Saint John’s Church serves the local community in following ways:
- Supporting financially, working closely with, providing members for the Board, and providing meeting space for The Better Waverly Community Organization.
- Assisting the Waverly Family Center with contributions of volunteers, money, supplies, advertising, parking, and a member for the board of Directors.
- Providing, parking, referrals, assistance and advertising for The People’s Community Health Center, Baltimore’s oldest free clinic.
- Supporting the Franciscan Sisters (Roman Catholic) with on-going contributions of food, money, clothing, and a regular volunteer for the Franciscan Center.
- Preserving a haven of green, garden, beauty and peace as a witness to Waverly and Baltimore of the power of a disciplined spiritual life (And that doesn’t include maintenance to the three buildings on the National Historic Register!).
- Participating in the Salvation Army’s Feed My Sheep program, to distribute food to the homeless.
- Cleaning the trash from our entire block of Greenmount Avenue every day.
- Opening our doors free of charge to community organizations.
- Partnering with The Barclay School to provide new books and reading tutors for their library.
- Providing a place for spiritual, visual, and musical respite in the midst of a reviving urban community.
Saint John’s Church serves the larger Church and world by:
- Providing in Maryland on a regular basis the full order of Sunday and daily worship as ordered in The Book of Common Prayer.
- Offering complete choral celebrations of the Holy Eucharist on every principal feast of the Church Year.
- Carefully modelling in its services and devotions a spiritual Rule of Life for personal use based on The Book of Common Prayer.
- Working closely with the Greater Homewood Interfaith Alliance to address the spiritual and temporal concerns of most of central Baltimore.
- Providing center of excellence for professional experience and training for church musicians and organists in the classic Anglican liturgy and choral repertoire.
- Offering to everyone the deep and rich spiritual treasury of classic Anglican choral music in the context of worship as it was intended.
- Offering liturgical space for Zen meditation and interfaith co-operation.
- Offering a model for a slower paced, thoughtful, prayerful, questioning, disciplined, and joyful engagement with the Divine.
- Training a dozen licensed Lay Readers able to officiate at services of the Church.
- Regularly supporting financially the Sisters of Saint Margaret (Anglican) in their school and AIDS hospice work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
As you can see, although peaceful and serene in its disposition the church is very busy working improve the physical as well as spiritual well-being of the community. All of the above is currently being accomplished with only 113 individual members and a deficit budget (the Church needs over $750 a day just to survive).
These are testing times for us and so we trust that God will provide. We also work very hard and hope that after reading these web-pages you will be motivated to play a part in supporting our great effort. Simple donations certainly help but we hope that you will find time to visit the Church and become, at least in some small way, more personally involved.
If that means that you do no more than pick up a piece of litter that someone else has dropped it will help promote the work of the church you may find that your soul feels just a little warmer as a result.