A Lenten Offering for Syrian Refugees

Thank you to all who contributed clothing and stuffed toys at Christmas, which St. JOhn’s Church in Beverly Farms is transporting to Syria. Their parish has invited churches throughout the diocese to support Nuday refugee camps in Syria for those who have been displaced by the civil war there.

A fourth cargo container will be shipped to Syria, and the following donations are welcome:

-Book Bags for children
-School supplies, such as pencils, markers, and notebooks
-Yarn,  Fabric and Art Supplies: the women in the camp have expressed interest in making clothes, sweaters, and art projects with children

We will have a basket at church to collect supplies each Sunday throughout Lent. Consider these donations a “giving of alms” during Lent.

Hurricane Relief

thWhen we hear of natural disasters, we sometimes wonder how we can help. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the agency of our church that provides direct and immediate relief in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Matthew. If you hear the Spirit calling you support recovery efforts in Haiti and the southeastern United States, you can do so by visiting the ERD website here.

There will also be more information and envelopes at church this Sunday, if you wish to send in our donation by mail.

Alice and the goatIn addition to providing disaster relief, Episcopal Relief and Development supports the ongoing mission work of the Episcopal Church throughout this country and around the world. Their “Gifts for Life” program provides persons and communities with an opportunity to provide for others at Christmas and other times of the year with mission gifts. Last year, the Episcopal Church Women helped us purchase goats for families through this program. You can find out more about Gifts for Life here. There is also a catalog with a listing of gifts available at church.

Be a Blessing with B-SAFE

Summertime is B-SAFE time and we need your help!!

For the past three years, St. John’s has teamed up with our friends at Old North to spend a wonderful, fun-filled week assisting with B-SAFE … the Bishop’s Summer Academic and Fun Enrichment program.  This fabulous Diocesan program provides a safe, fun, academically enriching environment for more than 600 elementary and middle school students at six Episcopal church and school sites in Boston and Chelsea. B-SAFE also offers meaningful work experience for teens and young adults hired as counselors-in-training and staff.  We will be assisting at the St. Luke’s, Chelsea site from Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29. Your financial support, your time and your talents are needed.

Donations are being accepted now: Checks made out to St. John’s with “B-SAFE” in the memo will go to purchase the food we will be serving at lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, July 27 and 28, and for lunch and other costs associated with the field trip we are sponsoring on Friday, July 29.

Please check your calendar and sign up now to assist!  We need your help here in our kitchen Wednesday evening, July 27 to prep the meal we will serve on Thursday, and again Friday morning to prepare bag lunches for the field trip. Your help is also needed from 10:30am until 2pm, Monday through Thursday at the St. Luke’s Chelsea site where our friends from Old North will be joining us to prepare lunch, serve lunch and join the children to eat lunch each day.  Middle and high school age children are welcome to assist as well — both in the St. John’s “prep” kitchen and at St. Lukes!

Please click here to go to the electronic sign-up sheet and let us know when you will join us to help.  You can also call the office, or speak to Steve Spinetto to volunteer. Ask anyone who has helped in the past … this is a wonderful, fun and grace filled thing to do!

Ziti was a popular choice for lunch last summer!

Ziti was a popular choice for lunch last summer!

An Invitation to Ministry With the Homeless Community


ecw 005MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now And Always) is a community of homeless and previously homeless folks that meet at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Tremont Street, Boston every Monday at 10:00 am for a meeting, and then lunch for ANYONE who wishes to come at noon. After lunch we have a service with Eucharist celebrated each week.

The Missioner of this program, Cristina Rathbone, is traveling to India for a three-month sabbatical. While there’s a “seasoned” group of volunteers and staff, new energy is always welcome.

Typically I leave Charlestown around 9:20 am to walk to the Cathedral; however, I’m willing to take the T if you’re not a walker. I’m usually home by 3:00 pm. I eat with the guests.

Please speak to me if you’d like to give this opportunity to serve a try.


Maureen Lavely mglavely@verizon.net

Tending to God’s Garden


IMG_0336The Wolcott Cutler Memorial Garden behind St. John’s Church is a jewel in the midst of the neighborhood, a welcoming space for meditation, prayer, and refreshment. It is also the location of our 8 o’clock serve in the summer.  We are getting ready! Branches and brush are being cleared, with helpers large and small. God’s garden will welcome all this spring and summer.


Let’s Get Their Goat

Hausziege_04-1The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) group invites you to help send a goat to a family in Africa through Heifer Project International. Donations will be accepted on Sunday, December 13 at church. Consider adding this Christmas gift to your list!


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The Blessings of Serving at B-SAFE

Thanks to the volunteers and coordinators of the St. John’s—Old North Church shared week supporting B-Safe! Led by Steve Spinetto and Catherine Womack from St. John’s, Leah Raymond from Old North, and Priscilla Burns, , our teams enjoyed serving lunch each day and leading a field trip Friday. Thanks to Steve and Catherine, Alice Krapf, Kathleen McCormick, Jonathan McCormick, Nancy Armstrong, Maureen Lavely, Bridget Nyhan, Marion Wood, Bev Anderson, Karen Tompros, Rosemary Kverek, the Heim family, the Herlihy family, Evie and Laura Scoville, the Ringrose family and Barbara Bush who along with the Rector donated time, talents and/or funds to help St. John’s and Old North provide nutritious lunches and snacks for the children attending our Diocese’s summer camp at St. Luke’s in Chelsea.

Among the highlights were spending time at the lunch tables with the campers, (and learning that the ziti casseroles were a great hit), Steve Spinetto discussing with fascinated listeners the intricacies of his various artificial legs, and a field trip on Friday to the Adaptive Playground at Spaulding Hospital.

Thank you again to everyone who made our ministry in Chelsea possible!