We operate over 30 different ministries. They range from our Internet Church, to our new church plant in Pakistan, to our new worshiping community called Common Ground Community Church. Our philosophy is that everyone is a minister. See a need, have someone else agree about the need or the hurt, and then go and and bring hope, offer healing! After the new ministry is started, the group is encouraged to gain the blessing from the session as more people get involved. A sample snap-shot of some of our ministries are featured here:
Our Youth Center during the school year is open Monday - Friday after school hours until 7/8:00 PM. Around 5:00 PM dinner is served. Thanks to the various community organizations that enable us to perform this ministry.
free LEGAL CLINIC
Free Legal Clinic - One of only seven in the state of Ohio, it is a unique partnership with Belmont County Bar Association, South Eastern Ohio Legal Services and GRACE Church. The clinic is free and operates the second Wednesday in January, March, May, July, September & November beginning at 5:30 PM. The clinic operates out of Webster Hall at 408 Hanover Street.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Volunteers run and operate our growing children and youth programming. There are a multitude of opportunities throughout the year, both on Sunday mornings and throughout the week.
Our Internet Church is the brain child of Elder David McFarlan. He and his wife, Kay, produce every worship celebration live over the Internet. Multiple cameras, placed strategically throughout the sanctuary, enable worshipers in our Internet Church to feel as though they are in the sanctuary worshiping. A chat room enables worshipers to talk to one another as well as submit prayer requests.
CLOTHES LINE MINISTRY
Every winter hand knitted hats and gloves, mittens and scarves are hung on clothes lines between the trees in front of our church for anyone to grab and get and stay warm. Donations of support for this ministry come from all across America.
GRACE Church of Pakistan
In January of 2016 we planted a new church in western Pakistan. It began with 10 people and a translator and a hunger to know Jesus Christ. By February 2019 there are over 750 people who call GRACE Church of Pakistan their home church! Despite threats and persecution the church continues to grow. As a new church plant, we are raising money to purchase Bibles for our growing church. A Bible, printed in Urdu, costs $6.00 USD and is equal to 2 days working wages in western Pakistan. There is a great shortage of Bibles and a real need to have them.
The Daily Bread Center
The Daily Bread Center is a community food pantry for the residents of Martins Ferry. The pantry, open 3 times a week, offers food to the hungry. In our town of less than 7,000 residents, 600 people are fed a month. Founded by Rev. Webster and two others pastors, the food pantry has been an enormous aid to the residents of our community. This is a cooperative ministry that is supported by all of the churches in town.
Mid-week Bible study
Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of the Animals this year took place on Saturday, October 5th in the Gazebo Lot behind the church buildings. Thanks for coming!
A Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the Community Room of Wayne Hayes Apt. Building, Wednesdays at 2:00 PM in the lounge and 6:00 PM in the Holy Grounds Café. The studies are led by Rev. Webster. These are in depth examination of a particular books of the Bible. No experience is necessary. Coffee is always on!
pagE Turners book CLub
This book discussion group is open to adults who enjoy reading! It meets monthly at Panera Bread Restaurant in St. Clairsville, OH. For more information, call the church office at 740-633-2699.
City Clean up Projects
The church is heavily involved in various clean up projects in town. Houses, vacant lots, city parks, River View Cemetery and Walnut Grove Cemetery are all projects the church has rallied together and conquered. There are always new cleaning and repairing projects. Call the church office to volunteer at our latest site.
O.A.P.L.S. Exercise Group
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 1:30-2:30 the group meets for exercise and fellowship in Webster Hall, 410 Hanover Street. Everyone is encouraged to Joni this group.
Farmers mARket and COmmunity garden
GRACE Church has teamed up with community action group PROJECT FORWARD. We aid in running the Martins Ferry Farmers' Market, which is open every Friday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and is located behind our church buildings on the corner of 5th & Hanover Streets. GRACE Church houses material for the market and assists in set-up and maintaining the market each week. A highlight of the market is the Community Garden planted on site. With great products and friendly vendors, this is a wonderful place to be on Fridays!
Cancer Support Group
The Cancer Support Groups the 4th Thursday of the month in the lounge off of the sanctuary. It is headed up by cancer survivor and Deacon, Margi Roberts. For more information, call the church office at 740-633-2699.
Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, knitted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors who experienced a mastectomy. These are made by knitters in our church and distributed locally. If you would like more information and to obtain one, call the church office at 740-633-2699.
Re-Threads Clothing Store
Re-Threads Clothing is a store that features gently used clothing. Located a block away from our campus, the store is across from the Martins Ferry City Building at 30 South 5th Street. Managed by a team of volunteers from the church, the store offers clothing for all ages. The store is open Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 5:00 PM. The clothing is all free.