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Grace Local Ministries

Grace Care Ministry 

  • Leader: Mattie Collins. Mattie has led the care ministry for 5 years. The ministry has been active for over thirty years. 
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Usually the care ministry answers requests that come into the church through phone, email, or walk-in. Time commitment will vary due to needs requested.  
  • What is the purpose of your ministry? To assist people in need for emergency help such as rent, power bill, etc. This ministry assists both Grace and non-Grace members.  
  • Prayer items: Pray for wisdom in responding to requests for assistance. Pray for guidance in determining additional means to meet needs other than one time financial gifts. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Mattie Collins

Commonwealth Senior Living - Assisted Living

  • Leaders: Judy Abell, Colleen Eckard, and Connie Schoonover. Judy has been involved at Commonwealth for 6 years, Colleen for 3 years, and Connie for 2 years.  
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Twice a month Bible studies with residents. Typically spend 15 minutes each week singing hymns with a resident serving as song leader and then 30 minutes reading, studying, and discussing the Scriptures. 
  • What is the purpose of your ministry? To promote God's faithfulness and provision of salvation through the use of Bible stories with the goal of reaching mentally intact residents. Bible study attendance averages around 12 residents.    
  • Prayer items: Pray that the support by facility staff and the interest of the residents would continue. Pray for wisdom and discernment as Judy and Colleen finish sharing lessons from the Old Testament before returning to study the gospels. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Judy Abell

English Club at Regency Square Mall 

  • Leader: The leaders of the ministry are members at Staples Mill Baptist Church. However Greg Pinkard and Erich Bridges (Grace Members) are regularly involved in the ministry.  
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Meets every Monday at Regency Square Mall from 6:30-8pm. Minimal preparation needed. Volunteers help new English speakers improve their language skills via discussion, vocabulary, group activities, and Bible stories. 
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To assist and share the love of Christ with immigrants and refugees. 
  • Current ministry needs: More volunteers needed. 
  • Prayer items: Pray for the leaders at Staples Mill Baptist Church who lead the club as they prepare weekly Bible lessons. Pray for extended relationships beyond the Monday night club. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Erich Bridges.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Freeman High School

  • Leader: Kevin Kubota. Kevin has led FCA at Freeman for 3 years. 
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Meets every Friday at 8am at Douglas Freeman High School. 
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To provide encouragement and fellowship for students at Freeman.   
  • Current ministry needs: Support and encourage the current FCA representative for Henrico, Brenda Davis.  
  • Prayer items: Pray that the Christian students at Freeman would live out their faith everyday in a tough environment. Pray that they are intentional in reaching their peers with the love of Jesus. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Kevin Kubota

Gideons International 

  • Leader: Tim Smith. Tim has led this ministry for 20 years.  
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Yearly events such as graduation and regular meetings. 
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To win the lost to Jesus Christ.  
  • Prayer items: Pray for the Richmond Metro Bible Blitz in October with the goal of placing 60,000 Bibles. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Tim Smith.

Godwin High School Ministry

  • Leader: Paul Sheaffer. Paul has been leading this ministry for 3 years.   
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Monthly mentor meetings during the school year. Faculty and staff dinners (2x a year). Yearly events such as teacher appreciation day, back to school cook-out, gift bags for staff, and more. Grace members involved in ministry to families in need. Time commitment fluctuates based on the time of the year. 30 minutes to 4 hours a month. 
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To show the unfailing love of Jesus to the Godwin community by meeting practical needs and to establish relationships of trust to share the gospel. 
  • Current ministry needs: Greater Grace involvement in the upcoming 2019-2020 mentoring program. Apprentice to help facilitate and lead the faculty dinners. 
  • Prayer items: Pray for those involved in the monthly mentoring program. Pray that God open a door for our involvement in the Male Empowerment Program. Pray that our involvement in the teacher appreciation day lays further groundwork for gospel ministry. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Paul Sheaffer

Grace Kids Fitness Camp 2019 

  • Leader: Kathleen Cantwell. Kathleen has been leading this ministry for 5 years.    
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? This is an annual event for Grace. This year's Fitness Camp runs from July 22-26. Average time commitment is 2.5 hours a night.   
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To meaningfully engage with our community in a way that honors God and proclaims the gospel. Encouragement and discipleship of Grace members through working together for the gospel. 
  • Current ministry needs: 21 areas that need leadership and volunteers. Leaders and volunteers needed for pre-camp team, camp week team, and post-camp team.  
  • Prayer items: Pray that Grace members would hear and respond to God's call to lead in just the right area of camp. Pray for clear and unified vision for engaging our community with the gospel through word and relationship. Pray for increased connectedness and discipleship between Grace members through camp ministry. Pray that God would be magnified in our community.  
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Kathleen Cantwell.

Virginia Commonwealth University-Chinese Ministry 

  • Leader: Jim and Jan Fiorelli. The Fiorelli's have led the ministry for 2 years. The ministry has been active for at least 10 years.     
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? This ministry takes places at VCU and in the Richmond area. There's a Sunday night discussion group. A Tuesday night English class. A Thursday night PhD-level writing class. There is also a Friday night Bible study and fellowship. These are all weekly ongoing events or activities. 
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? To develop friendships with Chinese students that eventually lead them to Christ, helping them become followers and disciples of Jesus, and then laborers in the harvest field. 
  • Current ministry needs: (1) Further funding for an apartment on the edge of VCU which serves as the ministry hub, (2) a young couple or young singles to befriend and disciple Chinese students, and (3) volunteers to serve as language partners to Chinese students.   
  • Prayer items: Pray that God would grant the Fiorelli’s wisdom, endurance, and love that comes from God in leading and serving the team of couples and of conversation partners ministering to the Chinese students and spouses at VCU. Pray that God will continue to draw those who are "on their way" to Him, and that He will also get the attention of those who have thus far been slow to seek Him; that the Spirit of God would continue to grant a ripe harvest. Pray that those Chinese friends who come to Jesus will grow as disciples in such a way that their faith in Him will be sustainable and transferable if or when they relocate to China; that both here and there they would be fruitful in their disciple-making efforts. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact Jim Fiorelli.

Boy Scout Troop 794

  • Leader: Scoutmaster David Miller. David has 16 years of experience in the Boy Scouts. 
  • Where does the ministry or outreach occur? What is the average time commitment? Troop 794 meets on Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the Nottingham Green Park. There are also monthly campouts or outings.
  • What is the purpose of the ministry? Who are you trying to reach? To teach leadership through an outdoor educational program and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the next generation. 
  • Prayer items: Pray for continued ministry to youth and to meet their needs through the Scout program. Pray that more older youth and their families from Grace become involved with the Scouts. Pray for the young men to hear the gospel clearly and have the opportunity to respond in a healthy environment. 
  • If you're interested in becoming involved in this ministry, please contact David Miller

Our church does not financially support the national Boy Scout organization nor agree with its recent stances on gender issues. We do support the intentional Christian outreach to the young men in Troop 794.