St. John offers a wide variety of ways in which to learn and serve. On Sundays there are Sunday School programs for both children and adults in addition to worship services. A children’s Sunday School and Adult Forum is offered in the parish house between services. Apart from direct participation in worship services as lay readers, acolytes, ushers, etc., the Episcopal Church Women, the Men’s Breakfast group, the Altar Guild, the youth group, and ministries in outreach and pastoral calling are all open to you. Best of all, your ideas for new ministries are also possible areas for doing God’s work.
From time to time St. John in the Wilderness clergy identify parish families whose spirits would be lifted by a home-cooked meal. These are usually people returning home from a hospital stay or facing a stressful or discouraging situation. When a meal is needed, a Meal Ministry volunteer prepares and delivers a “comfort food” dinner with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. These meals are not emergency meals, nor are they intended to sustain a family over time. Our meals are “culinary hugs" delivered to parish families whom our clergy think could use a gesture of support and love.
Needle Work Ministry
The Needle “Work” Ministry 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 to 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! We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Parish House Library, but you do not have to meet with the group to be part of it.
Funeral Reception Committee
One of the most enjoyable and meaningful ministries at St. John is the Funeral Reception Committee. Three teams take turns providing a lovely reception in the Parish Hall for the family of a deceased parishioner. Each team serves approximately three times a year, depending on the number of funerals held. Ladies who serve on these teams choose how they wish to participate:
1) provide some finger food (sandwiches, baked good, fruit, etc.)
2) serve at the reception
3) do both, or
4) serve as a substitute when not enough regular team members are available.
If you can’t serve when your team leader calls, it is not a problem. It is understood that we all have times when we have conflicts; that is why we have substitutes.
Being part of this ministry is a great way to get to know other women in the Parish, and it is a very gratifying way to serve a family mourning the loss of a loved one. To volunteer or learn more, please contact Brenda Hillyer at (828) 696-9242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.