Local Missions

There are many ways for people to make a difference right where they live.

UDMO Early Head Start and Head Start
Early Head Start is a free, federally funded program designed to promote school readiness for low income, at-risk children and families.  Early Head Start serves pregnant women and families with children under age 3.
Head Start serves children ages 3 and 4.

Weighted Works with Love
Their purpose is to provide quality custom made weighted blankets, lap pads and shoulder wraps for individuals who could benefit from deep pressure therapy.  

Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels network is comprised of 5,000 community-based programs across the country dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. The need is great, but Together, We Can Deliver.™   At the core of the Meals on Wheels service is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of our seniors. For those who have trouble getting around, they bring the service to you. For those who can still venture out into their communities, they serve in gathering places, such as senior centers and community facilities.

Birthright is a non-profit charitable organization that has been providing love and support for over 50 years to women facing unplanned pregnancies.  We have centers across Canada and the United States, and Africa, as well as a 24/7 North American tool-free Helpline.  Birthright is supported by devoted volunteers and private donations.

National & International Missions

Midwest Mission Project in Jefferson, Iowa.
Their mission is "Bringing the hearts and hands of God's people together to transform resources into humanitarian relief".  Grace United Methodist Church actively supports UMCOR thru the Midwest Mission Project.

Heifer International
Their mission is to "Help Families Move from Poverty to Power.  We believe in the power of people - the power to overcome, flourish, to thrive."

The Banquet

Their mission is to provide a welcoming place where people can gather, receive nourishment and experience love in action, and to assist volunteers in providing food and fellowship to those served through the ministry of The Banquet. 

The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. We now serve 16 meals per week at two locations. The Banquet is a volunteer-based ministry, which means our meals are paid for, prepared by, and served by volunteer groups who come from Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.  

Craig and Christi Gabhart work with Many Hands for Haiti (MH). Grace Church has supported MH and the Gabharts for years. Craig and Christi Gabhart Blog

Serving the Church

Our church is made of up people of all ages who serve in many different ways. There’s a place for you and your gifts at Grace UMC.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  John 15:7-9

Featured Events

PLARN Sleeping Mats
PLARN Sleeping Mats
PLARN Sleeping Mats

The Loom - Make Sleeping Mats

Loom Weaving Sessions - Wednesday at 3:30.   
Open to all levels of experience.  People available to help new weavers. Stay for dinner at 5:30!

One of the projects of the Midwest Mission Center in Jefferson, Iowa is making Plarn Sleeping Mats. Plarn is plastic yarn made out of plastic grocery bags. The Sleeping Mats are sent internationally and locally. They are great for those who need a barrier between them and the hard ground. They have been sent for disaster relief, for the homeless, and for those who need temporary sleeping arrangements.

We have started collecting plastic bags, cutting those bags, making Plarn out of them and using it for making Sleeping Mats.  We have two Looms from the Midwest Mission center and we have begun making Sleeping Mats on them.  We have designated a room in our lower level for this project.  As the room gets set up it will be fun to have a group of people come and work together on this project for a morning or afternoon. 

You can help by collecting clean plastic bags, volunteering to fold and cut them, volunteering to tie them together to make Plarn, and volunteering to weave on the loom.  Contact Sue Hitchcock, Brownie Small or Kae Tritle for further information

For more information:  https://www.midwestmission.org/loom