“The ultimate test of a moral society
is the kind of world it leaves its children”
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
St. John's has recast outreach to be a ministry of social action. We believe that serving others includes and is more than, writing checks. We believe we serve Christ in the other by also using our voices, hands, hearts, feet, and passion. These things together fuel our ministry of social action. Our Social Action Ministry (SAM) provides a platform for us to carry out our Baptismal vows to "love our neighbor as ourselves...and...strive for justice and peace among all people". [BCP, p 305]
In 2012, St. John’s was recognized by the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado as one of 29 Jubilee Ministries in the state because of our long history of outreach and servanthood. You can get involved by participating in a parish ministry, such as Soup Kitchen and the Gun Violence Prevention Ministry, and you can also volunteer for one of our ten partner agencies. These non-profit agencies receive a portion of the church's loose plate offering.
St John's also holds donation drives to benefit those in need. Recent projects include Reading Camp for low-income elementary students; boot and clothing drives for the homeless; children's book drive and Adopt-a-Family at Christmas.
We also stock and manage the Whittier Pantry, which provides free household supplies and personal care products to low-income families at our neighborhood elementary school.
St. John's Social Action Ministries
Syrian Refugee Ministry
Gun Violence Prevention - Rapid Response
Climate Change and the Environment
St. John’s Traditional Outreach Ministries
For 25 years, St. John’s has provided a hot lunch and a bag lunch to working poor and homeless in Boulder on the first Sunday of each month. Guests have access to a variety of services including free haircuts, and medical screenings and consultations provided by the doctors, nurses, and therapists associated with St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry, one of the non-profit partners. Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).
St. Benedict Health and Healing Ministry
Whittier Elementary Partnership
Whittier Children’s Book Donation Drive at Christmas
The St. John’s Whittier Pantry opened in September 2016 and served 25 families. The Pantry opened to assist Whittier families, on a referral basis, with items that cannot be purchased with an EBT card.
Youth Mission Trips
St. John’s youth group has many years of service through mission trips to places such as the Dominican Republic, Haiti, New York City, Yakama Reservation, and Windsor, CO.
St. John’s Partnership Agencies
St. John’s supports a number of agencies financially (through its loose plate contributions and discretionary outreach funds) as well as providing hands-on volunteer assistance. Those interested in working with the following agencies can contact them through their websites or learn about them by contacting the St. John’s parishioner who is listed with each agency below.
Attention Homes - www.AttentionHomes.org
Attention Homes provides residential treatment, counseling, and safe shelter to at-risk and homeless youth. Contact Nancy Shaw (303-447-0566).
Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow - www.BOHOCommunity.com
BOHO organizes to provide basic needs, shelter, and care for those not served because of limitations of other Boulder support organizations. Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).
Boulder County Circles Campaign - www.BoulderCountyCircles.org
Circles Campaign is an innovative national movement to end poverty in the community, one family at a time, by providing training in self-sufficiency skills and support from a professional skills bank. Contact Edith Blakeslee (303-895-1185).
Boulder County Cares (Boulder Shelter for the Homeless) - www.BoulderShelter.org
Boulder Shelter’s mission is to provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless adults. Boulder County Cares is the Shelter’s outreach to people on the street from 5 to 10 p.m. during the winter whereby trained volunteers offer donated clothing and food and provide safety checks and some transport. Contact Mark Biggers (303-444-3916).
Bridge House - www.BoulderBridgeHouse.org
The mission of Bridge House is to address immediate survival needs of homeless and working poor individuals and provide resources which lead to employment, housing, personal stability, and healing. Contact Bill Treadwell (720-220-6503).
Colorado Haiti Project - www.ColoradoHaitiProject.org
The mission of the Colorado Haiti Project is to share Christ’s love, through a partnership with our brothers and sisters in Haiti, to improve the human condition. Contact Eben Carsey (303-449-3041).
Emergency Family Assistance Association - www.EFAA.org
EFAA’s vision is to build a more caring community and a better future for families in crisis. They provide food and shelter to those experiencing an immediate short-term crisis. Contact Edith Blakeslee (303-895-1185).
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity - www.FlatironsHabitat.org
The ultimate goal of Flatirons Habitat is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate housing. Contact Kathy Ashworth (303-589-4785). See some pictures of our volunteers for September 13, 2014, here.
Voices for Children Court Appointed Special Advocate - www.VFCCASA.org
The mission of Voices for Children CASA is to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Boulder County. Contact Kathleen Ferguson (303-541-9976).
Mountain States Children’s Home
Advocating for neglected and abused children (Longmont) Contact: Phil Crews 303-776-6841
I-Thrive - www.thrivingteens.org
Raising awareness to prevent teen drug and alcohol addiction. Contact: Cole Smith, 303-776-8184
Wildlands Restoration Volunteer.
St. John’s also has relationships with:
International Midwife Assistance - www.MidwifeAssist.org
IMA has worked in Afghanistan to recruit and train midwife students, modeling kindness, compassion and strong ethics; in Uganda to offer women and their babies free comprehensive medical care, including prenatal, birth services, and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment as well as family planning and childhood vaccinations; and in Haiti to teach home-based life saving skills. Contact Jennifer Braun (303-588-1663).
Anglican Diocese of Matsolane in South Africa
Through Father James Williams, who has been generously volunteering in priestly service at St. John's since the summer of 2011, St. John's is establishing a relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. St. John's has made a donation to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Commemorative Birth Village in Matlosana (Klerksdorp), and a group from St. John's will accompany Father Williams to Matlosana in the fall of 2013 to see the Commemorative site and to witness Bishop Stephen Diseko of Matlosane bestowing the office of honorary Canon on Father Williams. Contact Rev. James or Rev. Lorine Williams (720-626-2612).
YWCA Boulder - http://www.ywcaboulder.org
The YWCA is a non-profit organization that provides human services, advocacy, education and leadership development programs. They offer a range of programs with an emphasis on helping individuals and families in transition: career services, Children’s Alley (temporary drop-in childcare center), co-parenting for life classes, youth empowerment programs, parent education, and involvement in public policy and advocacy.