All our ministries

Join us in supporting worship, promoting spiritual growth, building community and making a difference – at St. John’s, in our neighborhood and in the world. Find an activity that fits your gifts and goals.

Contact Community Life Coordinator Anne Derse (301-401-5717, aderse@stjohnsnorwood.org) to learn more about how to get involved in fellowship and service at St. John’s. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

At St. John’s, we create and sustain community through engagement with and for one another and with and for our world. Through fellowship and service, we fulfill God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves and we grow as disciples of Christ. – Anne Derse, Community Life Coordinator

 

WORSHIP

Worship is central to spiritual and community life at St. John’s. We welcome everyone, of all ages, to participate in making it a beautiful and enriching experience. There are many opportunities to support worship at our 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., or 5 p.m. services!

Acolyte Guild

9:00 a.m. Sunday Service: Youth Acolyte Teams of 3rd through 12th graders lead procession and recession, light and extinguish candles, assist the clergy to set the altar at communion and assist during the offertory.

11:15 a.m. Sunday Service: Acolytes, either youth or adult, serve during this service.

Training is provided; experience and comfort level guide role assignment. No weekday obligations. Four Acolyte teams rotate in service throughout the church year. Contact Christine Curto, parishioner.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is an essential and sacred ministry, preparing all that is needed to set the table for the sacrament of Eucharist. It is perfect for those who like to serve behind the scenes on small, friendly teams. The Altar Guild cares for the items that grace the altar – candles, linens, chalices, bread plates – before and after services. Hands-on training is provided, and volunteers serve with a partner for one hour once or twice each month, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Contact Leslie Saltsman, parishioner.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy to serve wine and bread during communion, read prayers or Scripture during the service and help receive the offering. Training is provided by the clergy, and volunteers have the option to “vest” (serve in white robes) or serve unvested. Eucharistic Ministers serve in teams on a rotating basis, once every month or couple of months. Contact Richard Saltsman, parishioner, for the 9:00 a.m. service and Julia Andrews, parishioner, for the 11:15 a.m. service.

Eucharistic Visitors

Eucharistic Visitors bring fellowship and communion once a month to St. John’s parishioners who are unable to attend services. Training is provided. Contact Penny Winder, parishioner.

Flower Guild

Adorning the altar and the nave with beautiful flowers, enriching the worship experience, is a special form of reverence. If you would like to learn the art of creating flower arrangements for worship services and special events, please join us in the Flower Guild! Training is provided, the schedule is flexible and Flower Guild teams rotate, serving one month at a time. Contact Anna Danielson, parishioner.

Healing Prayer Ministry

Healing prayer ministers listen, love and pray with those who would like to receive healing prayer one-on-one at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. services. They offer the prayers during communion in the quiet, private Tower Chapel next to the sanctuary. The clergy provides training. Contact Peter Plocki or Tom Hebert, parishioners.

Lectors

Help illuminate the Scriptures for our community by reading the lessons during worship services. Volunteers who love sharing Scripture and reading aloud are invited to join the team! Scheduling is flexible, with volunteers typically reading once or twice month. Contact Carl Schaefer, parishioner.

Music Ministry

Be a part of St. John’s renowned tradition of outstanding music! Sing in one of St. John’s three choirs, beginning at age 4 and up. Ring in our bell choir, or offer an instrumental or vocal solo during our services. Contact Karl Robson, Director of Music Ministries. Learn more.

Wedding Coordinators

Help us serve members of the Parish and the local community by making our beautiful space available to couples who wish to marry in our church. Assist before, during, and after weddings – coordinating church space requirements, answering family requests, and directing ceremonial logistics. Contact Alice Consolvo, parishioner.

Welcome Ministry

A warm welcome and friendly hospitality are hallmarks of St. John’s at all Sunday services!

At our 9:00 a.m. service, St. John’s Welcome Teams offer parishioners and guests their first welcome at the door, with a smile, handshake and service bulletin. Volunteer to serve on a Welcome Team on your own or with your whole family. Teams usually serve for a month at a time on a rotational basis, but the schedule is flexible and substitutions are easily accommodated. Contact Brad Kennedy, parishioner.

At our 11:15 a.m. service, teams of ushers and greeters offer a warm welcome at the door. They provide bulletins as people arrive, get things ready for the service and help those who need amplified listening devices or assistance getting to a seat. Ushers and greeters typically serve for a month each quarter. Contact Suzanne Welch (ushers) or Cherri Espersen (greeters), parishioners.

