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. For 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. Their services provide 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. A Grace Anglican Church team serves once a month to sort through, organize and stock items that have been donated. Please contact Mandy Nelson with questions or for more information.
This ministry provides laptops to low income families that are referred by Clay County school guidance counselors and social workers. Laptops are cleaned and refurbished with Microsoft Windows. All data is removed before refurbishing. Used laptops, power supplies, laptop bags, mice, and accessories are needed. Help is needed to pickup, refurbish, and deliver the refurbished Windows laptops and Apple IPads. If you would like to help in this ministry, 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.
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. Financial support is needed as they begin building a neighborhood community designed to empower those who are vulnerable in Clay County on a pathway to independence. Please contact Sue Achtemeier with questions or for more information on how to get involved.
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.
Rosani Lens Project
150 million are visually impaired in the world simply because they don’t have a good pair of glasses. Rosani teaches volunteers how to test vision and build high quality glasses. These kits are then taken on short term medical trips. Financial donations and volunteers are needed to build glasses. To learn more, contact Lisa Payne.
The Kitchen of Clay County
This organization serves others by providing nourishment to those in need of food in Clay County. A Grace Anglican Church team serves at the soup kitchen in Green Cove Springs the third Saturday of every month. Join the team to serve at the soup kitchen or donate needed food items. Contact Joanne Lubarsky to learn more.
Waste Not Want Not
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.