There are many facets to our commitment to Outreach Ministry.
Here at St. John’s Parish, “Outreach Ministry” refers to simply donating a jar of peanut butter occasionally, volunteering to wash dishes at the meal center, or handing out food at the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries food pantry on Thursday and so much more. Each of those things are meaningful and important parts of the overall activities we identify as “Outreach” that are described below.
Authentic Outreach Guided by our Baptismal Covenant
Essentially, committing to engage in opportunities to serve others, in our neighborhood, our wider community, town and region, is in response to the covenant with God established at our baptism. Each time we gather to renew our Baptismal Covenant, we are asked to answer eight questions affirmatively. The first three questions asked of us focus on reaffirming our core Christian beliefs; those first three questions begin with: Do you believe? The last five questions focus on how we will affirm our beliefs “not only with our lips, but in our lives.”
St. John’s Outreach Ministry: Opportunities for Service and Support
Outreach-“Showing forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives”
In summary, the Outreach Ministries of St. John’s Parish all have one overarching theme, which can be found in a portion of The General Thanksgiving found in our Book of Common Prayer (below)
“Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks, for all your goodness and living kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and fll the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up or selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
BCP p. 101 The General Thanksgiving