GROW IN MIND, BODY, SPIRIT

At St. John’s, we believe that growing in mind, body and spirit is an essential part of growing as a disciple of Christ. How will you grow?

Adult Forum

St. John’s Adult Forum offers stimulating speakers, presentations and activities to deepen our knowledge and commitment to community, spirituality, service and justice. Participate in the Forum sessions at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday, or join the planning team organizing and running the Forums. Contact Lisa Raisner, parishioner.

Bible Study

Join fellow parishioners and friends for an in-depth Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge from September through June. Seekers and doubters are most welcome. The lessons focus on the weekly lectionary readings and uses various approaches including contemplative prayer, lectio divina (prayerful scripture reading), video, music and art. The group discussions are facilitated by an Education for Ministry graduate and spiritual director. Contact Toni Hartman, parishioner.

Church School

Join the fun and dedicated group of volunteers who teach church school classes on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. from September to June. The team is comprised of nearly three dozen teachers who love helping children and young adults learn about Christ’s teachings and grow in community, character and creativity. Teachers work in teams of two and training is provided. Contact Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Assistant Rector for Children, Youth and Families. Learn more.

Education for Ministry (EFM)

Join other inquirers in a unique in-depth, four year, small group program of study covering the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition. St. John’s EFM group meets weekly to explore the Old and New Testaments, Church History and Theology. Contact Barbara Ordway, parishioner.

Journey to Adulthood, “J2A”

For 7th graders and above, St. John’s offers Journey to Adulthood (J2A), a spiritual formation program that includes confirmation at the National Cathedral and a high-school pilgrimage. Among its many activities, J2A conducts an auction every two years to support the pilgrimage. Be part of the team that plans and carries out a fabulous parish-wide silent and live auction to support the international pilgrimage for St. John’s Journey to Adulthood teen class members. J2A parents help out, and other volunteers are welcome. Contact Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, Assistant Rector for Children, Youth and Families.

Norwood Parish Library/Library Council

Your library supports many ministries at St. John’s providing information and inspiration. Join the Library Council to help select new adult and children’s materials, learn cataloguing, advise readers, and research Faith formation questions. Training is provided and time commitment is flexible. Contact Toni Hartman, Librarian (librarian@stjohnsnorwood.org)

Spiritual Practice Planning

Help plan opportunities for exploring and experiencing spiritual practices at St. John’s, including Centering Prayer, labyrinth walks, and spiritually rooted book discussions. Contact Toni Hartman, Librarian.

Youth Group

St. John’s Youth Group offers middle and high-school age students a place to meet regularly, hang out, enjoy food and fellowship, and participate in outings. We also offer opportunities for our youth to make a difference, including the annual Camp Joy mission trip to repair houses for the needy in Appalachia. Our youth also participate with their families in many of our outreach ministries, such as feeding the hungry, providing housing for refugees, and donating school supplies for disadvantaged youth. Contact Scott Bradley, Youth Group Director.

BUILD COMMUNITY

We have many exciting opportunities to give life to St. John’s mission: “building community at the crossroads of faith and life.” Join us!

Know Your Neighbor

Join the enthusiastic team of volunteers who conceptualize and implement parish-wide and neighborhood-wide activities to build connections among St. John’s parishioners who live near one another, strengthening our community! Contact Denis Galbo, Liz Mullikin, Barbara Ordway and Barbara Pace, parishioners.

Koinonia Fellowship Dinners

Table fellowship was an important part of Christ’s ministry and is an essential part of Christian community. Join a Koinonia Dinner Group and meet periodically over the course of a program year with fellow parishioners to build fellowship and close personal connections! Contact Anne Derse, Community Life Coordinator

Men’s Book Group

Join fellow readers monthly for conversation and fellowship. Contact Earle O’Donnell, parishioner.

Men’s Ministry

Gather for periodic Sunday evening cookouts and two annual events, a late summer Crab Feast and a winter weekend retreat usually on a theme. Past retreats have focused on men and their work, men and their fathers, men and their brothers, men and their children. Contact Joe Clark or Greg Murdock, parishioners.

Parish Life

St. John’s outstanding Parish Life volunteers provide warm hospitality for community events throughout the year – wonderful food, table fellowship, the opportunity to connect with fellow parishioners in fun and relaxed settings. If you have taste for hosting, organizing, cooking, baking, or just generally helping out with an enthusiastic and congenial team, be part of this dynamic group that is vital to St. John’s community. Plan, publicize, cook, serve, decorate and more with the Parish Life team. Time commitment and activities are flexible – sign up as your schedule allows. Contact Amy Beaupre, parishioner.

