Outreach Ministries

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

April Meal Center

Volunteers from St. John's prepare and serve a meal for between 100 and 150 guests on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the New...

St. John’s Knitting Guild

Twice each month, members of the Knitter’s Guild gather to knit Prayer Shawls, Pray Scarfs and Pray Cloths for distribution to a variety of fellow...

Kateri Medical Clinics-Nigeria

St. John’s continued its relationship with Kateri Medical mission in 2018. The Vestry voted to approve a $3,000.00 grant to support the critical work they...

Brian Dagle Foundation

The Brian T. Dagle Foundation, established by Ann and Paul Dagle in the aftermath of their son Brian’s suicide several years ago, provides grief counseling,...

Miracle League of S.E. CT

St. John’s partnered with Miracle League of S. E. CT as Venue Host of its inaugural Oyster Festival fundraiser last fall. Miracle League of S.E....

St. John’s Haiti “Pillowcase Dressmakers Guild”

(see full report) Originated and led by Helen MacDonald, this wonderful outreach ministry creates new toddler dresses out of pillowcases for children-at-risk in Haiti.  Guild...

Care and Share Partners

St. John’s is the collection site for peanut butter donations which volunteers deliver to Care and Share. Donation baskets are located in the narthex (front...

12-Step Recovery Meetings

Four days a week, St. John’s is the host site for N.A. and A.A. 12-Step Meetings in our parish hall and Guild room. We host...

St. John’s Pantry Pals

S.J.P.P.’s gather and distribute a wide variety of “living needs” and clothing from our Guild Room each Thursday in conjunction with the S.S.K.P. food distribution...

College Student Hospitality Baskets

Amanda Murray, Dir. of Youth & Ed. Min. coordinates this outreach to area college students with the help of our Church School students and young...

N.L.C.M.C

St. John’s Outreach “ministers” volunteer at the New London Community Meal Center (see report), on Montauk Ave. New London. Our parish volunteers purchase, prepare and...

Host Site-Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries

Each Thursday parish and community volunteers transform the Bond Parish Hall into a mini “grocery store”. In partnership with the Gemma Moran United Way Food...

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