Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
St. John’s is a member of Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1996, WIN is multi-faith, multi-racial and non-partisan. It has nearly fifty church, synagogue, union, and public school members, representing 25,000 families in every section of the city.
WIN is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing network in the United States with more than 60 faith-based community organizations across the nation, including BUILD in Baltimore, MD and AIM in Montgomery County, MD.
Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital is the local affiliate of a nationwide dropout prevention program which harnesses a variety of community supports for the most vulnerable students in the public schools. During the 2019-20 school year, CIS will serve nearly 6,000 students in 13 DC public schools.
Parishioners can contribute to this ministry by participating in a variety of initiatives:
Cardozo Education Campus
- The Connected Closet – donate snacks, school supplies, and other items for needy students.
- Family Markets – assist with the distribution of food to families experiencing food insecurity.
- Report Card Conferencing – meet one-to-one with students to review their report cards.
The Journal Project
Small groups of students, meeting once a week for about eight weeks, to enhance their writing, artistic, and social skills by creating journals centered on universal human themes. The final session is a trip to the National Gallery of Art.
Watch for further information in The Word and the Sunday bulletin, or contact ministry leaders Ann Gardner, Susan Lewis, and Livy More.
Each month St. John’s parishioners volunteer with our partners at Grace Church, Georgetown’s Grace’s Table to provide a meal to our homeless neighbors. Our last event was held on Saturday, April 16. Please check back for updates.
We also provide casseroles for SOME (So Others Might Eat), a ministry to the homeless and low-income individuals in D.C. You can pick up a casserole pan at church, and leave your casserole in our big freezer for SOME to pick up.
On Sandwich Sundays, parishioners gather in the dining room after the 11:00 a.m. service and create assembly lines to make 1000 sandwiches for the homeless, which are sent to Martha’s Table for distribution. Our last event was held on Sunday, April 17. Please check back for updates.
St. John’s parishioners annually join together to repair and refurbish a house in the District of Columbia as part of the nationwide “Rebuilding Together” program. The program meets a critical need of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners to preserve affordable housing by providing skilled services, volunteers, and materials to rehabilitate homes and revitalize neighborhoods for one day in April every year. Painting, landscaping, and repairs of all sorts, and fellowship are all part of a day’s activities that help a deserving member of the broader community. Our last Rebuilding Together project took place on Saturday, April 30. For more information, visit Rebuilding Together DC | Alexandria’s website.
Spring Clothing Drive
Clothing Drives are held seasonally. Pull aside gently-used clothing for our less fortunate neighbors.
Toy, Clothing, and Food Drives
Clothing and food drives are held several times a year. Toys for low-income community children are collected in November and December.
Bishop John T. Walker School
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is an Episcopal School for children of low-income families. BWS nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and artistic development of our students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faith traditions.
Working in close partnership with our students and their families, BWS strives to create an environment where every boy receives the structured support required to fully develop his unique gifts. The school seeks to foster the love of learning, intellectual curiosity, spiritual foundation and moral character each boy will need to achieve his fullest potential as a student, as a citizen, and as a child of God.
BWS is a private school administered by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. It receives no public funding and is accountable to the Diocese and the BWS community. St. John’s has played an active role in the development of the school with annual financial contributions. St. John’s parishioner James Lowe is an active member of the 2015-2016 governing board. Many St. John’s parishioners make financial contributions, and books are donated to students as part of our annual Christmas book and toy drive.
Visit www.bishopwalkerschool.com for more information.