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. In these COVID times, Path to Shine is being conducted online with Zoom.
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
As we cannot safely hold these dinners due to COVID, we have created a Blessing Bag ministry, where those in need can get a sack lunch to-go. We are open for distribution of these 'Blessing Bags' each Tuesday and Thursday between 11:30 and 1:00.
The Prayer Group meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to say Morning Prayer and to gather as a community to pray. These meetings are held on Zoom. Please contact the church office for connection information.
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.