Serve

Jesus says to us, “Serve one another as I have served you.” As a part of our faith we are called to pray, teach, and serve with the talents that God has given us. This means making a new friend, learning a new skill, or beginning a new adventure. In our Christian community it always means connecting with God and one another. 

At St. John’s, we live out our faith within and outside our walls, from serving during worship and weekly activities on campus to partnering with local and global agencies in acts of compassion and striving for social justice and respecting the dignity of every human being. Our compassion extends across the world, including support for our sister parish in Cuba and for the international efforts of Episcopal Relief and Development. St. John’s aims to help you to grow in faith through service to others.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Outreach currently follows guidelines outlined in the St. John’s Regathering Plan. In-person volunteerism is temporarily suspended; most outreach is being conducted virtually. For a list of ways you can volunteer online, click here.


At St. John’s

“Serve the Lord with Gladness.” – Psalm 100

Worship

There are multiple opportunities to serve and assist at every service offered at St. John’s. Perhaps you’d like to be trained to be a greeter, or read at a service, or volunteer behind the scenes as a part of the altar guild (preparing for every service), or assist at the altar as a chalice bearer or acolyte. There are always opportunities to help during worship -- on Sunday or during the week.

Ministry Contacts

Eucharistic Visiting

Jesus is always reminding us to go out into the world taking what we have received to those we meet along the way. A Eucharistic Visitor takes the bread and the wine from services at St. John’s and shares them with those who cannot physically come to church. With training and clergy direction this special ministry connects all of our members together as the body of Christ.

Contact Person:  

Bob Sloyer

Flower Delivery

Have you ever wondered what happens to the beautiful altar flowers each Sunday? Our Flower Guild creates the arrangements, and we have a team of people who disassembles them after services and rearranges the flowers into bouquets for delivery to parishioners and community members who are celebrating life events or just need just a visible reminder that their church is loving them right where they are.

Contact Person:  

Mary Gail Compton

Knitting Ministry

A prayer shawl is made by hand with love, blessed at our altar and sent out into the world to celebrate a birth or be wrapped around someone in their time of uncertainty. We would love to teach you a few skills or learn from your expertise if you have been crafting for years! The group gathers weekly for conversation and knitting.

Contact Person:  

Mtr Abi Moon

Lively Cafe

Do you love interacting with people or do you enjoy the delightful aroma of good food? You will be delighted to know that our Lively Cafe is staffed by volunteers. Under the guidance of our Culinary Director, you can be trained to greet and take orders, assist in completing orders and interact with those who might be visiting the cafe for the very first time!

Contact Person:  

Fran Doxsee

Meal Delivery

Do you enjoy cooking? The Angel Meal Ministry helps provide meals for those who have a short-term need after a death in the family, a hospital stay, or simply a time when having a meal provided is a gift from an angel. Clergy members work with the Angel Meal Ministry to provide guidance and support.

Contact Person:  

Lisa Askins

Press Club

While the title might make you think that we have our own reporter pool, this group of individuals meets on Friday mornings to help with bulk mailings and inserting our inserts into our weekly bulletins. There is always a chair available and usually a tasty treat is consumed as this group powers through their work.

Contact Person:  

Phil Ashler

St. John's Cemetery Cleanup

Do you enjoy peace and quiet? Do you like gardening? We would love your help at the St. John's Historic Cemetery, where a group of dedicated volunteers meets regularly to remove vines from tombstones, pick up trash, and trim vegetation around the family plots, service roads, and fences. The group also helps coordinate maintenance of cemetery grounds around this historic church property. Join us to lend a hand ... or your green thumb!

Contact Person:  

Phil Ashler

Stephen Ministry

Have you ever felt alone? Stephen Ministry prepares congregation members — called Stephen Ministers — to provide high quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to parishioners and community members experiencing life’s difficulties. If you are interested in training to be a Stephen Minister or would like to receive a Stephen Minister to walk with you, please contact a member of the clergy team.

