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
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
A “Blessing Bag” is a large Ziploc bag with socks, snacks 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, the Mission Team asks 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.
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