This Ministry Team exists both to extend Christian compassion and concern to congregational members in particular need of support and encouragement and to provide opportunities for relationship growth and development. With a focus on five primary areas—Fellowship and Meals; Health and Wellness; Prayer; Christian Care; Grief and Loss—this team seeks to assist the congregation in clearly living out St. John’s vision of engaging and equipping people to embrace Jesus Christ in all stages of life.
Fellowship and Meals
- Meals for those who are ill, have been hospitalized, or are recovering.
- Fellowship events throughout the year including Easter Brunch, Heritage Sunday lunch and various receptions throughout the year.
- New baby meals for families, who have welcomed a new baby, adopted or are fostering a child.
- Coffee—In order to foster a spirit of unity, St. John's has one coffee station on the Upper Balcony. On Sunday mornings you'll find this a place to get a cup of coffee, gather for fellowship, meet new people, and share communication and resources.
- Primetimers—individuals and couples age 55 and older who meet periodically throughout the year to socialize and meet new friends. Activities have included pizza/game nights, card/game parties, concerts in the park, miniature golf, picnics, theatre performances, and dinner events.
- Lunch Bunch—singles 60 and over who enjoy meeting new people, making new friends and dining out.
- Kaffehuset (a Swedish term meaning "the coffee house")—meets on Wednesday mornings September-May (10-11:30 AM). Refreshments are provided and a variety of programs about St. John's and the central Illinois community are presented: talks, music, skits and more. All are welcome—young and not-so-young, members and guests. Attend all programs or just the ones that pique your interest.
- Women's groups
- Men's softball team
- Saturday Evening Fellowship—Enjoy dinner at Times Past Inn following worship.
Health and Wellness
- Blood pressure screening (first Sunday of each month)
- Yoga (Saturdays 11 AM)
We practice prayer as a conversation with God. It is the foundation of all we do as individuals and as a congregation. St. John's Prayer Chain and weekly prayer group are dedicated to prayer and will treat prayer requests with confidentiality and pray faithfully. Requests can be designated for pastoral staff only, Prayer Chain, or public prayers during worship services.
- BeFriender Ministry—a Listening Presence
- Telecare—annual friendly calls to member households
- Caregivers—expressions of Christian concern through cards, notes, and prayers
Grief and Loss
- Journey through Grief—a set of four short books sent to grieving people at four crucial times during the first year after a loved one has died. These are used in addition to pastoral support.
- Funeral Meals—St. John's provides a meal for family and friends who wish to gather to express their support and sympathies following a funeral or memorial service.