Our outreach and service is guided by Jesus’s command to love our neighbor and build the Beloved Community. Here are a variety of opportunities to love and serve our community.

Want more information?

Contact Joy Shillingsburg, Director of Outreach, outreach@stjohnswf.com.

Upcoming Service Events

Outreach Update- May 20

This Summer St. John’s has the unique opportunity to serve our community and introduce our families and teens to a true Farm to Fork outreach project.  All ages are welcome to volunteer in the two community gardens in Wake Forest that give their harvest to the Wake Forest Community Table meal program on Monday and Wednesday nights.  Please join us on one or all of the following dates/places to practice creation care, reflect on food security and enjoy each other while working in gardens that feed our neighbors.  Please use the Sign Up to let us know you will be attending.  EYC members are invited to do an hour of service work then stay for some fellowship time and snacks!  Throughout the summer you are also welcome to stop by the WF Community Table program for a meal or to help distribute food.  In the Fall we plan to have Harvest Meal together to celebrate God’s creation and our Farm to Fork work together!
Saturdays at The Northeast Community Garden (504 North Taylor Street) from 9-12pm:  June 18, July 16 and August 20 
Tuesdays at Wake Forest Presbyterian Giving Garden (12605 Capital Blvd.) from 5:30-6:30pm:  June 7, July 12, and August 16

and contact Joy at outreach@stjohnswf.com if you have questions

Ongoing Outreach Opportunities:  

1. Refugee Welcome: If you are interested in learning more about becoming a certified volunteer for our new Afghan Refugee Ministry please see the INSTRUCTIONS

2. Northeast Community Garden in Wake Forest: Join the community each month in this gem of a garden (504 North Taylor St) that donates much of its bounty to the Wake Forest Community Table meal program on Monday and Wednesday nights. We hope your family will share the love and help with preparing the garden for the Spring! Ongoing volunteer opportunities are every first and third Saturday at this garden.  **There is also a special planting day led by Heritage High School Students on April 16 from 9-12**
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3. There is a need for drivers to pick up “harvested” food at Starbucks (near, not inside Target) Pizza Hut and Olive Garden on Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest once a week. This food will be distributed on Monday and Wednesday nights. Some training and coordination will be required, but I would love to have some help with this very easy way to help feed many. Learn more about our meal program: Here is a link to the latest Wake Forest Community Table Newsletter to learn more about volunteering and here is the Sign Up Genius to make desserts for this ministry on Monday nights.

4. Wake Forest Presbyterian Giving Garden:  Needs a group or individuals to help harvest and plant this Fall.  This well established large garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce for Wake Forest Community Meals and many food pantries in our region.  Please Sign Up!


Wake Forest Community Meal Program:  Learn more about our Monday and Wednesday night meal program that provides dinner, produce and groceries to our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity.  We plan to continue through the summer and have added additional volunteer slots.  Please be sure to read our to learn more details and sign up.

If you would like to make desserts on Monday nights so that we can add a sweet treat to the meal bags- SIGN UP HERE

If you would like to distribute meals, produce and groceries on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  SIGN UP HERE

Creation Care & Repair

This group leads faith reflection and action on environmental crises such as climate change, and promotes individual and community-wide actions to improve our stewardship of the Earth. This group planted and maintains a lovely Pollinator Garden between our main church and Education buildings as a teaching garden for our preschool and parish community.

Church Net

Church Net is a Wake Forest coalition of churches that provides financial resources to pay for prescriptions and utility bills for people in the community. Donations are collected at St. John’s. Church Net office is staffed by volunteers from local churches.

Joy of Christmas

Our Joy of Christmas ministry provides gifts and gift cards to local families and seniors at Christmas.

Tri-Area Ministries (TAM)

TAM collects donations of food and necessities for distribution to local families. St. John’s has been a part of this organization since its inception and continues to support TAM’s nearly 9,000 clients each year with food donations.  When we are back to in person worship, look for the red wagon in the Narthex to deposit food and hygiene items. Visit their website for more information and volunteer opportunities.

Hope House

Hope House is a ministry of Friendship Chapel Baptist Church. St. John’s supports this ministry which serves weeknight meals and builds relationships in Northeast Wake Forest.

Habitat for Humanity

St. John’s participates in a coalition of local churches to help build and fund affordable housing with soon-to-be-homeowner families in Wake Forest.

Backpack Buddies

This ministry packs food weekly during the school year for food-insecure students at local schools.


Each September, many St. John’s parishioners take a 1-mile or 3-mile walk to help raise money to fight hunger locally and around the world.

Summer Nutrition Program/ Wake Forest Community Meals

St. John’s has been the organizing partner of this program housed at the Alston Massenburg Center in which we’ve joined over a dozen church and civic groups to share meals and playtime with children and families in Northeast Wake Forest for 10 weeks during the summer when food insecurity increases for children in traditional calendar schools. This summer program has now been extended due to COVID-19 to serve the food-insecure in our community every Monday night at Hope House from 5:00-6:00 pm and every Wednesday night at Olive Branch Baptist Church from 6:00-7:00 pm. Dinner plates, Backpack Buddies Bags, clothing from Note-in-the-Pocket, and shelf- stable food from Tri-Area Ministries (TAM) and the Northern Community Food Security Team are distributed each week.

ONE Wake

(Organizing Neighborhoods for Empowerment in Wake County)

ONE Wake is a broad-based, multi-racial, multi-faith organization of 40+ faith communities and non-profits across Wake County. Members of St. John’s work with other leaders from ONE Wake member institutions to research and propose specific local initiatives to address issues creating pressure for Wake County residents such as a shortage of affordable housing and problems in public education. ONE Wake leverages the collective influence of faith communities and community non-profits to create positive change.