"Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?" (Matthew 25:44)
Our parish is committed to serving the needs of those who live on the social and economic margins of society with various efforts directed toward those in need in the wider community.
The second oldest of the formal outreach ministries of St. John's, the Tuesday night Community Supper was begun in 1983 as one of the first four Community Suppers in the City, organized by the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Over the last 36 years, St. John's has fed the hungry every Tuesday night, providing over 5,000 meals last year. Assisted by various other congregations and synagogues, this activity depends upon an enormous number of volunteers and volunteer hours..
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13: 31-32)
The Mustard Seed Scholarship Fund has been created to provide small scholarships to parishioner's children who demonstrate a strong desire for personal growth. These scholarships assistance help deserving students going off to college for the first time.
The Mustard Seed Scholarship Fund is built upon the premise that a small seed of generosity can be leveraged into a huge tree that provides for many people!
St. John's is the nominator for Bridgeport Hospital Free Care Bed Funds, established by generous parishioners as far back as 1888 and as recently as 1957, allowing St. John's to care for those in our community who are in desperate need of medical care or who are struggling with health care bills from Bridgeport Hospital.
Established in 1996, the St. John's Family Center (a 501 c(3)) organization) moved into enlarged quarters in the renovated and historic Sanford House in 2010 where it continues expanding its mission to serve 'at risk' families of Greater Bridgeport, offering Parenting classes, mother/toddler playgroups, ESOL classes, summer programs, support groups, emergency food and clothing and GAP (Generate Academic's Progress), a new afterschool program for 82 Fourth & Fifth graders from two local elementary schools. All programs of the Family Center are free of charge.
The St. John's Discretionary Fund depends upon volunteer contributions from parishioners throughout the year and was established by action of the Vestry of St. John's in accordance with Title ffi, Canon 9, Section Sb (6), of the Canons of the Episcopal Church. The uses of the Discretionary Fund as approved by the Vestry are primarily to provide relief of the poor of the parish and within the larger community.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provide instruction for individuals who want to learn or improve their English language proficiency. Students who do not speak English as their first language will learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. ESL classes are participatory and interactive.
Foster Grandparents: Opportunity for seniors to become caregivers for children Person-to-Person: Limited number of scholarships available to Bridgeport residents who are undergraduate college students and meet established criteria.
Your contributions will enable us to meet our goals, improve conditions and fund our mission.