Choir: Children aged 7 to 9 can join a choir group to learn to sing well, read music, stretch their concentration, and learn Bible stories and church routines. The group meets from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and 6:15 on Thursdays. If your child is interested, please contact the church office and leave your name, phone number, and the child's name and age for Melva Graham, our music director. If children aged 10 and up are interested in choir, the older group meets on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:30 pm, and new singers are welcome.
Teens with music training and adults are welcome to try out the mixed choir, which rehearses from 7:30 to 9:30 pm each Thursday evening. Please see the Contact Us page for contact information.
Wardens’ Group: Consisting of two Wardens, two Deputy Wardens and the Treasurer, this group, together with the Rector, is responsible for all facets of managing the church: financial management, short and long-term planning, personnel management and management of church assets, including the cemetery. Joining this group will give you a unique opportunity to develop and hone leadership and management skills.
Anglican Church Women: The ACW is an umbrella organization for three active groups in the parish: The Chancel Guild, The St. Anne’s Group, and The Norway Group. The Chancel Guild prepares the sanctuary for worship on a weekly basis. The St. Anne's and Norway groups sponsor parish events and raise funds for a variety of causes both in the church, in the community at large, and beyond our borders. For instance, money raised by the Norway Group has supported an improved standard of living for a community in northern Ghana, including the education of five previously unschooled children.
Hospitality Group: With the help of parishioners, the Hospitality Group organizes events in the parish, such as our Back to Church BBQ or our Strawberry Social.
Lay Assistants: Lay Assistants read the Gospel, help the celebrant with the administration of Holy Communion at our Sunday services and assist with the tidying up of the altar area after the service.
Servers’ Guild: The Servers are a team of young people and adults who assist at the altar during our Sunday liturgy. The group meets periodically for fellowship and instruction with occasional outings and field trips.
Sidespeople: Our sidespeople are greeters who welcome people to St. John’s every Sunday. They provide everything necessary for congregants to participate in the service: the hymnbook, the bulletin with the order of service, assistance with seating, the key to the elevator, and any information that will help people participate. Later in the service, they help take up collection and supervise Communion. After the service, they help tidy up the sanctuary and count the collection.
Youth Group: Our young people have taken part in such events as the 30 Hour Famine for World Vision and Primate's World Relief and Development Fund youth activity, Off-the-Grid, a 24-hour fast from electricity. Currently, youth have the opportunity to participate and grow in the life of the church as choir members or servers.
Prayer Ministry: We have a very active Prayer Ministry at St. John’s. During the service, at the Prayers of the People, parishioner intercessors offer prayers for our church, for those for whom prayers have been requested, for the wider community, and for the world. Also, through our parish prayer list, the prayer group prays for several families every day, and a prayer is thereby offered once a month for every family in the congregation. A phone call from a member of the prayer group lets parishioners know that they have been remembered in prayer. One of our most popular prayer ministries is the Prayer Shawl Ministry. A group of parishioners meets weekly, currently on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, to knit or crochet shawls. These shawls are blessed and then delivered to the sick, the elderly or those in need.
Please see our Outreach (Click Here) page for other opportunities to get involved in our parish life.