Serving others is part of what it means to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). There are many ways to volunteer and serve at Grace UMC, in the wider Corpus Christi community, and around the world. To volunteer, learn more about any of these missions, or to initiate a new ministry partnership, contact Pastor Mark Porterfield to get started.

In the Community

Our mission hearts and mission hands reach around our community and around the world, touching lives for the glory of God. In addition to church-sponsored initiatives, we also partner with community groups to make a world-changing difference!

Grace Community Thrift Shoppe

Our Thrift Shoppe serves the local community by selling discounted lightly used treasures ranging from clothing to household goods to toys. It also supports an in-house food pantry and hosts a monthly Food Bank distribution. Proceeds from the shop support the United Methodist Women’s organization. Donations and volunteers are always welcome! The Thrift Shoppe is located at 4425 Church Street and is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Wesley Community Center

With branches in Robstown and Corpus Christi, Wesley Community Center has been dedicated to aiding those in need for over 70 years. The centers offer assistance by providing food, children’s day care, clothing, and other types of assistance particularly geared towards homeless and low income families. Grace UMC partners with Wesley Community Center through volunteer work, holiday projects, donation drives, and other needs. 

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Corpus Christi Food Bank Distribution

The Food Bank has been fighting hunger in the Coastal Bend since 1982, offering much-needed food as well as nutrition education through many agency partners. Grace UMC partners with the Food Bank to provide groceries, fresh produce, and certain household items to low-income individuals and families. We have 2 distribution times and locations each month: 2nd Wednesdays at the Thrift Shoppe and 4th Fridays at the main church campus.

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Corpus Christi Metro Ministries

Metro Ministries exists “to help create a community that is free from hunger and homelessness.” Services include a free health clinic, Loaves and Fishes cafeteria, the Rainbow House shelter, Rustic House shelter, and various social services. Grace UMC’s men’s service group regularly volunteers at Metro Ministries.

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Calallen High School Partnership

Starting in 2016, Grace UMC has partnered with Calallen High School to pray for and support the teachers, staff, administration, and students throughout the school year. From hosting a teacher/staff luncheon to being prayer partners, and every ministry of presence in between, we support our local school!

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Sea Gulf Villa Outreach

Sea Gulf Villa is a low-income housing project for retired senior citizens in the heart of Corpus Christi. Grace UMC partners with the residents for Christmas Gift Bags, social events, and other ways of extending the hand of friendship to our neighbors.

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Feed Our Friends

Feed Our Friends is what we call our partnership with an ever-growing group of people from all over Corpus Christi who are dedicated to caring for our homeless and low-income neighbors by providing a home-cooked meal and basic necessities every Sunday afternoon in Artesian Park. We are committed to providing 200 sack lunches and assisting with the book program on the second Sunday of each month.

Blood Drives

We partner with the Coastal Bend Blood Center quarterly to sponsor blood drives on Sunday mornings. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give the gift of life!

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger is an international non-profit initiative that seeks to empower communities, offer good nutrition, and provide emergency relief to communities all over the world. The goal is to eradicate hunger and food insecurity by 2030! Starting in 2017, we are partnering to host Meal Packaging Events. A group of 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in about 2 hours, and these meals will primarily be used for school feeding programs in developing countries.

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Early Response Team

Grace’s Early Response Team (ERT) is a group of trained individuals who assist people who have been devastated by natural disasters. The work varies from debris cleanup and removal to putting tarps on roofs.

Sea City Work Camp

Founded in 1993, Sea City Work Camp is a summertime week-long local mission opportunity for Corpus Christ area youth to spread the word of Jesus Christ through compassionate service to others. Youth in grades 9-12 gather into teams to do home repair and renovation for local low-income families. Adults can volunteer as team leaders, drivers, cooks, and other roles. Grace UMC has served as the “base camp” for many years. 

Around The World

Our mission hearts and mission hands reach around our community and around the world, touching lives for the glory of God.

Kairos Prison Ministries

The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring the love and forgiveness of Christ to all incarcerated individuals, their families, and those who work with them. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to provide service, prayers, cookies, and financial support. Since 2015, we have partnered with the McConnell Prison Unit to offer the Disciple I and II courses to inmates.

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse that provides shoeboxes packed with school supplies, toys, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement to children in need all over the world. Grace UMC participates in this ministry each year to let the children of the world know that they are loved. Ready-to-fill shoeboxes will be available in October and November.

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Mission Trips

Grace UMC sponsors regular mission trips to various parts of the Corpus Christi area and the south Texas region to offer help and hope to those in need. Since 2014, Grace UMC has also traveled to Costa Rica to share the love of Christ and offer tangible help to those in need. Most trips involve home repair or renovation as well as opportunities to connect with local families.
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