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Caring & Outreach

St. John's is a  vibrant congregation with a big heart.  That is evident in our outreach to others through community service.

We donate food for the homeless, bag produce at the Arlington Food Assistance Center, have members involved in Meals on Wheels, hold fundraisers for charitable causes, and from time to time combine forces with other churches or community organizations to meet a community need.   Our building provides meeting space for various organizations, including an Alcoholics Anonymous group and First Aid classes.

And, most importantly, our children and youth have taken on the primary responsibility for providing lunches for the Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter. Our children and youth are learning to care through doing.

A list of some of our projects and contact persons follows.  We welcome others to join us in our outreach, from both the surrounding Glencarlyn Neighborhood and beyond. 

Bagged Lunch Program

Once a month, our children and youth, along with adult members of St. John’s, prepare bagged lunches for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter.  Last year they provided over 300 lunches to the homeless. 

Food Assistance

We have begun bagging produce and other groceries for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) on an ongoing basis.  We bagging groceries from 6:30 to 7:30 pm the second Friday every month at AFAC's facility at 2708 South Nelson Street. For more information, please contact Faye Pritchard at 703-931-2168 or at pritchardpix@aol.com.  We welcome anyone interested in helping to join us. St Johns's AFAC Bagging page

In addition, we are continuing our ongoing collection of non-perishable food items for AFAC.  Not only do we collect items each Sunday at church but we include food collection as part of our fellowship and community events, such as game night.  Last year we collected over 450 pounds of food for AFAC.  

School Supplies for Needy Students

St. John's collects school supplies for needy students who attend our neighborhood schools Carlin Springs Elementary and Campbell Elementary. More information for this year's collection is here.

Annual Tea

St. John's raises money for church and charity by holding a tea.  The good china and silver appear, live music sets the atmosphere, and those attending enjoy homemade appetizers, sandwiches, breads, and desserts.  

Christmas Giving

Every year during the Christmas season St. John’s participates in a Christmas giving program with a local agency.  We provide gifts to needy families, including clothes and other requested items, as well as gift cards for food and other non-perishables. For the past few years we have been working with the Salvation Army and their Angel Tree program to provide clothing and toys to needy children.  Some of our Glencarlyn neighbors have joined in.

Meals on Wheels

Some of our parishioners work with Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to the homebound and provides a bit of company to people who are often lonely.  If you would like more information on Meals on Wheels in Arlington County, please visit their Web site.

Financial Assistance

St. John's budgets each year for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund account, which is used to assist those who have financial emergencies.  You can contact the rector, the Reverend Ann Barker, at 703-671-6834 for more information.

United Thank Offering

This offering, collected in May and November, expresses our thanks to God for our many blessings. Every penny collected is used throughout the world for missions and in response to compelling human needs.

Hispanic Mission

St. John’s supports local Hispanic citizens by serving as the host church for a Spanish-speaking Episcopal mission, La Iglesia de Cristo Rey.  For more information, please contact the Reverend Catherine Campbell at 703-491-4617 or  revcat@earthlink.net.

Ann Stribling Scholarship Fund

The Ann Stribling Scholarship Fund at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) honors a former rector who was very involved with the education of seminarians. Contributions may be sent to the attention of the Director of Development, Virginia Theological Seminary, 3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304. Make checks out to VTS and mark them for the Ann Stribling Scholarship Fund.

Church Meeting Space

St. John’s provides continuing meeting space for various organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous, an interest group that focuses on dolls, and First Aid classes.  For more information on meeting space, please call the Parish Administrator, Virginia Pearson, on 703-671-6834, ext. 21.