Whatever your talents and interests, whatever amount of time you have to give, you will find an opportunity to serve others at St. John’s. Joining a group is a great way to meet new friends, deepen connections and experience the joy of giving. And if you have ideas for a new project or ministry, consider applying for a Norwood Parish Fund grant to get it started.
Try something new – you are welcome and needed at St. John’s!
Worship service ministries: During the service
Join the teams involved in Sunday worship services. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
9:00 AM Youth Acolyte Teams light candles, process with the cross and banners, help ushers during the offertory and celebrants during communion, and lead the recessional at the end of the service. Each team of students 3rd grade through high school serve about monthly during the school year. Learn more by contacting Christine Curto.
9:00 AM Welcome Teams greet people coming to the worship service, pass out the bulletin, and help families with young children find Children’s Chapel or the nursery. Individuals and families are welcome to serve. Learn more by contacting Greg Murdoch or Suzanne Welch.
11:15 AM Acolytes light the altar candles, lead the procession, and help ushers with the offertory. Learn more by contacting Christine Curto.
11:15 AM Service Ushers and Greeters serve on rotating teams to help set up for the service, greet people at the door, and help those who need amplified listening devices or assistance getting to a seat. Learn more by contacting RoseMarie Fonseca or Suzanne Welch.
Children’s Chapel – Volunteers help our children’s chapel minister Pamela Terry engage children age 3 through second grade through Bible stories, music and lessons in Hines Hall, during the 9:00 AM service (10 AM in the summer). Learn more by contacting Pamela Terry.
Choirs – St. John’s has four choirs for adults, children, and teens, plus a handbell choir. There are also opportunities for instrumental or vocal solos. Our youngest members are 5 years old. Learn more on our music webpage, or contact Anne Timpane, Director of Music Ministries.
Healing Prayer Ministry – See description under “Pastoral Care Ministries” heading below.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are invited by Clergy to serve wine and bread during communion, lead prayers, read lessons, and perform acolyte duties, as needed. Learn more by contacting Richard Saltsman or Penny Winder.
Lectors serve in the rotation of volunteers who read aloud the Bible passages during morning worship services. Readings are assigned in advance. Learn more by contacting Susan Schulken.
Worship service ministries: Behind the scenes
Join the teams involved in behind-the-scenes work for Sunday worship services. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
Altar Guild volunteers serve on rotating basis to prepare the altar and altar items for Sunday and special services, weddings, and funerals. Learn more by contacting Leslie Saltsman.
Flower Guild volunteers serve on rotating teams that create flower arrangements for worship services and decorations for special seasonal events. Training is provided. Learn more by contacting Lizzie Glidden-Boyle or John Mertens.
Tellers count offerings and other income after Sunday morning services. Each team serves about once every five weeks. Training provided. Learn more by contacting Penny Winder.
Wedding Team members assist clergy before, during, and after weddings by coordinating church space requirements, answering family requests, and directing ceremonial logistics. Training provided. Learn more by contacting Alice Consolvo.
Worship Advisory Committee members meet quarterly to give Clergy feedback and to help plan upcoming worship services. Each member represents a different worship ministry. Learn more by contacting Sari+, Rector.
Pastoral care ministries
Join ministries providing pastoral care to people when they are having difficult times. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
Grief Group members meet monthly, in a safe and sacred space, to process loss in the context of faith and individual spiritual journeys, and to explore paths toward healing. Learn more by contacting Elizabeth Tesi+ in the office.
Healing Prayer Ministers are invited and trained by Clergy to pray for those who desire healing prayer during communion in the Tower Lobby at 9/10am and 11:15am services. Learn more by contacting Marni Helfrich, Tom Hebert, or Peter Plocki.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) are invited and trained by Clergy to take communion to those who are ill or homebound. Learn more by contacting Penny Winder.
New Parents Ministry supports new parents by delivering soup and flowers, visiting if desired, and inviting the family to take part in a welcoming ceremony during a Sunday worship service. Learn more by contacting Carol May, Lizzie Glidden-Boyle.
Pastoral Care Advisory Committee members meet quarterly to give Clergy feedback around caring well for parishioners, with each member representing a different pastoral care ministry. Learn more by contacting Sari+, Rector.
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training and then offer confidential listening to parishioners who need spiritual support while facing personal troubles or making difficult life choices. Supervision provided. Learn more by contacting Toni Hartman, John Mertens, or Penny Winder.
