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 FOR 2020


    Jan. 12 - 19

    April 19 - 26

    Sept. 13 - 20

    Nov. 29 - Dec. 6



                     


  • CROP HUNGER WALK 2020


    The 2020 John Clay Memorial Crop Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday February 23. The 1 or3 mile walk will begin and end here at Grace UMC, where approximately 400 walkers will march in solidarity to end hunger worldwide and here in our community.


    Crop Hunger Walks are interfaith educational and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS) and are organized by local churches and organizations. They are led by volunteers to raise funds for food, clean water, and also help provide resources (such as seeds, tools, technical training etc.) that empower people to meet their own needs. Donations raised are sent to the most impoverished nations as well as used locally to eradicate hunger.


    In 1990 John Clay, Director of Christian Education here at Grace, was responsible for organizing the first Crop Walk in Venice. Since his death in 1995, to honor him as the founder, the Venice Crop Walk became know as the John Clay Memorial Crop Hunger Walk.


    For the past 50 years Crop Hunger Walks have taken place across the US. The Venice John Clay Memorial Walk is often the most successful in Florida and usually one of the top fund raisers in the nation. Last year $35,902 was donated to CWS.


    25% of the funds are returned to local communities. In 2019 nearly $10,000 was donated to the following local hunger relief organizations in the Venice area:

    Center of Hope of South County – provide food and social services for the needy, 600-800 per month.


    Laurel Civic Association – 280 hot meals served each week, food distribution monthly to needy families.  Offer an afterschool program for 75 kids per day (including homework assistance).


    Trinity Presbyterian Community Assistance Ministry – food pantry (last year 40,000 used) and clothes closet, serve 100+ hot meals 3 days a week


    Venice Area Mobile Meals – makes and delivers 140 hot meals 6 days per week to the elderly, shut-ins, and rehab patients.


    The need is great. We can make a difference in this daunting challenge to fight hunger around the globe and in our local community. Let’s join in to help solve this major problem, because we do not believe that hunger is inevitable.


    You can sign up to walk by contacting Mary King (492-9809) or Jay Geerdes (485-2634) or by stopping by the information desk before or after church services. Also, please consider making a donation to one of the walkers. Or donations can be made online at CWS/CropHungerWalk.com. It is easy – click on donate, select team, (GUMC) and proceed.


    The entire Grace Community is urged to support the 2020 John Clay Memorial Crop Hunger Walk. Thank you and God bless for contributing to this important mission.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 Box Tops 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  Box Tops for Red Bird Mission

    • 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.