Aaron McNeil House
The church has had long-term involvement with Aaron McNeil House, a multi-purpose crisis relief center. Our largest project is our yearly Christmas party for children whose families are clients of the center, including providing gifts of clothing and individualized personal gifts and toys. We also sponsor special projects for Aaron McNeil, including food drives and a backpack program for homeless persons who may come their way. They are presently expanding their use of volunteers, which will provide more opportunities for service. Currently two members of Grace Church, including the Rector, serve on the Aaron McNeil Board.
Western State Hospital
For several years, women from Grace have been visiting weekly with female patients on the Geriatric unit at Western State Hospital. The patients love playing Bingo having their fingernails painted! This has been a very gratifying ministry, and we are always looking for more volunteers.
One of our closest neighbors is Sanctuary, Inc., a comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and rape or sexual abuse. The church sponsors one of the rooms in the residential program and is currently developing other ways to be of service, e.g., offering education and support on use of our labyrinth as a tool for meditation and relaxation.
Grace Church is a member of the Association of the United States Army which seeks to support those currently serving in the military and their families. The chaplaincy program at Fort Campbell has been engaging with the faith community more actively, and representatives from the church have been attending various events and familiarizing ourselves with how we might be involved in serving their needs, esp. in relation to the Wounded Warrior program.
In August, 2013, we will be starting a tutoring program for children in conjunction with the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library. Two members have been participating in a model program at another church in preparation for our start-up. This is a highly structured program that has a long history of effectiveness. Initially, we will need seven volunteers to serve various functions. (Help!)
Kenyan Kids Foundation
We have established a relationship with the Kenyan Kids Foundation through a church member who was on the track team at the University of Louisville with the founder of the Foundation who is from Kenya and is devoted to improving the lives of children in the area in which he grew up. Our initial involvement has been to raise funds for the salaries of two teachers who will provide what is termed “pre-school” education, which is required before students can enter the government-supported primary school program. The Foundation’s Mission Statement reads: “To spread God’s love throughout Kenya by helping eradicate poverty through education, healthcare, and self sufficiency.” It is anticipated that members and friends of Grace will have to opportunity to travel to Kenya and get to know the project first-hand.