GSP Ministries: Change the World!
These ministries respond to Grace St. Paul's Vision and Mission of being a "Spiritual family calling people to change the world..."
- Animals & Spirituality:
- Bread from the Pantry: This ministry is a bread redistribution program that allows volunteers and GSP "to be bread" for each other and the wider community. Bread is picked up seven nights a week from Beyond Bread, repackaged at GSP, and then delivered to social service agencies and churches in Tucson. GSP's bread bundles provide food for people who are homeless or living in shelters.
- Bridging Borders/Just Coffee: This ministry provides information and education about border issues and raises cultural awareness about these issues. It provides help for those in need across the border by sponsoring food collections, supporting economic development in Mexico, and promoting the use and sales of "Just Coffee."
- Episcopal Campus Ministry:
- Episcopal Community Services:
- Green Church: This ministry strives to live out the presence of God in creation, an awareness that is deeply rooted at GSP. It seeks to reduce the carbon footprint, and find ways to use renewable, reusable, or recycled products, energy and other resources. One of the ministry's efforts to be self-sufficient is the GSP community garden which provides food for Joseph's Pantry.
- Healing Touch: This ministry serves people from the Tucson community, as well as members of the parish. Its goal is to provide relaxation, healing, and loving support to all in a safe, Christ-centered environment. The certified Healing Touch practitioners are well-trained and experienced. Many people find Healing Touch a spiritual experience and several clients have become members of GSP by way of this ministry.
- Hearing Impaired Ministry:
- Interfaith Community Services Liaison: ICS partners with Grace St. Paul's to provide services and assistance of many kinds to individuals in the GSP community. The rector and volunteers from the Social Services ministry seek advice and referrals from ICS, learn about services for the elderly and disabled, can refer requests for transportation assistance, and receive financial support from ICS on a regular basis. ICS support for the GSP community is invaluable.
- Joseph's Pantry: This ministry strives to create a safe haven which provides both physical and emotional food for people in need. Each of our volunteers uses the spiritual lessons and gifts gained at GSP to help bring dignity and hope to people who are suffering hardship. The volunteers represent a wide variety of ages, professions, and spiritual backgrounds. Joseph's Pantry is a ministry of and for not only the GSP community but the entire Tucson community.
- Prayer Shawls: Volunteers comprise a silent/behind-the-scenes group that celebrates its members' gifts and talents by making shawls for those in need.
- Primavera Dinners: The volunteers who make up the Primavera Cooking team provide a nutritious meal for the 125 to 135 men at the Primavera Men's Shelter on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This ministry for homeless men is a long-time GSP tradition.
- Quilting Ministry: Volunteers make quilts for children, the elderly, and anyone who faces illness, stress or grief. Its mission is to warm people's hearts and put smiles on their faces so they know GSP cares.
- Social Services: This ministry's vision is to act on the baptismal covenant which instructs respect for the dignity of each individual. Volunteers do this by acting as companions and advocates. They are available each weekday morning to facilitate ID requests, provide bus passes, make referrals to other community agencies, and help address risks that can lead to homelessness.
- St. Andrew's Children's Clinic: The clinic is an affiliate ministry of GSP as it is administered by its own Board of Directors and has its own mission. The involvement, however, of a number of GSP parishioners demonstrates GSP's concern for social justice for families on the other side of the border who do not have access to medical, or in some cases, educational care for their disabled children. In addition to the volunteers who visit the clinic every month, the volunteer quilters and knitters make items for the children and sometimes visit the clinic to distribute the items.
- Visually Impaired Ministry: