I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:35-36)
There are many opportunities for outreach at St. John’s. Below are links to organizations that we support through donations of our time, talents, and treasure. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Fr. Frank or Allen Itgen, the head of our Outreach Committee.
St. Barnabas Mission
St. Barnabas Mission serves homeless women and their children, providing not only shelter, but also case management and related services to address the root causes of homelessness. The Mission meets the diverse needs of families with mental health issues, substance abuse, poverty and other challenges. Each year, about 140 female-headed families, including about 200 children, find a safe haven at St. Barnabas. The people of St. John’s contribute donations of food, clothing, and household items on a regular basis, as well as having a special drive each year to make bags of toiletries for the mothers at St. Barnabas.
St. Gabriel’s Church
On the third Saturday of each month a team of volunteers travels to St. Gabriel’s on Roosevelt Blvd. to prepare and serve lunch to people from the neighborhood. Right now we have three teams, and more volunteers are always needed. Children are welcome to participate.
Aid for Friends http://www.aidforfriends.org/
We periodically gather at church to prepare meals for this organization that serves the homebound and elderly.
Episcopal Community Services http://www.ecsphilly.org/
St. John’s makes a donation to ECS each year, but our most important ministry is filling backpacks for children over the summer so they’ll have the supplies they need when they start the school year.
St. James School http://www.stjamesphila.org/index.php
St. James School is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underresourced students in a nurturing environment. The school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students. St. John’s helps to support this school through grants given by the Merion Deanery.