St. John's is blessed with many ministries of discipleship at St. John's. The following is a list and description of various ways we live out God's call and spread the Good News:
- Adult Sunday Formation - meets generally all year in the Common Room on Sundays at 9 a.m. This group is conversational and uses a variety of curriculums. All are welcome.
- Bible with Breakfast - meets every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. at the Downtown Deli in Elkhart, unless posted otherwise. This Bible Study uses materials from the Forward Movement and over breakfast and cup of coffee, tries to solve the world's problems. Still working on it.... All are welcome.
- Catechesis - meets seasonally, usually in preparation for the Bishop's Visitation, and is facilitated by the Rector. Catechesis prepares those seeking Confirmation or would like to inquiry more about faith and St. John's. For more information, please contact he Rector.
- The Rector - encourages formation and typically offers a formation group seasonally on a topic. See Special Events.
- Sunday School - typically runs after Labor Day through Pentecost on Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Sunday School Room. Ages typically range from PK - upper elementary. For upcoming dates, please see the Calendar.
- Women's Bible Study - meets usually in Spring and Fall on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room. Lori Purdie facilitates, using various curriculums.
- Youth - St. John's presently does not have a "youth group" for upper middle to high school age. Rather, youth of this age are integrated into other areas of discipleship or through diocesan events.
- Acolytes - elementary age on up may serve with training to assist at the altar with Sunday Mass. The head of the acolytes is the Verger - a sort of "Master of Ceremonies."
- Altar Guild - helps prepare for Sunday Mass and other liturgies with set up and clean up. The Altar Guild serves as a vital "behind-the-scenes" ministry.
- Chalice Bearers/Servers - or Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice and help with worship on Sunday.
- Choir and Music - led by the Director of Music, edifies worship through various musical gifts. The choir is in session after Labor Day through Pentecost. When available, a children's choir is offered.
- Lay Preachers - under the direction of the Rector provide occasional sermons. Children's sermons occur seasonally.
- Lectors - or Readers - read the Scripture lessons for Sunday Masses and other liturgies.
- Ushers and Greeters - help guide those seeking worship by providing a welcoming presence, pass out bulletins, assist at the offertory, and are able to answer questions about church basics.
Pastoral and Prayer
- Funerals and Columbarium - Many at St. John's assist those during end-of-life matters through grief support, hospitality needs, and planning. St. John's offers a Columbarium in the Chapel of Christ the King, open to members and their families. For more information, contact St. John's.
- Marriage Preparation - St. John's takes marriage preparation seriously. All prospective candidates for marriage must be members of the parish or through special dispensation through the diocese and are expected to complete pre-marriage counseling with the Rector or available clergy at least 6 months in advance of the planned Wedding day. All marriages must be approved by the Rector.
- Pastoral Care - meets every first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. with the Rector and assists in the care of especially homebound and nursing care members. Many on the Pastoral Care team serve as Lay Eucharistic Visitors and bring Communion to our shut-ins. Often, members of Pastoral Care serve with awareness and advocacy.
- Prayer Chain - operates much a like a phone-tree and communicates special prayer requests and intentions.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry - produces quality prayer shawls and other related garments of comfort for those in special needs. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets as needed.
- Prison Ministry - visits a fellow Christian every third Thursday of month and provides additional support.
- Coffee hour fellowship - after the 10 a.m. Mass, volunteers offer food and hospitality in the Common Room. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Common Room.
- Kitchen and hospitality - St. John's offers a variety of meal-based hospitality events from chili-cook-offs to Epiphany parties to stewardship brunches. Various members help oversee our generous kitchen facility and make St. John's feel like home.
- Downtown Churches Coalition - St. John's is a member of the ecumenical/community group that brings awareness of various agencies of support in downtown Elkhart.
- Green Thumb Club - attends to our local grounds usually twice a year in the upkeep of our beautiful gardens. Members of all ages come out and lend a hand from pulling weeds to pruning trees.
- Neighborhood picnics, meals, and walks - ST. John's provides various meal times to the neighborhood, including the annual Back-to-School Picnic at the north door gardens. The rector encourages people to walk the neighborhood and be a presence.
- Outreach Committee - meets every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Common Room to discuss various outreach projects locally and globally. The Outreach Committee oversees aid given to children supported in our companion Diocese of Honduras, assists with the Back-to-School Backpack drive, provides relief buckets to Church World Services, and provides two major fundraising campaigns through our famous St. John's cheeseballs (around Thanksgiving) and soups (January).
- St. John's Food Pantry - see Food Pantry link.