Every Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. we meet to study the weekly scripture readings via Google Meet. Leslie Davie is sending out the weekly invitation via our St. John's address. You can email Lynne Kozlowski, or Leslie Davie, if you'd like to join us.
CityReach Program in Boston
Next spring, on March 10 -11, high school youth will be invited to attend CityReach, which will hopefully include an overnight this time around! (Of course, we will do what is safest, and if Covid cases increase, we can have the first half the program at St. John's on Friday night. Stay tuned!)
On Friday evening will hear the stories of the CityReach guides who have experienced homelessness. On Saturday at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, we will provide lunch, lots of warm clothing, and kind conversation for our homeless guests.
Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, we always bring in lots of warm clothing to donate! The collection boxes will be out by early November. When we return from CityReach, our youth will share their experiences with the congregation on an upcoming Sunday morning. We have had a long -term (over 20 year!) relationship with Ecclesia Ministries, and believe that consistent ministry is way more important that "one-shot" experiences. Hence, we invite members of Ecclesia out to us each year for bowling in the winter and a Hale picnic in early summer. We also provide a monthly lunch, along with Epiphany, Walpole. If you'd like to learn more about Ecclesia Ministries, check out their website:
B-Safe summer program
Each summer we support the B-SAFE program for elementary school kids from Mattapan at our partner parish, Church of the Holy Spirit. This past summer we provided groceries for 54 families on Thursday, July 28, and a Field Trip on Friday, July 29 to the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro. The weather was plenty hot, so the splash pad was a big hit, as you can see above! For the past two years, due to Covid, there was no in-person camp program @ C.H.S., so everyone, kids and volunteers, were really happy that camp was back in action! We had 6 volunteers to help tour the zoo and serve lunch & ice cream, and all ages had great fun!
Thank you to each and every one of you who provided a big bag of non-perishable groceries!!
B-SAFE is run by the St. Stephen's Youth Programs at several Episcopal parishes in underserved neighborhoods of Boston. If you would like to learn more about the B-SAFE program, please check out this website: http://www.ssypboston.org If you have any questions:
Children's & Youth Ministry
Above: Cassidy & Shane volunteering at the Norwood Food Pantry on Nov. 19.
We will have our joyful "pop-up" pageant (from our Love First curriculum) on Advent IV, Sunday, December 18, and all ages can get in on the act! (Of course the animal costumes may only fit our toddlers) Middle Schoolers, we would love your help with sets and costumes. Please let Emily know if you can volunteer.
Classes this month are as follows:
K-5: December 4 & 11
Middle School: December 4
High School: December 11
All classes will be in person.
On Wednesday, December 7, High School youth are invited to volunteer at Epiphany School in Dorchester for the dinner shift. We will leave at 2:30 p.m. and be home by 7:00 p.m. If you'd like to learn more about the Epiphany School, please take a look at their website:
Parents of K- 5 kids, if you would like to learn more about the Love First approach we are using, please check out:
Confirmation on September 24 at Trinity Church, Concord with Bishop Harris
Contact Emily Sugg
Oasis Ministries –we provide a monthly hot dinner to 40-60 homeless neighbors at Old West Church in Boston one Monday a month. We are delivering lasagna, salad, fresh fruit & cookies. Please contact Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to be involved by either cooking or purchasing a 11 x 14" tray of lasagna, or providing fresh oranges or bananas, and cookies! Our next dinner will delivered on Monday, Decmeber 5. Please reach out to Jane if you want to be part of this wonderful ministry.
Ecclesia Ministries outreach – This year we are continuing to provide sandwiches and fresh fruit once a month, with the help of Epiphany, Walpole. Thanks to all who have been involved! Homeless women and men in Boston need our assistance, and Ecclesia is grateful that we are continuing to help out! Our October delivery date will be Wednesday, December 14. Please email Emily at: email@example.com if you'd like to participate! Thank you!
Westwood Food Pantry - Please help fill our designated shelf in the narthex with healthly non-perishable food items or cleaning products. We would always welcome more volunteers to help make a monthly delivery to the Council on Aging, 60 Nahatan St. in Westwood. Many thanks!