St. Elizabeth's Guild
St. John’s Mission of Outreach is guided by its general mission to witness in its words and actions its commitment:
to serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbor as ourselves;
to respond to the needs of others around us with our hearts and hands and financial resources; and
to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being;
and particularly to express its instinct for an open and inclusive hospitality, extending God's welcome in broad and diverse ways.
The Guild was created in 1989 to oversee St. John’s various outreach effortson behalfof all members of the Church. The Committeeseeks to support persons, organizations and situations in demonstrable need and to express its commitment to its mission through its role in the community.
Every event at St. John’s - including the Bazaar, the Food Fair, the Concert Series - contributes a portion of its net proceeds to the efforts of the Outreach Committee in order to widen the scope and strength of the Church’s work.
St. John’s Fund
The St. John's Fund was established at the same time as the Outreach Committee. The Fund, solely supported by the Parish, is administered by the Town of Washington. Its funds are available to assist Washington residents faced with a financial emergency whether it is for food, fuel, medical expenses, or other urgent necessities.
Judea Garden was conceived and founded in 2009 by members of the Parish. Since then, the Garden has grown into a broad community program which St. John’s Church continues to support and sustain, providing it with management and administrative services, financial support, and volunteer workers and gardeners from among its parishioners.
Since 2009, nearly four tons of produce has been given to over 150 families in Washington, New Milford and surrounding communities. With community help, the garden will continue to grow.
Food Collection is an on-going effort overseen by the Outreach Committee for the benefit of local food pantries
SEASONAL OUTREACH PROJECTS
Angel Tree - collection of toys for children in shelters or designated by children services agencies
Easter Baskets - filling baskets with collections of small books and candy
Back-to-School-Backpacks - filling backpacks with school supplies for children designated by children services agencies
Thanksgiving Pies - the Committee, assisted by the children from the Church School, make pies which are contributed to the Town's Thanksgiving Baskets
Beginning in the Fall of 2012, St. John's will host The Parson's Table, a once-a-month lunch in the Parish Hall open to anyone who wishes to come and break bread with their neighbors...no agenda, no program, no cost...purely an opportunity to enjoy the company and fellowship of one another.
Emergency Response Program
The implementation of an Emergency Response Program which will reach members of the Church and the broader community during times of community-wide emergencies, providing communication links, fellowship, food, cooking faciities, transportation, etc.