Also known as Fat Tuesday, there is a pancake supper at the Parish hall the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It's an all you can eat pancake (usually 4 different types), bacon, and sausage dinner. And like all of our other dinners, there are lots of desserts.
Gift Basket Auction
A recent addition to our fellowship has been the annual Gift Basket auction sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). This event is held in April, and is supported and attended by many in the congregation.
Sunday School Picnic
Hosted by the Vestry, our annual Sunday School picnic derives its name from the Sunday School registration that is held after the family service on a Sunday in September. Tables and barbecue grills are set up in the rear parking lot behind the Parish Hall for a buffet lunch. Many of the salads and desserts are homemade for the enjoyment of all. Games are provided for the children, with young and old alike sharing vacation stories. During this time, families register their children for Sunday school classes, renew old friendships and welcome newcomers.
Our Spaghetti Dinner at St. John's is an annual event supported and enjoyed by many throughout the area. This event is one of the largest single fundraiser for the Parish and provides camaraderie and fellowship for all who get involved in selling tickets, and preparing and serving the meal. It is always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving
Other Fellowship Events
- Halloween Party
- Bazaar/Craft Show
- Advent Program and Supper
- Flea Market
- Christmas Party
- Coffee hour after the 10:00 AM service
- Annual Parish Meeting Luncheon
- Lenten Program and Supper
- Annual Winter Soup Sale
- Annual Breakfast
- Easter Egg Hunt
Advent / Christmas Outreach
Each year, our parish sponsors an outreach project. In recent years, we sponsored families, purchasing new coats, clothing, gift cards and toys for each member of both families.
Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous
St. John's provides a meeting room in the parish hall each week for a 12 step AA meeting, which is held at 7:00 pm each Thursday evening. There is also a NA meeting at 7:30 pm each Sunday, also in the parish hall.
Church Periodical Club
A penny jar for loose change is available in the rear of the church. Proceeds go to the Church Periodical Club for the purchase of books for those in need.
Church School Outreach
Our Church School is involved in several Outreach programs, such as the Wish Tree Project at Christmas, which collects gifts for less fortunate children, and the Lenten Project, which raises money for Episcopal Relief and Development. The Church School has collected back-to-school items and sponsored clothing drives for the homeless.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
The dedicated members of ECW at St. John's meet regularly on the first Monday of each month for fellowship and for the good and welfare of our church, locally, the Diocese, and even world-wide. They hold fund raisers during the year to benefit the parish and encourage parish-wide contributions to the United Thank Offering, Mission Outreach, and Student Service awards. They have ongoing outreach projects such as the Caring and Sharing food collection, delivered once a month to the county distribution food pantry. They collected toiletries for needy people, and school supplies for needy students locally and outside our parish. The ECW is an important, dynamic force at St. John’s.
Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council (IHOC)
St. John’s participates in two projects each year, administered by the Interfaith Outreach Council:
a) During March, our Sunday School collects shoeboxes, filled with toiletries for a man, a woman or a child. These are distributed by IHOC to those in need, in sheltered living situations.
b) Each summer, we ask parish members to buy a school backpack and fill it with school supplies for a child of any age. Filled backpacks and supplies are turned in to IHOC in mid-August, and are distributed to area shelters, where they are given to homeless children.
Homeless pets need help, too! Donations of food, litter, sheets, blankets and towels, as well as pet carriers and toys, are collected throughout the year and given to local animal shelters.
Senior Citizens United Community Services (SCUCS)
St. John's posts a list of canned meat, vegetables, fruit and other items needed. Cash donations are accepted, as well. Everything collected is given to SCUCS to help stock food packages and to enable staff to purchase extras for senior citizens in need.
The Unforgotten Haven is a South Jersey non-profit organization whose mission is to help the less fortunate. This help takes many forms—feeding the homeless, assisting victims of house fires, collecting supplies for veterans and much more. The Unforgotten Haven is 100% supported by donations. There is a bulletin board in the parish hall updated with on going projects.