“Outreach” is the name for the witness Christians bear to Christ by living lives of loving service in the wider community. Its beating heart is worship, and so the primary witness we bear to Christ is offering of public worship on Sundays and weekdays, and in the proclamation of his gospel to the world: “Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you”
— Matthew 11:28
This is where our engagement with the wider community begins, and outside of worship, it takes many forms, some of which are mentioned here:
PARTNERSHIP WITH A LOCAL CHARITY
The Outreach Committee met Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 for Urban Hope’s virtual fundraiser, “Chefs and Chocolates”. Urban Hope has been St. John’s outreach partner for the past two years.
Every three years St. John’s commits to a partnership with one particular local charity, which we support with financial contributions and intergenerational congregational workdays. Our current mission partner is Urban Hope Savannah. To learn more about this organization serving our local youth, view their website at https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/
SUPPORT FOR CHARITIES
The children and youth of St. John’s join forces with members of St. John’s Church Outreach Committee on the First Wednesday of the month at P.A.C.K. to fill bags, make cards, and restock their pantry.
Our Outreach Committee meets at P.A.C.K the first and third Wednesdays each month from 4-6 p.m. P.A.C.K is located at 4 Mall Terrace with on-site parking available. Mall Terrace is located off of Waters Ave between Eisenhower and Mall Blvd. PACK is just behind the KFC on the west side of Waters Ave. Their website is www.packsavannah.com for more information.
There is so much to do when we volunteer at P.A.C.K.! We pack the food bags, make cards with messages of encouragement that go in each food bag, and restock the food pantry. There is almost always a special project happening that helps a child in need. Working at P.A.C.K. is such a joy and the space is so organized and attractive. There is something for every age to do while you’re there.
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please call Cathy Baxter at 912-704-5111.
Parishioners in Outreach
With our lives turned upside down by Covid-19 and much of our normal routines on hold, we’ve created a series of videos to highlight parishioners who continue to volunteer in our community.
With the help from several of our talented sewers, St. John’s Church is helping to sew pillowcases for the campers this summer at The Fresh Air Home on Tybee Island. (Left to right: Nita Ann Klein, Martha Sullivan, Lucinda Schultz, Janet Guerry, Linda Pounds, and Robbie Culver).
The Women and the Men of St. John’s each provide both hands-on and financial support to a wide range of charities both local and global: and this support is funded by events like the Women’s Holly Days Bazaar and the Men’s Annual Oyster Roast. For details about past and upcoming events, visit our Facebook page.
St. John’s is also the home of The Children’s School, a small-class preschool committed to providing a Christian environment for young children. It is held Monday through Friday on the second floor of Cranmer Hall. For more details, visit their website at http://www.stjohnspreschool.org/.
St. John’s hosts the “Sunrise Solutions” chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous Monday to Saturday in the Fellowship Room of Cranmer Hall (entrance from the lane).
St. John’s helps to sponsor the Savannah Voice Festival and workshops for local musicians, and one annual workshop for the choir. Partially sponsored voice lessons are offered to individual choir members upon request. We provide rehearsal space for Savannah’s early music ensemble, I cantori. For more details about the choirs and music events at St. John’s, visit the choir’s page or their Facebook page.
CHURCH & PARISH HOUSE TOURS
St. John’s is blessed to have stewardship of a historic church and parish house, The Green-Meldrim House. We encourage visitors to enjoy the historical and cultural heritage of both buildings. For details about theses tours, visit our tour page.
Established by St. John’s Church in Savannah in 2000, Elliott House of Studies’ primary purpose to assist in the training of young men for the ordained ministry in the orthodox Christian faith as it is articulated in the tradition of the Anglican Communion. For more details, visit http://www.elliotthouseofstudies.org/
PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY (USA)
St. John’s supports with time, talent, and treasure the Society for the Preservation of the Book of Common Prayer, and its work of defending and commending the biblical and historical faith and worship of the Church embodied in the classical Anglican Book of Common Prayer, in its editions from 1549 to 1928. For more information, visit https://pbsusa.org/.
For ways to get involved in our Outreach, contact us at email@example.com.