Parish Groups and Activities

If you would like to learn more about any of these groups or ministries, please contact the parish office for information on current leadership and activity.

Acolyte Program – Young people in grades three through high school serve as acolytes during worship services.  Depending upon age and experience, acolytes serve at the altar or serve as crucifers and torchbearers in procession.  Learn more about the acolyte program HERE.

Altar Guild – The altar guild comprises a group of individuals whose purpose is to prepare and maintain the altar and sanctuary for services.

Best Buddies Pet Pantry – St. John’s is a collection site for the Best Buddies Pet Pantry.  Donations of dog and cat food and treats are always welcome.  A group of parishioners also gets together roughly monthly to package food and treats for distribution.

Book Club – The “Practicing Our Faith” Book Club meets monthly during the school year to discuss a book relevant to Christian ministry.  The group reads the book, discusses it and discerns possible actions to take in response.

Bridge Group – Meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday.  Participants bring a sack lunch, then play from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm.

Cathedral Shelter Christmas Baskets – Each year St. John’s joins with others to support Cathedral Shelter (now known as the Revive Center for Housing and Healing) in their Christmas basket program.  Families and seniors are listed for “adoption” for Christmas.  We provide gifts for every member of the family and food for Christmas dinner.

Choir – Part of St. John’s active music program, the choir sings at the 10:00 am service on Sunday mornings and at services on special holy days.  Read more about the Music Program HERE.

Christian Formation Programs – A variety of Christian formation classes are offered for all ages.  Read more about specific offerings HERE.

Coffee Hour Hosts – Coffee hour hosts set up and clean up for Sunday morning coffee hours.  Each team serves once each quarter.

The Order of the Daughters of the King – The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism.  The Mary and Martha chapter at St. John’s is affiliated with the National Order.  You can learn more about the Daughters at their website HERE.

Education for Ministry – A four year program of theological education and reflection to equip lay people for ministry coordinated by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  St. John’s does not have an active EFM group at this time, but with sufficient interest, the program will resume.

Episcopal Church Women – The Episcopal Church Women includes in its membership all women of the parish.  Members of the ECW are privileged to work for our parish, our community, our diocese and the Church throughout the world.  One of the ECW’s activities at St. John’s is the sponsorship of the annual Holiday Cookie Walk.

Food Garden – Located on the south lawn of the parish, volunteers grow vegetables to donate to people who lack access to fresh produce.

Greeters – Greeters offer a ministry of hospitality to visitors at Sunday services.

Intercessory Prayer Group – A group dedicated to offering intercessory prayer, especially in times of personal need for parishioners.  The group uses a phone tree and email to quickly contact members when prayers are requested.

Landscape Volunteers – Volunteers help maintain St. John’s grounds throughout the summer and on special work days in the spring and fall.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers – Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist with the distribution of Communion during celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.

Lectors – Lectors read the Scripture lessons and the Prayers of the People during worship services.

Loaves and Fishes – Coordinates and helps cook parish brunches 4 – 6 times a year.

Men of St. Barnabas – A men’s group that meets month (with men from Church of the Holy Family in Park Forest) for Scripture study, fellowship and support.

PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) – Volunteers from St. John’s work with South Suburban PADS, an organization that provides safe shelter and meals to homeless individuals and families.  St. John’s PADS team serves once a month from October through April.

Parish Dinner Groups – Each fall individuals and couples who wish to participate are combined into groups of 6 – 8.  Groups meet in homes three times during the year for fellowship and conversation.

Teen Youth Group – A group for high school students that meets roughly every other week during the school year.  The group is focused on spiritual growth, outreach and fun.  Read more about their activities HERE.

Ushers – Ushers assist with seating, collecting the offering and directing worshipers to Communion during the Sunday worship services.

Vestry – The vestry is the lay leadership board of the church.  The vestry is particularly charged with oversight of the parish facilities and finances.  It is made up of 2 wardens and 9 regular members, elected by the parish.

Wednesday Bible Study – A group that meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 for systematic study of the various books of the Bible.

Yarn Ministry – A group of knitters and crocheters who meet on the first Monday evening of each month to work on prayer shawls which are then distributed to individuals facing difficult circumstances.