The Pantry is a ministry of Garden Grove Friends Church (GGFC: located at 1221 Magnolia Street., Garden Grove, CA just miles north of the 22 freeway), and involves the distribution of food to the needy in the church's surrounding community every Saturday morning. To show our gratefulness to GGFC for hosting our Homeless Ministry, we staff the Pantry every 4th Saturday. This requires volunteers to help with stocking the pantry shelves, sorting and bagging produce, assisting people with selecting items they need, and cleaning up afterward. Adults and children are welcome to participate, and this is an excellent opportunity for youth to earn service hours.
So, just a reminder again, every 4th Saturday of the month, folks just like you with a heart for the homeless meet from 8:15 am to about 11:30 am to sort & bag produce, stock the shelves, and usher people through the pantry to collect the food for those in need.
Every Sunday and Wednesday at 5pm the Homeless Ministry meets at Garden Grove Friends Church (GGFC) for a meal and Bible Study. We have a team that shops for groceries on Sundays and delivers them to the church. Then on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, several homeless volunteers prepare the meal in the church kitchen. We also have a team of Bible Study teachers who provide spiritual nourishment to those that attend. This ministry is unique in that the homeless take ownership of it by preparing the food, setting up the meal, cleaning up afterwards, and inviting friends to attend.
GGFC is located at 12211 Magnolia St Garden Grove CA 92841 - just miles north of the 22 freeway.
Ways that you can get involved:
1. Come and visit at 5pm - those that are homeless are often ignored, and they appreciate a good conversation and prayer.
2. Donate - we have several cabinets that we stock with canned goods, coffee, pasta, paper goods, etc, and a refrigerator and freezer.
3. We can use grocery donations or gift cards to hand out.
4. We can use pre-made frozen casseroles.
We are going to begin our Confirmation classes on Sunday November 2nd. This will be a class for any youth who has not yet been confirmed. Typically, it is for 7th and 8th graders, but we welcome other ages as well. It is a two year program, and we will be studying the New Testament this year. At 1pm, we will be meeting at my house for about 1 ½ hours which will include instruction and break out times to talk and process the material. If you think your youth would benefit from this, please contact me and I can share even more information. More materials will be made available shortly which will explain the details of the program along with a schedule. I look forward to being a part of the spiritual growth of your teen!!