Social Justice and Outreach


We believe our primary call as a Christian community is to reach out in love to others, caring for our neighbors, near and far.  Our Peace and Social Justice Team helps our parish to be a church with a heart, extending our hands in service to mission initiatives both on the local and global levels. 

Some of our on-going local relationships include: Community Cupboard, Common Cathedral, Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, Christmas Angels, D.A.R.E. Family Services, Millbury Federated Church “Lord’s Builders”, CROP Walk, Abbey’s House, Jeremiah’s Inn, Florence House (Lutheran Social Services), and Salvation Army. 

Our ongoing global relationships include: Mall for Humanity, Connect-Africa, Episcopal Relief and Development and United Thank Offering, Millennium Development Goals, Heifer International, Village to Village, and Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee 

If you have a heart for reaching out to the world and a neighbor in need we would love to have you join our team.  New members are always welcome. 

 A representative example of some of our efforts to reach out are found below: 

Saint John's kids walk in support of Ugandan children

 WE WALK AS ONE: On Sunday, November 7th, 2010 right after our 10am service, some 65 adults and children from our parish participated in a fund raiser walking 3 miles for Connect Africa. We chose the walk idea to show our parishioners, especially the children, the commitment the orphans we sponsor in Uganda make towards their education as each day they walk 1.5 miles one way to school. We honored our Ugandan friends by wearing t-shirts designed by one of our students with the message “We Walk as One.”  As the Ugandan students walk to school with a backpack, many of our children did, too.  We asked our children and all participants to procure sponsors to raise funds to underwrite our Ugandan children’s tuitions.  Lynn Auerbach, the  American Co-Director of Connect Africa, and members of her family joined us for the walk spreading their enthusiasm throughout for our efforts. This was a most successful event as we raised $1,000 for Connect Africa with a large number of our parishioners participating and our J2A group helping out.

Lynn Auerbach is presented with the proceeds from our walk

St. John's parishioners enjoying the benefit auction

  FEEDING THE FIVE THOUSAND – POTLUCK & AUCTION:  On the evening of Saturday, November 13th  2010 we invited the St. John’s community to come to a pot luck supper and auction to raise money for 3 of our missions: Community Cupboard (Sutton and surrounding communities), Common Cathedral (Boston) and Connect Africa(Uganda).  Our J2A youth took on the responsibility of planning and executing the evening.  They even made the desserts they sold.  The highlight of the evening was the White Elephant Auction with “stuff” parishioners own that was nearly new or new.  The proceeds went to all our missions.  A very large group (68) of young and old enjoyed the delicious and abundant food and a most entertaining auction (because of our own talented auctioneer’s energy and humor.) The evening raised nearly $800 for all our Missions. Another great community success! 

Benefit concert featuring Joel Warren

JACOB’S FUND:  Joel Warren and his band, “Character Rising,” presented a Benefit Concert on June 6th to help out the family of Jacob Patricks, our 10 year old neighbor across the street who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke which left him paralyzed from the waist down.  Many parishioners lent a hand in the building of a ramp so that Jacob could return home from the hospital.  This concert was a particular hit with our younger parishioners who were invited to “join” Joel on a series of fun guitars while he provided the sound!  Through Joel’s efforts, which included selling his CD “What I Want to Be”, we raised a total of $680, all of which was donated to a fund which has helped Jacob’s family meet some of his medical needs. 

Building a ramp for Jacob


JACOB’S RAMP:  In the spring of 2010 members of St John’s reached out to a neighbor in need and took steps to provide a handicap ramp for Jacob Patrick, a ten year old boy who had suffered a severe stroke in September, 2009 that left him almost totally paralyzed.  Jacobs’s parents had all but exhausted their resources with this tragic event and were struggling with their situation.  The family lived in a second floor apartment diagonally across the street from our church.  Jacobs’s condition had stabilized at the hospital and there was hope that he could come home in a few months.   Fr. John Betit was made aware of the situation by one of our parishioners and he went to visit Jacob’s parents, Chris and Carol Wood, to see if St. John’s could do anything to help them.  Jacobs’s parents were trying to figure out how they could get their son from the parking lot to their second floor apartment.  They were planning to put in a chair lift and perhaps a handicap ramp, but they had no resources or expertise at this type of thing.  Fr.  John offered to ask our members to help out with building the ramp.   Several local business also donated materials in support of this project.

Matt helped make it happen for Jake

Norman in the middle


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