Beyond Local

We are committed to shining the light of the gospel by mobilizing and discipling our people to restore our local community through God’s transformational love. We have strategically developed partnerships and initiatives to address needs and build relationships with our neighbors. 

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

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ESL Ministry

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…” – Revelation 7:9

Our ESL Ministry intentionally demonstrates the love of Christ to English learners by teaching English as a second language, celebrating diverse cultures, and building meaningful relationships.

Get Involved: Commit to being a teacher or classroom assistant for two hours each week in our local schools, on either Monday nights or Thursday nights.

More Information: Contact esl@gcconline.org

Motel Church

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” -Matthew 25:40

Motel Church strives to reach the transient population, the homeless, and the working people who live at the motels. Our primary focus is to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and restoration to the broken hearted.

Get Involved: Motel Church Laurel meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday.

(God is a God of abundance, and so we dream of multiplying this ministry. Come visit Motel Church Laurel and see for yourself…could God be calling more Gracers to outreach to the motels?)

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Motel Church” in the subject line

Nursing Home Outreach

We must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”-Acts 20:35

We know that the elderly in our community are commonly neglected and at high risk for feelings of loneliness, cynicism, and hopelessness. This outreach ministry regularly brings the hopeful gospel message, fellowship, encouragement, and support to the residents of the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia. 

Get Involved: Our Lorien Nursing Home Outreach team serves on the second Saturday of each month. All are welcome to join! 

We pray that God will raise up young leaders passionate about caring for senior citizens so that we can multiply this important ministry.

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Nursing Home Outreach” in the subject line

Park Heights Saints

Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” -Mark 10:14

The Park Heights Saints Community Center works together with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to make disciples of Baltimore City Youth through coaching and mentorship.

Get Involved: We are looking for young adults interested in tutoring the athletes that participate at the Park Heights Saints Community Center. The commitment is for a few hours each week on Wednesday evenings.

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Park Heights Saints” in the subject line.

Grace4Freedom

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…-Isaiah 61:1

Grace4Freedom seeks to combat and abolish human trafficking by raising awareness, equipping the church to serve, and building relationships with and advocating for victims.

Get Involved: Join us in the fight against modern day slavery. See what we’re all about at our bi-monthly meetings at 2:30P on Sundays.

More Information: Contact grace4freedom@gcconline.org

MEET NEEDS

Public School Outreach

learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless,-Isaiah 1:17

We are passionate about empowering vulnerable kids, and one of the ways we have the privilege to do this is through partnering with HCPSS Title I and alternative schools. In addition to our ESL programs (see ESL Ministry), we also provide backpacks, hygiene kits, holiday gift baskets, and more to students at our partner schools each year. 

Get Involved: We are praying for small groups to commit to joining our Public School Outreach team and taking on a particular project. We need all skills, talents, and hands on deck to show the love of Christ to our local kids! 

We are looking for people to take on these areas of need: Backpack Drive, school beautification, career counseling (at Homewood), teacher appreciation, and Back to School Night (at Laurel Woods).

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Public School Outreach” in the subject line

Clothing Closet

Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” -Luke 3:11

Our Clothing Closet Ministry collects and distributes gently used clothing to those in need, working closely with the school system, the international community, and other local partnerships. Community clothing distribution events are scheduled throughout the year, and clothing is available at Grace on an as-needed basis.

Upcoming Dates:

October 26 – Fall Clothing Giveaway

November 2 – Fall Clothing Giveaway 

Get Involved: We need volunteers to gather clothes for donation, sort donations as they pile in, and serve with us at our bi-annual giveaways. Will your small group step up and help us to live out Luke 3:11 in a practical way?

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More Information: Contact clothes@gcconline.org

Chin Community Outreach

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,  but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” -Acts 10:34

We strive to meet the growing needs of the Chin Baptist Church, our brothers and sisters in Christ who worship in Grace Place on Sundays at 1pm. We hope to assist the Chin youth to adjust well to life in Howard County.

Get Involved: Is your small group passionate about serving the sojourner? The Chin community is made up of refugee Christians who were persecuted in their home country. We are praying for small groups that would step up and serve our Chin brothers through semi-regular career workshops or tutoring sessions. 

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Chin Community Outreach” in the subject line

Laurel Woods Soccer Camp

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” -Mark 9:37

In partnership with FCA, we offer a six-week after-school program to continue to build a positive relationship with the Laurel Woods Elementary School community.

Get Involved: Commit to serving with your small group once a week for six weeks.

More Information: Contact ssmithson@fca.org

Annual serving events

Get involved with one of our annual serving events

Backpack Drive

August 2020

Join us as we empower local school children to succeed by providing the tools necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.

Get Involved: Opportunities to serve include selling, collecting, sorting, and delivering backpacks to local schools and Beyond Local partners at the beginning of each new school year.

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Backpack Drive” in the subject line

Back to School Night

September 18, 2019

Let’s serve the families and staff at Laurel Woods Elementary School together! Each September, we provide fun activities and childcare at Back to School Night so that parents are free to meet their children’s teachers.

Get Involved: Help us set-up or tear down, check kids in and check kids out, and join in on the fun activities.

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “Back to School Night” in the subject line

Cold Weather Shelter

February 24-March 2, 2019

Each year, we host homeless guests through the Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter for one week during the winter months. 

Get Involved: Hundreds of serving roles are available, including night shifts, transportation, meal prep, and laundry services.

More Information: Contact cws@gcconline.org

ServeFest

May 9, 2020

As a church, we come together once a year to go Beyond our church walls and serve locally at a variety of sites. ServeFest has been a catalyst for raising up some of our most dedicated local ministry leaders, partner organization liaisons, and advocates for the vulnerable. Come and be Jesus’ hands and feet with us!

Get Involved: Details for ServeFest 2020 forthcoming. Mark your calendars!

More Information: Contact beyondlocal@gcconline.org with “ServeFest” in the subject line

Partners

Join us in praying for our partners  

Baltimore G.E.M.

G.E.M. stands for Gospel, Education, and Mentoring. We are striving to change the lives of Baltimore city youth by sharing the gospel through tutors and mentors.

More Information: http://www.captivatechurch.com/missions/gem-program/

Building Families for Children

Our Mission is to share the love of Christ by helping Maryland’s most vulnerable children thrive in families. Our vision is that every child would have a safe, nurturing family and that every family would have a supportive, thriving community.

More Information: www.BuildingFamiliesForChildren.org

Christian Jail Ministry

CJM evangelizes, makes disciples, and helps men and women, especially inmates, former inmates, their families, and correctional staff.

More Information: www.ChristianJailMinistry.org

Laurel Pregnancy Center

Laurel Pregnancy Center proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ by promoting the intrinsic value of human life, and by demonstrating Christ’s love to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or previous abortions by offering spiritual, physical, and emotional care.

More Information: www.laurelpregnancycenter.org

Maryland FCA

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) exists to see our world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More Information: www.mdfca.org

The Samaritan Women

Guided by our faith, we advance quality care for sexually-exploited persons through transformative residential care programs, collaborative research, and supportive shelter mentorship. Our vision is that any survivor, anywhere in the nation, would have access to qualified, compassionate care.

More Information: www.thesamaritanwomen.org

Helping Up Mission

HUM provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. They do this by providing a range of services from basic needs to long-term recovery programs with comprehensive wraparound services.

More Information: www.helpingupmission.org

Hope Springs

We awaken and equip through training, and engage the faith community to serve HIV positive brothers, sisters, and friends, providing hope and healing through the power of relationships.

More Information: www.hopesprings.org

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can.

More Information: www.salvationarmycm.org

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