The Outreach Committee coordinates and promotes parish activities that offer care to those in need outside of the St. John’s community. The committee’s responsibilities include the distribution and stewardship of financial contributions in line with the vestry-allocated annual budget and designation of recipient organizations for the Christmas and Easter plate offerings. The Outreach Committee also supports existing outreach ministries & assists in the creation of new outreach ministries.
For more information, contact Outreach Chair Mark Banion.
The Giving Basket
In order to expand St. John’s outreach and add more good works to our faith, we are creating a “Giving Basket”. This is an extension of our Angel Tree, Food Basket, and Lenten Initiative. Each season the “Basket” will benefit St. John’s various Outreach projects.
In January 2017, St. John’s is starting a local Laundry Love in partnership with SuperWash, a laundromat in Hull, and Wellspring Multiservice Center. We anticipate that we patrons will wash and dry 60-80 loads per month at a cost of $8-9 per load, so we need to raise around $650-800 to pay for the machines for each session. Volunteers from St. John’s will be on hand to facilitate payment for the machines and distribution of soap. Our next date is Monday, February 27 starting at 3pm (last load starts at 4:30pm). Please contact Mark Banion if you are interested in helping. Please use the button below to donate to our Laundry Love initiative. Read more about the national Laundry Love program here.
Epiphany School Dinners
Once again this year, St. Johns will prepare and serve dinners at The Epiphany school in Dorchester. This is a great opportunity for members of the Parish to assist in a very meaningful manner. Upcoming dates are March 27, 2017 and May 3, 2017.
Carpools are generally organized. If you are interesting in helping on one of these dates please contact Nancy Goldthwait. Occasionally, we also get a call to serve last minute so if you’d like to be on a list of “last-minute” helpers please let Nancy know.
2017 Lenten Initiative
Each Lent at St. John’s, the Outreach Commission focuses our efforts on parishioners learning more about and helping to address a specific issue in need to help our fellow citizens of the world. In the recent past Outreach’s Lenten Initiative has focused on such issues as clean water, eradicating poverty and prevention of diseases such as malaria by providing funding for mosquito nets for households in sub-Saharan Africa.
While still in the early planning stages, the 2017 Lenten Initiative will focus on the issue of hunger; locally, nationally and internationally. In the Sundays before Easter, a series of educational activities will occur, led by experts on the issue of hunger, both inside and outside the parish. Members of the parish will be invited to have their own personal experience on what it means to be really hungry and how difficult it is to feed a family on extremely limited resources. More details to unfold as 2017 begins.
Appalachia Service Project Trip
Each year, a group of youth and parents from St. John's travels to rural Appalachia for a week in June/July to participate in this mission trip to improve homes there. Parishioner Dave Clinton is a center leader and can answer any questions you may have.
Ongoing Food Pantry Collection
Please remember to bring donations for our Food Pantry baskets, located across from the church office. This ongoing collection helps stock the shelves at several local food pantries. Please place your non-perishables (no glass), cleaning supplies, toiletries and diapers in the baskets outside the church office. Please note...the food pantry is strictly for food donations, not clothing. If you have clothing items, they can be donated directly to Wellspring in Hull, Goodwill or the Salvation Army, who is currently in need of clothing. Also note that the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brockton is regularly in Hingham on Wednesdays to pick up donated items. If you have used furniture and/or clothing in good condition (they are not a repair facility), it's easy to call and schedule a pickup: 508-586-1187. And remember, donations are tax deductible.
Backpack and School Supply Drive
St. John’s sponsored a backpack and school supply drive for South Shore youth in need to be distributed by the Quincy Family Resource Center. The collection ran in late August through early September and we were able to collected fifty backpacks filled with supplies for local students. Thanks to all who contributed!
B-Safe July 2016
We thank all those who made this outreach initiative a success! B-Safe is a summer program for kids run by St. Stephen's in Boston. Every year we help out for a week by bringing in lunches into Boston twice and hosting the kids one day at the church for games and fun.
Mother's Day Tea at the Hingham Department of Elder Services
Thanks to Leah Godfrey for organizing an energetic group of parishioners to serve a tea the Thursday before Mother's Day at the Senior Center.
Mothers Day Walk for Peace
Once again, a group of parishioners participated in this walk in Dorchester. Thanks to Alyson Hussey for organizing the team!
Martin Luther King Day Day of Action at the Blackstone Innovation School 2016
Once again, a group from St. John's traveled to Boston to help with this cleanup day to spruce up the Blackstone School in the South End on Martin Luther King Day. Thanks to all who participated!