St. John’s Mission of Outreach is guided by our general mission to be inclusive and witness in words and actions our commitment...

  • to serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbor as ourselves;
  • to respond to the needs of others around us with our hearts and hands and financial resources; and
  • to strive for justice, equality and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.

The programs were created to oversee St. John’s various outreach. The Parish seeks to support persons, organizations and situations in demonstrable need and to express its commitment to its mission through its role in the community.

What are current needs?

Warren-Washington Food Bank

Collection bin for donations to the Warren-Washington Food Bank is located by the door to the Parish House.

Washington Council of Congregations' Food Drive. 

St. John's is taking a leadership role in the Drive Thru Food Bank that will benefit the Washington-Warren and New Milford Food Banks. We collected shelf-stable food, personal care and household cleaning products.

Monetary donations were also welcomed!

In total, The Washington Council of Congregations (WCOC) has run eight food drives. In 2020, five: three at churches (one at First Congregational, one at Salem, one at MLPH), and one at Holiday in the Depot in the town. In 2021, three more: one at the Judy Black Park on Martin Luther King Day; and two at First Congregational Church;  In total, we collected: 13,000 pounds of shelf-stable food and household products (that’s 6 1/2 tons!) and $22,500 in cash donations. We donated 2/3rds of our collection to the New Milford Food Bank and 1/3 to the Warren Washington Food Bank, who in turn distributed it to those in need in their communities.

A sincere THANK YOU to all who participate, donate, or share these Food Drive events with their friends and family.

What we do?

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Various community outreach efforts are made as needs arise in the local area.

ST. ELIZABETH GUILD

St. John’s Fund: The St. John's Fund, solely supported by the Parish, is administered by the Town of Washington. Its funds are available to assist Washington residents faced with a financial emergency whether it is for food, fuel, medical expenses, or other urgent necessities.

Food Collection:  An on-going effort overseen by the Outreach Committee for the benefit of local food pantries

Angel Tree: Through the month of December - collection of Christmas toys and gifts for distributions to children in shelters or designated by children services agencies.

St. John's has a partnership with Covenant to Care for Children (CCC) in Hartford and provides personal hygiene and household cleaning products.

Back-to-School-Backpacks: Filling backpacks with school supplies for children designated by children services agencies

Thanksgiving Pies: In November, members make pies which are distributed to local families in need through the Town of Washington.