From the very beginning, St. John has been a congregation that goes beyond the church building to live out the Christian faith. We are the hands and heart of Jesus in the world, seeking to make a difference in the lives of God’s people. This is manifest through service work and financial support of mission partners locally, nationally and internationally.
Listed below are the many outreach ministries of St. John:
Each year a group of youth and adults travel to the Appalachia region to be shaped spiritually, to form friendships with families, and to rehab homes in the community. This week-long trip is an experience that changes lives for the better.
Gathering new or gently used toys that are then distributed to children helps to make the holidays brighter for little ones in the St. Louis area.
A local food pantry that also assists with various needs of West St. Louis County residents. Many members give generously of their time and money to this service agency. Again this year, your Outreach team will be sponsoring an entire month of Cereal Sundays! Cereal is one of the food items that Circle of Concern is in need of all year round, but we really focus on cereal during the month of September. If every St. John family brings a box (or two), we will fill the shelves at Circle of Concern and help the many area families who are in need. Questions? See an Outreach member for information. Thank you all for your continued support of our Mission Partners.
Emmaus is an institution that advocates for the developmentally disabled. St. John has a special relationship with Pepperwood. We visit the home each month and play games with the ladies; we also do yard work, have holiday parties, and share with them in worship each Sunday.
ECH is a St. Louis agency that assists children, youth and families in their effort to sustain a healthier way of life.
Every year a group from St. John combines with other UCC congregations to build a neighborhood house in St. Louis. The work day is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm.
The 2017 Hurricane season has already taken a toll on so many across the southern part of our country. The United Church of Christ has already begun efforts to help with rebuilding and supporting those in need. To aid in this effort, the St. John Outreach Team has a challenge for its members and friends. We are beginning the collection with $500 from Outreach funds and are extending a challenge to you to help match that donation so that a minimum of $1000 can be sent to the UCC Disaster Relief Funds. Please click below to see how you can help.
This partnership seeks to help women and children start a new life after an abusive relationship.
Provides support in over 70 countries to feed victims of famine, to offer services to displaced people, and to fund projects that give hope.
It’s a partnership near and dear to St. John. This mission center that serves the community of Shannon County was founded by Rev. Wobus and St. John Church. A group from the congregation goes every summer to work at Shannondale and to touch lives with the love of Christ.
This organization is committed to providing essential resources to people in need throughout the St. Louis community.
A men’s shelter in north St. Louis. Groups from the congregation go to serve meals and share in a devotional time. We also provide other support throughout the year.
The congregation regularly collects items that are given in hopes of inspiring children and families who need encouragement.
The Helping Hands collection for September will go to the Sweet Dreams Picture Pillow Project. Please click below to read more about this worthwhile project.