OUR COMMUNITY

Grace Presbyterian exists not only for herself, but for the greater good of the local community as an outward-facing Gospel ministry.  Below are some ways that you can engage in local mission at Grace.

  • RUF at Northwestern university

    Summary:  Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is a Christian community at Northwestern University that aims to reach students for Christ and equip them to serve in his name. We strive to be a group that takes the gospel seriously without taking ourselves that seriously.


    How you can help: Reach out to Chris Colquitt (RUF Campus Minister as well as a Grace congregant) to see where this semester's needs lie. 


    For more information, please visit RUF Northwestern's website


  • RUF-I at Northwestern university

    Summary: RUF-I (Reformed University Fellowship - International) is a community of international scholars who want to build relationships, grow spiritually, and learn together. We want to offer you various cultural opportunities and give you a place to explore questions of faith and the Bible.


    How you can help: Reach out to Ian Hammond (RUF International Campus Minister as well as a Grace congregant) to see where this semester's needs lie. 


    For more information, please visit RUF International at Northwestern's website

  • Safe Families

    Summary: Safe Families seeks to provide temporary housing and support to children of families in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, or hospitalization in an effort to prevent abuse or neglect. They seek to reduce the number of children in child welfare system by reuniting families after crises. Safe Families gives parents a trusted place to care for their children until they are ready to come home. 


    How you can help: Become a host family, a Family Friend, mentor a child, attend a training session


    For information, please visit Safe Families website


  • Cornerstone outreach

    Summary: Cornerstone Community Outreach is a homeless shelter and community service program, feeding and housing both individuals and whole families. They also provide daily staples such as hygiene items and winter clothing. Cornerstone serves free meals to low-income and homeless resident sent he Uptown area of Chicago. 


    How you can help: Donate money, clothing, or household items, serve a meal, or participate in their annual Mother's Day event. 


    For more information, please visit Cornerstone Community Outreach's website

  • Harvest food pantry,  at Vineyard church in evanston

    Summary: The Harvest Food Pantry and Clothes Closest is a ministry of the Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston. It is a member agency of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. They serve 150-200 families each week all over Northern Illinois.


    How you can help: Volunteer to bag groceries, donate clothes or canned goods.


    For more information, please visit Vineyard Church's website

  • World Relief Chicago

    Summary: World Relief Chicago cares for refugee and immigrant families through resettlement, employment, legal services, youth, and education departments. They invite churches and volunteers to engage in spiritual, economic, and social transformation of their new neighbors. 


    How you can help: Participate in their annual backpack drive, donate household items, or prepare a welcome kit. 


    For more information, please visit World Relief Chicago's website

  • FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

     Summary: FMSC is a Christian non-profit dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development all throughout the world. 


    How you can help: Volunteer to hand-pack meals, host a MobilePack event, become a speaker, attend their fundraising gala. 


    For more information, please visit Feed My Starving Children's website

  • Sunshine gospel ministries

     Summary: Sunshine Gospel Ministries is a ministry on the South Side of Chicago, that seeks the renewal of the city through ministries of discipleship, mercy, and justice. They empower youth and families to thrive and lead prosperous, healthy lives through connectedness, opportunity, and economic sustainability. They offer various programs that serve the Woodlawn Community. 


    How you can help: Volunteer in their Youth Outreach or Strategic Life programs.


    For more information, please visit Sunshine Gospel's website

  • YOUNGLIFE (NORTHSHORE)

    Summary: Younglife is a program designed for students (middle, high and college) to be introduced to Jesus Christ and to help them grow in their faith.​


    How you can help: Volunteer to be a Younglife, join a Younglife committee or donate money. 


    For more information, please visit Younglife (Northshore)'s website

OTHER MINISTRIES AND PEOPLE SUPPORTED:


    • BEN TUCKER, RUF INTERN AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

    • TED POWERS, CHICAGO FRIENDS OF HAITI

    • DEREK AND MCKENNA RISHMAWY, RUF CAMPUS MINISTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORINA-IRVINE

    • ANDREW DONNELL, RUF INTERN AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

    • SJ LIM, RUF AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

    • GRIP

    • NATIONAL SCHOOL PROJECT

    • LIVING HOPE CHURCH