis.
Foster Care and Adoption
In June 2018, 162 children from McLennan County had been placed in the foster care system. Most kids are placed out of Waco because there are not enough foster families.
We may not all be called to foster or adopt, but we can all support families who are! Through our partnerships with Arrow Child & Family Ministries, Generations Adoptions, and Refuge Waco, there are many ways to serve: collect donations, assist with hosting events such as providing childcare, serve foster families directly by meals, cleaning, lawn care, or even babysitting and respite care.
If you are interested in fostering or pursue adoption, we would love to connect you to these agencies. Please consider attending an interest meeting! Arrow hosts these meetings once a month from 6pm to 9pm each of these evenings at the Waco office’s training room which is located at 1101 Wooded Acres Dr. Suite 111 Waco, TX 76710.
To sign up to serve in our Foster Care and Adoption ministry please complete this mailing list: https://bit.ly/2gMnV88 and/or email .
Almost one out of every five Texans is food insecure, meaning they do not have access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week. We want to help eradicate food insecurity in our city, so we partner with Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry, where there are many opportunities to serve, build relationships, and feed people!
- Stocking the pantry Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
- Food delivery one hour a week to homebound seniors.
- Volunteer at Things from the Heart Resale Shop! All proceeds to go Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry.
- Volunteer to help assist families getting food on Thursdays at 1401 N. 34thStreet.
- Volunteer the second Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm at 3300 Franklin Ave, Waco, TX 76710 to serve food to families.
To volunteer, contact Shepherd’s Heart at 254-722-9517 or visit 1401 North 34th Street.
In our broken world, it has become natural, commonplace, and even normal for us to be all about our families who look like us, our friends who look like us, and we tend to stay in our own bubbles. We rarely find ourselves in places or with people who are different, or out of our patterns of normal life. But, if we truly want to be FOR our city, we need to emulate Christ and seek His desire for the cities in which we live.
At Grace, we want to make Jesus known, and we want to know him more. As we look at His life, he intentionally spent time with people of all backgrounds. He also met tangible needs of people as a way to strengthen their faith and reveal the character of God to people.
He fed people.
He taught people.
He loved people.
He called us to care for those who lost their families.
At Grace, we believe we are called to be part of our city, and not just in our comfortable routine of life. We are called to know and to love our neighbors.