Through building bridges in our local community, St John’s Episcopal strategically leads and partners with ministries that care for the most vulnerable in our community. Through equipping the saints (you), we are able to show the love and compassion of Jesus to a broken and hurting community. We believe that the key to transforming lives for Jesus is through the context of the relationships we build in our neighborhoods.

 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. {Ephesians 2:10}

 

We will help you find the intersection of passion and purpose in your life which God has specifically gifted you to serve.

 

 

Once A Year Events

Blue Santa Helper

In November and December, St. Johns participates in a toy and gift card drive to help support the New Braunfels Police Department’s Blue Santa program.  The Blue Santa Program collects donations of new, unwrapped Christmas toys and gift cards; and distributes them to less fortunate families in New Braunfels.  This allows these families to be able to provide their children gifts for Christmas that they would otherwise be unable to provide.  

 

St. Johns also encourages its youth to participate in the Blue Santa Program by allocating funds from St. John’s outreach program for its youth to shop for toys to donate. Adult chaperones take the youth to Target to shop for toys to donate.  St. John’s youth are also invited to participate in delivering all the toys and gift cards. 

 

St. Johns donates to the representative of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Blue Santa program.

 

 

 

Communities in Schools Pack the Bus Helper

CIS Pack the Bus hosts an annual Pack-the-Bus school supply drive collecting school supplies for all area students who are in need.  The drive runs through July with more than 20 collection locations, and culminates with an all-day event. 

 

This year, the event will take place on Saturday, August 6, at H_E_B locations in New Braunfels, Schertz, and Bulverde. 

 

CIS Pack the Bus provides new school supplies to thousands of students throughout the school year, working to ensure that every child in our community walks into the classroom prepared and confident.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Bell Ringer

St. John’s volunteers ring bells for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season. We have an assigned day and time to man a collection kettle in the New Braunfels area.  Bell ringing is done in groups of two.

 

 

 

Salvation Army Camp Experience

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  Trying to impact a life for change has to begin somewhere.  Why not one child with a camp experience?  In Summer, 2017, 50 kids are given the opportunity to attend Camp Hoblitzelle in Midalothian, Texas—free of charge.

 

Year Round Events

America Reads

The goal of the America Reads program is to involve community volunteers in a one-on-one tutoring program to help children become independent readers by the end of third grade.  Each week during the school year, volunteers spend 30 minutes tutoring students who are behind in their reading skills.  Volunteers pick the school where they want to help, the number of students they want to tutor, and the day and time to volunteer.  No prior teaching experience is needed.

 

 

 

Community Arts Program

Community Arts Program (CAP) at St. Johns Episcopal Church offers a high quality after-school music program allowing at-risk children to participate in guitar, violin, or piano lessons.  Teachers work with beginning and intermediate musicians,  and two recitals are held each year to celebrate their hard work.  

 

Along with music instruction, volunteers provide tutoring in school subjects and present the “Building a Foundation” arts program.  Both the arts program and tutoring expose children to critical thinking, higher-order questioning, and practical applications.

 

 

 

Family Promise of Greater New Braunfels

Family Promise of GNB is one of over 200 affiliates across the country that provides a community response to families with children facing the crisis of homelessness.  With over 900 children across two school districts identified as homeless, their mission is to mobilize the local faith community to help low-income families achieve and sustain independence.  Through a comprehensive shelter program in partnership with 13 Host Congregations, Family Promise is able to provide professional case management support to local families with children as they navigate through the crisis of homelessness and into their own home.  Once in their own home, graduate families participate in a New Lease on Life after-care program where they continue to receive case management support and attend life skills workshops to further advance their self-sufficiency.  Through maximizing existing community resources and volunteers, FPGNB is able to provide a cost-effective solution to ending family homelessness, one family at a time

 

 

 

Family Life Center

Family Life Center is a clearinghouse and referral center for Comal County.  When a family comes to Family Life, their needs are assessed and checked for legitimacy. They work very closely with other agencies in the community to meet these needs and make sure there is no duplication of services.  Some of the ways Family Life helps these families is by helping with rent, utilities, food, fuel cards for a doctor’s appointment or job interview, auto insurance (a perquisite for fueling the car), short-term prescriptions, furniture, and GED testing. 

 

Family Life is always in need of volunteers to help answering the phones, screening clients, making copies of client documents, monthly food distribution, and weekly bread distribution.

 

 

 

Global Mission Trips

Each year there are mission trips sponsored by the Diocese of West Texas to many different areas of the world. We are working to be faithful to the Great Commission, (Matthew 28:19) and His Great Commandment (Matthew 22:39).

 

 

 

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity (Apostle’s Build) is an organization that builds homes for needy families.  The families are carefully chosen, and are required to contribute “sweat equity” on someone else’s home, as well as their own.  In 2016, St. Johns contributed $4,300 to Habitat of New Braunfels.  St. Johns also provided a day of labor through the Apostle’s Build program.  Apostle’s Build is a program in which many of the churches in the community choose a Saturday to supply labor on a given home.  If this is a ministry you would like to participate in, there are needs throughout the year.  No skill is required, and you can learn a lot while working.

