Parish Life

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


Liturgical 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.


Epiphany Manger: coordinates the collection during the season of Epiphany of new baby items and baby food and delivers the items to a local organization assisting young families

Habitat for Humanity: coordinates the team to help build houses for those in need

Manna Food Bank: collects and delivers donated non-perishable food goods

Ragdolls2love: sews colorful rag dolls to give to children throughout the world who are suffering because of war, disease or natural disasters

Room in the Inn: coordinates the staffing of an emergency shelter and an evening meal or a quarterly basis for homeless women in Asheville, serving meals and/or staying through the night with other volunteers

Souper Bowl Sunday: coordinates and collects canned goods and donations for the national Souper Bowl Sunday effort

Threads of Love: sews, knits and crochets baby clothes and accessories for premature babies and infants that die at birth or shortly after

United Thank Offering (UTO): coordinates the collection of gifts for the National ECW’s spring and fall ingathering which funds grants around the world

Women’s Prison Ministry: assists and supports the chaplaincy program at the Swannanoa Women’s Correctional Center

Welcome Table: in partnership with other East Asheville churches, offers a free weekly dinner for those who are hungry for food or fellowship, Thursdays 5–7 pm at Groce Methodist Church

Organizations and Committees

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

Episcopal Youth Community: coordinates activities for our young people and coordinates attendance for Diocesan sponsored youth events

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

Recycling/Garbage: collects items for recyling and takes them to the recycling center; takes out the church garbage cans to the road on Tuesday evenings and brings them back up to the Parish Hall on Wednesday evenings

Stewardship: coordinates the annual Every Member Giving campaign to not only gather in pledges but also educate the congregation about stewardship