Appalachian Ministries

Holy Comforter has enjoyed a relationship with Grace House on the Mountain near St. Paul in southwest Virginia for nearly ten years. Work trips to help the needy in Appalachia began first with EAM, Episcopal Appalachian Ministries. Grace House with its fully equipped kitchen, men’s and women’s bunkhouses, conference room, and outdoor chapel served as the workers’ “home away from home.” This relationship continues to this day.

In the winter of 2012, some adults, who had traveled to the Gulf Coast region to aid victims of recent hurricanes, decided to stay closer to home. Grace House was the obvious choice for a new work destination; and so, the first week of June has become Holy Comforter’s adult work week in Appalachia. CHC’s older youth also expressed an interest in working in Appalachia; and so in July of 2013, a group of young people with adult chaperones made a mission trip to Grace House to complete work projects with other youth under the direction of EAM. This summer youth mission trip has become an annual event, especially for our graduating seniors.

In June 2017, five members of CHC traveled to Grace House on the Mountain for a hard-working, but fun-filled week as Christ’s hands in the world. To read about one of these incredible weeks of outreach and fellowship, click the button below for a day-by-day diary.

A Week at Grace House