Outreach Ministeries

All Saints' Day Chili Supper

Every November 1st, you'll find St. John's dishing out some of the best food around at our annual All Saints' Day Chili Supper. This event is a benefit for the Abilene Area Food & Clothing Center, a local resource for needy individuals and families.

White Chili. Spicy Chili. Vegetarian Chili. Mild Chili. Each is made with love and guaranteed to delight diners. We even provide take-out!

Blessing of the Pets

To commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we gather each year on the Saturday following October 4th (the feast day of St. Francis) at 10:00 AM in Eisenhower Park for a special service of blessing for our community's beloved pets. 

Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired. He left few writings; but, of these, his spirit of joyous faith comes through most clearly in the Canticle of the Sun, an ode to God’s living creation.

All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.

A happy group of pets and their human companions gathered for blessings.

A happy group of pets and their human companions gathered for blessings.

Harriette's Basket

The large basket near the base of the pulpit is named for the late Harriette Minturn. Harriette was a long-term member of St. John's and worked tirelessly for her church and her community, especially the Abilene Area Food & Clothing Center. Her spirit inspires us to continue her ministry to the less fortunate in our community.

Non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies placed in the basket are delivered regularly to the Food & Clothing Center.

Little Free Library

Located to the south of the church next to the sidewalk on Buckeye Avenue is St. John's Little Free Library®. It was built and installed by one of our parishioners with the assistance of others in the congregation. 

Little Free Libraries operate on the principle of sharing - take a book, return a book - not necessarily the same one. This library is a literacy outreach project and features primarily children's books donated by church and community members.

Young parishioners donated books to start the Little Free Library St. John's hosts.

Young parishioners donated books to start the Little Free Library St. John's hosts.

Mitten Tree

Every year St. John's partners with many area organizations in supporting Toys for Tots through donations of hats, mittens, gloves, and toys.

CKFF Parade Hospitality

St. John's location on the corner of 6th Street and Buckeye Avenue provides a prime spot for watching the annual Central Kansas Free Fair Parade. Parishioners host members of our community and out-of-town visitors by providing free iced tea and lemonade and restroom access during the parade.

The Undercrafters

Whether it's with needle and thread, rubber stamps, hammer, or paintbrush, this group of crafty Christians makes items to sell for the benefit of the Abilene Area Food and Clothing Center. Their motto: The Undercrafters: Will Work for Food.