» Faith in Action

Mission Statement: Through our Faith in Action Commission, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church advocates for hunger relief, safe housing, and accessible health services. Guided by the Millennium Development Goals (as established by the United Nations and endorsed by the Episcopal Church USA), we embrace this mission through local and global partnerships, personal service, supportive prayer, and financial contributions.

As reflected in our Mission Statement, St. John’s Faith in Action is an ever-changing collection of individual committees that allow our congregation to act on our faith and our promise to God to help those that need us. We use our resources of talent, time and treasure to reach out to those that are in need of shelter (temporary and permanent), food, healthcare and quality of life.

In our bi-monthly meetings, we work together to insure our current missions are being fulfilled and adjusted as necessary. We work on current and future events in support of our missions and to spread the word of our work, including recruitment of volunteers. There is also attention to the newly discovered needs of the world we share and how we can help.

There are so many ways to join us and help the world around us.  Please see the linked sites for full descriptions:

  • Hearts to Homes – we are partnered with the YWCA to support families transitioning from homelessness with rent subsidies and mentoring; we also provide budgeting and nutrition education
  • Food Shelf – collection and distribution of food goods to our local food shelves
  • First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis that serves traditional indigenous food every Sunday evening. Four times a year, we volunteer to help them prepare and serve their meal
  • Project Home – in conjunction with Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, we shelter homeless families at St. John’s for the month of February, where our congregation provides care and comfort through the evening and overnight hours
  • Faith Builders – St. John’s joins with a consortium of local churches and Habitat for Humanity to build or renovate a local home during the summer
  • Farmers’ Market and Fields to Families – working with farmers from our sister-parish, Holy Apostles, we have a twice-a-week market during the summer; we then buy from the farmers through our Fields to Families program and donate the produce to the Hallie Q Brown food shelf for those in need
  • School Tools – we work with Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul to collect school items for the new school year
  • St. John’s partners with the YWCA on multiple programs, including the Giving Tree. This program provides Christmas presents and food for several families in its Housing and Supportive Services programs. We also provide ongoing support for families through our involvement with Hearts to Homes in partnership with the YWCA of St. Paul. Click here for an article describing the impact Hearts to Homes has had in the St. Paul area. This program is dedicated to stabilizing the lives of families at risk by providing financial assistance toward safe, affordable housing and volunteer mentors to support, encourage, and inspire the heads of the households as they work towards becoming financially independent.
  • Kayoro Clinic, Uganda – St. John’s helped create and continues to support this first ever healthcare clinic in Kayoro and its surrounding villages as part of our Episcopal international mission

Watch the Sunday bulletin for notices on events and meetings and please join us! Contact the Rev. Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org with questions.

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
— Matthew 25: 37-40