Ministry in Motion
Our Outreach Ministries: Our Faith in Action
We seek to love and serve God, and we seek to love and serve our neighbors, near and far.
The people of Grace Church volunteer and serve in countless ways throughout Paris, Henry County, and West Tennessee. Though the vast majority of their work is not formally “connected” with Grace, they will tell you that this work is motivated, energized, and revitalized by their life as part of this parish community.
More formally, our parish hosts the Patriots’ Community Kitchen every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:00 at Grace Church’s Ketchum Hall. This feeding ministry offers a hot meal and friendly companionship to anyone seeking to stretch their food dollars. The “Pats’ Kitch” was born in early 2008 as a service project by students at Henry County High School--hence the “Patriots”, the school mascot, in the name. It has been, and continues to be, supported by a wide range of community, civic, and religious organizations. Grace Church is proud to be a participant in this community-wide ministry.
Grace Church's chapter of the international religious order of the Daughters of the King is committed to prayer and service. The Daughters of the King are particularly committed to daily prayer for the concerns of the congregation and community. Prayer request cards are located in the pew racks and can be dropped in the offering plate, passed to the ushers, or dropped into the locked box in Ketchum Hall. All prayer requests are held in strict confidentiality.
Grace hosts Narcotics Anonymous meetings on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights from 7:00 to 8:00. These are all “open” meetings. The meetings are held in Dreiss-Founders Hall, which has its own entrance on the east (Brewer Street) side of the church.
Education for Ministry is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. It balances new and old testament coursework, theological and church history education with discovery of personal application and ministry.
Grace’s Ketchum Hall provides excellent meeting and entertainment space for churches, youth groups, civic clubs and other non-profit organizations. Ketchum Hall is frequently used for dinner events, fund raisers, and lunch meetings. Its central location downtown, ease of access, full-sized kitchen, and easily configurable space help ensure its continued popularity. (Contact the church office (email or 731-642-1721) for more information on reserving Ketchum Hall.)
Grace Church contributes hours and funding to many other outreach efforts across our local community, such as the Damascus Road shelters, Project Help, Helping Hand, and the Paris-Henry County Food Bank. We’ve assisted this past year with the NAACP’s “school backpacks” program which gets much-needed school supplies into local classrooms, and at Christmas we filled care packages for Operation Christmas Child’s international efforts. We support the community-wide Thanksgiving Meal, and we support the Paris-Henry County Ministerial Association’s annual Christmas Basket program ... just to name a few.