The people of St. John’s believe that as we reach out to those who need us, we find new meaning within ourselves. We are always interested in receiving your new ideas, your fresh perspectives, and your energy as we reach beyond St. John’s to help others in our community, both local and global.
Every week members of St John’s bring in items to be given to one of our seasonal outreach programs. Whether collecting knitted hats for the Seaman’s Church Institute, supplies for the Family Resources Centers, food for the Backpack Program, or care packages for our service men and women overseas, these offerings are a concrete way to show love for our neighbors.
In addition to collections and special offerings, St. John’s is committed to doing hands on ministry with our brothers and sisters in need. Here are a couple of examples.
Laundry Love is a nationwide ministry that seeks to give individuals or families the option of redirecting funds from laundry expenses toward food, medical, gas, or transportation costs, as well as school supplies and other basic, everyday necessities. Members of our congregation host Laundry Love monthly events in Trigg County (fourth Tuesday) and Murray (fourth Monday) to provide free laundry nights at a local laundromat.
“I was wondering how I was going to be able to afford doing my laundry and then this started! See, God takes care of me.”
— Laundry Love participant, Trigg County, 2019
The care and love of knitting and crochet which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted or crocheted into every item made. The knitter (or crocheter) begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the items. When the shawl or other item being made is completed, it is offered a final blessing by the priest before being sent along its way to local nursing homes, hospice centers, and other destinations.
The people of St. John’s join together to go on short term domestic mission trips to areas of our country impacted by crises or natural disasters. Most recently, our youth joined other youth from our Deanery on a mission trip in Hopkinsville, KY where they worked to renovate the exterior of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
In the past, a joint group from our parish and the Episcopal College Fellowship at Murray State University took part in flood relief efforts in Baton Rouge, LA in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. Participants gutted houses for homeowners and helped with mold remittance. Wherever we go, our fellowship with one another is strengthened as we live out our discipleship.
Each month, our clergy visit the Ross-Cash Center, a women’s prison in Caldwell County, to celebrate Holy Eucharist with the ladies who are serving out sentences there. Members of our parish community share in this ministry through the newsletters that we mail to members of our Ross-Cash congregation, as well as establishing pen pal relationships with individuals there. Our relationships don’t end when these ladies return to life outside, however. We offer them help making the transition back to their communities and, if they return to our area, remind them that they are always welcome at St. John’s.