Congregational Care Ministries

At St. John in the Wilderness, we take care of each other when our fellow parishioners experience difficult times. We serve each other in a number of ways, from bringing Eucharist to those who cannot leave their homes, to making meals for those who could use a "culinary hug," to hosting funeral receptions. Read on to learn more about how you can serve.


Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care Committee at St. John in the Wilderness is committed to living in relationship with those who are alone or struggling. We seek to bring the love of God through the church to those who cannot join in our common life as they would prefer. Through these relationships, we share deeply in God’s love for us all as we cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in one another. Email the Rector if you are interested in serving in this ministry.


...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

(Galatians 5:22-23)

Meal Ministry

From time to time, St. John in the Wilderness clergy identify parish members whose spirits would be lifted by a home-cooked meal. We call them "culinary hugs." These are usually people returning home from a hospital stay or facing a stressful or discouraging situation. An email is sent out to ministry members telling of the need, and members who are available for that particular situation respond via “Reply All” so the coordinator can assign the meal to one of them or to several if the need is for more than one meal. Email the Parish Office if you are interested in joining this ministry.

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Needlework Ministry

Fourth Thursday of the month at 10am

in the Library

The Needlework Ministry (NWM) crafts an assortment of items, from prayer shawls and small blankets to hats and mittens – all knitted, crocheted, or quilted. The works of our hands are given to parish members, their families and friends, and various charities in Henderson County. This ministry can take as much or as little time as you have to give. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced needlers! You do not have to meet with the group to be part of it.

Funeral Reception Committee

One of the most meaningful ministries at St. John is the Funeral Reception Committee. Three rotating teams take turns providing a lovely reception in the Parish Hall for the family of a deceased parishioner. Each team serves about three times a year, depending on the number of funerals held. People who serve on these teams can choose how they wish to participate: 

1) provide some finger food (sandwiches, baked goods, fruit, etc.)

2) serve at the reception

3) do both, or

4) serve as a substitute when not enough regular team members are available.

Being part of this ministry is a great way to get to know other people in the Parish, and it is a very gratifying way to serve a family mourning the loss of a loved one. Email the Parish Office if you are interested in joining this ministry. 


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