Door Ministry At St. John
Each Tuesday and Thursday mornings, St. John the Evangelist Church provides a “Door Ministry” for people who seek out the church for help in a difficult time or situation. The needs are often related to food, shelter, clothing, transportation, or miscellaneous expenses. We serve up to 14 people on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, each week of the year. A staff member visits with the people seeking help. Volunteers register guests and provide hospitality while people are waiting to visit with our staff member. Volunteers work in pairs to help with this ministry. It is not necessary to be available for every Tuesday or Thursday, but to be part of a rotating group of people who serve in this ministry.
Interfaith Hospitality Network
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Family Promise Rochester (Minnesota) is a network of volunteers from 49 churches who offer food and shelter to families who find themselves homeless. IHN is a collaboration of faith communities who host families (up to a total of 14 people) in need of emergency shelter at a host church. These families are given shelter, food, transportation and resource counseling while looking for work and housing. Families are housed at the “host” church each evening and go to a Day Center, jobs or school during the daytime hours. Churches host 4 times per year for one week at a time. Hosting churches need volunteers for transportation, hosts, meal preparers and overnight hosts. The weekday times are primarily after 4:30 in the evening. It takes around 100 volunteers to cover the week because there needs to be someone available at all times at the host church when the guests are there. A volunteer training is required (about 2 hours) to begin working with IHN guests. Trainings are provided free of charge by the IHN staff about once a month hosted by various faith communities. St. John also requires participation in the VIRTUS training before volunteering with IHN.
St. John has opportunities for people to do the following services for our IHN guests:
- Help prepare an evening meal at the host church for the guests and volunteers. A food coordinator will contact meal volunteers with any necessary information.
- Hosting the guests in the evenings at the host church is from 5-8pm. Sunday- Saturday. This involves being a welcoming presence to answer questions or help with needs the guests might have, or to just listen. Hosts may play games or organize activities and invite guests and their children to participate. Hosts may be available to help with homework. Hosts are not “babysitters”. There are always at least 2 hosts.
- Overnight host staying at the host church on an air mattress for a night. Being available in case of some need/emergency the guests might have during the night. There are always 2 people that stay overnight and they are at the host church from 8pm until the guests are taken to the Day Center at the designated time in the morning (depending on the work/school needs of guests). Some overnighters have to leave earlier because of work;
- Transportation between the Day Center and the host church. This involves transporting guests, in the IHN van, from the host church (where they are housed) to the Day Center between 7 and 7:45am on weekday mornings or returning guests to Redeemer at 4:45pm Sunday- Saturday.
Care For Creation Team
St John the Evangelist “Creation Care Team” is a faith based group seeking to raise awareness and initiate action on behalf of the care for our Common Home, God’s gift of creation. In his encyclical Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis says “our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it” (LS, 19). With hope and inspiration, we seek to address this “existential crisis” by discovering what each of us can do about it. The St. John Creation Care Team will be a place to pray, reflect, and act on behalf of all God’s Creation.
St. Vincent De Paul
Members of the Society of St. Vincent dePaul are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. All of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent and treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. We are part of an international society of friends united by a spirit of poverty, humility and sharing which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule. The Society of St. Vincent dePaul offers tangible assistance to those in need. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service.
An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must also assume a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of the month from 7-8 pm in the conference room.
For assistance: Call: 507-216-7370
The SVdP – St John Conference is a 501-c3 organization.
Monetary donations are welcomed.
Donations can be sent to:
SVdP – St John Conference 11 4th Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902
The need for your delicious baked goodies arises for many occasions and groups. Watch for sign-up to bake for specific occasions or add your name to our “bakers” list by calling or emailing the Parish Center. Some of the needs are youth or other special events, Door Ministry, Sunday Lunch, Gift of Life Transplant House, to name a few.
Mom’s Group – Pray & Play!
Moms and their little ones who aren’t yet in school are invited to join us for fellowship the first Wednesday of every month from 9:30-11:00am in the childcare room. This is a very informal opportunity for the kiddos to interact with one another and for mothers to share in the joys and challenges of this beautiful vocation of motherhood while watching and helping our children play. Please contact Megan for more information.