Back to School with Dignity is a vital People to People program that provides children from low-income families with the tools they need to be successful in school. Parents who struggle to feed their children are even more hard-pressed to purchase the many items included on the “required school supplies” lists distributed at the start of the school year.
St. John's is collecting school supplies. Purchase any of these suggested supplies and return them to St. John's by August 13 so that we may get them to People to People in time for them to distribute them to people in our community.
Voice of the Martyrs
Update: We’ve reached our goal of raising $5000 for 833 bibles. Thank you!
Our Outreach Committee invites the congregation to participate in our Global Outreach initiative at St. John's in the months ahead. In addition to praying for persecuted Christians throughout the world, we will be collecting funds to provide Bibles to persecuted Christians through The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).
Whenever possible, VOM workers collect the names of persecuted believers who need Bibles. At some times and in some places however, it is too dangerous to collect their names. These believers receive Bibles through VOM's Covert Operations outreach, which also involves the distribution of audio Bibles. Workers who distribute Bibles in covert areas face the possibility of years in prison if caught.
See the Outreach display in the narthex for more information about The Voice of the Martyrs and our Global Outreach initiative to provide funds for Bibles to persecuted Christians throughout the world.
If you would like to make a donation, please indicate "VOM BIBLES" in the check memo line.
People to People Food Pantry
One of our local outreach endeavors is supporting People to People food pantry and we have a food barrel in the narthex to collect food items, with Jack Coyle delivering our collection each week.
During December we are again are asking for peanut butter and tuna fish. These are items greatly needed by the People to People Food Pantry. .
We hold an Episcopal Charities Sunday each year and these donations to the Diocese provide funding for outreach ministries throughout the Diocese. (add something about the number and types of ministries supported) Founded in 1996, Episcopal Charities provides funding and operational support to parish-sponsored outreach programs serving the diverse communities of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The 48 feeding programs supported by Episcopal Charities serve more than 6.7 million meals annually to hungry New Yorkers.
Episcopal Charities Sunday was last held Sunday, May 1, 2016. Donations to Episcopal Charities may be made anytime. Special envelopes are available in the narthex.
In our Outreach Programs at St. John's, we serve as Christ's heart and hands in the world.
Outreach is not limited to the work of a committee. We have individuals and families in our congregation who minister to the homeless, volunteer to serve in a soup kitchen and domestic violence shelter, collect items for particular needs, etc., as well as groups within our congregation that engage in outreach ministry through special projects, like our ECW, and our youth and children.
Our Outreach Committee meets bimonthly to discern needs at both local and global levels, and implement special outreach projects with the parish, especially during Advent, Christmas and Lenten seasons.
If you would like to join the Outreach Committee and take a more active part please speak with any of the members: Stratford Barnes, Debbian & Robert Blake, Kacy Coyle Dow, Angela Hanson, Clare & Gene Kennedy (former co chairs); Maureen & Sam Megerditchian, Hazeline Nurse, or Mother Karen.
Lenten Outreach Projects
During Lent 2016 our Lenten Outreach focus was Meals on Wheels.
Our youth led the way by inspiring us with their Outreach project of Blizzard Boxes to Meals on Wheels as part of Souper Bowl of Caring, and following their lead, we took on Adopt a Senior for Lent 2016. We donated Blizzard Boxes, handmade Cards for Caring, and funding for 36 weeks of meals for seniors in our community through Adopt-A-Senior.
During Lent 2015, our global outreach project at St. John's raised money to fill an ARK with Heifer International
Each group within St. John's donated at least one animal to the ARK.