The people of St. John's seek to serve God through our compassionate relationships with those within our parish, the broader Tri-Cities area, and beyond.
Path to Shine
Path To Shine is an after-school program that seeks to inspire children to achieve hope-filled dreams by educating and encouraging them through free mentoring, tutoring and enrichment programs, while motivating people who can make a difference in a child's life. St. John's partners with the children and staff of College Park Elementary School, currently serving currently twenty children in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Adult volunteers from the church and the community spend about two and a half hours each week with the children working on homework, tests, reading, math and social skills. Officers of the College Park Police Department serve as substitute mentors.
Ministers of Worship
Ushers are often the first face people see when they walk into the front doors of St. John's. They welcome worshipers, provide bulletins, give directions, and are available to answer questions before or after the service.
Lay Readers read the lessons from the Old Testament and/or the New Testament at weekly and/or special liturgies.
Intercessors offer the Prayers of the People on behalf of the congregation at our weekly services.
Chalice Bearers wear white albs in worship and assist by sharing the chalice of wine with those taking Holy Communion.
Wednesday Night Community Dinners
Wednesday evenings, St. John's offers a simple meal to the community. Volunteers from our Book Club and Bible Study prepare the meal which varies from soup and sandwiches to hot dogs and hamburgers to hearty casseroles to delivered pizzas. Each week is a delicious adventure. There is no charge and all are welcome! This time of fellowship is an excellent opportunity to meet someone new while breaking bread together.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors take communion to those who are unable to regularly attend service due to age, infirmity, or medical condition.
The Prayer Group meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to say Morning Prayer and to gather as a community to pray.
St. John's Bargain Shop
The St. John's Bargain Shop, located at 2823 Main St. in East Point, provides value-priced quality household and clothing items. Proceeds from sales at the shop provide funds to the parish for outreach to the community. Donations of gently used goods are accepted during business hours - Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, 10:00am until 4:00pm. The phone number for the shop is (404) 767-4020.
Dinner at Holy Comforter
Two or three times a year, volunteers prepare a hearty meal to deliver and serve to the parishioners of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Southeast Atlanta. Holy Comforter is one of the mission churches of the Diocese of Atlanta and serves a low-income and therefore often challenged population in the area off Moreland Avenue. We can always use an extra set of hands... dinner with the parishioners at Holy Comforter is included at no charge!
The Ghanaian Anglican Community
St. John's is proud to offer its worship space to a community of worshipers from Ghana on Sunday afternoons beginning at 2:00pm. This group brings its own unique style of worship and praise. They operate under the supervision of the Diocese of Atlanta and the Canon for Ministry.
For many years, St. John's has hosted regular weekly meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Currently, two groups meet on Monday and Thursday at 8:00 pm.