Local Outreach

Reaching those in the Twin Cities and our local communities with the love of Jesus.

Back-To-School Supply Drive

We wish to ensure that every student in the Eden Prairie school district has the basic supplies needed to succeed as a student. Join our annual Back-to-School Program with collaborative help from PROP, the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, Immanuel Lutheran Church, local schools, and various community businesses for the 2018/2019 school year.

Highlights of the Program

  • Supplies provided match what students need.
  • Backpacks and other supplies will be distributed at the schools.
  • Tailored program better meets the needs of individual schools.
  • Increased connections develop between the schools and community.

Volunteer

This program would not be possible without the support of volunteers. Please view the multiple opportunities to get involved by visiting our sign-up sheet.

Donation Information

Donations of funds and new supplies from individual community members and group sponsors are essential to ensure all kids have what they need to be successful. 100% of what you donated is used to purchase items that do not come in through community supply drives.

    1. Click to donate online.
    2. Select "One Time Gift."
    3. Choose "School Supply Program."

Shop Our Amazon Wish List

Purchase items on Amazon that will be directly shipped to the program by visiting the Back-to-School Supplies Wish List.

Shop and Drop

Some of the most-needed items include:

  • #2 Pencils
  • 3-Ring Binders (especially 2" size)
  • Post-it Notes
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpies - Fine & Extra Fine
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Markers, Crayons, and Colored Pencils
  • Small Plastic School Boxes
  • Scissors (ages 8+ or adult size)
  • Paper and Plastic Folders
  • Glue Sticks

Donations can be dropped off at any of the following sites:

  • Grace Church (9301 Eden Prairie Road): Mon-Thu 9a-6p (Enter through Door 4, and place items in designated bins.)
  • PROP (14700 Martin Drive): Mon-Fri 9:30a-1p or Wed 4p-6:30p
  • Eden Prairie Schools Education Center (8040 Mitchell Road, enter off Technology Drive): Mon-Fri 7:30a-4p

Sponsorship or Group Donations

If you would like to join the sponsors below by helping to secure donations or organizing a supplies drive, please contact Jenny Buckland at   or 952-937-9120.

Big Serve

Make a big impact in our communities through acts of service. The day has a variety of serving opportunities suited for all ages, including families with young kids. We even have varying shift times to help you schedule. Projects include painting, landscaping, sorting, organizing, serving the elderly, and more. Invite your small group, friends, family, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 6, 2018. Sign-ups are coming soon.

Kids' Clubs and Camps

Serve at one of our several clubs and camps that reach across cultural borders to share the Gospel.

Royal Family Kids Camp

The primary purpose of Royal Family KIDS Camp is to give children, ages 6-12, who are in foster care, a week of positive memories and royal treatment in a Christian camp environment. Each child that attends Royal Family KIDS Camp will receive attention and encouragement from an adult camp counselor (i.e., his/her “buddy camper”). In addition, each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities where they learn more about their Heavenly Father and His love and care for them. For most of these children, it’s the best week of the year – a special time when they can focus on having fun and enjoy being a kid.

Team member opportunities include:

  • 1:1 Camp Counselor
  • Support Staff
  • Craft Leader
  • Licensed Nurse
  • Licensed Social Worker

Questions: Contact Kirsten at

Akina Camps

Join us in hosting a fun camp for kids, 5-12 years old, from the United Tribes of Little Earth! These kids have earned a trip to camp through regular attendance at our weekly Kids Club, and are always excited to go! There are many ways to serve in these summer retreats, including cooking, games, music, worship, crafts, or just building a relationship with a camper.

Guys Summer Retreat | Wed, Aug 8 - Fri, Aug 10 | Refuge Retreat Center
Register

Girls Summer Retreat | Mon, Aug 6 - Wed, Aug 8 | Refuge Retreat Center
Register

Akina Kids' Clubs

Each week during the school year, we hold a fun Akina Kids Club for the children of Little Earth of United Tribes in Minneapolis! The children come to Akina Community Church and eat supper, play games, and have Bible lessons.

There are many opportunities to serve, including: small group leader, food helper, crafts/games leader, 1:1 helper for children with special needs. Anyone ages 14 years or older is welcome to serve, and younger children can join if accompanied by a parent. If you’re interested in joining our team, please complete this application. For more information, contact Kirsten at   or Leah at  .

Friday Go Teams

Join our Friday Go Teams to reach our city for Jesus! Every Friday, believers from Grace will have the opportunity to head out in teams of 2 or 3 to local public places (parks, lakes, etc.) and engage our community by listening to people's stories and sharing with them the hope that we have. The Eden Prairie Campus and Chaska Campus will partner with local church plants by Grace missionaries.

Each team has two different roles you can be a part of:

  • Prayer Warriors will stay at home base (most often the Eden Prairie Campus) and pray that the Holy Spirit will move during this time of evangelism. They will receive real-time prayer requests from the field team.
  • Field Warriors will share the truth and love of Jesus to those they come in contact with at that week's location.

Come be a part of what God wants to do this summer in our city!

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MyStory Events

The MyStory event is the culmination of students living the CAUSE on their campus, prayer, building relationships, and Gospel conversations.  This is a student-led event centered on personal testimonies of lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Students share their testimonies along with other supportive elements like music, comedy, professional athletes, drama and other creative ways to connect with the audience. This event is driven by students but benefits from adult advisors who share the vision and passion of the students and are able to support the organization and financial needs of the event. 

Want to plan an event at your school?

Start by filling out this MyStory Event Support Request Application.

Click here to learn more about creating a MyStory Event.

Watch the videos below to see how MyStory Events have been presented in other school venues:

MYSTORY EVENT: Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN

MYSTORY EVENT: Bloomington High School, Bloomington, MN

Stop the Trafficking

There are over 20 million slaves today — more than any other point in history. Modern-day slavery or human trafficking is the selling of a human being by means of force, fraud, or coercion to be used for labor or sex. No country is immune, including our state and our own communities. The average age of entry for sex trafficking victims in the United States is 12–14 years old.

We have the opportunity to engage with our community to make a difference – through prayer, awareness events, and reaching out to survivors of sex trafficking. Consider joining us in one or more of these initiatives!

Prayer

Our text-based prayer group is a community-wide effort in partnership with area churches to support local police on the front lines in the fight to end sex trafficking. We have connections with Christian police officers in Eden Prairie and the larger metro-area who update us as prayer needs arise. These requests are focused on operations to target buyers, those trying to purchase a minor for sex or victims who have been identified but are not yet recovered. We ask all those who receive the text stop and pray for it in the moment and throughout the week. To join, simply text the keyword JOINSTT to 43506. Download more information.

Outreach

We have the opportunity to reach out to those currently involved the life of exploitation as well as helping survivors of sex trafficking. Through partnerships with local organizations, we assist with practical needs, partner through Big Serve events, host retreats, assemble and provide Blessing Bags and more. For more info, email Christine Erickson.

5K Event

We begin planning our annual June 5k event in the fall, and there are many opportunities to help with sponsorships, promotions, and race-day preparations. And of course, we’d love to have you join us on race day. For more info, email Christine Erickson. All proceeds support anti-trafficking organizations with an emphasis on supporting the restoration of sexually-exploited youth.

Teen Moms

Coming alongside single, young women facing an unintended pregnancy and helping teen moms is a priority for us.

Mentoring and Outreach

Embrace Grace and Embrace Life

Embrace Grace and Embrace Life groups are hosted at Grace for single pregnant and parenting teen moms. More Info