With discernment before God, the Missions & Justice department at Grace Family Church offers relief aid and/or development programs to the materially poor, engaging with them and not just doing it for them. We also seek to connect our congregation to God’s mission to reconcile, restore, and make all things new (Colossians 1:15-20). These are our ministries:
Helping the helpers, equipping missionaries. 3 John 5-8
The Container Ministry, with Grace Family Church, annually imports an average of 30 x 40 foot containers of food, medical, school, office, sewing and household supplies, as well as shoes, baby equipment and other miscellaneous items.
These goods are distributed to 150 mission partners spread throughout KwaZulu Natal, Zululand and Southern Mozambique. From statistics sent in by our mission partners we’ve calculated that 135,000 needy orphans, children, widows, refugees, sick and impoverished people, are reached monthly with the Gospel and supplies from the Container Ministry.
The Container Ministry is able to give donors s18A tax donation certificates and BEE score card points. NPO 041-680
Compassionate Relief and Development
Grace Aid’s mission is to demonstrate compassion by addressing poverty through community relief and development which empowers, uplifts, teaches skills, builds capacity, and promotes self-help.
Grace Aid is an audited and registered Non-Profit Organisation and Public Benefit Organisation. Our passion is holistic development; that is to address all forms of poverty by working with the whole person – their physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and economic needs. We seek to encourage people to be active architects of their own future; that is teaching people how to fish rather than just handing them a fish.
Grace Aid is immensely grateful to donors for their investment and partners for their community development initiatives. Grace Aid is able to give donors s18A tax donation certificates and BEE score card points.
We believe that every Christian should be exposed to and involved in serving the materially poor. That’s why we’d like to help every member of Grace to experience reaching out to others. We organise regular local Day Missions and once a month we hold a Night Mission which goes out to visit and pray with the homeless at Durban shelters.
Check the church calendar and announcements for upcoming missions and serving opportunities. If you have questions email Jill on firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Kids is a fun, safe place for kids to discover the adventure of following Jesus. We are passionate about kids! We use creative and age-appropriate Bible teaching, high-energy worship, and caring, loving small group leaders that give our kids the
GREATEST HOUR OF THE WEEK!
We also understand that there is more to leading a child to Jesus than just Sundays. That’s why we love to partner with parents and families to make the most of these years in a child’s life.
For parents with infants aged 0-12 months, all our campuses are equipped with a Parents Room with a glass window into the main auditorium, where parents can see and hear the service. Otherwise, check out below what's available for every age up to Grade 6.
Grace Kids Director: Maryke Viljoen 031 575 9300 email@example.com
Grace Kids Administrator: Lauren Laurens 031 575 9300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Kids uMhlanga AM Pastor: Shireen Kistan 031 575 9300 email@example.com
Grace Kids uMhlanga PM Pastor: Lauren Anderson 031 575 9300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Kids Riverside Campus Pastor: Jill Roberts 031 575 9300 email@example.com
Grace Kids Ballito Campus Pastor: Isabel Braz 063 528 5129 firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for Parents:
Follow us on Facebook page for great tips and advice for parents as well stay up to date with what's happening in 'The Greatest Hour of the Week' this Sunday. For the Grace Kids Facebook page click here: P ick up a 'Faith at Home' card at the Grace Kids registration desk during each series and email email@example.com if you would like to receive our weekly newsletter.
Grace Kids Crèche (0 - 3 years) staffed by dedicated volunteers, with your little one’s safety being our priority. All children are signed in and out and are allocated a unique number. In the event that a parent needs to be contacted during the service, your child’s unique number will appear on the screens.
Available during all Sunday services across all our campuses*.
*Please note! At our Riverside Campus there is no creche during the 5:30pm Sunday service. Parents and 1-3 year olds are asked to make use of the Mother's Room during this service.
Grace Kids Pre-Primary (Grade 00 - R) enjoy a structured time of worship and story time followed by a fun activity to reinforce what they have learned. All children are signed in and out and are allocated a unique number. In the event that a parent needs to be contacted during the service, your child’s number will appear on the screens. Available during all Sunday services across all our campuses.
Grace Kids Primary (Grade 1 - 6) children get together for high-energy, action-packed worship and a creative, relevant teaching time. This is followed by age appropriate small group time that reinforces the lesson with our super Grace Kids volunteers.
