In our Covenant, members of Grace Covenant promise "to show God’s love for all people–especially to those living on the margin of despair." Convinced that the church exists for service and is energized by service to the least of God's children, members of our congregation volunteer in numerous capacities throughout our community. We also work together as a congregation, initiating new ministries and serving alongside other churches in various ministries of compassion.
In May 2012, Grace Covenant initiated The Table of Grace, a free hot meal served in our fellowship hall to homeless and low income members of our community the third Thursday of each month. Members of our congregation prepare and serve the meal and provide staples for our guests to carry home with them for later meals.
In 2009 Grace Covenant helped organize and has continued to share leadership in Women's Interfaith Dialogue of Oak Ridge. Focused on fostering friendships and collaboration on issues of justice, compassion, friendship and human rights, with a focus on women and children, Women's Interfaith Dialogue alternates its meetings between the facilities of the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge and Grace Covenant.
In 2012 Grace Covenant joined with First Presbyterian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Ridge to form a friendship group for LGBT people in our community and their family and friends. Now affiliated with the national PFLAG organization (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the group gathers on the first Monday evening of each month, rotating its meeting place between five congregations--Grace Covenant, First Presbyterian, the Unitarian Universalist Church, First Methodist, and the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge.
We also work with other congregations in giving support to the following local ministries:
Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties:Grace Covenant supports through its annual budget ADFAC's distribution of local emergency aid and also provides support through volunteers and participation in ADFAC's annual campaigns for school supplies, Christmas gifts for teens, and a Crisis Cupboard. Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge: Previously housed alongside Grace Covenant at the Trinity Center, the Free Medical Clinic is now located at 116 E. Division Rd. in Oak Ridge. It provides free medical services to the uninsured of Anderson, Roane and Morgan counties. Grace Covenant is pleased to support the clinic's invaluable service to our neighbors.
Healthy Start/Healthy Families:Healthy Start offices are located in the Trinity Center alongside Grace Covenant Church. We annually support Healthy Start's professional home visitor services to first-time parents whose babies are identified as being at risk for abuse or neglect.
CONTACT Helpline:Grace Covenant members volunteer withCONTACT and our budget supports CONTACT's East Tennessee telephone ministry, which answers over 7000 calls annually from people needing listening, counseling, referral, and suicide prevention services.
CASA of the Tennessee Heartland: Grace Covenant is pleased to provide financial support for CASA's mission to train volunteers to serve as advocates on behalf the best interests of abused and neglected children under protection of juvenile court.