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Sharing God’s hospitality with all whom we meet

Fellowship — both formal and informal — is an important part of almost every aspect of our program. St. John’s sponsors numerous opportunities for parishioners to gather and enjoy fellowship. Below is a sample of the potential opportunities.  If you wish to assist in any of them, please contact the Parish Office.

Weekly Events

Eight O’clock Breakfast: Members of the eight o’clock congregation as well as some from the later service gather informally at a local café for breakfast and fellowship at about 9 a.m. each Sunday.

Coffee Hours:  Coffee is available Sundays at 9 a.m. and again after the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with friends and clergy.  We recruit volunteer hosts to replenish cups, cream, etc. and to clean-up about 11:45a.m.  You can sign up here, in the Parish Hall, or by contacting the Church Office.

Monthly Meetings

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Men of the parish gather at 8:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month from September through May for hearty food, great fellowship and prayer.

Women at the Well: Parish women gather at 9:00 a.m. for fellowship, a program, and discussion on the second Saturday of each month.  The topics vary from month to month, and they always offer interesting opportunities to learn and to discuss something meaningful among a thoughtful group of women.

The Shawl Ministry:: This new ministry is a combination of pastoral care, outreach and fellowship. The "Shawl Ministry" creates comforting shawls which are given to those experiencing health and personal challenges. This group meets every first Tuesday at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall. If you wish to help, please contact the office at admin@stjohnscarlisle.org.

Special Events

Receptions and Dinners: Each year brings a number of opportunities for us to share dinner or a special reception together.  For example, we have a reception following Confirmation and after special events. Prior to Christmas, several generations come together for the "Greening of the Church".  On May 22nd, we are having a Pot Luck Luncheon at 11:30am in the Parish Hall. Plan on joining us for a time of fellowship and delicious food.

Parish Breakfasts: Each year there are 1-2 special occasions where different commissions or ministries host a breakfast in the parish hall. Watch "This Week at St John's," "Wings" or the web site calendar and bulletin board for dates.

Funeral Receptions: The occasion of the death of one of our parish family is a special and important time and one where we feel a special responsibility to bereaved family and friends.  We feel called to be available at these important times and we often prepare a luncheon or a stand up reception after the funeral. 

Kitchen and Parish Hall Maintenance: While this may not seem like “fellowship” and it is sometimes hard work, even clean-up can be fun when many people are involved.   If you believe that you are called to a ministry of cleaning, you are invited to bring your energy and cheerful outlook and join us in this labor of love the next time we call for help. 

•Each year, the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks welcomes a large class of senior officers and government service executives for a ten month residential senior training program. The class also includes officers from many foreign countries, and typically, some of the members of the class are Episcopalians or Anglicans from the Church of England or the Anglican Church of Canada.