Fellowship

Altar Guild

The members of St. John’s Altar Guild prepare the altar for all Eucharistic services, which also includes weddings and funerals. Time commitment is less than 1 hour per month. All members of St. John’s over 13 can join the altar guild. You are welcome to talk to a volunteer in the sacristy before and after services, or you may contact Diane Power, Altar Guild Coordinator at 651-222-1031 or powerdianep@gmail.com.

Book Group

New comers are always welcome to join the first and third Thursday of the month at 10am in the Fireside Room to discuss a selected book. For more information, contact Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.

LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group

Saint John the Evangelist is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

A welcoming space is a wonderful and hospitable thing! We welcome visitors and long time parishioners alike each time we gather.

Being a safe space goes a few steps beyond being a welcoming space. As a safe space, we strive to create a faith community where everyone’s story is respected as their own, held in confidence, and not shared without their permission. We speak from our own experience, and ask others what they need in order to feel comfortable in our faith community. We listen. At the same time, we recognize that everyone is human, and may make judgmental or prejudiced statements. We do not shame or shun one another; rather we seek inclusive conversation. Consider the ways you tell your story, and the ways you encourage others to share their own stories. Our attitude towards one another makes us a safe space.

We celebrate and affirm people of all sexualities and all genders, and welcome them in all areas of our life together: worshipping in our pews, getting married in our church, participating in our ministries (including our LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group), and serving as lay leaders, staff, and clergy.

Jesus taught love of God and love of neighbor as the most important commandments. When we create a safe environment for everyone, we honor his teaching.

To learn more about St. John’s LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group, contact Mary Elizabeth Johnson at johnson.maryelizabeth2@gmail.com.

Men's Breakfast

All men are invited to breakfast the second Saturday of the month at 9am in the Gym Kitchen. Contact Tom Eyre at 651-340-5911 for more information.

Men's Group

Our Men’s Group meets in the Fireside Room on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Men are welcome to drop in any time. Contact Josh Colton for details.

Older, Wiser, Laity (OWLS)

OWLs – Older, Wiser, Laity are for those who self-identify as being part of this group.  There is a luncheon provided by clergy and staff three or four times a year with delicious food and a special program.  Invitations are sent out but all are welcome.

Coordinator: The Reverend Barbara Mraz

Prayer Shawl

The Prayer Shawl group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in the Gathering Space. This is the perfect time to offer your prayers and create a blessing-filled gift. Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels are welcome. To learn more, contact Rosanne Kassekert at r.kassekert@gmail.com.

StoryCorp

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Listen to members of the Saint John’s community share their faith story on this wonderful storytelling medium!

StoryCorps founder David Isay emphasizes the importance of giving people a chance to be listened to. Click here to read StoryCorps Founder David Isay on the Importance of Human Connection from MPR.

Women's Group

Open to all women, the Women’s Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Fireside Room. For more information contact Margaret Thor at margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org.

Young Adult

The young (20- and 30-something) adults of St. John’s gather regularly for food, fellowship, and various fun activities. On the third Sunday of every month, they go out for brunch after the 10:00am liturgy. The group gathers at the coffee hour and then heads to one of the diners near the church. They also get together at least one weeknight of the month, some times just for food and drinks, other times for activities like mini-golf, trivia, or a Minnesota United match.

There’s no expectation that you’ve been involved in St. John’s at all before. Anyone who identifies as a Young Adult is welcome to show up and hang out!

For more information about the monthly brunches, contact Jayan Nair at jtn.nair@gmail.com. To learn more about the other young adult activities, get in touch with Kevin Seitz-Paquette at kdseitz77@gmail.com.

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