Outreach

The Outreach Progam is a vital and active part of the church's activities.  Outreach is an ongoing activity of many organizations within the church including youth activities with the EYC, the Caring Commission, and the ECW.  A variety of opportunities exist to serve God by serving our neighbors.  Some activities require only a donation of money, clothing, food, or other specific items, whereas, other opportunties seek a personal commitment of time or talent. 

The Outreach Committee meets on the second Monday of the month, at 7:00 pm, in the Armstrong Room and welcomes all to particiate in any or all activities. For additional information, contact Chris Day at chday73@gmail.com or Rusty Phoenix at rustyphoenix@comcast.net.

Below are some of the projects/activities sponsored by the Outrreach Comittee and St. John's:

Current Activity: 

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BIRTHDAY BOX - The Birthday Box is back!   Actually, it never went away.  It is probably Outreach’s oldest project first started over 20 years ago.  But recently, it has languished, lonely and forgotten, in the back of the nave waiting for kind people to feed it in celebration of the gift of another year of God’s blessings.  The Outreach Committee wants to revive the Birthday Box custom and have chosen a new charity to support with the birthday donations.  Each quarter Outreach will select an animal gift from Heifer International to purchase with the money birthday people have given. Please consider a gift to the Birthday Box in gratitude for all God has done for you.

MARTHA’S PANTRY - As you do your grocery shopping, please pick up a few extra items for Martha’s Pantry.   Supplies at the pantry are low and all types of food are needed.  Canned meats and fish, pasta meals, soups, and cereals are particularly appreciated.   Recently Martha’s Pantry has experienced an increase in requests--perhaps because the Dinwiddie food pantry has closed.  Your food donations will be greatly appreciated.  Donation boxes are located in the narthex and outside the church office.

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Chesterfield Food Bank

CCHASM Thanksgiving Bags and CCHASM Career Closet                                                    

Heifer International

Beulah Elementary School Reading Program

Martha for the Homeless Feeding Ministry

Christmas Mother

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Communications:

The  Communications Committee works to expand the ministry of St. John's by challenging members and commitees to welcome visitors, publicize church events and worship opportunities and foster a welcoming atmosphere.  The Committee promotes activities in the traditional way, such as advertisingn in local newspapers and the monthly newsletter, the Signs.  Social media sites, such as Facebook, the website, and the e-Signs are also utilized.  Further information can be obtained by contacting Llewellyn Slayton at slslayton@verizon.net.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The ECW is a community of women of all ages and backgrounds.  Every woman in the church is considered a member of the ECW and is welcome to participate in ECW activities.  Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, September through May, at 7:30 pm in the Armstrong Room.  These meetings include an educational program focused on moving the group along in its efforts to carry out Christ's work. The major fund-raising event is the annual fashion show and luncheon.  The profits from this event are shared with various organizations both within the church and the local community.  For additionanl information, contact Fontaine Gibbons at wgibb97@aol.com.

Music

The music ministry at Saint John’s encourages singers and instrumentalists to share their talents to the Glory of God.  Musicians support the 10:00 AM service each week, as well as many feast days. 

A glorious pipe organ leads and supports congregational singing, alternating with a piano, with guitars, as appropriate. Our newly-robed choir sings on alternate Sundays and most feast days from September through May.  Instrumentalists play with the singers, as soloists, and in ensembles as part of our worship.

Our music ministry is always looking for new members.  If you like to sing, or if you play a musical instrument, contact our organist/choir director, Paul R. Bartsch/804 732-6879/prbarts@aol.com.

The Order of the Daughters of the King

Vision Statement: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King (DOK) is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God's love throughout the world.

Who We Are: The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayers, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today, our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), and Roman Catholic churches.

At St. John's, the DoK chapter was established in May 2007. It is the St. Veronica's chapter, named after Vee Cifelli, a parishioner and Daughter who passed away prior to the chapter's admission to the order. Our chapter meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Armstrong Room at 6:30 pm. Women interested in seeing what the DOK is all about are welcome to attend any meeting. You may also contact Pat Robinson at pat.robinson427@comcast.net.

An Order is a community under a religious rule; especially one requiring members to take solemn vows. We don't just enroll as members and attend meetings; we take life-long vows to follow the Rule or Prayer and Rule of Service. 

Men's Bible Study Group

This group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month at 8:00 am for a hearty breakfast and a time of Bible study and informative discussion.  All men of St. John's are invited to attend. 

Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 819

St. John's sponsors Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 819. The Boy Scout Troop is over 75 years old, is the oldest troop in the Arrohattoc District, and one of the oldest in the Heart of Virginia Council. The Boy Scout Troop meets most Monday nights at 7 pm. 

  

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