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.


Family to Family:  a coalition of faith communities sending outstanding students to College with dorm room basics in the Reynolds school district

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).

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

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.



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