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Loving God. Loving Neighbors. Living in Community.

YMCA Early
Learning Center
Artist Series
Community Center
Grace Service &
Missions Team

Dayton Cooks!

A free 10-week program that trains students age 18 and older for jobs in the food industry. Students work side by side with Chef Thomas Johnson in the Grace kitchen on a culinary journey with donated and purchased food. At the end of the program students are knowledgeable in food safety, sanitation, basic knife skills, classic cooking techniques, commercial kitchen operations and equipment use. They also are prepared for ServSafe Certification and receive job placement assistance and mentoring.

Dayton Cooks! is a partnership with the Wesley Community Center and helps transform the lives of people committed to a culinary arts career through rigorous training. The USDA approved meals and snacks prepared in the program will be served to income eligible children in after school programs.

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YMCA Early Learning Center
at Grace

The YMCA and Grace have partnered to make sure children learn the skills to be successful in school. Our program helps them grow physically and mentally while emphasizing and modeling the character development values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

The Early Learning Center provides full time care for children from 6 weeks to 3 years. Our partnership allows us to provide a preschool where every child has the potential to be successful. We also provide a School Age Enrichment Program to ensure that the time gap before and after school is filled with homework help, an afternoon snack, art projects and active group games.

Learn more about the Early Learning Center at Grace

Local Artist Series at Grace

Grace features artists exhibits in its church to help support local talent. Past artists have included: Yvette Walker Dalton, a one woman show; The African American Visual Arts Guild celebrating all things Wright Dunbar; Randy Palmer a member of Grace United Methodist and a graphic artist; Paintings from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton; Paintings by Greg Dearth and photographs of Grace Member and dancer Jasmine Hines, taken by Bill Woody.

Grace UMC welcomes local photographer Gary Cook to the Grace Artist Series. Please take a moment to check out his exhibit of nature and travel photographs in Madonna Hall. The exhibit will be on display through November.

You can browse his stunning photos here. To ensure safe procedures for viewing the gallery at Grace, more information will be available soon about how to see the exhibit on days besides Sunday. We hope to have a virtual meeting with the artist in the near future. He also has notecards available for sale in the office, the proceeds of which will go to Grace.

Current Exhibit Details

Freedom School

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools program provides summer enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and generate positive attitudes toward learning. Children are taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health.

If you would like more information on the program, please contact the church office through the contact form on our website or call 937-278-4731.

Learn more about the Freedom School at Grace

Wesley Community Center

Funding for the Montgomery County Food Bank has been cut, therefore food distributions have decreased to sites such as Wesley Community Center (WCC). WCC is in need of donations to fill their shelves. The Mission Team has agreed to promote a monthly collection of food items. A list of items has been provided to us for monthly items needed.


Please drop off your donations at Grace Church. Your donations are much appreciated!

Grace Service & Missions Team

We cannot do everything, but we can do something and we can do something now to restore humanity to the pathway toward Kingdom Living!

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our current mission focus is to protect the most vulnerable among us by following the stay-at-home order, washing your hands, wearing face masks, and practicing social distancing. We appreciate the sacrifices you are making. These are acts of love that will help doctors, nurses, and all essential workers stay healthy while they are working to keep us healthy.

When we care for the “least of these”, we are sharing the GRACE of God.

Community Engagement

Day of Caring Pancake Breakfast

University Row & Dayton View Neighborhood Historical Associations

PechaKucha Events

International Women’s Day 2020

Wesley Community Center donations

Martin Luther King, Jr Annual Prayer Breakfast

Prison Ministry

Grace United Methodist Church is committed to faith-based ministries to help people affected by the criminal justice system. Seeds of Grace is a team of women who provide weekly spiritual growth through Sacred Stories in the Montgomery County Jail. Circle of the Word uses a circle format to engage with Bible stories and takes place in the Dayton Correctional Institution and monthly at the church for church members, community members, and people returning from jail or prison. House of Healing is a 13-week curriculum that has been offered at the prison and jail by women from Grace. The program promotes the healing of memories, relief from the burdens of shame and stress, improved relationships, and the ability to be at peace, no matter the circumstance. H.O.P.E. is a small group ministry at Grace that helps reentry from the criminal justice system. A correspondence and reentry program, H.O.P.E. Letters was launched in 2018 for faith-sharing, mentoring and non-judgemental encouragement.

H.O.P.E. Letters

If you would like to serve with us or have any questions about any of our ministries please contact us.
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