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Outreach Ministries

St. John’s is a Jubilee Center of the Episcopal Church, a result of our significant commitment to social ministries of compassion within our community. We are a mission church!  From our location on the Square in downtown Carlisle, we have both tremendous opportunity and responsibility to reach out to those around us and share our time, our resources and talents, and our church facilities to support both local and national ministries. If you would like to be a part of one or more of these ministries, please contact the Parish office.

  • St. John's hosts Carlisle Area Alcoholics Anonymous meetings from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.

  • St. John’s has long supported Project SHARE, our local food bank. In addition to financial support our members bring a jar of peanut butter each month, because it is a staple food for many families, especially those with young children. We also assemble Easter Dinners for up to 150 families, which SHARE volunteers distribute to families as we celebrate the risen Lord. For more information (click here)

  • Habitat for Humanity offers affordable housing to families who might otherwise be unable to have a home of their own. The parish provides financial support of our Cumberland County chapter. For more information, http://www.habitat.org/.

  • Salvation Army provides meals to local Carlisle residents who need assistance. St. John’s contributes financially and purchases, cooks, and serves the main meal in those months that have a fifth Sunday. For more information contact Bob Morris.

  • Carlisle CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) provides emergency shelter to those in need throughout the year during the day. This building provides a one stop facility with shelter, showers, and the full array of social services needed for the area’s homeless. It is a ministry based on the coordinated efforts of a trained team of community-wide volunteers, professional social workers, police and area churches. Each church opens its facilities at night for one month during the winter season. Volunteers from St. John’s participate as overnight supervisors throughout the winter. and provides hosts for a few hours each night during November at the church. For more information contact Terry Young (tjyoung70@comcast.net).For more information click here for a video and click here for the website.

  • Summer Program for Youth (SPY) is an eight week summer day camp for economically and socially disadvantaged children ages 6 - 10 years old in the Carlisle area. A staff of counselors, supported by church and community volunteers, creates a warm, supportive environment for the SPY campers. The program reaches out to children who have been identified by their school guidance counselors as pupils who need structure and educational enrichment during the summer. For more information contact, admin@stjohnscarlisle.org, Click here for, SPY information.

  • Youth Outreach Projects: St John’s youth participate in a number of outreach projects, including the World Hunger Project, support of Bishop McGregor in the Diocese of Madagascar, Project SHARE, summer work projects and mission trips.

  • Ugandan Scholarships. Since 2003, a number of St. John’s parishioners have been involved in sponsorship of school scholarships for Ugandan AIDS orphans in the South Rwenzori Diocese of the Anglican Church in Africa. Through the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation, we are providing scholarships for the parochial education of elementary and secondary children whose parents were AIDS victims.

  • Financial Support. St. John’s provides annual financial support to many local ministries including:
    Summer Program for Youth (SPY)
    Project SHARE
    Carlisle CARES
    Samaritan Fellowship
    Domestic Violence of Cumberland County
    Habitat for Humanity
    Victory Circle
    Safe Harbor
    Bethesda Mission
    St. Stephen’s School
    County Prison
    Meals on Wheels

    St. John’s also supports the eradication of world hunger through its ongoing contributions to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, the International Refugee Committee, the Heifer Project, Kiva, and the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP).