God desires to recover relationship with all human beings. As a Christian congregation we are called to be an agent of God's reconciliation. We point people toward relationship with God, our loving Creator. That relationship is recovered through salvation and healing made available in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. As a faith community the Holy Spirit compels us to live out, to demonstrate, and to communicate this good news to all.
We seek to do this locally in our own community of St. Catharines via:
The Grapeview Daycare Program was established in 1988 as a missional response to needs in our community. Our staff serve 30-40 children daily and seek to connect with the whole child – socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually. We strive to promote a positive self-image for each child by encouraging exploration, fostering the development of social skills, cultivating friendships, and promoting a strong sense of community. We support, encourage and facilitate a co-operative working relationship with parents in order to meet the needs of the children entrusted to our care.
St George's Breakfast
For more than a decade, volunteers from Grapeview Church have been regularly involved in serving breakfast at St George’s Anglican Church, downtown. The breakfast is entirely free and is available to anybody who needs a meal, no questions asked. 60-80 persons are regularly served.
Read an article from St Catharines Standard about service during COVID crisis in 2020. https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9972437-covid-19-front-line-volunteers-haven-t-missed-a-day-providing-free-breakfasts/?s=e
Over the years, Grapeview has been a home for dozens of international students and their families. Brock University and Niagara College students have found a warm welcome, as church members help with transportation, medical needs, visa concerns and ESL conversations.
We are actively partnered with BrockFocus, the local program of International Student Ministries Canada (ISMC).
We are, also, financially engaged beyond our own community via:
Launchpoint Church, Ottawa
Our church supports our former pastors, Rev. Grant and Rev. Mary-Elsie Wolfe, as they initiate a new church congregation in the Orleans area of Ottawa.
International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) www.childcareministries.net
A ministry that partners with our Free Methodist churches around the world advocating for the spiritual, educational, physical and social development of children through sponsorships, scholarships, and creative initiatives.
Tearfund Canada www.tearfund.ca
Tearfund is our international partner responding to relief and development needs in the name of Jesus Christ. Tearfund does this through a global network of Christian organizations and local churches.