St. John’s has a long history of outreach programs. All of our ministries are led by lay people. The common thread in them is that they connect us in unique and meaningful ways to the needs or our community. Our present outreach ministries include the following:
The Open Hands Food Pantry is the largest food pantry in Oakland County serving over 13,000 people annually. Volunteers provide groceries, toiletries and other household items to Oakland Country residents on Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons.
The New to You Resale Shop - located inside St. Johns' Church, the shop offers gently used goods at reasonable prices including clothes, housewares, jewelry, books, CDs, dishes, etc. The net proceeds of the resale shop are allocated to various local and national charities. Volunteers are need to sort, merchandise, and sell products. Donations are accepted anytime the church is open, and consignments by appointment. The New To You Shop is open Monday through Saturday at various times (see website).
11 and Woodward Concert Series
D.R.I.V.E. (Detroit Regional Interfaith Voice for Equality) St. John’s recently hosted a D.R.I.V.E. meeting on 5/19. Nineteen congregations and over 100 members attended. We learned about the top issues from the listening campaign and the road ahead. Five key issues that came to the top out of 400+ interviews -- EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION (PUBLIC), JOBS AND JOB TRAINING, CRIME AND SAFETY AND MENTAL HEALTH.
Garden and Grounds (WHAM!) – Community Service
St. John’s Garden
South Oakland Shelter (SOS) - St. John’s hosts this homeless shelter for one week each year. Approximately 100 parishioners participate in this program which houses, feeds and provides transportation for clients. More information is available on the South Oakland Shelter website.
Other programs housed at St. John’s:
Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programs
Sing Out Detroit
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
In 1984 the national Episcopal Church designated St. John's as a Jubilee Center in recognition of our outreach ministries.