Faith in Action
St John's Social Action Ministry
Some Ways You Can Become Involved
- Plan to attend the EARTH DAY SOIREE, Sat., April 25, 6:30 PM, in the parish hall. We promise a lively evening, featuring "Green Business" expert Hunter Lovins, who will speak on "Creating a Regenerative Economy." Aperitifs and appetizers will be served. A Silent Auction will be held to benefit St John's Social Action Ministries.
- Learn about the National Episcopal Church's dedicated social action to save our planet. See: episcopalecologicalnetwork.org; interfaithpowerandlight.org
PRAY (Add this prayer to your daily spiritual practice.)
Almighty God, in giving dominion over things on Earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Contact your Congresspersons and urge them to support legislation to Limit Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2030. (Watch for petitions and sample letters.)
- Write Letters to the Editor. These are especially effective in raising awareness.
- Where possible, make ecofriendly changes in your home, such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs. These burn a whopping 80% less carbon! (St John's has recently replaced all of its light bulbs with LEDs.)
* Some of the organizations St John's has supported::: Attention Homes; Boulder Homeless Overflow; Boulder Homeless Shelter;Boulder Homeless Women's Initiative;Bridge House; Colorado Haiti Project; Circles; St. Benedict's Health Clinic; St John's Soup Kitchen; EFFA; Voices for Children CASA; Whittier Elementary School: Book Drive, Summer Reading Camp, Tutoring; Habitat for Humanity;. Episcopal Relief and Development.
Inreach: Congregational Care
At St. John's we have a dedicated group of ten ministers trained and licensed by the diocese who go out weekly after Sunday services of Holy Eucharist to take Christ's body and blood to those who are either temporarily or permanently unable to attend church. An EV comments, “We go to them to bring them to us.” If you would a visit from a St. John's Eucharistic minister or more information about home communion, contact the church office.
St. John’s Hospital Visitors minister to parishioners who are in the hospital. The trained visitors check in daily with Boulder Community Hospital downtown and at the one just off Foothills Parkway on Arapahoe. These ministers provide active listening and prayer to parishioner patients. Many of them are also Eucharistic Ministers as well and can give communion to the patient right at the hospital. Often a hospital visitor continues to minister to a parishioner if they are temporarily transferred to an assisted living facility. These visitors advise the clergy of all visits. Parishioners are encouraged to notify the office ahead of time of any scheduled hospitalizations.
St. John’s is called to encounter Christ in the world by extending His love in giving and service to others and seeks to engage parishioners as directly as possible with those who are served. In 2012, St. John’s was recognized by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado as one of 29 Jubilee Ministries in the state because of a long history of outreach and servanthood. Currently, St. John’s outreach consists both of ministries that are run primarily by the parish and partnership support in giving and service to 10 non-profit agencies.
St John's also periodically holds donation drives and carries out special projects to benefit those in the community. Recent events have been a warm clothing drive for the homeless, a fleece scarf making event for the homeless, a children's book drive for children of low income families, and a reading camp for low income children, being planned for June 2013.
Volunteer! Ministry Opportunities
Matthew 22:36 - 40
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Participation is vital to every community. Participation results in synergy, synergy being the magic that is created when you bring your particular essence (and all of the skills/talents/gifts associated with you) into direct contact with other particular essences (and all of the skills/talents/gifts associated with each and every one of those “others”.) Every Sunday when we are each invited to share in the Body of Christ at the communion rail, we are participating in the corporate worship that is vital to Christian communities. It is the most direct experience we have of Jesus coming to us, of the love of Jesus coming into us. This is the quintessential expression of loving God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind. But this is only half of the Christian equation according to Jesus. The other half of the equation is loving our neighbors as ourselves. This is the action component of the equation, where we take our heart-full-of-love and pour it out into the world in service.