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!



Thank you, Gardeners!

Our Garden Group gathered on Saturday, May 2, and prepared the Cutler Memorial Garden for the spring and summer to come. Pruning, raking, sweeping – thank you to all who put in time and love to remove the ravages of the winter storm. Even some neighbors join in with the effort. Steve Spinetto and Jake Sterling provided a hearty breakfast to get things started, and we thank them for serving us with love.  Do take a walk back to this wonderful sanctuary in the midst of Charlestown. Sunday morning services at 8 am will begin again in the Garden, weather permitting.

We’ll Make our Garden Grow – Saturday May 2

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come,IMG_0448
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

                The Song of Solomon  2:11,12

Well actually, the snow is over and gone. But come make the Cutler Memorial Garden the exquisite jewel that it is by pitching in at  a cleanup day on Saturday May 2.  Breakfast will be served at 8 am, and you can come then or anytime later in the morning to help the Garden Group clean up from the winter storms. Breakfast will be by donation – and you can also come just for that! But we would love to see you for any or all of the morning.

A Green Coffee Hour and Coming Soon, A Green Garden!

Delectable Treats at Coffee Hour

Delectable Treats at Coffee Hour

The St. John ‘s Garden Group was delighted to host the coffee hour on Sunday, March 15. We enjoyed the theme of St. Patrick’s day with items available for purchase, including lollipops, shamrock plants, and shamrock Irish soda bread. We are delighted that we raised $170.00 to be used to maintain the Wolcott Memorial Garden that we love so much. Thank you for your support and for the assistance of Paul Newell, master baker!

We have decided on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm for a light supper planning meeting at the apartment of Maureen Lavely, 20 Devens Street, Apt. 505 (right across the street from the church). At this meeting we will discuss our goals for the season, including trellis selections to block the new furnace piping, which project into the garden, and other important needs of our wonderful garden. ALL ARE WELCOME. If you are interested in joining us at this meeting, kindly let Maureen know at

Christmas Gifts for Charlestown Children

The women of St. John’s Episcopal Church (ECW) are collecting new toys, games, or stuffed animals of any kind which will be distributed by the Charlestown Housing Task Force to needy children in Charlestown at Christmas. You are invited to bring items to church any of the next three Sundays – December 7, 14, or 21. They do not need to be wrapped.

Sharing Our Abundance at Thanksgiving

Harvest on Vine, Charlestown’s community food pantry, provides Thanksgiving meals for those who would otherwise be unable to gather around a festive table. Our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) invite you to support this annual offering. A contribution of $35 images-2provides a full Thanksgiving meal for a family in Charlestown. Checks can be made out to Harvest on Vine, and sent to church or placed in the offering plate on Sunday mornings. For more information, you can contact ECW member Kathleen McCormick at

Sidewalk Sale is Coming

The Garden Group and Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of St. John’s announce our combined annual SIDEWALK SALE.  It will be help on Saturday, May 31st from 10am to 2:00pm rain or shine.

Please save the date and be part of the event.  We welcome the treasures you are no longer needing and hope you will find something that you can’t live without!!!  The prices are fair and all proceeds put to good use.  More details closer to the date!!!

A Season for UTO Boxes

YerMPOo3_8e5JM-UTO (United Thank  Offering) boxes have been distributed. You can pick one up at the back of the church or at Coffee Hour. United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.  Boxes will be collected sometime in the spring.  If you have questions – see Kathleen Steen-Walsh or Maureen Lavely or Kathleen McCormick.

Join Us for Lenten Faith Conversations

Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:15, March 13, 20, 27, and April 3. 

We meet on Thursday evenings for soup, supper, and conversation. This will be a four week program, and you can come for any or all of them. The Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman, Priest Associate, will facilitate the conversations on various spiritual themes. No preparation or homework is required; any sharing is voluntary and confidential; all are welcome—your presence is enough. We’ll take turns bringing food to share. You can  sign up at Coffee Hour if you would like to come for any or all. And if you can only come on the spur of the moment – please do!

Offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist

The daily video meditation offered by the monks of SSJE  has begun, based on the Gospel of John. Love/Life: Living the Gospel of Love, provides the opportunity to pray and meditate on a daily reflection. We’ll schedule a few gatherings during the season so that we can share our responses together. For more information, and to subscribe to the series, go to this link:

A Suggestion for Personal Reading in Lent from the Rev’d Dick Simeone

There are countless possibilities for personal reading in Lent.  One I highly recommend is The Last Week by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, (HarpersSanFrancisco) available from Amazon in  print or Kindle.  Using the Markan text, the only one of the four Gospels that follows a day by day chronology of Holy Week, the book explores the depth and meaning of Holy Week.  Drawing us more deeply into this pivotal week for Christians, it provides rich opportunities for prayer and reflection in preparation for celebrating the most important days in the Church Year.  Commenting on this work, the late Peter Gomes, long time minister of Memorial Church at Harvard, wrote: “If there is one book for the redemption of Holy Week, this is it.  Lent can not be better concluded than with this expert guide through the passion to Easter.  This is a ‘must read’ for clergy and laity.”  May it be a fruitful resource for your Lent pilgrimage this year.  —The Rev’d Dick Simeone.