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Local & Global Missions

Helping those in need in our backyards as well as around the world

We are deeply committed

to sharing the love of Jesus Christ through missions as we serve people in need in our own neighborhood, throughout the country, and around the world. 

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Faith in Action Day

On this day each year, instead of attending regular Sunday School classes, all members are invited to participate in some sort of mission or service work. A variety of options are available, allowing people of all ages and ability levels to participate.

Alternative Gift Market

This Christmastime event showcases alternative gifts from organizations such as BeadForLife, Coffee Connection, World Vision, Cameron Community Ministries, Heifer International, Church World Service, and PET Project (wheelchair-like personal transportation devices). 

 

Gifts purchased are given on behalf of a loved one, to someone in need. For example, one could buy a goat for someone in a poor African community, wrap up a commemorative card, and place it under the Christmas tree in lieu of a traditional gift.

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Habitat for Humanity

Greece Baptist Church has joined with other Greece churches to sponsor Habitat for Humanity homes in the City of Rochester under the auspices of the Greece Baptist Church Board of Missions. To date, the Greece Church Coalition has sponsored eight homes: 44 Love Street (2000), 27 Rauber Street (​2003), 172 Fulton Avenue (2006), 235 Campbell Street (2009), 83 Eddy Street (2013), 87 Orange Street (2015), 126 Holworthy Street (2019), and 486 Garson Avenue (2023).

Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf & Clothing Closet

The Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. has evolved from a modest beginning at Greece Baptist Church in May of 1977. In the first few years an average of 150 people were helped each year. Today,  the Food Shelf feeds close to 4,500 clients annually. After moving several times over the years, the shelf is now located in a Town-owned facility on Maiden Lane.

 

The Food Shelf is an emergency pantry. The all-volunteer organization warehouses and delivers food to clients in the Town of Greece and the Charlotte area of the city of Rochester. Much of the food is donated from churches, businesses and individuals. Monetary donations are used to purchase fresh food.

 

Volunteer drivers are always in need at the Shelf. This involves delivering fresh and non-perishable food to the clients' homes. The contact number for the Food Shelf is (585) 277-5370.

 

The Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet started as Gramma Janes' Clothing Closet in a small utility closet at Greece Baptist Church. Just as with the Ecumenical Food Shelf, the Clothing Closet outgrew its facilities and is now part of the same building that houses the Food Shelf.

​The Clothing Closet receives donations of gently used clothing and distributes them. There is no charge for any items, and the Closet is also staffed entirely by volunteers.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteers meet once a month to knit together. Otherwise, members prayerfully knit and crochet their shawls at home. During just our first year, we gave out over 60 shawls to church and community members in need. Prayer shawls are distributed in local hospitals and nursing homes, and when members of our Caring Team visit the home-bound.

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