Grace Covenant members are actively involved throughout Greater Williamsburg, the Historic Triangle, and the Hampton Roads Region in a number of ways. Not only are we sharing our lives, but our desire is to also share the hope we have in Christ with our neighbors. (1 Peter 3.15)
In particular Grace Covenant is committed to reaching out to and serving our community together in four distinct areas:
- Campus Ministries
- Mercy Ministries
- International Students, Workers, and Refugees
- Missional Communities
Grace Covenant was founded because a group of students from William & Mary wanted a church where they could call home. So from our beginning Grace has been committed to serving the students, staff, and faculty at the College of William & Mary - as well as those of other area colleges. Through our partnerships with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), InterVarsity (IV), and Agape Christian Fellowship, as well as a network of other relationships throughout the campus community, Grace Covenant members aim to make a positive impact in the lives of those on and around campus.
While Williamsburg is an affluent community, we also have many neighbors in need. Through our Deacons, we are able to assist both church members and others in our area in need of help. Additionally, through partnerships with several community organizations designed to meet specific needs, Grace Covenant is actively involved in expressing the compassion of Christ in practical ways.
Among the ministries in which we are involved::
During the coldest months of each year, from November through March, Community of Faith Mission coordinates with local Williamsburg churches to provide a shelter for the homeless. Grace Covenant serves as one of the shelter hosts, offering caring friends, healthy meals, and a safe warm place for our neighbors in need to sleep.
Grace Covenant is a partner of 3e Restoration to help our neighbors living in homelessness to transition from social displacement to holistic sufficiency.
Project Angel Tree
Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship, reaching out to children of prison inmates with the love of Christ. Each year Prison Fellowship provides us the names of area children with at least one parent - and sometimes both parents - presently in jail. Grace Covenant members "adopt" a child, and provide Christmas gifts in the name of the incarcerated parent.
Food & Clothing
Grace Covenant regularly collects non-perishable foods and canned goods to help supply FISH, the local food bank serving Williamsburg, James City Count, and York County; as well as partnering with Grove Christian Outreach.
Habitat for Humanity
Grace Covenant was delighted to renew our participation with Habitat for Humanity in 2017, helping to build a home in the Grove Community of James City County; and is looking forward to the next home build, scheduled to begin in March 2018.
Consulate Assisted Living Center
the second Sunday each month, a team from Grace Covenant leads an afternoon
worship service at Consulate Assisted Living Center. In addition to
leading worship, Grace Covenant members pray for and connect with the residents
in very personal ways. For
information about getting involved in this ministry, contact Connie Begly.
The College of William & Mary attracts some of the best and brightest students from around the world. Busch Gardens and the tourism industry bring international workers to Williamsburg from many Nations. More recently displaced refugees from war-torn countries are being relocated to nearby Newport News. Grace Covenant members regularly, actively, and unconditionally share their lives - and the gospel - with these friends from other lands. For more information about ministries to refugees and/or International Students & Workers, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the four key areas of local outreach, each of the Home Fellowship Groups at Grace Covenant are encouraged to find ways to serve our neighbors together at least once per quarter. Rather than merely developing traditional small groups, Grace Covenant is cultivating missional communities - groups living, studying, and serving together. While some groups choose to find different service opportunities every quarter, some of our groups have made ongoing commitment to benefit others in our community.
- One of our groups coordinates with the Red
Cross to host and staff quarterly community blood drives, which are held on our church
- Another group began ministering to a local Assisted Living Center on a monthly basis. This ministry grew beyond the small group, and blossomed into a regular ministry of our church.
Opportunities to serve are only as limited as the imagination. Groups are finding a variety of ways to serve and to bless our community in creative and practical ways.