Serving Those In Need
Members of our church family will make every endeavor to be a community marked by love and friendship where we know each other and express care for one another and our neighbors. We work intentionally to extend God’s mercy in our midst by engaging in ministries of mercy in our local area.
Please contact the leader listed for each ministry below for more information on how you can get involved. With questions about Mercy Ministries, please contact Bob Simpson.
Opportunities to Serve
Clothes Closet and Food Pantry
This ministry serves hungry people in Orange Park and the surrounding area. Services include food, clothing, household goods, baby items, furniture and appliances. Donations are always welcome. Also assistance is needed to sort through, organize and stock items that have been donated. Administrative volunteers are also needed to keep track of donated items and to track distribution. Please contact Mandy Nelson with questions or for more information.
Comfort Bag Ministry
This group meets monthly to fill bags with necessary and comfort items for children affected by domestic violence and have fled to Quigley House, Clay County's domestic violence shelter. Volunteers are needed to collect materials, sort and fill bags, and deliver to the shelter. Please contact Marie Howell with questions or for more information.
This ministry provides computers and printers to low income families in the area that are referred by Clay County school guidance counselors and social workers. Computers are refurbished and when possible, delivered and set up in the home of the family. Computers and associated equipment are needed. Also anyone with computer repair experience could be used in this ministry to help refurbish and deliver the equipment. Please contact Walt Button with questions or for more information.
First Coast Women’s Services
This is a crisis pregnancy center that provides free pregnancy tests, sonograms and counseling to women in need. The center supports pregnant women by providing free diapers, maternity and baby clothes and equipment. Donations through the annual "Baby Bottle" campaign are needed along with volunteers to help collect and package clothes and equipment for pickup and/or delivery to those in need. Contact Sandy Treffinger with questions or for more information.
Green Cove Springs Soup Kitchen
This organization serves others by providing nourishment to those in need of food in Clay County especially to those men, women and children in the Green Cove Springs area who are homeless or nearly homeless. A Grace Anglican Church team of around 10 people goes to the soup kitchen from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on a Saturday once per month. The team prepares and brings crock pots of soup, lunch meat and cheese. Waste Not Want Not provides bread, salad and dessert. The need is for 5 people in the kitchen and 5 to serve on the assigned Saturday. Contact Sharon Alters with questions or for more information.
Kairos Prison Ministry
This ministry brings together Christians from throughout the area to join in fellowship and change the lives of those impacted by incarceration as well as building their own faith. Men and women are needed to assist in this ministry by participating in Kairos weekends and work with the prison residents and their families. Contact Mike Ramey with questions or for more information.
Lend An Ear's mission is to make the gift of hearing available to all low income people, beginning with seniors and expanding to everone who qualifies as low income. They provide free examinations, recasting and fitting refurbished hearing aids to many seniors. If you have an old pair of hearing aids that you would like to donate, have questions or would like more information, please contact Bruce Jones.
Mercy Support Services
Mercy Support Services has supportive group residences for displaced families as well as a centralized clearing house where people in crisis are screened, qualified and case managed until they are self-sufficient. Help in this ministry is needed to assist with preparing the supportive group residences for occupancy. Contact Caroljo Creighton with questions or for more information.
Prime Time Food Collection
Church members donate canned/boxed food which is collected in the narthex at the church. The food is sorted and donated each week, and delivered to the food pantries in both Orange Park and Green Cove Springs. Contact Gary Kujala with questions or for more information.
This ministry exists to prevent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in our community. They rescue food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations and offer other cost-effective, volunteer driven initiatives. Volunteers are needed to collect, sort, organize and distribute these items. Contact Linda McKenzie with questions or for more information.
Way Free Medical Clinic
This organization serves all who are without medical insurance and qualify financially by being at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The clinic provides free basic medical services as well as laboratory testing, referral services, prescription medications and educational services. Medically trained volunteers are needed to assist at the clinic with clients that come to the clinic for services. Contact Cathy Patterson with questions or for more information.
For more information regarding mercy ministries, please contact Bob Simpson, or call the church office at (904) 541-1234.