"God sets the lonely in families."

PSALM 68:6

"God sets the lonely in families."

PSALM 68:6


The GAP is a ministry of Grace Hill Church where we seek to stand in the gap for our most vulnerable neighbors. Many of our neighbors do not have the kind of support systems and structures that many of us are blessed to have that prevent us from enduring true hardship in life. Through strategic partnerships in our community, we seek to build relationships with those in need in our community and become a safe, consistent, and reliable support and presence in their life.

The GAP is a ministry of Grace Hill Church where we seek to stand in the gap for our most vulnerable neighbors. Many of our neighbors do not have the kind of support systems and structures that many of us are blessed to have that prevent us from enduring true hardship in life. Through strategic partnerships in our community, we seek to build relationships with those in need in our community and become a safe, consistent, and reliable support and presence in their life.

Step One: Strategic Partnerships

Deliver Groceries to families through Fairfax Department of Family Services.

  • Who are the families?
      • These are families that the county has begun to provide services to because they are in need. 
      • They need a little extra and temporary help to get by (needs have been vetted by County Social Workers).
  • Who can volunteer and what are the requirements?
      • Anyone! You can serve by yourself, with a friend or with your community group.
      • 6 month commitment.
      • Deliver groceries to the family twice a month.
      • Volunteers do not have to pay for the groceries unless they want to, the church has a fund designated to reimburse grocery purchases.
      • You can give to the grocery fund through contributing to our Benevolence Fund here.
  • What’s the goal?
    • To support vulnerable families in our area in the name of Jesus.
    • To develop a relationship and hopefully a friendship with families that are open.
    • To pray for opportunities to share the gospel and invite them into our church family.
    • To establish a good relationship with the county and build a reputation as someone they can trust and rely on to help the community.

Mentor Students at Herndon Middle School

  • Who are the students?
      • Students in the mentoring program have been identified as needing a more consistent adult presence in their life.
  • Who can volunteer and what are the requirements?
      • Individuals – meetings are one-on-one.
      • Training and clearance is provided through FCPS.
      • You must be available during the school day to meet with the child for 30 minutes on a weekly basis.
      • Commitments usually last the school year. 
  • What’s the goal?
    • To be a consistent positive presence for children in need in the name of Jesus.
    • To develop a relationship and hopefully a friendship with the child’s family if they are open.
    • To pray for opportunities to share the gospel and invite them into our church family.
    • To establish a good relationship with Herndon Middle School and build a reputation as someone they can trust and rely on to help the community.

Mentor Teen Moms through Young Lives

  • What is Young Lives?
      • Young Lives is a minister of Young Life to teen moms. 
  • Who are the moms?
      • Teen moms from Herndon, Reston, and Sterling that are involved with Young Lives.
  • Who can volunteer and what are the requirements?
      • Women – meetings can be one-on-one and in group settings.
      • Spanish speaking mentors are a big need.
      • Training is provided through Young Lives.
  • What’s the goal?
    • To be a consistent positive presence for the young mom and child in need in the name of Jesus.
    • To develop a relationship and hopefully a friendship with them if they are open.
    • To pray for opportunities to share the gospel and invite them into our church family.
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Step Two: Build Relationships

Our desire, as a church, is to utilize our strategic partnerships in order to find ways to be good neighbors to those in our community who are most in need. Our desire, though, is to be a consistent, friendly presence in our community. To go above and beyond and earn trust. We believe it's only when we build a trusting relationship where we will be able to, in the name of Jesus, meet the deepest of needs through forming a Care Community.

Step Three: Primary Care Communities

Our long term vision is for our church to begin to form Care Communities around individuals or families who need long-term, wrap around support. Although this part of the ministry has not launched, the following would be the process:
  • After you have established a trusting relationship with the child, teen mom, or family you are serving, the Gap can provide formal training for you to form a Care Community to provide formal wrap around support for the family.
  • Provide long-term relational and physical support for vulnerable families
  • Communities consist of 3-5 volunteers (community groups, friends or individual volunteers can serve in a primary care community).
  • This will be an optional and formal “service” Grace Hill Church will provide the families directly and no longer through the community partner.
  • 12-month commitment
  • Formal training will be provided to volunteers/groups as needed.
  • More information coming!

OFFICE

1020 Elden Street, Suite 205

Herndon, VA 20170

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Herndon Middle School

901 Locust Street

Herndon, VA 20170

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