MINISTRIES

ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

Centered around a rich, research-based curriculum, St. John’s is a  traditional school with many strengths and offerings. In the  long-established Episcopal tradition of education, “Students are  encouraged to fulfill their unique potential through intellectual,  moral, and spiritual challenge.” From the very youngest students to our  eighth-graders, we prepare each child for a successful future in high  school and in life. 

AFRICAN PALMS

African Palms is an outreach ministry of  St. John's church. The ministry sells palm crosses to churches,  schools, hospitals, prisons, book stores, and church goods distributors  for use on Palm Sunday and other special occasions.  The crosses are  hand-woven by villagers near Masasi, Tanzania and are made from the  dried leaves of the dwarf palm. The proceeds from the palm cross sales are returned to Tanzania, and other countries in African in the form of humanitarian aid grants.

Outreach Ministries

OUR NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE

Our Neighbor's House is  a parish effort to help refugee family travelers coming to the United States from all parts of the world, we work with the International Rescue Committee to furnish a first US home for State Department supported families.    


Interested in joining in this effort?

Contact Tim Wittig at  wittigsall@aol.com 

FOOD PANTRY

St. John's Food Pantry serves as a way to help the needy in the community and to introduce them to St. John’s. The first Sunday of each month, church attendees are invited to bring in non-perishable foods to help “Fill Fred’s Ford for Olney Help”. Olney Help delivers food to families in need. 


For more information contact

Fred Frey @  fredfrey2000@aol.com

PRAYER SHAWL

Esther Deel Holy Thread and Whine is St. John's Prayer Shawl Ministry. The shawls are used to console those who are grieving, comfort those who are ill, and bring hope to those in despair. The shawls are blessed by the rector before they are passed on. 


To be a part of this circle, 

contact Gail Rucker at LGRucker@verizon.net

Worship

CHOIR

Music at St. John's is a means of prayer, worship, and spiritual encouragement. Our 10 am service  on Sundays is full of music, including the hymns, psalms, acclamations  and prayers that are shared by the congregation. 


 If you are interested in singing with our choir, contact Jim Kreger at music@stjec.org.

ALTAR GUILD

St. John's Altar Guild Ministry  is a  volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar,  vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Members  prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up after. 


Contact crann72@yahoo.com

to be a part of this ministry.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Eucharistic Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors are lay persons authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a Celebration of  Holy Eucharist. The Eucharistic Visitors take the consecrated elements to members of the congregation who, by reason of  illness or infirmity, are unable to attend service. 


Contact rector@stjec.org

for more information.

LECTOR

Lectors are scheduled at all services  throughout the year to read the Old Testament lesson, New Testament  lessons, and the Prayers of the People.  Any mature youth or adult may become a lay reader following training. Readings are sent out by email the week they are scheduled to read. 


Contact rector@stjec.org 

to serve in this ministry.

ACOLYTE

St. John's acolytes participate in the worship service by a carrying the crosses, candles,  and other items in procession.  They also help in a number of important  ways throughout the service.  Acolyte ministry is open to anyone in fourth grade or above. 


Anyone interested in this ministry, please contact charley.diaz.in.dc@gmail.com

USHER

The ushers are typically the first and last people that visitors see at  St. John's church services. They bring a friendly spirit and warmth and are responsible for handing out programs, assisting people in finding a seat, managing the offerings, and ushering parishioners to and from communion. 


To serve as usher contact

oldfolkie58@comcast.net