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.
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 Christy Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.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, Chace Harris at email@example.com More info at HIM can be found at http://www.hopeinspiredministries.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!
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.