Local Outreach

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

Back-to-School Supply Drive

It’s that time of year again! Through our annual Back-to-School Program, we are helping provide supplies for schools in Eden Prairie and Chaska. Help as we provide school supplies and pack backpacks for our adopted schools.

Eden Prairie

This year, Eden Prairie has adopted Oak Point Elementary and Cedar Ridge Elementary, and we are asking families to grab a backpack to fill with supplies for specific grades. Inside each backpack will have a description of supplies needed. You can pick up backpacks on Sundays at Door 1, Door 4, or in the Grace Kids area. Return the backpacks to the same locations on Sundays or during the week Monday-Thursday 9a-5p. (Enter through Door 4 and place in designated bins.)

Volunteer: This program would not be possible without support from volunteers.

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Chaska

This year Chaska is assisting Clover Ridge Elementary in collecting supplies for students for the upcoming school year. Instead of filling backpacks, we are asking for donations of specific supplies. These donations can be dropped off on Sunday mornings at Southwest Christian High School between 9:30a-12p.

Embrace

Coming alongside single, young women facing an unintended pregnancy and those who are parenting is a priority for us. Find out what we're doing and ways you can engage.

Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we are here to help. Here are a few resources and opportunities.

  • First Care Pregnancy Center offers comprehensive services, free of charge, including pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, pregnancy counseling and information, adoption services, referrals and resources, and parenting education.
  • Join our Embrace Grace group. Whether you are planning to parent or pursue adoption, this group will provide a place for you to make new friends in similar circumstances and find hope-filled support and encouragement.
  • If you would like to connect with a woman who has experienced an unplanned pregnancy, we are glad to connect you. This could be an ongoing mentoring relationship or a one-time meeting. E-mail Kirsten at if you're interested.

Embrace Grace: A Group for Single, Young Pregnant Women

Wednesdays, Sep 18 - Dec 18 | 6p-8p, Eden Prairie Campus Room 223
Dinner and childcare provided.

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Embrace Grace provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for single, young pregnant women who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. It is a 12-week program that teaches young women about God’s love and grace, and at the end, we throw a baby shower or an adoption celebration to honor them for choosing life and to help provide for their babies’ needs.

We use the program and curriculum provided through Embrace Grace Ministries. For more information about this program, visit embracegrace.com.

Embrace Life: A Group for Single, Young Moms

Wednesdays, Sep - May | 6p-8p, Eden Prairie Campus Room 223
Dinner and childcare provided.

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Embrace Life equips single, new moms so that they can learn to flourish in their relationship with God and not only survive in life but thrive! These brave moms will learn spiritual and practical ways to help navigate their way through life so they can rediscover their capabilities, passions, and dreams. Embrace Life meets weekly and includes a fall semester (Sep-Dec) and a spring semester (Feb-May). Each semester ends with a Life Adventure Day focused on blessing each mom in a fun way.

We use the program and curriculum provided through Embrace Grace Ministries. For more information about this program, visit embracegrace.com.

Mentoring and Outreach

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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

For this year's camp info, click here or e-mail 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.

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  .

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, visit stopthetrafficking.org or email Christine Erickson. All proceeds support anti-trafficking organizations with an emphasis on supporting the restoration of sexually-exploited youth.

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 and Chaska locations will partner with local church plants by Grace missionaries.

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

  • Leader an experienced FGT member who is comfortable initiating and carrying the conversations.
  • Prayers (often newer people) those in the group who are praying as the group engages with individuals, speaking into the conversation where they feel led. 

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

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