Cancellations Until May 15th
Posted 03/25/2020 by Jenny Alvey
I just sent cancellations on all meals until May 15th. Praying that we can start back up after this epidemic is over.
God Bless you all and your families. Please stay safe and well.
Posted 03/22/2020 by Jenny Alvey
It is with deep sadness and much reflection that we are going to suspend the Grace Kids meal train until the situation with Corona is over. The safety of our volunteers, staff and children must be top of mind.
Please pray for our children, Pastor Corey, Rickelle and Jocelyn.
God bless you all
Stay safe and healthy,
Meal Train Update.. please read.. changes
Posted 03/11/2020 by Jenny Alvey
Pastor Corey here. I pray that this finds you well. I am writing to you for two reasons. The first, I want to personally thank each and every one of you that have kept our kiddos fed. Without your support and your presence, we absolutely could not do what we do. Feeding these children is a vital part of what we do. Children cannot learn and feel loved when they have empty bellies and you all have kept them fed and loved, so that we can teach and love them. Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.
Now for the second reason. As we are all aware, we are currently faced with the spread of the Coronavirus. In consultation with our board and our leadership, we have determined that the best, most proactive course of action at present is to suspend all activities inside the building until further notice. We want to be proactive in protecting the children, the community, our volunteers, and our staff. This decision was not made lightly. However, a part of that protection is to ensure as best we can, that we do minimal harm with this decision. The need for meals and food will remain.
We have come up with a plan to make sure the children and their families will continue to be fed. On Mondays through Thursday, we will set up a table outside at 4pm to send home snack bags with the children. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays we are asking that you would continue to bring meals to the church as normal. We will meet you there and prepare "take home" containers for the children and their families. During this time and the coming days, these meals are going to be vital for the children. For your safety we will receive the meals and prepare these take home containers with no children in the building. My staff and I will meet them outside and hand out the meals.
Again, we deeply appreciate and need your support. Hopefully and prayerfully, this will only be a short time status and we'll be back in no time to our regular operations. We absolutely detest taking this step, but in the end, we believe it is the best course of action. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 502-909-6295.
Grace Kids S.O.S
Posted 03/06/2020 by Jenny Alvey
I need a BIG FAVOR... I was scheduled to do the the dinner for the kiddos on Friday night March 13th.
March 14th is my Gala for Blessings in a Backpack... not sure what I was thinking signing up to make dinner the night before. I have a ton of obligations the night before.
Can anyone pick this dinner for me? Please! I will be so grateful.
Sunday March 1st
Posted 02/18/2020 by Jenny Alvey
I know many of you love Sunday mornings at Grace. We have a sudden opening if anyone would like to fill it!
Thank you all!
Posted 02/01/2020 by Jenny Alvey
Thank you all so much for filling the meal train! Dates are filled till March 😀. Many of you have shared that you would like a scheduled monthly time so I have opened the calendar till April 2021 to sign up!
Thank you for your support and God bless each of you.
A few dates in February !
Posted 01/30/2020 by Jenny Alvey
Hello all you wonderful people!
We only have a few dates in February and March is filling up! Get your date while you can!
God Bless you all!
Friday January 31st. Available
Posted 01/23/2020 by Jenny Alvey
We have this date open! Any takers? 😀
February Dates For Saturday Mistake
Posted 01/13/2020 by Jenny Alvey
Hi there -
Just noticed that February had Saturday instead of Friday. Just corrected and took off all Saturdays and replaced with Fridays.
If you had signed up for a Saturday in February I am sorry about the mistake. And please look and find a new date. We have tons of open dates in February INCLUDING February 14th for those that are creative and want to do a fun Valentines party for the kiddos!
Thank you all for your continued support of our mission. The results have been nothing short of a miracle.
Message from our fearless leader and Pastor!
Posted 12/09/2019 by Jenny Alvey
I want to be careful in how I share this. The purpose of this post isn't meant to be a "oh these poor kids, you all should be ashamed" type of post. That's not how I operate. Our Meal Train has been one of the greatest blessings to our ministry. Not only does it help to insure that the kids get fed, but just as important, it accomplishes two other things.
First, it exposes them to lots of different people and exposes lots of different people to them; it is important to get both sides out of the silos of their respective contexts.
Secondly, it gives me the ability to show them tangible proof that there is an army of people out there that cares about them, prays for them, and wants to spend their time with them. I remind them of this every time a group comes; they need to know that they are never alone. Our kids have tragically low self esteem, tragically low senses of value and worth, and they are made to feel isolated and alone at every turn.
