Restock the Pantry
This Lent, we're restocking the GraceWorks pantry!
From February 17 (Ash Wednesday) to April 4 (Easter), we're raising money to help restock the GraceWorks pantry and thrift store. Each week, we will have different educational resources to help you learn more about GraceWorks Ministries and ways you can help. Use the buttons below to make a monetary donation or view their shopping list. Bring your donations to our Restock the Pantry drives on March 28 and April 2.
GraceWorks Ministries began as a group of concerned citizens and church leaders in Williamson County who were determined to find solutions to the complex issue of poverty. They recognized the diverse needs of low-income residents in their community such as food, clothing, housing support, and financial assistance and saw that local nonprofits and other churches were only focusing on one or two of these services. Through the pooling of resources from both churches and private and public sectors, GraceWorks has been able to provide several services to a large number of families and individuals in need. Their most recent year they served over 14,000 neighbors.
Why Restock the Pantry?
Restock the Pantry is an initiative through GraceWorks Ministries that helps serve and meet the diverse needs in Williamson County and surrounding communities. During the Christmas season, their food pantry and thrift store serves many individuals and families in need. Due to the increased need over the holidays, GraceWorks needs help restocking their food pantry and thrift store. If you are unable to participate in person, you can also shop GraceWorks' Amazon wish list.
"Neighbor serving neighbor, by the power of God's grace."
Here's Our Focus Each Week
February 15 – 21
Pray for those suffering from food insecurity
- School aged children that receive fuel bags because there isn’t enough food at home
- Mobile food pantries for those who are unable to get to GraceWorks because of transportation issues
Pray with us:
God of grace and mercy,
We believe, as the Holy Scriptures declare, that every human being is fearfully and wonderfully made; Every person is deserving of worth and dignity because each of us is created in Your wondrous image.
It’s for this reason that we come to You in fervent and collective prayer for the hurting, hungry, and vulnerable – in our families, churches, and neighborhoods. In our cities, country, and around the world.
Prayer from Bread for the World.
February 22 – 28
Pray for those suffering from housing insecurity
- Near homeless – living in cars or sleeping on couches of friends/family
Pray with us:
O God of Mercy:
We hear the persistent call to feed the hungry and find shelter for the homeless. Stir our hearts to move more deeply in our walk with Jesus.
Help us answer the question, “Why do we feel comfortable living beyond our needs when others do not have their basic needs met?”
Help us not be hypocrites of lip service but disciples of action.
Keep our hearts soft enough to keep hearing the cry of the hungry and the homeless. Amen.
Prayer by Fr. Donald R. Wester
March 1 – 7
Pray for those suffering financial difficulties
- Those suffering sudden loss of income due to COVID
- Those suffering sudden loss of income because of layoffs/government shutdowns
- Two-income families where one of the incomes has been lost creating a financial difficulty
- Those in need of financial assistance for rent, utilities, car payments, etc
Pray with us:
O God of Mercy,
We lift up those who are facing financial difficulties. Those who have lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Those who are struggling to provide for their families. You promise to provide for us. Lord, calm our worrisome minds. You care for and feed the birds in the air and clothe the lilies of the field and you care so deeply for us (Matthew 6:26). Help us to put our trust in you and where we can, to be your hands and feet, to give to others who are in need. Remind us that every good thing and blessing we have come from you. Help us to bless others in need.
March 8 – 14
Pray for refugees
Before COVID hit and shut down the pantry, GraceWorks saw a lot of Arabic people coming from Antioch.
Because of GraceWorks gracious thresholds for those to access their services, we are able to help this population that does not have as many options.
Pray with us:Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centredness.
Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters.
May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace.
Prayer by Pope Francis
March 15 – 21
Pray for those with unexpected medical crises
- Unexpected family illnesses that can lead to home and/or food insecurity or financial difficulties
- Those needing medical assistance –people who need glasses or dental care but can’t afford it can get a voucher from GraceWorks
Pray with us:
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve those who are ill and physically injured, and give thy power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in thy loving care. Give those who face unexpected diagnoses and medical issues peaceful hearts and minds in the midst of chaos and provide for them the provisions they need to seek healing and help. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer from Groveville UMC
March 22 – 28
Pray for Elderly and Homebound People
Sadly we often have elderly who have been abandoned by their families.
