Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
1 Peter 4:10
God calls us to get our hands dirty in our own community. Our faith family is engaged in the Salisbury community seeking to make a difference in education, hunger and homelessness.
Child Development Center
The chief outreach ministry of our church takes place at our Child Development Center. The CDC is dedicated to providing quality, childcare to all children, with qualified staff members who provide developmentally appropriate activities in a kind, loving, environment with individual and small group attention.
Members of our congregation can get involved by donating to scholarship funds and volunteering with the Rainbow Makers. The Rainbow Makers serve the children, parents, and staff at the CDC. Like a rainbow, we are a reflection of God's love and give a promise of support to the CDC.
Some examples of Rainbow Maker love given; classroom books, storage closet organization, additions to clothing closet, diapers and wipes, staff breakfast/ brunch, acknowledgment of staff birthdays, refreshments at staff meetings, personal invitations to church services and Wednesday Night Meals, family assistance during the holidays, Spring Flings, Fall Festivals, Teacher Appreciation Week, a church wide TOY Drive...
Would you like to be a Rainbow Maker? contact Amy Ritchie email@example.com (volunteer form)
Community Ministry Center
Our Community Ministry Center, located on the corner of Church and Council streets, provides rent and utility-free, collaborative office space for local non-profits who share St. John’s vision. Currently, the CMC houses Young Life, Scouts, Narcotics Anonymous, Bread Riot, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
(Learn more about these ministry partnerships.-link to CMC page.)
Rowan Helping Ministries
St John’s is an active faith partner with Rowan Helping Ministries. RHM is providing much needed services to our homeless neighbors. Learn more at rowanhelpingministries.org. (Button- whatever you think.) Ways we are engaged include:
Food For Thought
Each week of the school year 11 food bags are delivered to hungry sixth-graders at Knox Middle School. The food is provided in partnership with the non-profit, Food for Thought. The bags are packed and delivered by volunteers each week. St. John's participates in packing parties throughout the year - check the calendar for dates.
You can learn more at rowanhelpingministries.org
In collaboration with the Center for Faith and the Arts, the "Leonardo Meets Barnabas" program reaches out to students at Knox Middle School by connecting them to community artists and other adult mentors from St John's. The weekly program, 3:30-5:30 pm Thursdays during the school year, shares the gospel through the words, art, and mentorships.
Students even get the opportunity to try their hand at some advanced artwork, including pottery, stained glass and mosaics. The student’s final event is an art show hosted at Pottery 101.
For more information contact Nancy Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Grade Reading Initiative
We know that 3rd grade literacy rates help determine the anticipated need for prison spaces in an area. At St. John’s, we are committed to making an impact on 3rd graders who struggle to read. Each week tutors meet with students at Isenburg Elementary School for two-hours to practice reading, writing, and comprehension skills. We invite you to volunteer one to two hours a week and make an impact on the lives of these students.
Join our Gator Reading Club by contacting Karen Puckett at email@example.com.
Transitional Aftercare Network ("TAN")
Transitional Aftercare Network provides pre-release mentoring, post-release relationship and support for citizens returning to society following a period of incarceration. The ministry includes training and support for mentor-volunteers and safe, supporting relationships for protege-returning citizens. St. John's sponsors this ministry in partnership with the NC Department of Corrections - Division of Chaplains and as the local hub for other organizations and faith-communities also wishing to partner with us in this effort. Both male and female mentor-volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Gary Rhodes.
Meals on Wheels
St John's volunteers deliver hot meals to the homebound the 1st & 2nd Wednesdays of each month. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Elaine Gerst or Amy Ritchie.
Visit the Meals on Wheels website.
Good Samaritan Team
The Good Samaritan Team is a volunteer interview team that meets with our neighbors seeking assistance with utility bills. Assistance is available by appointment through the office. Volunteers interview, determine eligibility for assistance, pray with our firstname.lastname@example.org, and refer them to other appropriate resources in our area that can help. Ruth Ann Deal and Pastor Rhodes Woolly lead the Good Samaritan Team.
Racial Equity Rowan
We believe in the potential of our community. That’s why we are leading a partnership with the school system, city of Salisbury, police department, Hood Seminary, and other churches to bring Racial Equity Institute (REI) training to Rowan County. REI is a North Carolina based non-profit which seeks to empower communities as they address the issues related to systemic issues of inequality based on race. Their model of dismantling racism is rooted in workshops that address historical nature of racism and its still current vestiges.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Some of our best ministry happens when our members serve with partners in our community, like the Community Care Clinic, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, Family Crisis Council, Lily Pad Haven, and our local public schools.