Outreach (Grace Community Services)

■ The Lighthouse Centre

The Lighthouse supports the newcomer, the hungry, the refugee, the homeless and the hurting in practical, meaningful ways; such as 'Blessing Bag'– a food drive and 'Ride for Refuge'– an annual bike-a-thon.

<Learn more about 'Blessing Bag' & 'Ride for Refuge' at "The Lighthouse Centre"> 

■ Out of the Cold

The Out of the Cold program is to provide safe refuge, hospitality and emergency shelter to the homeless community.

■ FaithHopeLove

The Mission of FaithHopeLove is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the immigrant community in the Greater Toronto Area, chiefly to those of Chinese descent, direct their clients to a home church where they will be embraced by a fellowship of believers, nurtured in the Christian faith, receive baptism, and engage in various activities held by FaithHopeLove and other community events.

■ Grace Shepherd International Ministries

The Mission of Grace Shepherd International Ministries is to bring the love of Christ to communities in Sri Lanka (particularly those living in the village of Pukulam) and to those of Sri Lankan descent living in Scarborough.

■ Habitat for Humanity

"Habitat for Humanity" is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.

■ Missionaries

Grace Church supports various missionaries prayerfully and/or financially.

Blessing Bag | Ride for Refuge

The Lighthouse Centre

The Lighthouse Christian Social Services began in 1968 (at that time under the name “Christian Reformed Inner City Ministry”) as a neighbourhood evangelical outreach of the Toronto Classis of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, with the vision of planting a church in the Bloor/Bathurst/Dupont area of Toronto. The ministry known as “The Lighthouse” formed part of this outreach, at that time consisting of children’s after-school programs and a neighbourhood community centre. Over the next ten years, while a new, independent church did not develop, a great amount of potential was seen in the ongoing work of The Lighthouse programs, and in 1980, the organization was reorganized and reopened under the name “The Lighthouse” as an agency that provides social assistance and that facilitates refugee and immigration settlement and support.


Blessing Bag – a food drive

You are welcome to join our food drive - "Blessing Bag" in helping people and changing lives through The Lighthouse Centre, which advocates for refugees. 


Generally, Blessing Bags are available at the church for your food contribution. We also have made it even easier for you to put together Blessing Bags using this free printable Blessing Bag checklist. The barrel for your filled Blessing Bags is located by the entrance of the Fellowship Hall at Grace Church. Feel free to contact the church office for this periodical food drive at Grace Church.


Ride for Refuge – an annual bike-a-thon

This event is a family-friendly cycling fundraiser that supports the vulnerable and exploited, biking along the Martin Goodman Trail, which is a dedicated bike path along the Toronto waterfront. The ride starts at Ashbridges Bay Park and it is very safe for all levels of bikers. The team of "Riders of Grace" often looks for bike riders for this annual bike-a-thon. You can either join the Riders of Grace team or create your own team. 


This is the 7th year that Grace Church has taken part in this fundraiser for The Lighthouse, which was held on September 30, 2018. Usually, Ride for Refuge is held in September of the year.

Out of the Cold

Out of the Cold

The Out of the Cold program is a volunteer initiative that consists of congregations from faith groups, community members and advocates who provide safe refuge, hospitality and emergency shelter to the homeless community throughout the City of Toronto, and organized by Dixon Hall. 


The only Out of the Cold site in north east Scarborough is located at Knox United Church's Education building (2569 Midland Avenue).   


Every Friday evening to Saturday morning (November–March) homeless guests are given meals and accommodation. Grace Church takes two or three turns hosting this program at Knox United. 


Please contact the church office if you would like to volunteer your time or donate food for this program.

■ Ruth Hofman & Steve Venhuizen

Ruth Hofman & Steve Venhuizen

Ruth Hofman and Steve Venhuizen are pastors of Friendship Church, privileged to work with a team of vibrant and committed students at York University (LOGOS Christian Community), which brings the nations to our doorstep from 176 countries.

■ John & Marian VanderMeer

John & Marian VanderMeer

John and Marian VanderMeer have carried out mission work through the Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Congo. They are now back in Canada and are adjusting to life in Ontario for the next two years as they continue to work with Wycliffe, before returning to Congo. While here the VanderMeers plan to:

  • visit supporters and make presentations,
  • catch up on reports and work left undone while in Congo,
  • continue to support our colleagues in Congo with technical issues,
  • assist the local Wycliffe office,
  • participate in training that will help the work in Congo.


■ Adrian & Wendy Hellemans

Adrian & Wendy Hellemans

Volunteer with Christian Studies International; visiting Professors with the Dept. of Religious Studies/ Philosophy & Ethics, University of Jos, Nigeria, West Africa; Dept. of Humanities, University of the Gambia.