At St. John’s Episcopal Church, we believe that outreach is a natural outgrowth of our faith. Through our eight signature outreach ministries, we serve God by serving others.
Most of the outreach ministries provide opportunities for families and groups who want to serve the Lord together. If you would like help discerning which outreach ministry may be right for you or your family, please contact: (540) 343-9341
Community Youth Program (CYP)
Mondays through Fridays, 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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“The mission of the Community Youth Program at St. John's is to encourage learning and positive self-image development and to provide a network of support for middle school youth and their families.”
An after school program for at-risk children in grades 4-8, CYP provides encouragement to children who may never have been encouraged before. We change lives and broaden horizons. Members of the parish and other friends volunteer their time to tutor students, prepare snacks, and provide transportation. Some have also exposed students to professional career opportunities by hosting one-time visits to their offices.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke is an alliance of almost thirty congregations in the Roanoke Valley that supports selected homeless families and helps them transition into stable working environments and permanent housing. Every ten weeks, St. John’s takes a turn providing warm beds, warm meals, and a warm welcome to the families served by this organization. Our parishioners offer the ministry of hospitality by preparing and serving meals, and being present with our guests when they stay overnight in our buildings.
Kimoyo, Ltd. builds bridges within our community and around the world. Founded jointly by St. John’s and Kingdom Life Ministries International, Kimoyo raises African cultural awareness in the Roanoke Valley by offering enrichment classes in the public schools. Kimoyo also promotes sustainable development in northern Ghana through its micro-loan programs and its ongoing support of a medical clinic in Zebilla, Ghana. Parishioners support Kimoyo by serving on its Board of Directors, assisting classroom teachers, and traveling to Ghana every other year.
Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
In partnership with almost a dozen other congregations in Roanoke’s Old Southwest neighborhood, St. John’s enhances the lives of at-risk children by providing them with a month of free summer day camp. By providing wholesome and educational activities in a safe and caring environment, the summer becomes a time in which these children can learn and grow. Parishioners participate in the Summer Enrichment Program by assisting with field trips, helping camp counselors, and providing snacks for the children.
Temporary Relief of Unexpected Emergencies (TRUE)
Tuesday Mornings, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Every year, hundreds of people come to St. John’s seeking financial help. TRUE volunteers provide the gift of compassion by listening to our clients, connecting them with community resources, and making small grants from church funds. (Even when St. John’s is unable to help clients financially, we make sure they know about other services that can help.)
Congregations in Action (CIA)
Christian and Jewish congregations in the Old Southwest neighborhood have made a special commitment to the students, faculty and staff of nearby Highland Park Elementary School. The Old Southwest Chapter of Congregations in Action (CIA) now boasts almost thirty congregations and has helped plant CIA chapters in four other neighborhoods. Lay ministers provide hospitality and encouragement to teachers, healthy snacks for hungry kids, and mentorship for students in the form of tutors, lunch buddies, and storytellers. Every year, we co-sponsor an exciting Fun Day for all of the students at Highland Park.
Red Cross Blood Drives
Most local hospitals rely on the American Red Cross to supply their need for blood. Parishioners from St. John’s serve on the Red Cross’ Board of Directors, and the parish is proud to host four blood drives annually. Parishioners give the gift of life by donating blood and provide the gift of hospitality by helping during the drive.