Our mission as a church is to be fully invested in the neighborhoods that we are a part of - primarily Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan. So our 'outward' looking teams are those that build relationships with and support our neighbors - those within our neighborhoods as well as our far distant neighbors across the world and those sitting next to us in the church pews. For more information please click here (Link to CCB connect form)
Youth Mentoring, Tutoring and Boys Basketball
There are a number of opportunities to be involved in youth mentoring in the neighborhood!
We have built relationships with young boys and girls in Columbia Heights through many years volunteering at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center ("the Rec"), where we also have our Neighborhood Easter Party, and at Rita Bright Recreation Center (#10). Right now, we are focused on tutoring and coaching basketball at Rita Bright. In the school year, we have a Grace Meridian Hill weekly tutoring session for 6-12 year old boys and girls. In addition, we are coaching an 8-10 year-old boys basketball team, with the season running from December - March, and summer Saturday workouts. Coaches and tutors are always needed!
Building on years of ministry at the Rec and Rita Bright, there are a number of teen boys and girls who we tutor/mentor one-on-one. Some are still in high school, some are in college that would benefit from support. There is a need for committed men to be a part of a group to pursue and guide some young men in college or transitioning to college. In addition, we have developed deep relationships with a few teen girls in the neighborhood that are part of our church family and need tutoring, mentoring and friendship as they transition to high school and beyond!
Contact Chris Yook for more info about boys basketball.
Contact Walter Howell for more info about boys mentoring.
Contact Mary Katherine Howell for more info about girls mentoring.
Contact Dave Balajthy for more info about tutoring at the Rita Bright Center.
Conversational English Ministry
To reach out to our immigrant and international neighbors, we are starting a ministry providing a safe space for those learning English to practice speaking and listening. Each 8-week session will have multiple levels of conversational English classes. We are looking for volunteers in a variety of roles. You can serve as a lead or assistant teacher, help us advertise and recruit students, help with logistics during the session, or drop by as conversation buddies for small group conversations.
If you are looking to volunteer or you would like register as a student for the conversational English classes, please contact Lawrence Hsin for more information.
Details for the Fall 2018 Session: We meet at Grace Meridian Hill every Thursday evening, 7:00-8:30 pm, from 9/27/18 through 11/15/18. Registration and level-testing is on 9/27/18 from 6:30 through 7:30 pm, but other times are available by appointment. The classes are free; students just purchase their book from us.
Cross-Cultural Community Team
Our vision is to asses the congregation and ourselves to equip with a scriptural foundation, develop critical lenses and cross-cultural skills, to foster meaningful, cross-cultural relationships and facilitate difficult conversations. If you are longing to see a greater realization of God’s cross-cultural Kingdom come to our neighborhood and our church, whether in terms of race and ethnicity, language, politics, or age, and you are ready to take action in some way, then this group is for you.
Contact the CCC Team leaders for more info.
The Mercy Ministry is led by the Diaconate and is an office of sympathy and service that strives to help our church family and neighbors in times of need. Grace Meridian Hill takes a wholistic approach to this end -- using the resources of the entire church body to collectively provide prayer, emotional support, as well as attention to any material needs. In addition, these efforts are also supported by the Mercy Fund, a special offering taken at the beginning of each month.
Previously, the Mercy Fund has been used to support those in our church and neighborhood with rental payments, medication and childcare expenses, food and household goods, counseling and therapy fees, and more.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to any members of the Diaconate with any requests for support or care.