Note: Our Fellowship Time after the 10:15 am service has been ‘on hold’ since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, 2020. Our Church Council is in the process of returning this to our schedule, meeting all safety concerns. When their decision is made, we will update this information.
Below is information from before the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that our ‘normal’ events will return when we feel they can be held safely.
Why are music and fellowship linked together on our website? Because the largest and most active ‘special groups’ at St. John’s are our choirs, and while they come together mainly to join musical talents, joining a choir is also a great way to socialize and come to know your fellow members!
Throughout the year there are special events to bring people of all ages together for fellowship, including our congregational dinners, special youth fund-raising lunches, and our church picnic each June (yes, we like to get together over meals!). Even decorating the church for Advent/Christmas is an event – the ‘hanging of the greens’! Please join us for any of our social gatherings!
Sunday Fellowship Time in the Assembly Hall
Our St. John’s church family loves to get together and fellowship together, starting with Sunday mornings greeting each other before and after worship in the sanctuary, and then our Fellowship Time after the 10:15 am service in the Assembly Hall, with fairly-traded beverages, snacks and good conversation. Every week is different, because different volunteer members of the St. John’s congregation plan & prepare the snacks every week. Please join us Sundays after 10:15 am worship!
Dining And Fellowship Gatherings
No further dinners are planned for the immediate future. Watch for information.
St. John’s has 3 planned dinners a year (in addition to our church picnic, held at Plains Mennonite Picnic Park in June – see the Church Picnic page)! We have two Congregational Dinners, in January and October, which follow the 10:15 am service – watch for details in our publications. We also have a ‘covered dish’ or ‘pot luck’ supper each winter on Ash Wednesday at 6:30 pm, before our Ash Wednesday evening worship service.
We have several ‘gatherings’ meeting monthly for the purpose of ‘dining and fellowship’. Breaking Bread meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at a local restaurant following our 10:15 am worship service. All are welcome! Our Men’s Breakfast meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at a local diner. This is open to all men for a time of good food and informal discussions. For information about Breaking Bread & Men’s Breakfast, see the Enlightener or Herald or speak with our pastors for contact information, times and locations of these gatherings! There are no ‘members’ for these groups – if you wish to attend, show up!
Note: Our Indoor Yard Sale/Rummage Sale has been ‘on hold’ since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, 2020. Our Church Council will decide if and when this will return to our regular schedule. When their decision is made, we will update this information.
History of Our St. John’s Annual Indoor Yard Sale or Rummage Sale
There was no sale held in 2020-2021 due to COVID-19, and none has been scheduled at this time for October, 2022.
One of our longest fellowship traditions is our annual Indoor Yard Sale (formerly the Rummage Sale), held each Fall in our Assembly Hall. Besides coming together to sell our ‘treasures’, it is a great week of fellowship among the volunteers who help out every year. It is a great way to get to know other St. John’s members while participating in a community ministry. New volunteers for any amount of time you can give are welcomed!
Volunteers work on a Sunday, Monday & Tuesday to unpack and set up the items for display, then help sell the items and keep the displays organized during the sale days Wednesday & Thursday (9 am to 6 pm) & Friday (9 am to 1 pm), then assist with packing up any remaining items as donations on Friday afternoon. You are welcome to volunteer as you are able – watch for news in our September publications.
This event was known as the Rummage Sale for generations, and for many years was held twice a year in Spring and Autumn. The name was changed to the Indoor Yard Sale in 2019 to use a name more familiar and descriptive for current generations.
“But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1.7: (NRSV)