Outreach

“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 heavily laden, and I will refresh you”

— Matthew 11:28

It is the outpouring of God’s love to us that inspires the true meaning of Christian Outreach. This is where our engagement with the wider community begins, and outside of worship, it takes many forms, some of which are mentioned here:


Support for Local 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.

 

P.A.C.K.

Our Outreach Committee meets at P.A.C.K on 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.

New! Kids’ Boutique at P.AC.K.

Starting this October 2021, the Outreach Committee will begin collecting new outfits to add the Kids’ Boutique at P.A.C.K. Parishioners are encouraged to shop for a fun, practical outfit to fill the 6-year-old girls’ rack. (Checks and Target or Amazon gift cards are also welcome.) Donations may be dropped off at 4 Mall Terrace during the times St. John’s volunteers are there (1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.). Please make sure all donations still have the tags on them.

For more information or to sign up to help with this Kids’ Boutique outreach, please contact Elaine Barrow at ehbarrow@aol.com or cell 912-856-1774.

 


A few of the Urban Hope students pose with their book bags from St. John’s. We thank the over 40 volunteers who wrote notes, created name tags, donated bags, and filled them with supplies.

Urban Hope

As a parish, we have been working with Urban Hope in Savannah. This summer we had a church-wide outreach effort, which included our Outreach Sunday on July 11, 2021. Parishioners lovingly packed 50 bookbags with school supplies and treats for students from Urban Hope. These bags — complete with handmade name tags and notes of encouragement tucked inside by our volunteers as well —  were delivered to Urban Hope’s end-of-camp ceremony at Whitfield Center. We were so honored to help students with school supplies and book bags. We continue to pray for their academic success and look forward to working with these students throughout the year.

Parishioners in Outreach

Beginning in November 2020, the Outreach Committee of St. John’s Church has been highlighting parishioners talking about the organizations they support with volunteer service. We currently have eight videos in this series. If you haven’t had an opportunity to view all of these videos, we encourage you to hear what others in our parish are doing out in the community. You may learn about an organization you never knew existed or be inspired to volunteer yourself.

  1. NOV 2020: Bonnie Humphrey talks about her work with Honor Flight Savannah.
  2. DEC 2020: Connie Darbyshire shares her volunteer work with Hospice Savannah.
  3. MARCH 2021: George Oelschig speaks about ELEVATE Savannah.
  4. APRIL 2021: Linda Pounds speaks about the Keeping Heads Warm sewing project for chemotherapy patients.
  5. MAY 2021: Jane Pressly talks about volunteering as a docent for the Green-Meldrim House.
  6. JUNE 2021: Rick Wright shares his volunteer work with P.A.C.K.
  7. JULY 2021: Fr. Dunbar talks about the true meaning of outreach.
  8. AUGUST 2021: Holly McClellan shares her experience volunteering as an ACE tutor for Royce Learning Center.
  9. SEP 2021: Susan Banks, co-chair of the 2021 Holly Days Bazaar, shares the many ways you can get involved with this year’s event.
  10. OCT 2021: David Crawley shares a story about an inmate to illustrate the transformative work done by Kairos Prison Ministry.

Fresh Air Home on Tybee Island

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).

Holly Days Bazaar & Oyster Roast

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 the Holly Days Bazaar webpage or Facebook page.


The Preschool

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 StJohnsPreschool.org.


Alcoholics Anonymous

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).


Music Outreach

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 these tours, visit our tour page.


Theological Education

Established by St. John’s Church in Savannah in 2000, Elliott House of Studies’ primary purpose is 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 ElliottHouseofStudies.org


The 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 pbsusa.org.

For ways to get involved in our Outreach, contact us at info@stjohnssav.org.