Knorwood Knitters independently knit prayer shawls that Clergy dedicate and take to people in need of a tangible reminder that they are loved by God and others. Instructions provided. Learn more by contacting Barbara Bryan-Wilson.
Education & faith formation ministries
Join our members who enjoy, teach and/or plan the classes and programs at St. John’s that help us grow in knowledge and faith. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
Adult Forum participants enjoy programs and guest speakers that enhance the spiritual and intellectual life of the parish, at 10:10am each Sunday (except during the Summer). Programs are planned by the Adult Forum Committee. 2016’s fall forums are from St. John’s Vision Pillar Teams will focus on St. John’s “core four” areas of growth – Worship, Grow, Build Community, and Make a Difference. Learn more by contacting Joe and Betsy Samuel.
Bible Study groups learn about and discuss the week’s Scripture on Wednesday at 10:30am. All are welcome. Learn more by contacting Toni Hartman.
Children and Teens Church School includes over 250 students led by nearly three dozen volunteer teachers on Sundays at 10 am from September to June. Through lessons on Christ’s teachings, classes grow in community, character, and creativity. Learn more on our church school webpage or by contacting Nancy Derr, Church School Director.
Children and Teens Social and Service Groups include field trips, service projects, musical productions, youth group, an international pilgrimage for high schoolers, and more. To learn more visit the webpages for children’s programs, our youth group, and our music program, or contact Nancy Derr, Church School Director. Many of St. John’s ministries welcome children; contact ministry leaders listed on this page to learn more.
Education for Ministry (EfM) participants learn the curriculum taught to students enrolled in seminary, through weekly, evening classes in a program created by The School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Learn more by contacting Barbara Ordway.
Holy Land Committee on Education and Outreach members promote education related to the Holy Land, conduct humanitarian projects, and deepen connections among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Learn more by contacting Anne Derse, Suzanne Welch, Liz Everhart, or Carolyn Peirce.
Library users can peruse and check out any of over 2,000 titles. Library Council members assist the librarian by selecting materials, cataloging, advising readers, or providing media for St. John’s spiritual formation and education groups. Learn more by contacting Toni Hartman, Librarian.
Parenting Education participants join discussions facilitated by professionals, in forums offered from time to time on Sunday at 10:10am. Learn more by contacting Christine Hauswirth or Kathleen McNulty.
Spiritual Practice participants enjoy gatherings that integrate faith and life, including Centering Prayer, Labyrinth walks, and spiritually rooted book discussions. A planning committee coordinates and takes turns leading these opportunities. Learn more by contacting Toni Hartman.
Church operations ministries
Use your leadership, management, and organizational skills to help the Vestry with business management, financial planning, stewardship and conservation of our grounds and buildings. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
The Vestry is a 15-member elected governing body that manages the corporate life of the parish. The Vestry oversees finances, parish activities, fundraising, building and grounds, and personnel decisions. Members serve staggered, three-year terms. Let any Vestry member know if you are interested in joining. The groups below report to the Vestry. Learn more by contacting the Sr. Warden Roxy Wolfe or Rector Sari+.
Archives volunteers protect, preserve, and share the records of St. John’s rich history. Contact Cathy O’Donnell.
Communications Committee members serve by appointment, advising the Vestry on communications issues and strategies. Learn more by contacting Rynnie Cotter or Anne Lubenow.
Communications Website Task Force members help keep St. John’s website clear and up to date, and carry out significant overhauls when they are needed. Learn more by contacting Jane Houlihan.
Development for Community Committee (DCC) appointed members work with neighboring developers, planning officials, and residential neighbors on strategies for development that enhance and protect our community. Learn more by contacting Alex Schmandt or Brad Kennedy.
Eco Action Team volunteers help St. John’s care for God’s creation through projects that conserve energy, educate, green our operations, help us enjoy nature together, and raise awareness. Learn more by contacting co-chairs Jane Houlihan and Tom Kerr.
Finance Committee members are appointed by St. John’s Senior Warden to help the Vestry establish the budget, and plan, track and oversee chuch finances. Learn more by contacting Merri Plocki.
Memorial Committee helps with gifts made to St. John’s made in memory of loved ones, acknowledging them and creating a permanent record in “The Book of Remembrance” outside the parish library. Contact Richard Saltsman to learn more, including recommendations regarding contributions.
