Missions

Grace firmly believes that we are called to love our neighbor whether it is our neighbor down the street or half-way around the world.  Below represents the majority of the missions that Grace supports. If their is a mission you would like to see Grace support, then we are just one leader away from supporting them. Are you the one to lead that charge?

Neighborhood Missions

AA and Al Anon
Alcoholics Anonymous provides twelve-step group meetings for individuals trying to stop addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  Al Anon is the corresponding support and learning group for spouses and relatives of addicted persons.  Grace sponsors this extraordinary healing ministry.  AA meetings are hosted on Mondays and Fridays at 8 p.m.  Al Anon meetings are hosted on Mondays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 9 am.   The AA group that meets at Grace is Area 62, District 21, Tega Cay.  For information on Al Anon visit www.al-anon-sc.org.

Angel Tree and RAINdeer
The 2021 Christmas season is upon us and once again, Grace Presbyterian is partnering with York County DSS to provide gifts to children in the local foster care system who may others not have an enjoyable holiday. Because of supply chain shortages, sponsors are encouraged to shop early! Just follow the directions at the top of the page in order to choose a child. Please feel free to share this list with your local friends who may want to provide a gift for a child in our local foster care system. More names will be made available in person at the church as they are released by DSS, so keep an eye out for the Angel Tree at the front of the sanctuary!
Please note gifts are due at the church no later than Sunday, December 5th.
Online list of names
Questions? Please Contact Katie Rutland via email: katietrutland@gmail.com.
 
For almost 20 years, Grace has purchased $10 gift cards for our RAINdeer gift project which benefits families in York County affected by HIV/AIDs. Although no longer affiliated with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, Affinity Healthcare continues the mission in York county to provide support and service to clients in need. Contact Lori Ochsner:  803-517-9916 (RAINdeer).

If you would like to purchase one or more $10 gift cards from Food Lion, Target, or Walmart, please sign up here. Once purchased, please put the gift cards in a white envelope and write your name on it and turn it in to the church office by December 12.

Community Café
Grace Church provides a team of volunteers to prepare and serve food on the second Friday of each month at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church.  All are welcome to enjoy lunch every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The mission of the café is to provide tasty and nutritious meals that will draw people; to treat everyone with love, affirmation, and respect; and to create a warm and inviting Christian atmosphere for people to gather at the table.

Fort Mill Care Center
The Fort Mill Care Center is a local social service program for residents of Fort Mill.  It has been in operation since 1987 when local churches and ministers recognized the need to handle the many requests needed for family aid.  The Care Center is a volunteer organization staffed completely by volunteers that run several programs for needy Fort Mill citizens.  A few of the programs are:  food pantry, emergency utilities, rent and qualified prescriptions, school backpacks, healthy teeth, warm blanket/winter jacket, Santa’s helper, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Their website is www.FortMillCareCenter.org and they are open Mon., Wed., and Fri., from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  The Care Center can use volunteers in the front office with application/interviewing of clients and also in the pantry sorting food/serving clients.  Grace supports the center monetarily and by collecting food items each month.  Grace is involved with the center’s food pantry program.  Each month a suggested food is listed in the bulletin and members bring their donations throughout the month. To learn more about FMCC, visit http://www.fortmillcarecenter.org.  

Graceful Threads
The Graceful Threads quilting and sewing group meets Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. and makes prayer quilts, raffle quilts, and other projects.  If you are interested in sewing or learning to sew or quilt, consider joining us.  Contact Lori Ochsner: (803-517-9916).

Habitat for Humanity of York County
Grace Presbyterian assists Habitat for Humanity of York County with prayer, volunteer, and financial support for projects such as Apostles Build, Faith Build, and Women’s Build.  This ministry helps families with below-median incomes build and own their own home for the first time.  To learn more, visit www.yorkcountyhabitat.org.   Contact Mark Nestel for more information.

Historic Paradise Foundation
The vision of the HPF is to keep Paradise Historically sustainable. The mission is to proactively preserve people & property of Paradise of Fort Mill. To learn more, visit www.fmhpf.org.

Meals on Wheels
Grace provides meals on Sunday afternoons for four Fort Mill residents.  Teams serve on a rotating basis approximately every six to eight weeks to prepare and deliver a warm meal.  

Providence Presbytery
Our Presbytery is the aggregate of 58 PCUSA congregations in northern South Carolina.  Our giving to the presbytery helps to provide funding for the services (personnel and program) of Providence Presbytery, the Synod of the South Atlantic, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Local missions supported by our Presbytery include Faith New Church Development in Indian Land (this is an important ministry for our congregation as we seek to “pay forward” the generous resources offered when Grace was a New Church Development), Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center, food programs for elderly poor and disabled people in our Presbytery (through Dimes for Hunger), and Providence Carpenters (which provides critical renovations and home repairs for those needing assistance in our Presbytery,) campus ministry at our local colleges and universities, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, and Kids to Kamp (funding for children to go to Bethelwoods who would not otherwise be able to attend).  Contact Joanne Sizoo:  (803) 548-0800.

Scouting Ministries
Grace believes scouting is a healthy program to grow maturity, service, and leadership in children and youth.  Grace is host and sponsor partner with three scouting units:  Cub Scout Pack 250, Scout Troop 250, and Scout Troop 250-G.  Contact Ray Scott: (803) 370-1613.  

Beyond our neighborhood

Give Kids the World
GKTW provides families of children who have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease to come to the Orlando area to enjoy week together.  Many families have been busy with doctor’s appointments and many other things that take away the opportunity for them to spend quality time together.  This is their week to be a “normal family” and experience many things that we take for granted.  Grace has youth trips, as well as church-wide trips to GKTW to serve. We will resume trips to GKTW once they are able to have groups come and serve again.

IRAQ Partnership
We have partnered with a church in Iraq and had the privilege to host some of their church's leaders as well as have Pastor Joanne visit there. Melissa Lamprich is making dolls to support this church and it's school. They make great gifts for children and also make a great conversation piece for your office! For just $10 you can take one home and support the church in Iraq! Please contact Melissa or the office if you are interested in purchasing or helping to make them.

Thornwell
If you’ve not heard about the Thornwell, you should know that they have been welcoming haven for children and youth whose lives have been shattered by abuse, neglect, displacement, abandonment, or tragedy since 1875. Their programs and services help to restore hope and wholeness by creating a nurturing, growth-oriented, Christian environment where every child can begin to heal. You can read more about their work at www.thornwell.org.

There is something for everyone to do related to our participation with and support of Thornwell. For example, anyone can collect Boxtops for Education and Campbell’s Soup labels, and bring them to the church.  Our quilting group makes one-of-a-kind pillowcases, and every Thornwell child receives one for his/her birthday.  We also host some of the cottages each summer for a lake day where we have fun on Lake Wylie and come back to Grace for dinner and games.