Parish Life Ministries

 

St. John’s commitment to providing a “SAFE CHURCH” environment for children and youth is guided by our strict adherence to the “Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth” as established by the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.*        (* The Episcopal Church in Connecticut, ECCT )

 

Parish Hospitality

Throughout Scripture, the “ministry of hospitality” is held up as a critical part of every faith community.  Each Sunday, parish volunteers sign-up to prepare and serve light refreshments in the Parish Hall following the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist.  “Hospitality Time” or coffee hour, provides an opportunity to gather in an informal setting to visit with old friends, meet new ones and welcome visitors who have come to worship with us that day.  Adult Forum-throughout the program year, speakers are invited to St. John’s to represent various community agencies and to speak to various issues such as: the Opioid crisis; Alzheimer’s disease; Suicide prevention; racism; homelessness; and more.  The work of our Hospitality Ministers contributes this time of fellowship each week.

Pastoral Care

Our Pastoral Care Lay-ministers work closely with the Rector in providing a connection to those among us who are homebound, hospitalized or living in care facilities.  Members of our Pastoral Care team often are also Lay Eucharistic Minister and bring the consecrated Sacrament of Holy Communion. Lay ministers meet regularly with the Rector to share updates, concerns and general information that helps St. John’s keep in contact with parishioners unable to worship with us.

St. John’s Sisters of Prayer

The members of St. John’s Sisters of Prayer meet weekly with each other to offer Intercessory Prayer for those whose names have been submitted to us for special attention. A Prayer Request box is located just outside the Sacristy in church. Prayer Requests are written on note cards and slipped into the locked box. All prayer requests and information shared with the Sisters of Prayer are considered CONFIDENTIAL.  Special concerns that come to the attention of the Sisters of Prayer are passed along to the Rector when necessary.

St. John’s Knitting Guild

St. John’s Knitting Guild meets regularly to work on producing Prayer Shawls and Prayer Cloths to be provided to individuals anticipating potentially life-changing events or surgical procedures; to young mothers following the birth of a child and many other occasions.