St. John’s Spiritual Life Groups nurture the spirit in intentional communities who gather regularly for companionship in our faith journey.
New comers are always welcome to join the first and third Thursday of the month at 10am in the Fireside Room to discuss a selected book. For more information, contact Craig Lemming at [email protected]
Saint John the Evangelist is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.
A welcoming space is a wonderful and hospitable thing! We welcome visitors and long time parishioners alike each time we gather.
Being a safe space goes a few steps beyond being a welcoming space. As a safe space, we strive to create a faith community where everyone’s story is respected as their own, held in confidence, and not shared without their permission. We speak from our own experience, and ask others what they need in order to feel comfortable in our faith community. We listen. At the same time, we recognize that everyone is human, and may make judgmental or prejudiced statements. We do not shame or shun one another; rather we seek inclusive conversation. Consider the ways you tell your story, and the ways you encourage others to share their own stories. Our attitude towards one another makes us a safe space.
We celebrate and affirm people of all sexualities and all genders, and welcome them in all areas of our life together: worshipping in our pews, getting married in our church, participating in our ministries (including our LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group), and serving as lay leaders, staff, and clergy.
Jesus taught love of God and love of neighbor as the most important commandments. When we create a safe environment for everyone, we honor his teaching.
To learn more about St. John’s LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group, contact Mary Elizabeth Johnson at [email protected].
All men are invited to breakfast the second Saturday of the month at 9am in the Gym Kitchen. Contact Tom Eyre at 651-340-5911 for more information.
OWLs – Older, Wiser, Laity are for those who self-identify as being part of this group. There is a luncheon provided by clergy and staff three or four times a year with delicious food and a special program. Invitations are sent out but all are welcome.
Coordinator: The Reverend Barbara Mraz
The Prayer Shawl group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in the Gathering Space. This is the perfect time to offer your prayers and create a blessing-filled gift. Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels are welcome. To learn more, contact Gwen Odney.
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Listen to members of the Saint John’s community share their faith story on this wonderful storytelling medium!
StoryCorps founder David Isay emphasizes the importance of giving people a chance to be listened to. Click here to read StoryCorps Founder David Isay on the Importance of Human Connection from MPR.
The young (20- and 30-something) adults of St. John’s gather regularly for food, fellowship, and various fun activities. They get together at least one weeknight of the month, some times just for food and drinks, other times for activities like mini-golf, trivia, or a Minnesota United match.
There’s no expectation that you’ve been involved in St. John’s at all before. Anyone who identifies as a Young(ish) Adult is welcome to show up and hang out!
For more information, contact Anne Debertin.