SMALL GROUPS OF ST. JOHN’S MEMBERS WHO MEET REGULARLY – SOCIAL & SERVICE GROUPS
Note: Some of our small groups have been ‘on hold’ since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, 2020. This includes ‘Breaking Bread’, Bible Study and the Monday evening prayer group. Our Church Council will decide if and when they will return to our regular schedule. When their decision is made, we will update this information.
St. John’s Garden Committee
In the spring, the Church gardens need to be planted, weeded and mulched. Volunteers are appreciated! Then in the summer:
We need help removing the dead flowers and watering the plants. Here is how it works – a schedule will be posted here in the summer.
You sign up for a week at a time, and you decide when you want to do it. Hopefully, we need the gardens to look good for Sundays when more people are around. Your week will start on Sunday through the next Saturday.
Most areas have soaker hoses on timers, so you only need to remove the spent flowers, in particular the geraniums. And you will need to check the potted plants, depending on the weather, since they dry out quickly in hot weather. You do not need to check the Rose Garden or the Labyrinth garden, since we will monitor that.
If you are single and need help, let us know and we will try to get help for you. Remember that God is in charge, and sometimes he sends rain, with special nutrients built in. You may luck out on that week!
If you can help, please email Don Atkiss in the spring at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Don at 215-872-7487.
There are a number of small groups that meet regularly throughout the year and welcome new members at all times. They include a monthly Saturday morning retreat for women, a Men’s Breakfast that meets monthly at area restaurants, St. John’s Praying Hands Stitchers, St. John’s Stampers (see more under Missions tab), St. John’s Health Ministry Team (see more below), St. John’s Gardeners – all are welcome to attend any month you are available – see the Herald or bulletin for details.
Periodically throughout the year, a Wednesday evening Bible Study group meets, focusing on specific themes, books or books of the Bible. There is a five week session in the fall, a five week session during the season of Lent. Check our publications and the Adult Bible Study page of this website for current information.
St. John’s Hospitality Teams
Our St. John’s Hospitality Teams voluntarily work before and during our 10:15 am worship service. We currently have 5 teams which rotate duties monthly. The main duty of our ushers is to help greet persons arriving for worship while directing them into the sanctuary. During worship, our teams take a count of how many persons are attending worship that day. They also watch for and help anyone who might have a special need or questions. Toward the end of each service, a team member brings the offering plates forward during our doxology. (Note: The new hospitality teams replaced the traditional role of ‘ushers’ when we returned to worship after the pandemic closing of 2020-2021.)
Our hospitality teams can always use additional members – speak with an hospitality team captain or one of our pastors to get started.
St. John’s Health Ministry Team
Our St. John’s Health Ministry Team meets regularly to provide health and wellness services to our congregation. It is comprised of members of St. John’s who are trained for and/or work in the health care field. They are also “on standby” should any medical situation or emergency arise during worship services or any events at St. John’s.
Umbrella Ministry – Want to join a group with no meetings? Our St. John’s Umbrella Ministry is for you! Simply pick a Sunday you are available, sign up on the bulletin board in the hall outside the Library, and come by 9:45 am that Sunday. Responsibilities are to greet the congregation using the ramp entrance, open the door for those coming in, & help when it is raining by helping people in with an umbrella. New volunteers are always welcome and it’s a fun way to meet and greet your fellow St. John’s members & guests!
Details regarding all of the small groups meeting at St. John’s can be found in our bi-weekly Herald, weekly church bulletin & the monthly Enlightener. See our Publications page to read these publications on our website.