Local Mission and Outreach

At St. John’s Church we believe that God has called us to be witnesses of Christ’s love both here in our local community and abroad. We try to help those in need in our community both through gifts of our financial resources and personal involvement. Through our Outreach Grants program, which distributes over $100,000 annually, we offer grants both to faith-based and secular community agencies and programs that are helping the needy. We also spend our time in the community doing hands on projects.  For more information please contact Daniel Strandlund at daniel@stjohnsmontgomery.org.

Hope Inspired Minstries: Hope Inspired Ministries (HIM) is our primary hands-on outreach partner.  Located just a few blocks away at 52 Adams Avenue, HIM’s motto is “we teach people how to fish.”  HIM helps people transition from life entrenched in a cycle of poverty into a life of increased self-reliance and financial independence.  HIM’s theory of change is “We believe there are simply no shortcuts to any transformation process, especially one that involves obtaining the life skills necessary to successfully navigate through this challenging world. Therefore, we understand at HIM, we must meet people where they are, without judgment, in order to begin the process of change. Through this close interaction, we ‘unpack’ life with each student and teach them the skills they must have in order to be successful.”  HIM works intensively will small groups of students.  They rely on volunteers to provide daily meals and relational mentoring.  (HIM mentors are paired with a student and commit to one hour per week of conversation and relationship-building during lunch for a period of 8 to 10 weeks.)  St. John’s has a monthly meal team, and our parishioners regularly serve as mentors.  If you would like to join St. John’s HIM Lunch team, please contact Daniel Strandlund at daniel@stjohnsmontgomery.org If you would like to start your own HIM lunch team, or to start mentoring one of HIM’s students, please contact HIM’s volunteer coordinator, Karen Boan at karenboan@gmail.com More info at HIM can be found at http://www.hopeinspiredministries.org/

Grants Committee:  Please see our Grants tab.

Monthly Collections: In St. John’s celebration of the Episcopal liturgy, we say the words “All things come of Thee, O Lord, and of Thine own have we given Thee” as the offering plates are placed on the altar.  This view of stewardship permeates our parish, and one of our ways of living into this stewardship is through our monthly collections.  Quite simply, each month/season of the year, our parish gathers in-kind donations supporting an agency or mission here in Montgomery.  In the past, we’ve gathered canned goods in support of local food pantries, new bathing suits in support of a Diocesan summer camp, coats for our neighbors living with homelessness, shoes for Soles4Souls, and toiletries and purses to support women recently released from incarceration.  To hear about our current collections, please contact the parish office at (334) 262-1937 or email Daniel Strandlund at daniel@stjohnsmontgomery.org

Family Promise: St. John’s is committed to supporting this ministry to homeless families. Families commit to working towards permanent housing while living in churches on a rotating basis. We house, feed, and support families on a regular schedule with the help of numerous volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together: Parishioners from St. John’s regularly participate in group projects with both Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. These organizations seek to provide safe and affordable housing for low income families in our local community. Work projects typically take place on the weekends. Parishioners of all skill levels are welcome to participate in these projects!

S.T.E.P. (Strategies to Elevate People) is an inner city ministry supported by a wide variety of churches and parishes in Montgomery. We are founding members and continue to be leaders in the programs S.T.E.P. sponsors.

Montgomery Area Council on Aging (M.A.C.O.A.). is an agency whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for seniors and to increase community awareness of senior issues. Services include delivery of meals, senior centers, outreach, chore/repair, and transportation.

Kairos Prison Ministry addresses the spiritual needs of those who are incarcerated. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30 to 40 to pray, share the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, share meals, and fellowship with the incarcerated on a one-to-one basis. The first visit is a three-day event, during which time the team teaches a short introductory course on Christianity. Subsequent visits with the prisoners continue over a twelve-month period.