Contact Person:  

Cricket Mannheimer

In the Community

“Let us all serve others, even by giving them water.” – Matthew 10:42

Capital Area Justice Ministry

"Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being" is one of the promises we make at baptism in the Episcopal Church. As baptized children of God, we strive to make sure that all in our community have the opportunity for health, education, and housing. Capital Area Justice Ministry is our local group that collaborates with more than 20 other faith organizations, to provide systemic change and encourage the betterment of the entire community.

Contact Person:  

Mtr. Abi Moon

Grace Mission

Grace Mission is an Episcopal mission serving meals and providing space for worship and formation for those who are most vulnerable in our community. St. John’s partners with Grace Mission with time, talent and treasure. Grace also provides an opportunity for you to serve meals to the community, almost daily! You can serve as a family or as an individual and grow in relationship with the vibrant ministry and connecting with the whole of the Tallahassee community.

Contact Person:  

John Allen

Kearney Center (CESC)

Do you love connecting with people, listening to their stories and helping them feel welcome? St. John’s has three teams of volunteers that serve meals at this residential center that provides holistic services for those who are unsheltered and financially insecure. There’s also an auxiliary team of drivers that shuttles donated baked goods from local businesses to the Kearney Center. All ages are welcome to serve in this ministry.

Contact Person:  

Susan Jones

Mentoring Project

For years, St. John’s has partnered with Riley Elementary, a local school with children who are in dire need of mentoring and teachers who could use encouragement and support. This ministry allows you to commit to reading to children weekly, mentoring a specific child, or assisting in monthly or seasonal celebrations for teachers. If you are interested in making memories for these children and teachers, we have a way for you to get involved.

Contact Person:  

Susan Walton

Prison Ministry

Those who are incarcerated are often forgotten by those in the outside world, yet there is a deep hunger for relationship and spiritual care within the walls of our prisons. St. John’s sends trained volunteers to share worship and lead bible studies in our local prisons. If you are interested in taking part, we invite you to speak with our Deacon who would love to share more about this ministry.

Contact Person:  

Deacon Joe Bakker

St. John's Market

Each November, our parish hall is transformed into a holiday market featuring the most wonderful display of baked goods, silent auction items, rummage sale treasures, and crafts. Our St. John’s Market is run by volunteers who donate their time, talent and treasure to this fundraising event. The St. John’s Market benefits our own missions and ministries and it annually provides $15K in grants to the larger community. There are plenty of opportunities for you to donate or volunteer!

Contact Person:  

Lizbeth Childs + Taska Zorn

Tallahassee Community Remembrance Project

The Tallahassee Community Remembrance Project seeks to remember and acknowledge past and present racial violence and injustice in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, and to inspire our community to come together for dialogue, education, understanding, action and, ultimately, for healing and trust. Visit the Tallahassee Community Remembrance Project's website for a listing of community partners and information about how you can get involved.

Contact Person:  

Sandra Howard

In the World

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief & Development is a response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the U.S. and around the world. Together with local communities, ERD promotes the rights of women and children, and helps communities prepare for and recover from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters. Episcopal Relief and Development is an arm of the Episcopal church right there with you in the midst of difficult times.

Contact Person:  

Dina Foster

Missions

St. John’s believes that we experience God through relationships. While we can see God in our own context, we often have teams who travel to assist in disaster relief and also in international mission work to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Each time we open our hearts to listening to a new culture we see a glimpse of God’s creation in a new and different way and bring that experience home to our local context.

Contact Person:  

Shelby Augustyniak

Support for Cuban Churches

Since 1999, St. John's has sent missionaries and support to Episcopal ministries in Cuba and, in particular, to our sister parish, San Pedro Apóstol, in the rural village of Zorrilla. St. John's adults and youth have participated in dozens of trips to Cuba and have helped San Pedro Apóstol acquire and convert a home into a consecrated church. In partnership with Cuban host churches and other Florida congregations, St. John's has helped to install and maintain Living Waters for the World water treatment systems in five Cuban churches to provide clean, free water for their parishes and communities.

Contact Person:  

Katie Nielson Nunez