At St. John’s, we are committed to serving our local community, and we actively participate in a variety of ecumenical and interfaith ministries around San Francisco.
The D.A.M.N. Group
St. John’s Domestic Arts, Meditation, and Nurture group meets every Thursday morning at 10:30 to knit and crochet hats, scarves, blankets, and shawls for residents of Laguna Honda Hospital, infants in the UCSF’s neonatal care unit, patients in the Alzheimers Collaborative Study Clinics at UC San Diego, and teddy bears for the Mother Bear Project. Together, the D.A.M.N. members create up to 200 items each year. Everyone is welcome to join – no experience necessary! We’d love to help you learn.
The Interfaith Center at the Presidio
San Francisco is one of the world’s most tolerant centers for varied faith traditions, and St. John’s has longstanding connections to our interfaith community. St. John’s member Rev. Paul Chaffee is the founding director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. Since retiring from ICP, Paul and and his wife, Jan Chaffee, have been published in the online journal, The Interfaith Observer, which surveys and reports on global interfaith activities, and provides a forum where interfaith subjects can be explored. Each month’s issue unpacks a particular facet of interfaith culture. To subscribe, simply go to the website and fill in the SUBSCRIBE form on the right hand side.
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
The federal government has slashed funding for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank because San Francisco and Marin counties are perceived to be ones without sufficient populations suffering from hunger. We all recognize how mistaken that view is, and St. John’s supports the SF-Marin Food Bank as one of our primary local missions.
San Francisco Night Ministry
The San Francisco Night Ministry was for many years led by former St. John’s pastor, Rev. Don Stuart. St. John’s involvement began in 2011, and our members continue to volunteer as Crisis Line Counselors. Periodically, our whole congregation gets involved in making lunches for the Night Ministry’s Sunday afternoon communion service at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.