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How We’re Growing

Church isn’t just for Sundays and faith in action isn’t limited by church walls! In response to God’s love for us, we want to reach out and share that love! Here are some ways we’re sharing it with each other – and stretching ourselves out into the community. Here are some of they ways we reach out to others through service and fellowship. We like to try new ideas, so some of these are newer projects we’re trying out, while others are long-standing traditions at Grace!
Christian Education
Grace offers a variety of faith formation opportunities for all ages! Check out our Sunday School (which we call GRACE Place!), Vacation Bible School, adult faith formation, and other small groups!
 
Holy Grounds Bible Study
Come and learn about the Old Testament and what it means to us today. All are welcome to Thursday morning bible study. We meet in the parlor (room 5) in the lower level of the church.
 
Caring Crafters
Anyone who is interested in creating crafts to lift the spirits of our homebound members and friends of the church are welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings – we receive great joy through our ministry of compassion and prayer for others!
 
Music
Grace is blessed with two music ministries! Our 8:00 service offers a traditional program with hymns sung by our chancel choir, which is open to all adults and high school students wishing to make a joyful noise to the Lord! Our 10:45 service offers a contemporary program led by our praise band, Spirit of Grace!
 
 
How would you like to grow in your faith life?  Please share ideas with Pastor Krais, Deacon Allison or any member of Council!
 
 
Lay Preachers
Several members of Grace’s congregation have been trained and preach one sermon annually.
 
Youth Mission Trips
Each summer, our high school youth group participates in a service trip. Past trips have included providing hurricane relief and Hurricane Katrina relief through Habitat for Humanity, 2018 was the year for the Lutheran Youth Gathering!! Eight of our high schoolers headed to Houston from June 26th–July 1st to serve Christ and learn about all that the ELCA does to spread God’s love and word!
 
Family Mission Trips
Each summer Grace families spend a long weekend serving others to share God’s love. In recent summers we’ve supported urban ministries in Philadelphia by cleaning, painting, organizing, and feeding. We also help local churches minister to people in need.
 
Comforting Canines
Grace’s therapy dogs visit schools, hospitals, and nursing homes to provide comfort, companionship, and sloppy kisses!
 
The 4G Garden
Started as a response to local healthy food insecurity, the Senior High Sunday school class initiated the garden project in 2012. Aided by our Boy Scouts, the raised-bed garden was constructed by congregational members. Providing an avenue for service, social ministry, and fellowship, the garden has given our members both young and old the opportunity to show Christ’s love to the community. To date, more than 800 pounds of tomatoes, pepper, cucumbers, zucchini, and strawberries have been donated to the local pantry at Open Door
in Royersford!
Community Lending Library 
Grace offers religious-based books and prayers in our lending library outside the front doors! Available to anyone in need of comfort and care, to those exploring Christianity, books for all ages, Take a book, read it, return it, rinse & repeat!
 
Community Day
Grace participates in Royersford Community Day each fall and invites our neighbors to work on a service project with us! For instance, we’ve packed and donated more than 150 blessings bags for those in need in our community.
 
Project Outreach
Volunteers from Grace help to package and distribute food to those in need through Project Outreach in Royersford.
 
St. Mary’s Meals
Each spring and fall Grace provides a week’s worth of home-cooked dinners for the families at the St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter in Phoenixville.
 
Blood Drives
Grace hosts the Miller Keystone Blood Drive mobile unit on a regular basis outside our Welcome Center on 6th Avenue.
 
 
Thrivent Action Teams
With seed money from Thrivent Financial, Grace members have worked to help make a positive change in our community. Previous projects have included filling blessing bags with essentials for police officers to give to those in need (for Community Day) and decorating reusable shopping bags for local food pantry patrons (thank you, Caring Crafters!). Click here to learn more about how you can lead a Thrivent Action Team.