Nearly 2,000 elderly adults live in poverty in Williamson County. GraceWorks provides food, rent/utility assistance, and support to approximately 1,200 a year. Additionally, GraceWorks offers many volunteer positions for older populations. Of 278 regular weekly volunteers, 191 are 55 and older – 69%. While they help us tremendously, we have also learned their positions here help them build community and stay connected to their faith.
Before COVID, we were able to provide food to homebound families through finding volunteers who would bring it to them and we had a few specific communities we would deliver directly to their door. Since COVID, we have been able to alter our rent/utility assistance programs to happen over the phone, increasing access for homebound Neighbors.
Pray with us:
Loving Lord, we bring before You all of the elderly folks in our communities, congregation, and those we do not know. We pray for those folks who are homebound and isolated. May they know Your love and the love of their community. We pray for those who have trouble accessing food, medical care, and other needs. We pray for those who struggle financially, who don't know where their next meal will come from or who will prepare it. May we who are able, be Your hands and feet to care for these folks in need of a helping hand. Amen.
March 29 – April 4
Pray for neighbors in need helping their neighbors in need
GraceWorks often has people who get food or assistance for a neighbor who is unable to do so because of transportation issues, medical or mental issues. "I’m always amazed by these people because often they have their own difficulties to manage and yet they are thinking of others."
GraceWorks is experiencing more need for food and feel that the increase is directly connected to the quality and quantity of the food we give to our neighbors. When making an over the phone appointment for food pick-up for two elderly female neighbors, we learned that they lived in Summertown, over 1-hour commute, and they would spend the night at each other’s house the night before their appointment to carpool together to GraceWorks. Another neighbor drove from Lebanon, over 1-hour commute, to come and pick-up food. To even get to our facility they needed to borrow gas money from a family member to make their trip. What causes these individuals to go to great lengths for our food baskets? Several conclusions can be drawn from these scenarios. First, the neighbors need the food. Second, they do not have the adequate or similar services in their area. Third, again, GraceWorks provides quality food with an abundance in supply that makes a real difference in the neighbor’s day to day lives.
Pray with us:
Father, allow me to serve others with a joyful heart; never keeping score; always giving; never expecting to receive. Allow me to give of myself, to give of my talents and of my goods, to give of my time and of my energy, to give of my heart and of my soul. Help me understand the needs of others, never criticizing, never demeaning, never scolding, never condemning. You have been so gracious to me, always Loving, always forgiving, always restoring; never gloating over my defeats, even when I have been so wrong. Father, keep a condemning spirit Far from my heart and further from my lips. Allow me to serve others as You serve, with gentleness, compassion, and tenderness, never diminishing the worth of another, choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted, like You have repeatedly shown it to me. Lord I give thanks for those folks around me that continuously search for those in need of help. Help me to be like them, like Jesus. Amen.
Prayer by Jack Watts
Read testimonials from individuals who have served at and been impacted by GraceWorks Ministries. Click the name below each quote to read the full testimonial.
"I am thankful for all that GraceWorks does and for what volunteering with them has done for me in my own personal spiritual journey."
"Love your neighbor..." To me, this is the guiding principle behind GraceWorks. Volunteering in the Food Pantry has helped me live out this commandment."
"She needed help right then and GraceWorks was able to provide it. That’s what GraceWorks does every single day."
"It meant so much to me to actually meet these precious neighbors, people just like me, who just happened to be struggling at that time."
"I would look forward to going every week. It was always such an uplifting place. I always met new wonderful people, and I always had such a positive feeling being there."
How can I get involved?
Donate to BUMC's Restock the Pantry food drives. Bring your donations from the GraceWorks Shopping List to our food drives on March 28 and April 2 at BUMC.
Sign up for a volunteer shift for Restock collection days.
More information will become available closer to the date.
Ways to Give
Mail your gift to:
104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100
Franklin, TN 37064
Make checks out to Restock the Pantry.