The people of St. John’s seek to be a light that shines with the love of Christ, shining within our parish community, in our local neighborhoods and into the world.
In addition to parish sponsored outreach activities, parishioners at St. John’s volunteer their time and talents at local hospitals and schools, with literacy programs as volunteer tutors, and with organizations dedicated to medical research.
Some of the organizations and activities include:
St. John’s started its food garden in 2014. We are excited about being a part of a growing movement among churches and other faith communities. Using church land and volunteer labor, we are growing fresh produce to be distributed to folks in neighborhoods very near to us who are in “food desserts” with little access to healthy, fresh produce. In the summer of 2014 food grown in the garden was distributed through the Rich Township Food Pantry and through the food pantry at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Harvey. We hope to partner with other faith communities and expand both the amount of food grown and also the ways it is distributed to those who would benefit.
Respond Now has been providing a variety of social services to individuals and families in the south suburbs for over 40 years. (Find their website HERE.) Their activities focus particularly on providing food, working to prevent homelessness with rent and utilities assistance and community organizing, assisting with medical and prescription needs, and providing assistance with accessing relevant public programs. The women of the church provide financial support to Respond Now and parishioners participate in drives for school supplies, winter clothing and other needs.
Rich Township Food Pantry
Baskets in the west foyer provide for ongoing food collection at St. John’s, taken to the Rich Township Food Pantry. (Read more about the Pantry HERE.) Some of the fresh produce from St. John’s food garden is also being distributed through the Pantry.