Volunteer & Serve
“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me….As you have done it for these, the least of these, you have done it to me.” –Matthew 25:35-40
Who is my neighbor?
Outreach is churchspeak for service and volunteering. Outreach at St. John’s is our way to be present to the people and the communities in which we participate. It is our way to be Jesus here and now, seeing need, responding lovingly, creatively. It is our journey toward internalizing the Divine Invitation: “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
At St. John’s we strive to do this in our ministries in Georgetown and the wider DC area.
How do we do Outreach at St. John’s?
At St. John’s we focus on personal volunteer service, having adopted a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ approach to ministry. Our hope is to give Christ witness in the community—through engagement, direct contact, and personal relationship.
While we do support outreach grants, most of these monies are used to fund nonprofit organizations in which committed St. John’s teams provide ongoing service.
Opportunities abound in St. John’s parish for those interested in living out the Gospel in this way.
Which ministry calls to you?
GRATE PATROL – Between services on the 2nd Sunday of every month families volunteer to make sandwiches for 150 suppers. On Monday, suppers are packed by parishioners who then staff the Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol Van to feed those in need on downtown Capitol streets.
GEORGETOWN MINISTRY CENTER – For two weeks every winter St. John’s parish hall becomes a shelter for those in need. We set out 10-12 cots and teams of families & friends prepare and serve hot dinners for 14 evenings, sitting at table with our guests.
GEORGETOWN SATURDAY SUPPERS – On the first Saturday of every month, our volunteers prepare and serve a hot meal to 50-60 people who are without homes or sufficient food in the Georgetown area. In this ministry we team with an ecumenical, inter-racial group of Georgetown parishes to serve a full supper every Saturday night of the year.
DC VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT – St. John’s volunteers support case work and court representation for domestic violence survivors, including custody, child support, and divorce legal work for persons with limited means.
HYDE-ADDISON TUTORS – St. John’s has initiated weekly tutoring sessions at Hyde-Addison Elementary, our community partner school across the street from the church. We work with students to boost their skills in reading, math & attention strengthening.
JUBILEE JOBS – Parish members lead job readiness workshops, partner in mock interviews, provide employment counseling, and serve as “move up mentors” during the first year of employment.
GEORGETOWN SENIORS CENTER – Weekly, Blake Hall is set for exercise, lunch, and an enrichment program for 10-12 seniors living alone. Food is prepared and served by a rotating team of volunteers.
For more information, contact Carol Seaver.