Serving Seniors Ministry

St. John’s is blessed to have a wealth of life experience, knowledge and commitment to community in its senior members. The Serving Seniors Ministry seeks to tap that great resource by building intergenerational connections and supporting our seniors engagement in service and the life of the church. Parishioners of all ages are invited to join! Contact Tina Conroy, parishioner.

Women’s Book Group

Join St. John’s women in stimulating conversation and fellowship over great literature! Contact Mary Chyun, parishioner.

Women’s Ministry

St. John’s Women’s Ministry offers fun, friendship and spiritual growth through the annual Women’s Retreat and craft and other activities. Contact Meredith Myers and Jane Houlihan, parishioners.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

St. John’s embraces service in our church community, in our broader neighborhood and in the world as a key component of our commitment to love our neighbor as ourselves. All are invited to get involved in the diverse opportunities outlined below. Come help us make a difference – your energy and individual gifts are welcome and valued!

Eco-Action Team

The Eco-Action team promotes consciousness of our charge to steward God’s creation and offers opportunities to explore and enjoy its beauty. Join in spiritual nature hikes, the annual Eco- Action Fair and other activities to promote environmental responsibility. Contact Jane Houlihan and Tom Kerr, parishioners.

Faith in Action

Our Faith in Action team promotes consciousness of and opportunities for engagement on a broad range of social justice issues – including fighting hate and racism and promoting gender equality and immigrant rights. The group meets the first Sunday of every month after the 11:15 service. Contact Penny Winder, parishioner.

Holy Land Committee

The Holy Land Committee builds knowledge of the Holy Land and engagement with its issues and people. Join in working to promote education and to support humanitarian project related to the Holy Land and activities to deepen connections among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Contact Nancy Adams, parishioner.

Opportunity Shop

St. John’s Opportunity Shop, a non-profit consignment and thrift store just two blocks from the church 4504 Walsh Street, supports our community and charities through the sale of donated and consigned items. If you have a talent for retail or management, join the Op Shop team, volunteering as your schedule permits. Shop assistants and cashiers are especially welcome, and the time commitment is only a couple hours a week. Contact Maire Hewitt, parishioner.

Outreach Committee

Love and serve others through community projects and activities supported by St. John’s Outreach Committee. Every two years, the Outreach Committee also holds a fundraising dinner and auction, and we welcome your support to plan and conduct the event! Contact Julia Andrews, parishioner.

Projects and activities supported by Outreach include:

  • American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem – St. John’s supports half a nurse’s salary at St. Luke’s Hospital, Nablus, West Bank through AFEDJ. Contact Anne Derse, Community Life Coordinator.
  • Bethesda Cares – St. John’s provides breakfast daily for those experiencing homelessness in Bethesda and conducts periodic toiletries drives. Sign up to drop off cereal, milk and fruit as your schedule permits! Contact Marijane Hynes, parishioner.
  • Bishop Walker School – a tuition-free school of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for boys from traditionally underserved communities. Contact Alexei Silverman, parishioner.
  • Giant Grocery Cards – sale of cards every Sunday morning supports our Outreach activities. Volunteers to help sell welcome! Contact Margaret Hilton, parishioner.
  • Housing Up! – Help furnish apartments for families moving from homeless shelters into their own homes. Contact Peter Plocki, parishioner.
  • Lutheran Social Services – St. John’s works with LSS on a range of activities, including our Refugee Ministry (see below). Contact Melanie Folstad, parishioner.
  • Literacy Council of Montgomery County – the Literacy Council provides educational programs to strengthen language proficiency, life skills and community involvement. Become a tutor! Contact Joe Winder, parishioner.
  • Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington – Serve those experiencing homelessness and unemployment through administrative support, resume writing, computer mentoring and more. Contact Liz Everhart, parishioner.
  • Shepherd’s Table – Join St. John’s teams shopping and delivering ingredients, cooking chili and serving dinner to those experiencing homelessness at Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Maryland. We serve dinner on the 4th Sunday of every month. Contact Colleen Parent, parishioner.
  • A Wider Circle – A Wider Circle offers a range of volunteer opportunities to help fight poverty through educational programs and furnishing homes. Contact Peg Lower, parishioner.
  • Women’s Community-Based Shelter – Join a team to prepare a meal for homeless women in transition at the Women’s Community-Based Shelter in Rockville, Maryland. St. John’s provides meals for one week twice a year. Contact Julia Andrews, parishioner.