 

 

 

Options for Life

Options for Life is a non-profit, Christ-centered organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to choose life, to make positive sexual choices, and to bring healing to those affected by abortion.  The organization offers pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing, referral for medical and community services, assistance with baby items (clothing, diapers, equipment, etc.), classes (topics include parenting, healing from sexual abuse, healing following abortion, growing in faith, and car seat training), and Bible studies. 

 

 

 

The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table is a client choice program of the New Braunfels Food Band created to provide a variety of services with one goal in mind—to fight hunger.  The Kitchen Table provides services such as a client-choice pantry, nutrition education, benefit assistance, children’s programs, financial literacy, senior programs, family dining, employment assistance through New Braunfels Works, and New Braunfels utility bill assistance.

 

 

 

SOS Food Bank

The New Braunfels Foodbank is a multiservice organization created to provide a variety of services with one goal in mind—to fight hunger!  The vision of the New Braunfels Food Bank is to be the catalyst and central agency in a collaborative program which will enable a true model for fighting hunger and poverty in the New Braunfels area.  In addition to the client choice pantry, our programs and services include nutrition education, benefit assistance, children’s programs, senior programs, financial literacy, utility assistance, and employment assistance.  The New Braunfels Food Bank can also turn $1 in 10 pounds of food or seven meals!

 

There two ways to serve this ministry.

  1. St. John’s volunteers staff the SOS Food Bank on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and on the fifth Monday when it occurs. Volunteers pack food and distribute it to less fortunate families in the our community.
  2. On the last Sunday of each month St. John’s collects non-perishable food at each service to be donated to the SOS Food Bank. These donations help them to fulfill the demand of those in need.

 

 

Steps for Life

Steps for Life is a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization empowering individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty and promote lasting change.  STEPS provides individuals an opportunity for a better life through one-on-one life coaching.  STEPS is committed to help those who are willing to change by equipping them with the tools, resources, and encouragement they need.  STEPS was created to increase autonomy and confidence by helping clients build momentum through small, subsequent successes.  STEPS not only looks at the immediate needs of the individual or family, but also at developing a long-term well-being.  The aim is to not provide a band-aid, but to provide long-term solutions.

 

 

 

Texas Ramp Project

Texas Ramp Project builds wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one.  In a few hours, we give these people the freedom to choose to stay in their own home—the home where they want to remain, but whose steps have imprisoned them.  By building a safe way for them to exit their own home, a ramp gives them the ability to re-enter the community and improve their quality of life.  As the labor is performed by volunteers, the vast majority of the funds received are used to purchase material to build the ramps, with a small portion for administration, such as the website.

 

The ramps meet ADA guidelines for slope and safe construction.  No prior construction experience is needed. 

 

 

 

YMCA NB

YMCA NB hopes to serve 3,500 children in their Youth Development programs this year.  Their after-school program, offered to all students attending NBISD elementary schools, includes a light snack, homework time, and planned activities.  Between ¼ and 1/3 of the students attend on scholarships, to which St. Johns contributes.  This program is vital to our community as it allows one or both parents to work and have assurance their child is safe and active. 

 

Summer Day Camp activities are designed to teach skills, develop character, develop friendships, and promote group participation.  A new program, “Safety Around Water,” will offer swim lessons at local apartments for children who cannot make it to the YMCA and who qualify for financial assistance. 

 

The Y provides programs and services to the entire community, regardless of an inability to pay.  Financial assistance is awarded based on need and availability of funds.

 

 

Community Connection Events

Planning Team members and Volunteers are needed for our:

 

Camp Outreach

Camp Outreach is St. John’s annual week-long summer outreach program.  We promote service to others while enjoying fellowship with one another. Our program is designed to allow children and youth to create meaningful projects that will be distributed to members of our community and participate in service oriented activities.

 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt is open to our community. We invite them to join us in a fun-filled day of egg hunting, games and a meal. Volunteers are needed to make the Egg Hunt a success.  The Egg hunt is generally held the Saturday prior to Easter.

 

 

 

Worship in the Park

On the Sunday following Easter, we gather at the Landa Park Dance Slab for our Sunday Worship.  Service is followed by the annual church potluck picnic in the park

 

 

 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

On Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, we invite our church family, all of our friends and the surrounding community to join us for an evening of games, food, fellowship and fun.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Carving Party

Our Pumpkin Carving Party is a community outreach event. The community is invited to share pumpkins, games and treats. Volunteers are needed to make this a safe and successful, and fun event.  We need volunteers to help with set-up, food, and clean-up.  The Pumpkin Carving Party is held in the evening during the week prior to Halloween.

 

  • Login