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John Wesley believed that, as Christians, we must reach out to the world with not only the Good News of Jesus Christ, but with our service to others in His name. With that tradition in mind, Grace Church supports over 50 local, national, and world-wide missions each year with monetary contributions and hands-on help. For more information about the many local, national, and global missions Grace supports and how you can be involved, please contact the church office.

Helping the Hungry

Households with limited resources often must choose between paying their rent and feeding their families. Food assistance can prevent the tragedy of homelessness for people who find themselves in the position of having to make such a difficult choice. Grace United Methodist Church supports the following food pantries with donations made on the first Sunday of every month (except for January's collection).

2024 First Sunday of the Month Food Pantry Collection Dates and Recipients:

January 7: Common Pantry

February 4: Loaves & Fishes

March 3: Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry

April 7: Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

May 5: Common Pantry

June 2: Loaves & Fishes

July 7: Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry

August 4: Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

September 1: Common Pantry

October 6: Loaves & Fishes

November 3: Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry

December 1: Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry

Monetary food pantry donations are also appreciated. Please place donations in the offering plate or the ceramic "Love Loaf," with checks payable to GUMC and "Love Loaf" noted on the memo line. In addition to our monthly food collections, Grace has participated in the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack for the past four years, with increasing commitment to the cause each year. Other hunger efforts we regularly support include, to name just a very few, Heifer International, "Souper Bowl" of Caring, and Hesed House.  


Local Support

Grace partners with Habitat for Humanity Fox Valley and 20+ churches in the area  providing affordable housing in the Aurora community. Grace youth and adults serve as the "foundation laying" team, providing the initial construction of the home and then continue to support the project in various stages until the home is dedicated (typically in the late fall) and the keys are given to the homeowner. Grace provides construction support, monetary support, and a strong prayer commitment to these families receiving a hand up. In the summer, younger teens (6th-8th grade) and adults spend three days serving various organizations around the Chicagoland area in our "Hope@Home" Youth Summer Missions program.

Grace UMC has been a strong supporter of Hesed House since its inception in the 1980’s. Located a mile south of downtown Aurora, the mission of Hesed House is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and give people the chance to hope again.  It has become a national model for ending homelessness: one person, one family at a time. It is the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois outside of Chicago. Find more information at Each second Tuesday of the month, Grace UMC provides about 140 hot meals and 100 sack lunches. Grace volunteers work both at the church kitchen and at Hesed House. In addition to volunteer work, donations of food items, toiletries, and cash are generously provided by Grace families. If you have any questions, or wish to contribute or volunteer, please email Larry Hartman at

National and International Support

Grace goes beyond the Chicagoland area to provide hope to people and organizations throughout the country and across the world. Some of the National and International Missions Grace supports are: 

Teens (9th-12th grade), college students and adults of the community are invited to travel with us to another state for a week each summer to work with communities in need through our "Side-by-Side" Youth Summer Missions program.

Our United Women in Faith, who sponsor several major fundraisers throughout the year, donate 100% of their proceeds to local, national, and international missions.

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