Outreach and Mission Projects at Grace Church

We Care for the Needs of Our Community

Grace Church faithfully supports a number of local missions, including the Food Bank and the Soup Kitchen at the Frederick Community Action Agency, the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, and Heartly House.  Throughout the year, we collect nonperishable food items for the Food Bank, and our "Grace Groceries" are dedicated during the offering on the third Sunday of each month. Members of Grace Church also serve at the local Soup Kitchen.


The Alan P. Linton, Jr. Cold Weather Shelter (named after the grandson of Grace Church members Betty Linton and the late Jack Linton) has been a project which Grace Church has supported since its inception. Originally, the Shelter was housed in various churches in downtown Frederick (including ours). Members of Grace Church have historically participated as volunteers and have served on the Board.  Recently, a decision was made to keep the shelter open year-round as the Emergency Shelter Program (for adults only).  An Emergency Family Shelter began in October 2014 and is housed in Frederick area churches for one to two weeks at a time year-round.  Grace Church typically hosts the Family Shelter during the second full week of February, May, August and November.

New volunteers (18 and up) are always welcome - even if you are not a member of Grace!  A background check and a 2-hour training class is required for all who wish to volunteer at the Emergency Family Shelter.  Download a volunteer application here.  If you aren't able to volunteer, you can help out by donating snacks, games, books or children's movies, or by providing a dinner for our guests.  Please call the church office for more information.



Frederick Community Action Agency’s

Soup Kitchen

next service date:  Sunday, August 18, 2020

Volunteers from Grace Church serve at the Soup Kitchen on the 3rd Sunday of even months. It's a rewarding mission experience and we always have fun. Won't you join us?

Contact Jerry Princler for more details or to sign up.


Or, you can go on your own...The Soup Kitchen is always in need of volunteers to staff the soup kitchen and serve food to homeless individuals and needy families. Volunteers are needed M-F, 5-7pm to serve prepared meals and then clean up. It is an enjoyable and rewarding volunteer activity that does not require any special skills. For more information, please contact Sarah McAleavy at 301-600-6263.


FCAA - Food Bank

On the third Sunday of every month, we dedicate the “Grace Groceries” that have been collected in our little red wagon (in the narthex), and then deliver them to the Frederick Foodbank. Thank you for your continued generosity!




The Religious Coalition’s Emergency Family Shelter

Grace UCC will be hosting the Emergency Family Shelter on


 Contact Carol Garrison or Trevor Addie with questions or to volunteer.


We Care for the Wider Community and the World

Habitat smallGrace Church has been an avid supporter of Habitat For Humanity both locally and internationally by participating in Habitat builds in Western Maryland and West Virginia and by financially supporting Frederick County's Habitat For Humanity.

CWS logoThe members of Grace also participate in and give generously to the programs of Church World Service, such as Blankets+, School Kits, Baby Care Kits, Hygiene Kits and the CROP Hunger Walk.








The Outreach Ministry Commission is getting busy in 2019! 

In January, we collected and assembled hygiene kits to donate to Church World Service and will be assembling them on Sunday, January 27.  The final count will be shared on the Church Facebook page.


In February, Outreach will be partnering up with the Congregational Life Ministry Commission to host Grace's annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday.  In addition, we will be hosting the Emergency Family Shelter once more as well as our bi-monthly Soup Kitchen service.


If you have any questions, ideas, or would like to volunteer for any of the Outreach events, please contact Trevor Addie, the Commission Chair at trevor.grucc@gmail.com">trevor.grucc@gmail.com.




CWS logoWe need your help!


During the month of January Grace UCC will be


Collecting items for CWS Hygiene Kits




Supplies needed:


·         Hand towels measuring approximately 15”x 28” to 16”x 32” (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)


·         Washcloths


·         Wide-tooth combs


·         Finger nail and toe nail clippers


·         Bath size bars of soap in the wrappers


·         Toothbrush in individual packages


·         Standard size Band-aids




All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Do NOT add any extra items or toothpaste. A tube of extended expiration date toothpaste will be added to each Hygiene Kit just prior to its journey.



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