Outreach

Volunteers Serving

For 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...  Matthew 25:35

The people of St. John’s are passionate about their outreach programs!  We work together to help our extended family members of Christ.  We are involved in many different forms of outreach and, being a "hands-on" parish, find ourselves getting involved in many different ways.  The following are some of the projects we are involved in:

Huntingdon Food Pantry- Our church family supports the food bank through donations of food, money and volunteer hours.  Contact Ginny Gill for further information.

Presbyterian Food Kitchen- This is a ministry of food and fellowship.  Every Thursday evening a hot home cooked meal is provided to anyone in the community.  Our church members volunteer once a month to be the cooks and servers and to provide dessert.

Sharing the Peace Work- Keeping alive an art that is not seen too often anymore! this group meets every other week, sewing and knotting comforters for the Episcopal Home in Shippensburg, PA. the comforters, and similar gifts, provide the residents with reminders that others in the diocese are thinking of and praying for them.

Fuel Assistance- With fuel costs rising, our church is committed to help provide the needed funds to keep our elderly and families warm this winter.  Members donate funds to provide the fuel necessary to heat the homes of those who otherwise would not be able to afford fuel.

Traditional High Tea- An old tradition was resurrected in 2006 to raise funds to help with the Diocese’s Episcopal Churchwomen (ECW) project to build a birthing center in Uganda.  It has become an annual event at St. John’s and the proceeds are now used to help provide food and fuel assistance to our local community. 

Donation of Meeting Space- Our undercroft is the meeting location for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Huntingdon Art League, and United Way. Contact Tim Reimer for further information.

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)- This ministry allows the congregation to support those in greatest need. Contributions are collected monthly for farm animals and mosquito nets.

Millennium goals, "ONE" Project-  St. John’s is committed not only to our community but also to our brothers and sisters around the world who are in need.  Our vestry and parishioners have made a financial commitment to the "ONE" project and collect a special offering for this cause the first Sunday of every month.

Seamen's Church Institute- Women in our church and in the community knit scarves, hats and vests that are donated to the Institute to be given to sailors as gifts at Christmas time.  Our knitters are busy, shipping four to five large boxes each year. Contact Lois Cruikshank for further information.

Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Ministry- Our children and parishioners help collect, wrap and pack items in shoeboxes to be sent abroad to children in need at Christmas time. Contact Ginny Gill for further information.