Volunteer Opportunities for Service
These ministries offer you the chance to serve others—both within the parish and in the community. (Many additional volunteer opportunities are available for those who wish to help with Sunday worship or Sunday School.)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17
SERVE IN ONE OF ST JOHN’S SIGNATURE SOCIAL ACTION MINISTRIES:
SOUP KITCHEN—On the first Sunday of every month parish volunteers prepare and serve a hot meal to those who live without shelter. Sack lunches are also handed out, and haircuts and simple medical care offered by trained professionals. This ministry offers several different time shifts, and is suitable for families. Children must be supervised by their parents.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MINISTRY—This ministry is committed to education, legislative action, and to fostering respectful and ongoing dialogue between gun owners and anti-gun advocates. Prayer vigils are offered following incidents of mass gun violence.
WHITTIER PANTRY—Volunteers staff this pantry, housed at the church, one afternoon a week. Funded by donations of money and goods, this pantry provides low income families from the neighborhood elementary school free personal care products and household cleaning supplies.
GARDEN GUILD—During the growing season, volunteers meet weekly as able to work together to maintain and improve gardens and shrubs on the church campus. Jobs are available for both those with green thumbs and those without.
SERVE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH ONE OF OUR PARTNER NON-PROFIT AGENCIES:
Boulder County Cares—Volunteers helping our homeless neighbors by offering warm clothing and covering during the winter months. Contact Mark Biggers, 303-444-3916
i-Thrive Teen Drug Prevention and Treatment- An early intervention program for teens, 12-18, and their parents, raising awareness to prevent teen drug and alcohol addiction. Contact Colt Smith thrivingteens.org
Thorne Ecological Institute – Building Earth stewardship by connecting kids to nature through hands-on environmental education. Contact thorne-eco.org
SERVE THOSE IN THE PARISH:
Some of these ministries require volunteers to pass a background check and to complete Safe Church training. If you are interested, the parish staff can help you connect with the appropriate ministry leader to learn more.
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS— St. John’s Eucharistic Visitors are charged with taking consecrated bread and wine to Episcopalians who are either temporarily or permanently unable to attend church services. Many of the recipients of this ministry are members of the church; however, requests are occasionally received to make visits to Episcopalians outside the church membership. To become a Eucharistic Visitor, a parishioner must receive training from the diocese which usually holds two training session a year. Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the diocese with the permission of the Bishop in accordance with the provisions of the Canons of the General Convention.
FLOWER DELIVERY TEAM—On Sunday afternoons, volunteers take turns delivering altar flowers to parishioners who are ill or grieving, or to whom the parish wishes to extend a special gesture of thanks.
MEALS AND RIDES—On an as-needed basis, volunteers provide meals or rides to parishioners who are ill or homebound.
FAMILY AND GRADUATE CARE—Volunteers help assemble welcome baskets for families with new babies, and help arrange gifts for parish students who are celebrating a school graduation
KNITTING MINISTRY—Volunteers meet regularly to knit together, working on projects such as prayer shawls for the ill or grieving, scarves for graduates, baby blankets for new little ones, and warm stoles for the homeless
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP—Meeting on an as-needed basis, this facilitated group meets for members to talk about the challenges and joys of caring for a critically ill or impaired beloved one
PASTORAL VISITORS—Trained volunteers visit homebound parishioners, to listen and offer companionship. Volunteers come together regularly with a facilitator to debrief and support one another in this ministry of care. (This ministry is presently under development.)