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Outreach & Missions

For United Methodists, social consciousness has always gone hand in hand  with faith.

We believe, with John Wesley, that “the world is our parish.” We support mission and justice work locally, regionally and around the world, including such ministries as Campus ministry, Four Corners Native American Ministry, Lydia Patterson Institute, SMU Campus Ministry, Black College Fund, McCurdy School, and Native American Ministries Sunday.

We cherish an ecumenical tradition and seek to work together with other Christian denominations as well as other religions.

Bag ’n Hand Food Pantry

“For I was hungry and you gave me food.”
Bag ‘n Hand Food Pantry, located at St. John’s United Methodist Church, is the largest food pantry in northern New Mexico. We are a partner agency of The Food Depot of Santa Fe, and an outreach ministry of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Mission Statement: Our mission is to regularly provide fresh produce and packaged food in a friendly and caring environment to hungry people in the Santa Fe community.

Who do we serve?
We distribute much-needed groceries every week to over 200 households. Some are single elderly or disabled on a fixed income, while others are large families living on the edge of poverty. One-third of all persons served are children age 17 and younger. For fifty percent of those households receiving food, it is a one- or two-time “emergency” event.

How do we distribute the food?

  • We distribute food at St. John’s each Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (except holidays) to residents of Santa Fe County.
  • A family may come once per week.
  • New clients must complete a one-page registration form in compliance with governmental regulations. 

Where do we get the food?

  • Commodities and purchased foods: The Food Depot
  • Food donations: Community
  • Local grocery stores and food vendors: Funded by financial donations by the St. John’s congregation, the Santa Fe faith community, and the community at large. 
  • Generous support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • How can you help? GIVE NOW
  • Financial donations: We need to purchase $2500 of food each month for distribution, in addition to food donations and food from the Food Depot. Please make your check out to St. John’s United Methodist Church, and write Food Pantry in the memo line. Or make your gift online at St. John’s secure Giving page. 
  • Food donations: Suggested donations are canned meats, 15 oz. cans of vegetables or fruits, and bags of pasta or rice. 
  • Volunteer: We love new volunteers!  Contact us by calling St. John’s at (505) 982-5397 or via email

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Interfaith Homeless Shelter

St. John’s is an active participant in the Interfaith Homeless Shelter. Our volunteers give their time and talents in providing hot dinners to the Shelter’s clients.

Serving the Homeless with Compassion and Respect
Our mission: Working with volunteers and community groups, we provide short-term survival services, as well as active service experiences for volunteers, and additional long-term services in collaboration with the City of Santa Fe and other local service provider partners.

Over 2,000 volunteers from 43 faith communities and community groups join in providing overnight shelter and food from late October through early May. We also provide a hot lunch, showers, and clothing year-round on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and we work with other agencies to provide additional services for the homeless throughout the year at Pete’s Place.

Blessing Bag Ministry to the Homeless

The Mission Team announces an exciting new project! A “Blessing Bag” is a large Ziploc bag with socks, shacks and a water bottle to keep in your car to hand to someone in need. Start-up funds were provided by the St. John’s UMC Foundation, but to keep the project going, we are asking for a suggested $5 donation for each bag you take to give away. Blessing Bags will be available on the third Sunday of each month before and after services.

Your help is important to get these bags to the people who need them. You can donate to help the project continue, and to lend a hand with the packaging and selling of the bags here at church.

How can you help to grow this idea to bless others in our community?