Outreach Ministries

The mission of the Outreach Committee of Grace Episcopal Church is to facilitate through all parishioners our Lord’s caring and sharing ministries to the greater community. The purpose of this mission is to fulfill our baptismal vow to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” Our church supports several organizations through grants, in-kind donations, volunteers, space in our building or a combination of all. For more information about Grace’s outreach projects, please contact outreach chairs Vince & Michele Nicosia.

Episcopal City Mission

Episcopal City Mission (ECM) provides support, hope and healing to children in area detention centers. ECM has chaplains serving in the St. Louis City and County Detention Centers as well as the Lakeside Residential Center who provide spiritual programs, general guidance and support services to the youth. Grace Church supports this unique ministry through financial donations and by hosting an annual Summer Celebration fundraiser. We also provide a birthday party for the youth at the City Detention Center. Grace member Eric Woodruff is an ECM board member.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church of the United States. Our work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity. Grace Episcopal Church supports this effort through an annual grant and fund drive. We also have special donation requests during times of emergency, such as earthquakes, tornadoes and flooding disasters. We also encourage our members to purchase gifts through ERD’s Gifts of Life catalog.
For more information about ERD, contact Marty O’Leary.

Ministries for the Hungry

Grace Episcopal Church helps support several ministries for the hungry in our area. Generous donations and helpful volunteers make these programs successful.

  • Diocesan Task Force for the Hungry – Grace is one of several parishes in our diocese that supports this task force, which provides support to several food banks in our area. Contact Brian Roche or Diocesan Chair Peggy Bowe.
  • Kirk Care – Kirk Care is a non-profit group formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance. Grace is one of several churches in Kirkwood supporting this food and financial assistance organization. Its mission is to help the needy who live within the boundary of the Kirkwood R-7 school district. Contact Denise Miller or Sue Nixon.
  • Trinity Hot Lunch Program – Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End of St. Louis hosts a hot lunch each Sunday for the neighborhood. Grace Church provides a yearly grant and is responsible for the meal on the second Sunday of each month, providing the food and volunteers. Contact: Chris Kurth for more information.
The Lab School

The Lab School is an independent, not-for-profit preschool dedicated to nurturing young children. The school is a tenant at Grace Episcopal Church, using classrooms on our lower level. The school has served three- to six-year olds and their families since 1964. Learn more about The Lab School.

SPROG

SPROG Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation that provides summer recreational and educational activities for children entering kindergarten through eight grade in Kirkwood and surrounding communities. SPROG is an historically Black, seven week summer camp program that is open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity,
religion, nationality, disability, or income. Grace has helped support this ministry for more than 30 years with funds and the use of our church space for camp facilities.

United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that provides a way for men, women, and children of the Episcopal Church to give daily thanks to God. Every year, the total offering is between two and a half and three million dollars—all of which is used for projects at home and abroad to support grants for missions and ministry. Grace Episcopal Church supports UTO through an annual fund drive. Little blue boxes and donation envelopes are available outside the church office for your collections.