Social Ministries

Faith and Work

William Temple House Donations

William Temple House feeds the hungry, clothes the poor, and helps provide for the mental needs of the working poor and those without health insurance.  Donations of food and clothing are collected year-round at St. John’s, and volunteers are always needed to help with Emergency Services and the Thrift Store.

Western Farmworkers Association

Western Farmworkers Association is a cooperative of farm workers and other low-paid workers and their family members. Their programs provide emergency food, clothing, preventative medical care, and job referrals. Some of our activities include collecting school supplies, packaging and delivering holiday meals, and providing funding through tamale sales. In July of 2016, our annual auction raised $18,000 for this group. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

Operation Nightwatch

Operation Nightwatch provides a hospitality center in downtown Portland at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. For the past few years, people from our parish have been volunteering to help and as a parish we provide financial and material support.

Our Partner: OES

St. John’s works with the Oregon Episcopal School in a variety of ways.

Knit Wits

On the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00-3:00 p.m., interested knitters and crocheters meet to make items for our Prayer Shawl Ministry and for the Purple Hat Campaign. The Prayer Shawl Ministry presents shawls to people inside and outside the parish, for reasons of sorrow, pain, or joy. For the CLICK for Babies Campaign, we presented more than 100 purple baby hats for a Sunday blessing at the altar. (For additional information on purple hats for babies, go to the following site.  All knitters or crocheters — or people who would like to learn these crafts — are welcome.

Other Social Ministry Programs

  • Annual auction social ministry paddle raise
  • Sock-It-to-Me Sunday: socks and other “white goods” for the homeless
  • Prison Ministries: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Interfaith Advocacy