New Parents’ Ministry

The 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. Contact Carol May, parishioner.

Refugee Outreach Ministry

St. John’s works with Lutheran Social Services to equip apartments for new refugee families. Join a team to gather and transport household furnishings and equipment and to help set up a new home! Contact Melanie Folstad, parishioner.

Refugee Family Sponsorship Team

As part of its Refugee Ministry Outreach, St. John’s will soon sponsor a refugee family. There are many opportunities to help the family make the transition comfortably and settle into their new home – including helping with education, housing, employment, financial planning, health and transportation. Join a team! Contact Christie King and Valerie Strochak, parishioners.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are trained Christian caregivers who listen in confidence to parishioners who seek spiritual support while facing personal challenges or making difficult life choices. The 50 hours of training required to be commissioned is offered periodically. Stephen Ministers typically meet once a week for one hour with their care receivers as long as needed, and meet monthly with Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education once trained and commissioned. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Stephen Minister or if you or someone you know would like to have a Stephen Minister, please contact Toni Hartman, John Mertens, or Penney Winder, Stephen Leaders and kparishioners.

LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT

St. John’s is an active, growing parish and we rely on our strong lay leaders to provide the oversight and management needed to keep it thriving. There’s a place for you!

Archives

Assist our archivist to maintain the records and history of St. John’s! Contact Cathy O’Donnell, parishioner and Archivist.

Communications Committee

If you have public relations, communications, marketing or technology skills, consider helping the Communications Team get the word out at St. John’s! We work through our website, Facebook page, Crossroads E-Newsletter, Sunday service bulletin and announcements and the West Avenue Lobby Monitor to keep parishioners apprised of the many activities at St. John’s. Contact Jane Houlihan, parishioner.

Development for Community Committee

The Development for Community Committee oversees St. John’s engagement with the County on zoning and other regulations impacting its property. Contact AJ Jackson, parishioner.

Finance Committee

St. John’s Finance Committee works with the Vestry, clergy and Treasurer to oversee the church budget and finances. The committee meets one evening month and participates in 1-2 budget planning sessions early in the year. Contact Cindy Murdock, parishioner and Treasurer.

Memorial Garden

Our Memorial Garden team assists with arrangements for interment in St. John’s Memorial Garden. The Vestry-appointed Custodians carry out Vestry policy regarding the Memorial Garden, meet with parishioners interested in interring ashes in the columbarium and assist with other duties. Contact Maya Larson and Kathryn Suarez, parishioners.

Memorials Committee

Help with memorial gifts made to St. John’s in memory of loved ones. Oversee the acknowledgment of contributions and use of memorial funds. Help maintain “The Book of Remembrance.” Contact Richard Saltsman, parishioner.

Norwood Parish Fund

The Norwood Parish Fund (NPF) helps make new ministries, programs and special projects at St. John’s possible. The NPF makes grants for outreach activities, new ministry start-ups, and one- time projects to improve St. John’s facilities and serve its mission. If you have a generous heart and a commitment to thoughtful, fair stewardship of resources donated to the fund through planned giving, please consider joining the NPF Board. Board members are appointed. Contact John Stewart, parishioner and Junior Warden.

Personnel Committee

Work with the clergy and vestry to manage personnel issues at St. John’s as our Parish grows! Contact John Ross, parishioner.

Property Committee

Help keep St. John’s building and grounds beautiful and in good working order. The Property Committee is open to all and meets one evening a month to plan and execute projects. All parishioners are also invited to join in fun Saturday Beautification Days to keep our building and grounds in top shape. Plant flowers, paint walls, repair fences and furnishings, rake, prune, weed, mend, clean, fix and install. Talk, laugh, connect with others and have fun while making St. John’s beautiful! Contact Suzanne Welch, parishioner

Stewardship Committee

Help with St. John’s 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. Work includes planning, publicity, web design, outreach and more. Contact Anne Core, parishioner.

Tellers

Tellers are important people! They account for pledge payments and other income received during Sunday morning services. Each team of three tellers serves about once every five weeks for an hour after Sunday services to count money received. New volunteers are welcome and will be trained by experienced tellers. Contact Penny Winder, parishioner.

Vestry

Join the “Board” of the Church – run for the Vestry! Elections are held every April at the Annual General Meeting. Vestry members serve one, two or three year terms. The Vestry meets the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Johnna Story, Senior Warden or John Stewart, Junior Warden.