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

03sep10:00 amFlower Cart Ministry

06sep5:00 pmCommunity Meals

Outreach Update- September 9

CROP Walk for Hunger- Join our team!  SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26
For over forty years St. John’s has had a team walk in the Wake Forest CROP Walk and raised money for local and international hunger ministries.  While this year’s walk may look different from the large community event from years past, we hope you will donate, join the team and walk with your St. John’s family.  There are two options for walking and one way to join the team:  Join the St. John’s CROP Walk Team/Donate
Option 1:  September 26th at 10:50am at St. John’s- wear your sneakers to the 9:30 service and stay to walk a designated loop on the church campus.
Option 2:   Join the EYC on Sunday September 26 at 5pm to walk the Smith Creek Greenway (meeting at Mill Bridge Nature Park- 425 Nature Park Dr WF)
Finally, thank you to all who came out to Culver’s CROP Walk night last week- we raised over $300!

 

Action in Support of Wellington Park Residents- 

Wellington Park Update and Action:

Our Wellington Park neighbors have worked so hard to preserve their homes and make the best decisions for their families over the past six months after learning that the land their modular homes are on was sold to a developer.
Last Tuesday night, residents and partners pushed the developer and the Town Planning Board to include relocation costs of up to $375k for the residents in the rezoning agreement.  As you will hear in the public comments portion of that meeting the residents and Joy Shillingsburg (Joint Planning Board and Commissioners starting at 1:18:20) explained how the Commissioners and residents of Wellington are between a rock and a hard place on this decision:  Approve rezoning and secure funds for relocation from the developer displacing 30+ families OR deny rezoning on property that the owner has already issued park closure notices to forcing dislocation and lose the funds offered by the developer.

A final decision on rezoning will be made by Commissioners on Tuesday 9/21 at 6pm at Town Hall (public comment on this item has closed).  It is in this moment that we can show up and walk with our neighbors, let public officials know we care and remind the developer Middleburg Communities that this church family will hold them accountable by our engagement. 

You are welcome to gather outside of the Town Hall at 5:30 to show support for the residents as Commissioners enter the building and/or if you are comfortable doing so, you are encouraged to attend the Board of Commissioners’ meeting at 6pm.  We will continue to support our Wellington neighbors in the months to come.  If you would like to make a direct donations to the residents please see the Go Fund Me Page that the Latino Congress has established contact Joy at outreach@stjohnswf.com

We are happy to be partnering with our neighbors’ new Community Garden!  If you are interested learning more please check out details HERE  Follow news on the garden at:

Facebook: @wfnecc
Instagram: @necccoalition
Stop by:  Garden hours: Thursdays @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Volunteer days: First and Third Saturdays

 

 

 

 

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

NEW WAKE FOREST COMMUNITY MEAL SITE:  Together with ONE Wake, Friendship Chapel Baptist Church and Wake Forest Community Meals volunteers we are now serving meals on Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:30 to the residents at Wellington Park Mobile Home Community. We plan to join the residents’ meeting each week as they face the sale of the mobile home park to a large developer to serve food, advocate their cause with Town leaders and walk with them through this extremely stressful time.

 

Backpack Buddies:  Northeast Wake Backpack Buddies continues to pack over 500 bags of shelf stable meals and snacks for children in our community from the lower level of the St. John’s Education Building.  These bags go to children in the WCPSS and the Community Meal Program each week

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.

CROP WALK

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.