We desire for the students, staff and families of Grace Christian School to use their God-given strengths and talents in service to others. As a Christian school community, we want to be doers of the Word, serving in Jesus' name to make a difference!
Students and the larger GCS community participate in various community service outreaches and mission-related projects throughout the school year. From visiting area retirement communities and nursing homes, collecting canned goods for the Food Bank to serving meals at the Valley Mission and assisting with Special Olympics, our students are making a difference by serving others.
On-going school-wide service projects include:
Well of Hope Shoe Ministry Grace Christian School serves as the East Coast processing center for the Well of Hope Shoe Ministry. In addition to the thousands of pairs of shoes which are delivered to the school, GCS students also collect gently used shoes. Students then separate, tie, count and box the shoes which are shipped to Kenya and sold. Proceeds from the shoe sales assist the Well of Hope Ministry to purchase land and build homes for Kenyan widows and their families. In a typical school year, GCS students will process more than 28,000 pairs of shoes for this ministry.
GCS elementary and middle school students also write pen-pal letters with the children of the widows that the Shoe Project supports.
School to School Outreach A friendship has developed over the past several years between Grace Christian School and a neighboring school located in an economically challenged district. At Christmas time, students from Grace visit and share the Christmas spirit by giving each student a gift bag filled with school supplies, games, books, toys, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. In addition, our elementary school students write pen-pal letters with the students in this neighboring school.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank GCS students and their families are very generous when it comes to contributing canned and boxed food for our area food bank. Students bring in food all year long through various classroom and school-wide competitions. At the middle and high school, students can even use canned goods as "payment" for casual dress days.
High School students also have the opportunity to participate in the Ministries elective. The elective meets once a week, and students (with a staff member) leave school to minister to the local community. The elective focuses on helping ministries and community organizations such as Comfort Care Women’s Health (a crisis pregnancy center), Staunton Senior Center and senior citizens in local nursing homes. Students also hear presentations from foreign missionaries and are involved in furthering the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). It is our desire that this elective will challenge our students to give their time and talents to help others.