Yesterday morning, no one signed up for the meal train. This isn't a huge deal; we've had several generous friends make donations for times such as this. I got up nice and early and purchased doughnuts, milk, and juice. Not fancy or all that nutritious, but they love it. It's been a while since we've had to do this.
I was shocked and my heart was warmed when I noticed something I had never noticed before. The kids actually come in with an eye towards the kitchen; not for the food, but the people. There was an abundance of doughnut boxes and gallons of milk and juice; there just wasn't any visitors.
Their eyes grew wide as they searched; surely they were there somewhere. The number of kids that came up to Jocelyn and I to ask, "Where's the people?" was truly touching and eye opening. It was proof of something powerful taking place. The food is no doubt important to a legitimately hungry population, but as important to them? The presence of our guests. Let that sink in for a moment; in a church like Grace Kids: A Church for Children, in a context like ours, facing the challenges that our kids face, the PRESENCE of our visitors has become at least as important to them as the sustenance many of them are desperate for.
I think of how far they've come. In the early days, they were wildly distrustful of anyone that came into the church (including me), they were disrespectful to guests, they would "eat and run", come to church to meet up and to run back out into the neighborhood. Many would come because it was a safe place and so that they could take whatever tangible things we might be giving. Now? It rocks their world when our guests do not come. The power and ministry of PRESENCE. I've said many times of myself, "The key is just showing up. God will take care of the rest."
The difficulty of this ministry is ever present; but most of the time, I don't think about it. The past several months, I've had far too much cause to think far too much about it. But glimpses like this? It brings it all back into perspective
Meal Train Calendar
Posted 12/06/2019 by Jenny Alvey
I have updated the calendar so you can sign up through 2020!
Happy Holidays and as always thank you for your on going support!
2 Dates left for December
Posted 12/05/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Hello! We have 2 open dates for December. Anyone available? It’s the 8th and 18th?
Holiday’s are quickly approaching
Posted 10/29/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Hello - First, I cannot thank each of you enough for supporting this meal train. The difference it has made in our children’s lives has been life changing.
We have several opening for Nov and Dec if you are interested in serving during the holidays.
Again, God bless all of you and thank you so much.
Posted 08/28/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Please help! We need help! Many available spots!
Two Open Dates
Posted 08/07/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Hello Friends of Grace -
We have two open dates in the next week... Aug 11th and 16th... if you have wanted to volunteer and can do it - Please sign up!
It means everything to the church!
Many open nights
Posted 07/30/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Please consider volunteering for the Grace Kids Meal-train. We have many openings for August.
If you can please help!
Posted 02/18/2019 by Jenny Alvey
Hello! If anyone could help Wednesday, Sunday of this week or Wednesday and Friday of next week on the meal train it would be amazing.
We have more kids than ever and the need is even greater!
Calendar for Mealtrain
Posted 10/27/2018 by Jenny Alvey
I have updated the calendar through Dec 2019! Please sign up! The children are hearing Jesus’s call. Let’s not disappoint them!
Thank you all agian for your generous support.
Sunday Grace Meal Train Change!
Posted 09/22/2018 by Jenny Alvey
In case you missed the announcement, Pastor Corey has changed Sunday service to 10:00 am. He has asked us to change the train to breakfast at 9:00 for the children.
Starting October 7th. If this is not possible for anyone who has signed up in October or later please cancel your time. We understand and hope you understand the change.
Bless you all!
Calendar up for the remainder of the year!
Posted 06/12/2018 by Jenny Alvey
Please grab the dates you would like! ❤️❤️❤️
911 On Meals this weekend!
Posted 03/08/2018 by Jenny Alvey
We are short on meals this whole week. Corey has done sandwiches and pizza already. Friday and Sunday are not covered. Can anyone help? Even just drop off food?
Please help if you can!
February volunteers neede
Posted 02/03/2018 by Jenny Alvey
Hello! We have a lot of open dates in February! Please help if you can!
Meal Train for Grace Kids
Posted 01/06/2018 by Jenny Alvey
Just added the dates for February and March! Please sign up if you can help! Thank you all so much. The children are thriving and your dinners are a huge help!
Adding Friday evenings to our Meal Train
Posted 10/16/2017 by Jenny Alvey
Thank you all for signing up for Grace Children's Meal train. Based on the success we have added Friday nights! Dinner will be served at 6:00.
Please feel free to pass along!
Thank you again to making a difference in these amazing children's lives.