Serve

In response to Christ’s command and example, Grace has a long history of providing support to Christian and other charitable service organizations.

 

Mission Trips 

Honduras: Parishioners and friends travel annually to Tegucigalpa as part of a work team to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza, a ministry to orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk boys and girls in one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere.

Disaster Relief: Parishioners and friends continue to offer hands-on support to those rebuilding their lives along the Gulf Coast. Most recently, teams have served in New Orleans.  Teams have also responded to Schoharie in upstate New York in the aftermath of disastrous floods that occurred as a result of huricane Irene.

The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Shelter

This Homeless shelter operates ten months a year and is housed at Grace for five weeks each year. Parishioners volunteer to coordinate, cook, and sleep overnight at the shelter at Grace and at other congregations throughout the year.

Christian Help in Park Slope (CHIPS)

Since 1971, CHIPS has been serving hot meals and bagged lunches six days a week, operating a food pantry and providing seasonal clothing to whoever walks in their doors. CHIPS also operates a residency program for young mothers and their infants. For many years Grace Church has supported the ministry of CHIPS by donations of nonperishable food, monetary donations and shopping trips to supply their needs.

CHIPS is currently in a severe financial crisis.  You can help by making donations directly to CHIPS at chipsonline.org

East Brooklyn Congregations

Grace participates as a member of this citywide coalition of congregations of many denominations, organized to improve life in the city. Recent issues have included, among other things, immigration, police and community relations, public schools, and the preservation of urban “green space.”

Tutoring in Brownsville

Volunteers tutor at Frederick Douglas Academy VII, a small public high school in Brownsville, to tutor students to pass Regents exams, and to help seniors strengthen their college essays.  Tutoring is given in math, English, US and global history, and science.  Volunteers work one afternoon a week at the school.  If interested, contact Mark McIntyre at or 718.965.3261.

Habitat for Humanity

 We work to build affordable housing in Brooklyn. Parishioners volunteer for work days, as well as housing advocacy campaigns.

Heights and Hills Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is a high point of the year for the parish and the community as Grace hosts over two hundred neighborhood seniors for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Episcopal Relief and Development

 ERD is one of the most effective worldwide agencies for the alleviation of human suffering, supported by individuals and by the parish.

The Episcopal Church

The Church and Diocese of Long Island are wider church ministries that our congregation supports.  We budget annual financial support for the mission of our diocese and the national Episcopal Church.  We also support the diocese of Long Island through Episcopal Charities, Camp DeWolfe scholarships, and the Adopt-a-Family program at Christmas.

Recovery Community

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alanon, and other self-help groups use our church buildings almost every night for meetings and other activities. For a schedule of these meetings, please call the church office at 718.624.1850.

LGBT

Grace Church supports the full inclusion of all people, including LGBT people.  For many years Grace parishioners have marched behind the Grace Church banner in the Pride March in Manhattan.  From time to time seminars have been held to discuss LGBT issues, particularly in relation to the church.

Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center provides services to LGBT youth at risk, including food and shelter.  For a number of years our Advent outreach has included raising money to buy holiday gifts for LGBT youth in Ali Forney residences.  Grace Church parishioners who have received training prepare and serve meals to youth at an Ali Forney residence.

El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza 

El Hogar is a a ministry of the Episcopal diocese of Honduras to orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk boys and girls in one of the poorest countries in the hemisphere.  Financial support is provided through El Hogar projects (elhogar.org), which facilitates fundraising in North America.  In addition to our annual mission trip to Honduras, Grace Church has held fundraising events and encourages individual sponsorship of El Hogar children.