These group homes focus on the physical and emotional well-being of children, and teach methods for sustaining basic life skills aimed at fostering self-sufficiency when they age out of foster care at age 18.
Volunteers from Grace Church engage the girls at this foster care group home in activities every month, either at the group home or in the community. Each Christmas the congregation provides the resources for the six boys and six girls in the group homes to participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to enjoy.
Interfaith Emergency Services (IES) is a community of faith called by God to offer emergency assistance without judgment to all persons in Marion County. IES provides a full range of services and assistance for residents of Marion County. We serve individuals and families in need. They provide the basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and much more to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals. Each week members have the opportunity to bring canned and dry goods to church to support the Interfaith Emergency Services (IES) Food Pantry. Twice a year we hold church-wide food drives, filling Grace shopping bags with food for the pantry. We also cook and serve dinner at the IES shelter every other month.
Click here to visit Interfaith Emergency Services.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER
The Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center works to eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The center has a 60 bed shelter for women and children that offers safe shelter and counseling. Grace Church members donate items needed at the shelter.
Click here to visit the Domestic Violence Center website.
EpiscoGators is a campus ministry at the Chapel of the Incarnation serving the University of Florida (UF) and Santa Fe College. Grace Church has strong emotional ties with UF as the congregation includes many UF graduates and the parents of UF students. The third Sunday of every month in the school year, Grace members prepare a meal for the students and join them for worship and fellowship.
Click here to visit the Chapel of the Incarnation website.
WOMENS PREGNANCY CENTER
The goal of the Women’s Pregnancy Center is to provide every client with the best possible care and support, while sharing accurate information about the life she is carrying, and to offer help and hope while sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed. Grace Church assists with fundraising activities and provides a meeting space for prospective adoptive parents.
Click here to visit the Women's Pregnancy Center website.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Every year Grace Church members fill shoeboxes with simple gifts that are sent all around the world, bringing God’s love and the message of the Gospel.
Click here to visit Operation Christmas Child website.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS GROUP
Our group here at Grace is committed to seeing an end to this modern-day slavery. Grace Church is a member of the Marion County Human Trafficking Task Force and we are informed about local issues. Our initial efforts will be directed at raising awareness of all aspects of human trafficking, and offering ways to take action in our community.
Click here for more information on Human Trafficking and how to help.