Memorial Garden’s Custodian consults with those who desire for their or their loved one’s ashes to be interred in the Memorial Garden columbarium. Learn more by contacting Anne Greigg, Custodian.
Norwood Parish Fund (NPF) Board’s – appointed members oversee the distribution of NPF funds, which are available to church groups and members for outreach, start-up missions, and special projects. Learn more by visiting the NPF webpage or by contacting Jay Everhart, Board Chair.
Personnel Committee appointed members confidentially advise the Rector on personnel issues, including personnel policies and performance reviews. Learn more by contacting Kurt Ellison.
Property Committee members help keep the building and grounds beautiful and in working order, planning and overseeing improvements through monthly planning meetings and Saturday Beautification Days open to all parishioners. Learn more by contacting Suzanne Welch or Lucas Snyder.
Stewardship Committee volunteers help with the annual fall pledge campaign, a mission-critical project that sets our budget for the year and gives us the resources to continue to grow into God’s vision for our church. Learn more by contacting vestry liaison Kevin Kehus.
Vision Implementation Team members help translate St. John’s Vision Statement into tangible and measurable activities that can be performed by St. John’s for the good of the broader community and in witness to the love of God. Learn more by contacting John Ross.
St. John’s community-building ministries
Help St. John’s be a vibrant and loving church community. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
DREAM team volunteers (“Designing a Renewed Environment for All Members”) are chosen by the vestry to help create a rich array of opportunities for visitors and members alike to learn, grow, and connect. Learn more by contacting Tom Hebert or Lee Walsh.
Felix Hora (Latin for Happy Hour) is coordinated by young adults and meets for social activities organized around fun, spirituality, and service. Learn more by contacting Anna Danielson.
Men’s Book Club members read and gather regularly with other men to share perspectives on selected fiction and non-fiction books. Learn more by contacting Robin Pirie.
Men’s Ministries team members plan an annual men’s retreat, frequent “chill grills” and more. Learn more by contacting Joe Clark or Greg Murdock.
Parish Life volunteers put on parish dinners (our 3rd Sunday suppers) and other fun events. Group members help plan, decorate, cook, serve, and more. Learn more by contacting Katie Thomas.
Women’s Book Club members read and gather monthly with other women for fellowship, refreshment, and discussion of selected fiction and non-fiction books. Learn more by contacting Mary Chuyn.
Women’s Retreat team members plan an annual weekend retreat for St. John’s women. Learn more by contacting Meredith Myers or Nancy Horton.
Give back to the local and global community through hands-on service projects. Learn more by contacting the ministry leaders listed below.
Outreach Committee volunteers participate in and/or help plan community projects, including at monthly planning meetings and for the opportunities listed below. Learn more by contacting Liz Everhart or Alexei Silverman; for Shepherd’s Table information, contact Margaret Hilton.
- Shepherd’s Table – Cook chili and help feed the homeless at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, MD.
- Community-Based Shelter – Prepare meals for homeless women in transition at the Community-Based Shelter in Rockville, MD.
- Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington – Serve homeless and unemployed persons through administrative support, resume writing, computer mentoring and more. Provide support and encouragement to those with HIV/AIDS at luncheons and retreats.
- Habitat for Humanity – Refurbish or construct homes with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.
- Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) – Furnish apartments for families moving from homeless shelters into their own homes, with THC in Washington, DC.
- Outreach Auction – Join the team that plans and carries out a parish-wide silent and live auction to support St. John’s outreach projects. Held every 2 years.
Camp Joy (Christian Appalachian Mission Project – Joining Other Youth) volunteers join an annual week-long summer service project, repairing homes and building improvements for those in need who live in the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and Western Maryland. Open to all members of our youth group and their parents. Learn more at our youth group webpage or by contacting Nancy Derr, Church School Director.
The Opportunity Shop volunteers help run the nonprofit thrift and consignment shop sponsored by St. John’s to benefit the community and local charities. Located at 4504 Walsh Street in Chevy Chase. Learn more by visiting the Op Shop webpage or by contacting Chairman Bill Raub.
Walk for the Homeless – Walk during the church school hour to help Fannie Mae’s Walk for the Homeless program. Check calendar for dates; walk is open to church school students with permission from parents. Learn more by contacting Nancy Derr, Church School Director.