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- December 2

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

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

Outreach Opportunities:  

  1.  The Joy of Christmas Program this year will focus on the Families of Wellington Park.  Please donate money so that we can provide five of the most vulnerable families facing displacement from their homes a sizable gift card to Walmart so that they can purchase what their family needs this year.  We will also have a Joy of Christmas Tree set up in the Narthex on November 21-December 12 with frequently requested items at our Community Meal Program such as Laundry Detergent, Gas cards, diapers of all sizes and other household products.  These items will be given to families at the Community Meal Program on Monday nights at Hope House, Tuesday nights at Wellington and Wednesday nights at Olive Branch.  Providing these necessities around the holidays will allow folks to have a bit more spending money for their families.  Donate Here:  https://my.e360giving.com/App/Form/24616c22-08b0-4ef3-9c3f-0d125b62785b
  2. Habitat for Humanity is once again hosting/sponsoring the MLK Day of Service that we have participated in for many years with our partner churches. Please save the dates: January 17 and/or January 22 from 8:15-3:15 and stay tuned for more information in the coming months. We are thrilled to participate with our Beloved Community on home preservation projects in the Northeast neighborhood- here are some details!
  3. Northeast Community Garden:  Stay local and meet our wonderful neighbors who are tending to and harvesting the first year’s crops from the newest community garden in Wake Forest.  Sign Up for a shift on the first or third Saturday of the month.  The produce is donated to Wake Forest Community Meals on Monday and Wednesday 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

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.


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.