As Christians in the Episcopal Church, we believe that service to others - through direct action and advocacy - is a vital part of our faith journeys. Jesus Christ tells us that we are to feed the hungry, welcome strangers, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. (Matthew 25: 34-36) Through his example, Jesus taught us to work to eliminate injustice, rather than simply serve those who suffer from injustice. Jesus welcomed every outcast and every marginalized person in his society to be a part of his community.
In the Baptismal Covenant, we are asked, "Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?" Then we are asked, "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" Our response is, We will, with God's help!
Please see Deciding for more on baptism.
Service & Advocacy Ministries
We strive for justice and peace through concrete mission projects that address the hurts and hopes of people in our community, in Tower Grove, St. Louis, and the wider world.
The Peace Meal Project - a feeding ministry of St. John's. Volunteers prepare a meal every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. A free fellowship meal for all is served from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Contact Peace Meal Project Coordinator, Phyllis Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
Mann School Partnership - St. John's relationship with the staff, students and families at Horace Mann Elementary School, our neighborhood public school.
Jobs with Justice - as a member group of the St. Louis Area Jobs with Justice coalition, members of St. John's support efforts for social and economic justice through letter writing, "Being There" for struggling workers at meetings, rallies, and other events. Contact St. John's Delegate to JwJ, Lorie Kintz.
Companion Diocese of Lui, South Sudan - The Diocese of Missouri, of which St. John's is a part, is in a covenant relationship with the Diocese of Lui in southern Sudan. Members of St. John's pray for, learn about, and contribute financially to supporting this relationship.
Episcopal City Mission - Twice a year, members of St. John's throw birthday parties for children in the City Detention Center. Through ECM, we also collect Christmas presents and raise money for this important ministry. Contact Christine Cannon for more information or to volunteer.
United Thank Offering is a ministry of the national and diocesan Episcopal Church Women. UTO provides grants for mission projects, including an $11,000 2007 grant to St. John's for the Peace Meal Project! We collect donations for UTO twice a year.