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 Youth Ministries & Outreach, youth@stjohnswf.org.

Upcoming Service Events

04jan5:00 pmCommunity Meals

Outreach Update

Special thanks this week to Sara Vetter and Carolyn Stoklas for the delicious desserts you provided for the Wake Forest Community Meal Program.  Ken Marsh and Jessica and Anthony Graber helped serve meals at Olive Branch Baptist Church on Wednesday night- thank you!  As one of the people who picked up a meal this week said, “this is God’s Love in action, thank you!”

With the help of so many partners, volunteers and Town and County resources we have served almost 7,000 meals since April 20th.  To see weekly pictures and updates on the meal program and our partners’ contributions please follow Wake Forest Community Meals on Facebook and share with your friends.  Special thanks this week to Carolyn Stoklas and Sara Vetter for the delicious home baked desserts.  Want to learn more?  Check out the  January Newsletter

Volunteers can sign up to help here  or make a donation 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.

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.