Equipping and Outreach Ministries

Grove has several ministries and initiatives designed to help individuals or families in all walks of life; whether you are a first time homeowner or someone requiring accessible healthcare—we can help. Please contact our church receptionist at 757-484-4149 if you have questions.

EQUIPPING MINISTRIES

Grove’s goal of meeting people’s needs comes from our desire to empower and equip members and those in the community.

Finance & Business

Financial Stewardship

Financial Peace University sessions teach you how to live debt free and build wealth, ultimately experiencing the financial peace that God intended.

Grove’s Business and Professional's Association

Grove's Business and Professional's Association is a networking initiative where business owners meet, share information, learn best practices and exchange useful insight with other entrepreneurs.

Home Ownership Program

In this nationally recognized program, first time homeowners qualify to live in one of Grove’s rental properties for a small monthly fee. They receive financial stewardship training during their stay as they search for a home of their own. The fee paid during rental is returned to help with the down payment on their new home. Call for details.

Health & Recreation

Wellness Ministry

Grove’s Wellness Ministry meets monthly to teach individuals healthy living tips and strategies and methods for exercising—regardless of age.

Grove’s Softball League

Grove’s softball league is fun, fellowship and fitness all rolled into one. Our team brought home the softball league championship only a few years ago! Play Ball!!

Books.com

Whether you are a book reader or e-reader, Books.com is the ultimate ‘book club.’ Join this co-ed, adult group for lively discussions and fellowship with like-minded book lovers!

Outreach Ministries 

Grove engages in a number of activities to meet the needs of people as they experience challenges or crisis and require moral support or basic needs. They include:

Our Military

Grove is thankful for its brave servicemen and women and their sacrifices to keep our great country safe. In support of their service, Grove provides means to keep them connected while also providing moral support, prayer, and assistance with specific needs.

Missionary Ministry (Food Pantry)

Grove assists more than 100 families each month who require assistance. Besides food, this ministry provides spiritual and physical support to individuals in the church, and community. They also support local, state and foreign missionaries.

Restoration Ministry

When we get a second chance, most of us want to make the most of it but sometimes, even with the best intentions, individuals who are in prison or attempting to re-enter society, face obstacles, emotions and issues that can be frustrating and challenging.  This can be a difficult and overwhelming experience.  Grove’s Restoration Ministry provides godly men and women who walk alongside individuals who are incarcerated or are re-entering the community.  They provide guidance, encouragement, counsel and prayer to help people get their lives back on track.

OTHER OUTREACH INITIATIVES:
Grove Church, Meeting the Needs of People...



Grove Church is meeting the needs of people in so many ways. Here are a few:   

Portsmouth Rotary-Jaipur Limb Project: Grove Church presented $70,000 to the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, which provides low-cost but vital artificial limbs to Haitians who might otherwise be relegated to crutches for the rest of their lives.  These limbs bring hope and encouragement to amputees, many of whom are still trying to reclaim their lives after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

NAACP Economic Development Award:
The NAACP of Portsmouth recently presented Grove with the Economic Development Award for its overall economic impact on the Portsmouth community, including assisting senior citizens, being accessible to minority communities, hiring minority employees, including youth, contributing to community initiatives and for being a Gold Life Member of the NAACP.

Forward 2 School:
Since 2000, in an effort to encourage youth, Grove Church has put a positive spin on returning to school, by hosting a community festival for youth and families called Forward 2 School.  This event celebrates and prepares youth and parents for the school year.  Parents can receive information and tips to help their children have a successful school year or even immunizations from the Portsmouth Health Department.  And youth receive book bags filled with school supplies.  The annual Forward 2 School event is a fun-filled day of games, food and fun for the entire family.

Bereavement Planning Workshops:
More than 160 individuals attended a Bereavement Planning Workshop sponsored by Grove Church and Chesapeake Regional Home Care Services in 2012.  Representatives from government agencies and local businesses provided valuable information on the legal aspects of death, will and estate planning, hospice services, veteran death benefits and other pre-funeral arrangements and a team of legal scholars helped prepare wills on site.

Graduate Sunday:
Every year Grove hosts “Graduate Sunday.”  In 2012 Grove acknowledged 84 individuals who had graduated from high school or earned master’s and doctorate degrees.  Grove also provided $15,500 in scholarships to college bound/enrolled students.

Family & Friends Cookout:
Each year, Grove holds its “Family & Friends” picnic.  This year more than 1,000 people attended the popular event, which was held in June to provide a time of fun, relaxation, good food and promote friendly fellowship among Grovinians, their families and friends. 

Worth the Wait:
Worth the Wait Conference (WTW) is a fun, impactful, cross-cultural conference that Grove has hosted for youth.  This event is designed to dispel myths about sexual promiscuity while emphasizing self-esteem and confidence.  The WTW Conference teaches teens that despite what the world says, they are worth the wait, with a focus on abstinence!  The fun-filled event includes activities to engage the youth such as extreme sports, gaming, and a concert featuring national recording artists, and interactive workshops that are presented by gifted youth pastors from across the country. The two-day event culminates with a commitment gala and ceremony, attended by youth and their parents.

“Think Pink”:
For the past six years Grove has been a Flagpship sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  As part of this effort, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Grove hosts “Think Pink Sunday” to raise awareness of breast cancer and to take up a special offering to donate to the American Cancer Society.  This year, in addition to the walk/run, Grove also held “Zumba After Dark,” a fundraiser that incorporated healthy exercise, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.