Almost everyday, I have someone ask me about Grace Place! I get all kinds of questions. People want to know: What is it? How does it work? Who can come? Is it really free? Where does all of the stuff come from? When does all of the work get done? Will you take my stuff? Can I participate?
I’ve written several blog posts and thought it was about time for an update, now that we are approaching the one year mark of participating in this amazing ministry opportunity! (We started in December 2010) The most simple way that I know to put it is: Grace Place is a place where the church can share the grace of God in a very real, tangible and meaningful way with others.
The concept is fairly simple: People take new or gently used items that they are no longer using and donate them to Grace Place, who puts them out in a mini mall/store format for people to come and purchase. The only catch is that people cannot purchase with money, they can only purchase with grace! You cannot buy anything for money here!
We give out $50.00 Grace Place Gift Cards and people can use these to come to the Grace Place mini/mall store to shop for clothes, household items, toys, furniture, decorations and etc. as long as supplies last! (Only one card per person please!) (And if you don’t have a card, come see us and we will hook you up with one!)
People can come and shop once a month and every month they get to take advantage of $50 worth of Grace. Let me emphasize once again: You cannot buy anything from the Grace Place store for money. “Some people call it free, but we call it GRACE!” The receiving of stuff from the store that you have not earned or deserved is a tremendous picture of what God does for each of us by giving us His Son Jesus – Who we could never earn or deserve!
This ministry can be experienced at The Grace Place Community Campus located at 407 Ridgewood Drive. Our current hours of operation for Shoppers is Monday and Wednesdays from 10 AM – Noon, Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. and the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10 AM – Noon.
We also have a “GRACE DINNER” on the 4th Friday of every month at 6:30 PM. This is a restaurant style meal prepared and served as if you were walking into a local eating establishment, just one catch – it does not cost you anything, you do not get a bill and you cannot leave a tip – its paid for by GRACE!
If you have items that you would like to donate, you can drop them off during any of our shopping times and we will be glad to assist you. We also have a drop off building located in the front parking lot, where you may drop off donations 24/7!
We can always use help running the store, sorting, preparing and presenting merchandise. If you are interested in volunteering at Grace Place, then please give us a call – we would love to meet you and serve together. (Questions 864-320-1071)
If you would like more information or would like to set up a tour, then please feel free give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org It would be a pleasure and blessing to show you what God is doing in our lives and the lives of the new friends that we are making every week! You can also find us on Facebook at Grace Place Facebook Page!
Thanks so much for your interest in Grace Place, for your prayers, donations and for helping to make the dream a reality! G3!