St. John’s Parish life brings people together in a variety of ways. We are witness to the words of Jesus found in Matthew’s Gospel, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” The opportunities to gather with others build faith and community. Be it Christian formation classes, planning worship through the church seasons, reaching out to women in a local prison or evenings of potlucks and storytelling, we experience God our midst.
There are several ways to be involved in St. John’s life and ministry. If you are interested, we invite you to consider one of the following ministries
Acolyte: serves as crucifer, torch bearer or thurifer. We have both adult and youth acolytes.
Altar Guild: prepares the church for worship
Bread Baker: bakes the bread for Communion
Choir: leads the people in song during worship and other events
Daily Office Officiant: leads Morning/Evening Prayer
Eucharistic Minister: administers the chalice at communion
Flower Guild: prepares the flowers for worship and special events
Healing Minister: prays and lays hands on people for healing
Lay Reader: proclaims Scripture during worship
Liturgical Arts Guild: creates liturgical hangings, vestments, and other artwork for use in our worship
St. Francis Guild: cares for the Memorial garden, the flower beds and the general landscaping of the church; coordinates the Spring and Fall Work Days
Ushers: welcomes visitors and congregation members, pass out service programs, take up the collection, guide people to communion and straighten up afterward.
Habitat for Humanity: coordinates the team to help build houses for those in need
Room in the Inn: Parishioners volunteer twice yearly to spend the night, provide meals, and host homeless women through this ecumenical ministry.
United Thank Offering (UTO): coordinates the collection of gifts for the National ECW’s spring and fall in-gathering which funds grants around the world
Women’s Prison Ministry: Parishioners gather clothing for women at the Swannanoa Women’s Correctional Center (SWCC), provide rides to church or lunch for the women and host the Voices of Hope Women’s Choir from SWCC.
Welcome Table: in partnership with other East Asheville churches, offers a free weekly dinner for those who are hungry for food or fellowship, Thursdays 5:00 –6:30 pm at Groce United Methodist Church (954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 28805).
Clean Team: cleans the church and the parish hall
Coffee Hour: encourages people to host and then assists those hosting Coffee Hour after our weekly Sunday 11 am service
Fellowship Events: coordinates special parish meals and events such as St. John’s Feast Day (last Sunday of Epiphany); Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper; Easter Sunday Lunch; Feast of Pentecost; Parish Picnic (first Sunday in October); Thanksgiving Lunch (Sunday before Thanksgiving Day)
Razzle Dazzle Raffle: coordinates this annual fund raising event for the parish
Stewardship: coordinates the annual Every Member Giving campaign to not only gather in pledges but also educate the congregation about stewardship
Youth Program: St. John’s teens participate in the Asheville Area Youth program with several other Episcopal churches.