Blessings - Animals are blessed on the Sunday afternoon closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis on October 4th. Newborn babies are blessed at the hospital by the rector. Adopted children are blessed in their homes. Roses are placed on the altar the following Sunday to celebrate this occasion. House blessings are arranged with the rector. Special milestones and life transitions may be honored during the worship service or privately on request.
Counseling - Family and individual counseling is provided on a limited basis by the rector, with referrals to counseling professionals if necessary. For those who are getting married or entering into a committed relationship at St. John’s must attend premarital counseling sessions with the rector.
Prayers - Parishioners celebrating anniversaries are specifically prayed for by name during the worship service in the Prayers of the People. The first Sunday of the month when parishioners celebrate their birthday, they are invited up to the altar for a special prayer. Also during both Sunday services people are prayed for by name; trained healing ministers also offer individual prayers and anointing with oil. On Thursday mornings a Healing Service is offered at 11 am in the Chapel.
Reconciliation - The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered by the rector on request.
Visitation - Clergy call upon parishioners in their homes and hospital/nursing care facilities for pastoral reasons. Flowers are delivered every Sunday and holidays to parishioners by parishioners. Lay Eucharistic Visitors take communion to the sick and shut-ins on a regular basis. Members of the Welcoming Committee bring bread to newcomers who have filled out the form on the back of the bulletin and are available to answer questions about the parish.