Saint John's Outreach Ministry Continues to Grow.
Alcoholics Anonymous: St. John's provides a welcoming space where A.A. members can meet on a weekly basis.
Care & Share: Care & Share provides food, financial and emergency support to individuals and families in the East Lyme / Niantic and Salem areas. Parishioners from St. John's donate items for the food baskets and collect outer wear for the Winter Coat Program.
CROP Walk: Parishioners participate in the annual CROP (Christian Rural Overseas Program) Walk: community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Jesse Tree: During Advent, the Jesse Tree is decorated with colorful tags each with a clothing suggestion written on the back. Parishioners take the tags, shop for the suggested item and place the wrapped items under the tree. Church volunteers sort the packages and deliver them to the Covenant Shelter and to the New London Hospitality Center in time for Christmas!
Peanut Butter Sunday: On the third Sunday of the month, parishioners bring jars of Peanut Butter to church for delivery to The Lord's Pantry at St. James' Episcopal Church in New London.
Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries: In September 2013 St. John’s welcomed the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries/East Lyme Food Pantry to our building. Since then, we have worked together as a group to welcome, spread fellowship and feed an average of 80 families a week. The group of 30 or more volunteers come from the church and the community. These folks arrive each Thursday to help with many tasks to prepare the site for our grocery distribution that takes place from 5:00-6:00 PM. The distribution of three meals a day for three days for each family member is a choice based program. Guests are able to choose food such as canned vegetables, cereal, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and meats.
Saint John's Pantry Pals
In addition to distributing food, St. John’s organized a group of volunteers who have named themselves the Pantry Pals. They have provided gift baskets at holidays, knit warm scarves for Food Pantry Patrons, collected personal hygiene items and maintained a stock a room with gently used clothing and small household items for Pantry Patrons. Volunteers are always welcome to help out at the Pantry. Please contact Sherrie Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New London Community Meal Center: On the third Sunday of each month, our parishioners prepare and serve between 150 - 200 hot meals. Several shoppers, two or more preparers and six or seven servers donate their time to help our brothers and sisters in need.
York Women's Prison: The Daybreak program seeks to provide the opportunity for women of all faiths in Thompson Hall to deepen their spiritual lives and to develop "tools" for spiritual and emotional healing. Through their own inner transformation, the women of Daybreak promote a spirit of loving kindness that can improve the quality of life for everyone in Thompson Hall. St. John's donates Bibles annually to York for the Prison Ministry.