Available during all Sunday services across all our campuses.
New parents are often struck with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and responsibility for their new baby and feel compelled to make a definite response to God over these emotions. Dedicating your child provides a platform for you to begin a partnership between God and the Church in raising your children.
At Grace we believe that the primary spiritual influence in a child’s life is their parents. We would therefore like to partner with you and give you tools to help you speak about, and model your faith at home so your child can discover and develop a meaningful and authentic relationship with Jesus.
Baby dedications is the first step in this journey. We believe that Baby Dedications is not a tick-the-box traditional practice but rather an incredibly intentional act to:
1. Praise God and thank him for the gift of your baby.
2. Make some promises as to how you want to raise your little one and how you will model your faith to them at home.
3. Pray for your baby, and for us to pray for you as parents and your family.
So to help you decide whether or not to have your child dedicated, the following questions are suggested for your careful consideration:
1. Do you agree with Grace’s teaching and purpose for dedicating your child?
2. Do you understand what it means to dedicate your child?
3. What changes may you need to make at home if you take your child’s dedication seriously?
4. Are you willing to make those changes?
If you still have questions or would like to know more please email our Grace Kids director Maryke on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to sign up for Baby Dedication please CLICK HERE.
Friday Night Youth
Grades 7-12 | uMhlanga Campus
Every Friday night during school terms (18:30 to 21:00). It's an awesome time for hanging out and making friends. But besides the fun and crazy times, something significant and life-changing is happening - young people are discovering the love of Christ and exploring what it means to have a real relationship with God. Join us for rocking praise and worship, teaching that is relevant and real, and community where you can belong.
Need more info?
Contact our Youth Pastor: Siya Shange - 031 575 9300 email@example.com
We are the young adult community of Grace Family Church. We gather together in small groups around the city as we seek to grow into fully devoted followers of Christ.
uMhlanga Young Adults
If you attend our uMhlanga campus join us on Sunday evenings for UMH \\ PM at 17:30.
Riverside Young Adults
If you're a Riverside Young Adult, our Sunday service times are 08:15 | 10:00 | 17:30.
We want to help you on your spiritual journey, to connect, build community, and grow together. Young Adults at Grace is for anyone in their 20's and 30's.
COME AS YOU ARE!
If you are looking for a small group email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively stay up to date and connected with us on social media...
Here at Grace Family Church we believe that life is done best in community.
GroupLife is a place to belong, whether you meet in someone’s home, at a coffee shop, or on the promenade for a walk. We understand that life is busy and there isn’t always time to connect, so GroupLife is a space for you to meet with others and grow in friendship and faith. GroupLife at Grace brings people together, as we grow closer to God, each other, and understanding our divine purpose.
If you're keen to get involved in GroupLife please fill in this ONLINE FORM to help us point you in the right direction.
If you have questions about GroupLife please drop us a mail on email@example.com.
"Every believer should serve through being the right person for the right task for the right reason."
- Grace Vision & Values
At Grace you can get involved in serving at the campus you attend. Our vision is to grow the hearts of people to serve God, by joining together a team of volunteers that will make a difference to the larger community. For information on volunteer opportunities and ways you can serve at your Grace campus CLICK HERE.
Demonstrating the love of Christ through a Biblical model of counselling care and support
Our Counselling Ministry aims to demonstrate the love of Christ through a Biblical model of counselling care and support. Our goal is to equip people with practical tools for personal and spiritual growth. It's important to us that applying truth is practical, that relationships are loving and non-judgmental, and that counselling helps people become fully-devoted Christ-followers. If you need counselling, we have a team of trained, volunteer lay-counsellors. There are also support groups and courses detailed below.
Contact us on: 031 003 1830
The Grace Counselling Centre is based at the Grace Family Church Riverside Campus
63 Anthony Road, Umgeni Park (off Browns Drift Road)
Check out our website www.gracecounselling.org.za
Administrative enquiries: Louise Harman firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselling Director: Madz Deyzel email@example.com
Our trained volunteer counsellors work to help you in your journey to wholeness. If you would like more information about face-to-face counselling CLICK HERE or contact Counselling Director, Madz Deyzel firstname.lastname@example.org 031 003 1830 for an initial phone assessment. We also offer face-to-face counselling at our Grace Family Church Ballito campus run by Gina Hamlyn. Should you need counselling and are living in this area, please contact her on 065 247 6854 or email@example.com.
ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP
If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, we have a support group that could help you. If your sleep is erratic, you feel nervous or anxious, you battle to concentrate and feel irritable or out of control, or you literally feel like you can’t breathe, you might be struggling with anxiety. This group is led by trained volunteer lay counsellors who will give you practical tools to manage your anxiety. There’s no need to sign up, just come along. The group meets at our Riverside Campus on Thursdays at 18:30-20:30. If you would like more information please contact our Counselling department.
ADDICTIONS SUPPORT GROUPS
The Addictions Support Groups at Grace Family Church follow a Biblical 12-step programme addressing any nature of addiction including, drugs, alcohol, gambling, smoking, sex, pornography etc. The groups have regular social events and believe strongly in becoming family to one another in the support they offer. All group leaders and facilitators have attended the Grace Family Church Counselling Course and many are recovered addicts and now serve these groups and their attenders. Addicts are welcome to attend all meetings (open to all addicts within our community, regardless of church attendance or faith).
ADDICTIONS SUPPORT GROUPS AT RIVERSIDE CAMPUS (Grace Counselling Centre, at the rear of the building.)
- Addictions Support Group meets Mondays at 18:30-20:30
- Support Group for Family & Friends of Addicts meets Mondays at 18:30-20:30.
ADDICTIONS SUPPORT GROUPS AT BALLITO CAMPUS (in the house.)
- Addictions Support Group meets on Mondays at 18:30 - 20:30.
For more information contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 031 003 1830.
THE WHOLENESS COURSE
The Wholeness Course is all about bringing together the spiritual with the cognitive and emotional aspects of yourself. It will give you a practical framework for understanding how all areas of life fit into God's plan for your life, and provides tools to help you grow closer in your relationship with Him. This is a 3-week course and is the pre-requisite for the Counselling Training Course.
COUNSELLING TRAINING COURSE
PLEASE NOTE! The Wholeness Course (above) is a pre-requisite for the Counselling Course but is open to ALL, not just for those who wish to do counselling.
The Wholeness Counselling Training Course will firstly equip you with the theology and psychology behind this Biblical model of counselling. Secondly it will equip you with basic counselling skills. People do the counselling course for different reasons: Some to gain a better understanding of oneself. For many, The Wholeness course is perfect for this. Some feel they have a calling to counselling.
This Course is a great starting point for starting up in this field. Many of our volunteers are now studying toward their degrees in counselling. Some have a specific passion for coming along-side people who are struggling with certain issues such as addictions or grief. So being a facilitator in a support group or on a counselling related course may be an option. Some group leaders find having this training helps them better serve those within their groups.
Please note that completing the Counselling Course does not mean automatic entry as a Counsellor. There is an interview and assessment process that ascertains the best fit for each person’s gifting. For more info contact Counselling Director, Madz Deyzel 031 003 1830 email@example.com
Red Frogs Support Network South Africa is an initiative of Grace Family Church and is committed to 'safeguarding a generation' through being a positive presence in the partying culture. Our core values are:
As a result of being practical, available and consistent in serving, we are placed in a position of trust with young people, thereby enabling us to disciple them through some of the most challenging times of their lives. We take every opportunity to engage in acts of generosity that foster relationship and display genuine care and concern for the lives of others.
Through expecting our actions to meet a standard of excellence we cultivate a culture of responsibility and accountability that promotes transparency. We believe that to display professionalism in our approach, our programs and activities, we equip staff and volunteers by mentoring, training and resourcing to effectively engage in their work with young people.
We recognise that each young person has an innate need for belonging and relationship. Therefore it is our heart to create healthy pathways for young people to have these needs fulfilled. We understand the importance of open communication and collaboration between staff, volunteers and Red Frog networks, including ‘Friends of the Red Frog’, sponsors and partners. Therefore we highly promote and engage in teamwork and relationship building activities that enable these processes to happen.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
To volunteer as a Red Frog or if you would like to support them please visit their website for more info: za.redfrogs.com