What We Do

Click the plus sign on each box to learn more about the ministries and opportunities for involvement at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Care Team

Responds, free of charge, to the non-medical “quality of life” needs of individuals not routinely provided by existing social service programs. Care Teams acts as an extended family or friend, and assist with a variety of activities such as visiting, shopping transportation, respite care and support to individuals with special needs.

Church Public Suppers

Join us each month (except July and August) for a delicious public supper. The menu rotates and is always fantastic. We will take care of the dishes, you just get to relax with your friends and family. Proceeds collected from the suppers benifit the Outreach Committee and their many projects in the community. For more information visit the Church Suppers website.

Education

See Sunday School and Youth Group. We also conduct Vacation Bible School every summer, usually in August, for five days/evenings in a row.  This ministry is for children from 4 years of age through those who have recently completed Grade 5.

Healing

Healing Touch can be a powerful complement to your medical care both as a treatment and as a preventive measure. It is so exciting and hopeful to know that more can be done. You can experience the power and the mystery of God’s healing grace in many ways through our healing ministry.

The Good Earth Garden

The Good Earth Garden is a community garden project coordinated by members of St. John’s. Find out more here.

Lay Speakers

Lay speakers are active, supportive members of the United Methodist Church, eager to serve through the church, well-informed on Scripture, and on the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church.

Mission Teams

St John’s UMC has sent mission teams to the following locations: New Orleans LA – Hurricane Katrina, Sea Bright NJ – Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island NY – Hurricane Sandy, Guatemala – Project Salud Y Paz., Haiti – Earthquake and Northern Maine.

Prayer Chain

Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and acknowledging our dependence upon God. Prayer is the needful practice of all peoples from all over the world. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the eternal. Requests may be submitted by email

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry combines the love of knitting/crocheting and compassion into a spiritual practice that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Our shawl makers pray for the recipient, as they create the shawl. Then, during our worship services, our congregation lays hands on the shawls and prays for the recipients. And then we deliver them, as a tangible sign of our love and prayers.

If you would like to participate in this ministry, follow the pattern below. Then deliver the shawl to our church office. And know that you are a blessing to others!

How to Knit a Prayer Shawl – The Easy Pattern!

Use size 11 (8mm) knitting needles and three skeins of Homespun Yarn (available for under $5 per skein in many colors). Cast on 66 stitches, and knit until you have completed 2 skeins. Prior to starting skein number 3, cut 120 pieces of yarn roughly 12” long for the fringe, then finish knitting with the remainder of the skein. When completed, cast off, and then add fringe to each stitch on both ends. That is it!!!

Small Groups
Weddings at St. John's

St. John’s is a wonderful place to be married. For more information please visit our Wedding page.

Church Committees

Click the plus sign to find out more about the committies of the church. Membership in a committee is on a volunteer basis. Committees have a chair position as well as general membership.

Communications & Media Committee

Responsible for presenting the church missions to the community and the world. We manage all social media, press releases and this website, as well as the various media formats used by the church. Contact by email.

 

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Finance Committee

Responsible for financial direction, annual funding program, program budget, financial communications & reporting, and building philanthopy.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee at St. John’s United Methodist Church strives to be a welcoming community to all who come to experience the family of God at this gathering place. We endeavor to provide regular times of fellowship and refreshments as people gather between our scheduled worship services on Sunday mornings. Once a month we put on a public dinner open to the community providing a nutritious and affordable meal.

Outreach Committee

Provides a multitude of opportunities to serve and minister to others, as well as a variety of levels at which to be active in mission. Some of our ongoing programs include: Dover Children’s Home, My Friend’s Place, Seacoast Family Promise, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Dover Friendly Kitchen, Dover Cooperative Ministries, Volunteers in Mission (mission trips to Louisiana, Haiti, and Guatemala), and The Share Fund.

Permanent Endowment Committee

Your gifts to an Endowment Fund will provide St. John’s with a permanent financial resource to share the love of Christ with our congregation and beyond.  Envision your gift providing support for college scholarships, music ministries, educational/youth ministries, senior programs or capital improvements.

Staff/Parish Relations Committee

Responsible for creation of job descriptions and the employee handbook, hiring, supervising, and recommending salary and benefit packages.

Trustees

Responsible for maintaining the church properties, buildings and equipment. There are nine Trustees who also serve as representatives on other church committees as well.

Worship Committee

Responsible for creating the worship environment. Alter flowers, music, special displays. Find out more about St. John’s worship structure here.

Witness and Nurture Committee

Encourages all members and friends to share the good news of Jesus Christ, to offer hospitality, and to support our faith journey.