Grandin Court Baptist Church is a Missional/Incarnational church. Missions are a part of who we are, not just the things we do. We are always finding ways of doing ministry through the development of our congregation’s gifts to be used in such a way that puts their faith into the leadership role of their everyday lives.
Some of the ways Grandin Court serves Roanoke is through the monthly food pantry; participation with Congregations in Action which provides tutors, lunch buddies, and pack-a-snack for local elementary school children; volunteering and donating at the the Rescue Mission; hosting Family Promise which provides assistance to families experiencing homelessness on their way to being independent; serving at the Rescue Mission; participating in Community Renovation Day, and more. Grandin Court also serves our worldwide community through partnering with More than Nets providing nets to protect people from disease bearing mosquitoes; working with India Baptist Theological Seminary; Euroventure camp and the European Baptist Federation; packing food with Stop Hunger now; the Puerto Rico Partnership with Iglesia Bautiste de Metropolis; and more.
Ongoing Missions and ways you can help:
Pack-a-Snack – Part of the ministry of the local Congregations in Action, food donations are welcome throughout the year (peanut butter, drink boxes/Capri Suns, peanut butter crackers, oatmeal, granola bars, etc) and can be dropped off in the MAC lobby or in the grocery cart across from the parlor. You can also help through packing – bags go home each week with students who are identified as food insecure. These students may or may not have enough food at home to feed them for the weekend. Bags can be packed at any time and put in bins that are delivered to the schools each Thursday morning.
Food Pantry – Donations of non-perishable items are always welcome to the food pantry and can be left in the Food Pantry Donation Box in the MAC lobby. Held once a month, the food pantry crew works diligently to stuff bags, get to know people as they come in, and help them load their car.
Cookies for the Rescue Mission – Donate some cookies and some snack size ziploc bags and help us fill in the weekend lunch bags for the Rescue Mission. Often meals are donated, leftovers and extras from local organizations, but some cookies for the children go a LONG way. The group gathers on Wednesday evenings to pack the cookies and deliver them. Cookies and bags can be donated in the bright green KIWI boxes in the MAC lobby and across from the parlor.
Family Promise – Four times a year Grandin Court hosts families that are working towards finding permanent housing. Families stay together – mother, father, children – and rotate a week at a time between the various partnering churches. Beds are rolled in, dinners are provided, and great conversation with the volunteers and families takes place. Volunteers are needed to provide food, to be on-site in case a need comes up overnight, and to help with set-up and clean-up.
Puerto Rico – Beginning in 2019, Grandin Court has established a relationship with Iglesia Bautiste de Metropolis in Carolina, Puerto Rico. With regular trips, communication, service, and offerings, there are a wide variety of ways to be involved. Volunteers to go on various trips, donations to offerings, prayer partners, and more will develop as this relationship continues to develop.