Missions

Our Call: The Grace Mission Team is called by God to provide for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world and to alleviate suffering in the name of Jesus.


Some of the missions we support are: Helping hands, Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Community Dinners for the homeless and hungry, Family Promise, Campus Crusade, and our sister church in Cuba. 


If you are interested in volunteering or supporting any of these ministries, please contact the church office at 941-488-1374.

  • Family Promise

    Family Promise is just one of the many missions/ministries Grace participates in. If you are interested in volunteering in this wonderful outreach ministry please contact: Steve Boone at sboone@boone-law.com or work 488-6716 during the day or at home in the evenings 488-8368 .


    Family Promise is about helping families with children in temporary need of housing in Venice, North Port, and Englewood get back on their feet. We help families in transition take the first step. Family Promise is a national non-profit agency with 185 local affiliates in 42 states and our local affiliate, of South Sarasota County, is also a 501(c)(3) non-profit. They are a faith-based organization that enables the community to work together to address the needs of children without a home by providing temporary shelter, meals, and comprehensive services to their family to help them achieve lasting self-sufficiency. 


    Grace supports Family Promise by being a host church. We do this by supplying Breakfast, dinner, lodging at Grace and activities for the children for 1 week out of every quarter.


    If you are interested in volunteering in this wonderful outreach ministry please contact: Steve Boone at sboone@boone-law.com or work 488-6716 during the day or at home in the evenings 488-8368


    DATES GRACE HOSTS FAMILY PROMISE: 


    4th Quarter 2017 = 10/1/17- 10/8/17


    1st Quarter 2018 =  1/21/18 - 1/28/18

    2nd Quarter 2018 =  3/11/18 - 3/18/18

    3rd Quarter 2018 = 8/26/18 - 9/2/18                    

  • Children's home

    In keeping with Grace’s strong relationship with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, we thought some of you would like to go to their website www.allchildrenfirst.org and learn more about this ministry. 

  • South County Food Pantry

    On a weekly basis, we collect non-perishable, unopened items for the South County Food Pantry. 


    Donation containers are located in the Narthex for the congregation to place their items. 


    You may also drop off any items during the week at the Church Office.

  • Habitat For humanity

    Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc. is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operating on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

  • Crop Walk

    Since the early 1980’s our Church has annually participated in the National “Crop Walk” Campaign with other churches in the community to raise money to fight against hunger and starvation. Walkers are asked to get pledges for each mile walked. The word “crop” is the name given to community wide hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service.


    CROPWALKERS WALK to help families receive food and shelter as they rebuild their homes and lives, to help communities have wells that provide safe, clean drinking water close to home, to provide food for local emergency food programs throughout the United States, and because millions of people around the world walk everyday for food, shelter, water and survival. 


    Our community receives 25% of the funds raised at the Venice Crop Walk to support the outreach feeding programs of the Salvation Army, South County Food Pantry, Meals of Wheels, and the Venice Area Ministerial Association. 


    For more information about the Crop Walk Organization, please call or visit their official web site at: www.crophungerwalk.org or call 1-800-456-1310. 

  • Community Dinner

    Interfaith Outreach began its Community Dinner program in 2009 in response to the devastating effects of the Great Recession on families in the South Sarasota County area.


    Last year (2014), our eight volunteer chefs served dinners to about 2500 guests at four Venice locations, all accessible by public bus: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grace United Methodist Church, St, Mark’s Episcopal Church and Venice United Church of Christ (food prepared at the Jewish Congregation of Venice). The weekly dinners served an average of 50 guests each and required the time and effort of about 18 volunteers, from chefs and servers to greeters and dishwashers.


    Nine different faith communities continue to provide fresh fruit on a rotating basis. This is coordinated by an Operations Committee member. Each dinner is overseen by Dinner Captains. The 177 volunteers who work at the dinners are divided into four teams and are contacted by Team Captains who provide them assistance at the dinners.


    Our guests continue to be truly appreciative of the meals we provide. Even more important in some ways is the opportunity we offer to socialize with our volunteers and each other. There is a real sense of community and fellowship as you walk around each dining hall and listen to the conversation. A two-way trust has developed as a result of really listening to and caring for each other.


    The Interfaith Outreach Vision: 

    Our vision is to work together as people of faith in service to the community since we believe all people deserve to have their basic needs met. While our individual beliefs may be different, we have the same vision of a community working together for the good of every member.


    If your interested in volunteering - please call the church office: 941-488-1374

  • Soup Labels/Box tops

    This is a mission that is part of the Red Bird Missionary Conference located in a very poor section of our great country in SE Kentucky. With labels that we might just throw away, this mission is able to get items that help the children and adults they serve. For other information contact: Dorris Ann Wasson 941-412-0847.


    Saving Campbell’s Soup Labels AND Box Tops for Red Bird Mission

    • For soup labels: the whole coupon needs to be cut out, including the code on the label and the red part that says `1 coupon’.  
    • For Box Tops: it’s the little label that says ‘Box Top’ including the expiration date. Turn them in at the front office. Henderson Settlement uses the box tops for school supplies for the two schools that are part of the mission. On some snacks, there is a note on the front of the bag that a box top is there. It is usually very small on the back.     
  • Umcor

    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.


    UMCOR is a Charity Navigator 4-star rated organization. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries, and our goal is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe all people have God-given worth and dignity. 


    UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.


    While UMCOR cooperates with other aid organizations to extend our reach, our most important partners are the people we serve. We are confident that successful solutions to emergency or chronic conditions begin with the affected population. UMCOR provides these survivors not only temporary relief but long-term education, training, and support.


    UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.

  • Missionaries

    We contribute annually to support:

    • Pat & Karen Burroughs - Campus Crusade
    • Sara Flores - Esuador
    • Sister Methodist Church in Cuba - Herrera Church (Cuba-Flordia Conference Convenant)
    • Imagina No Malaria - Florida Annual Conference