Local Service Opportunities
We invite you to serve God alongside us as we seek to bring peace and blessing to our neighbors through any of the below efforts GCPC is regularly involved with.
Shalom Farms Updates
On third Saturdays April - October (excluding April), Grace Covenant has a recurring opportunity to volunteer with Shalom Farms. The location will vary each month depending on where Shalom needs us most. These are wonderful volunteer opportunities for the whole family (young kids are very welcome), and each promises to be a wonderful day worshiping God and serving our neighbors by helping ensure all have access to nutritious produce.
STEP Summer Enrichment Program
Jobs for Life this Fall! STEP (Strategies to Elevate People - steprichmond.org) is a ministry in Gilpin Court focused on helping people defeat poverty. It runs a Jobs for Life (JfL) program that uses a biblically-based curriculum to fuel the capacities of adult students to apply for and thrive in employment. This fall’s JfL program will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Calhoun Family Investment Center (436 Calhoun Street) from September 17-December 10. STEP is seeking volunteers for the following roles: 1) serving as a champion/mentor for an individual student throughout the JfL journey (weekly commitment—women mentors especially needed); 2) sharing your business experience by participating in an employer roundtable or mock interviews (one evening commitment); 3) sharing your teaching skills as an instructor (one evening commitment); or 4) providing a meal for the class (one evening commitment). If you would like to participate in any of these ways or have questions, please contact Nelson Reveley at or STEP’s Director, Tim Cole, at email@example.com.
Richmond CROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walk, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 20: The Annual Richmond CROP Hunger Walk is a family, stroller, and pet-friendly opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for neighbors all around the world wrestling with food insecurity. Funds raised through the CROP Walk go to support the work of Church World Service, Shalom Farms, CARITAS, and the Peter Paul Development Center. The walk begins and ends at Ginter Park UMC (1010 W. Laburnum Ave. 23227), with registration starting at 1:00 p.m. and the 3.1-mile walk beginning at 2:00 p.m. No donation or fee is required to join in the walk, but you can certainly help fight hunger in that manner too by supporting Grace Covenant's team at www.crophungerwalk.org/richmondva/Donate (on that webpage click "Team" and then type "Grace Covenant"). Please contact Nelson Reveley at if you have questions or would like to join in the walk on October 20. All are welcome!
Metro Richmond at Prayer, Month of July
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8
There are more than 1.2 million people living collectively in Metro Richmond. "Metro Richmond at Prayer" is a cooperative effort of churches to pray together for common concerns, healing, and transformation in our region. This effort is coordinated by Richmond Hill, an ecumenical retreat center in Church Hill. This month the prayers are focused on the governments and governing bodies of Metropolitan Richmond: "We pray for governments and governing bodies of Metropolitan Richmond: for the Mayor and City Council of Richmond, the Chief Administrative Officer, and all city employees. We pray for the Boards of Supervisors, Councils, Administrators, and government employees of Charles City, Goochland, New Kent, Powhatan, Ashland, Petersburg, and Hopewell. We pray for the Supervisors of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover Counties, the County Administrators, and all county employees."
Public Transit Update: New City System Now Open!
Richmond City's new public transportation system, including the Bus Rapid Transit line, launched last summer, and the new expansions in Henrico, including full service to Short Pump, will begin soon. These increases and improvements are cultivating vibrant new pathways for individuals and communities across the region to thrive as God intends for us all. Frequent, far-reaching public transit lets everyone near it lead healthier, more productive, and more interconnected lives. Thank you to all who have been helping grow and enhance our transportation network. Your participation makes a difference. For more info on ways to be involved or hop on the new system, contact Nelson Reveley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and see the Isaiah Project.
The Richmond Justice Initiative strives to prevent human trafficking through the Richmond area, both through prevention efforts with local partners and through state and national efforts to strengthen anti-trafficking laws. Service days involve visiting local gas stations and other likely trafficking stops to distribute emergency hotlines to employees and discuss with them how to be vigilant in observing potential trafficking situations.
Spend time tutoring underprivileged children in Church Hill.
Support Boaz & Ruth to rebuild lives and communities in the Highland Park neighborhood of Richmond through relationships, training, transitional jobs, and economic revitalization.
Nelson Reveley, Parish Associate for Outreach and Adult Discipleship
All Local Ministry Partnerships
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities)
CHAT (Church Hill Activities and Tutoring)
STEP (Strategies to Elevate People)
AFREIM (African Evangelical International Ministries)
Why Do We Serve?
When we serve our neighbors with sympathy and compassion, we seek to bring about the things that God desires for our city. We battle injustices because we believe that it grieves God’s heart when people are treated unfairly. We feed the hungry because Christ identified himself with the hungry and thirsty. We work to break the cycle of poverty so that our communities might understand the power of God to transform lives.
To find out how you can serve God and our neighbors through one of these local agencies please contact Nelson Reveley.