Community Clothes Closet
The Clothes Closet is open to the community the first Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm (excluding some holidays). We are located in the basement, just to the right at the bottom of the stairs. All our clothing is free to those in need, including baby diapers.
The Clothes Closet greatly depends on volunteers to supervise during open hours. Occasional help in picking-up or transporting donations, and for sorting and stocking is also appreciated. Please consider donating a couple of hours per week of your time to this important outreach. You can call the church office for more information or any questions.
Our Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Our patrons can pick up one bag of groceries per month.
More than four years ago, Grace Church decided to embark on a food pantry ministry. The purpose of the ministry was to provide limited food assistance to needy members of the Hutchinson community. Initially, funding for this ministry came from the rector’s discretionary fund, individual cash and food donations and the outreach budget. But before long, demands for food exceeded available funding and donations and it was realized that if this ministry was to continue a substantial and consistent source of funding would need to be created.
The Food Pantry Ministry is funded by individual donations. The fund has now dwindled. While many donations from the congregation continue to help us continue this ministry, additional donations are always needed. At this time, we spend around $400 a month for food purchases.
Some may question the needs and/or the motives of the clients we serve. It is all too easy for us to judge these individuals without truly understanding the difficulties they are facing and realizing their immediate needs. But unless we have experienced a similar situation, we cannot understand.
At Grace, we believe that this ministry not so much as a hand out as a hand up. Jesus told us that as his followers it is our responsibility to help feed the hungry. In order that this food ministry can continue, please consider being a regular contributor to this ministry. Contact the church office to learn more about how you can help.