MISSIONS & MINISTRIES

Working Toward a Better World


Back Bay Mission

St. John's is a strong supporter of Back Bay Mission, a community based United Church of Christ mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. Each winter St. John's sends volunteers to work side-by-side with other churches from around the nation. Volunteers provide hands-on labor for mission-related projects, such as housing rehab, the food pantry, and staffing the Micah Day Center, where homeless people can shower, do laundry and work on job search skills.  

FISH

FISH is a community-based resource for area families in need. It operates a thrift store and also offers assistance for food, clothing, utility bill payments, transportation assistance, and counseling referral services to appropriate agencies. Several other community groups, including the Mokena and Frankfort Lions clubs, Project Share and Berkots Supermarket also provide assistance.

All calls to FISH are handled through Crisis Line of Will County 24 hours a day. In turn, Crisis Line contacts a FISH volunteer who screens the call and directs the client to appropriate care. The FISH organization is always in need of additional volunteers. The hours are flexible and the rewards immeasurable.

Heartland Blood Centers

St. John’s sponsors blood drives at least three times a year in our Christian Community Center, right next to the church. These drives are done in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers of Illinois, which brings personnel and equipment onsite to help replenish the seemingly unending need for blood and blood products in a busy suburban area.

Operation Christmas Child

Each year, we collect shoeboxes for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child. The boxes are stuffed with gifts of small toys, personal products, and loving wishes for a merry  and bessed Christmas.  The entire congregation, from toddlers to seniors, participate. These wonderful boxes are delivered to a distribution location where they are sent around the world to the merriment of the children who receive them.

Prayer Shawls

This ministry creates and brings crocheted or knitted prayer shawls to help comfort people experiencing life-challenging situations, be they physical or emotional events related to hospitalization for surgery, cancer, or other physical or mental distress. The shawls are hand made by members and friends of the church specifically for this purpose. Once each shawl is finished, it is blessed, wrapped in ribbon and affixed with a prayer card for future distribution to anyone who requests one for themselves or a loved one. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, either by knitting or crocheting shawls, or providing yarn or other supplies, please contact the church office for further contact information.

Shepherd's Table

Volunteers who serve at Shepherd’s table meet on the fourth Thursday of every month in the parking lot of St. John’s before heading to Joliet to prepare meals for those in need. The group is always looking for volunteers, whether they can help one time only or on a regular basis. Those who wish to serve Shepherd’s Table, but are unable to attend on Thursdays, can contribute monetary donations or donations of specific food items.