St. John’s is an active participant in the community and believes that it is our job as Christians to help members of our community wherever possible.
Wakefield Food Pantry
St. John’s is an active participant in the Wakefield Food Pantry. There is a basket at the back of the church for Food Pantry donations. Members of the congregation deliver these donations to the Food Pantry weekly. Several congregation members participate in food pickup and delivery for the Food Pantry as part of their ministry.
Contributions of non-perishable food may be made to the Wakefield Food Pantry by placing all items in the basket at the back of the church and they will be taken to the Food Pantry. Envelopes are available in the entry vestibule or narthex of the church if you would like to send a monetary contribution to the Food Pantry. Please place monetary contributions in the offering plate or leave them in the church office.
EpiscoGolf is one of our most long-standing and much-enjoyed annual fundraising events, scheduled in August. All proceed benefit programs for children in our surrounding area. Contributions to the EpiscoGolf event are welcome. You can contribute by sponsoring a hole or playing in the tournament. You can contribute your time and talent by working on the EpiscoGolf committee. To contribute in any way, contact Peter Campbell (603) 335-6328 or (603) 522-3106.
St. John’s parishioners are among the founders and major supporters of the annual “Animals Raising Funds for Food” or ARFF Walk which benefits the Wakefield Food Pantry and, beginning in 2017, the Lakes Regions Humane Society (LRHS). Graciously escorted by the Wakefield Police, the brief ARFF Walk follows Meadow St from Turntable Park and concludes at the Poor People’s Pub.
St. John's Thrift Shop
For many decades, the St John’s Thrift Shop, provided an important community ministry by offering a low cost source of used clothing, toys, books, gifts and other items. For the last dozen years, the Thrift Shop was kept open most Friday and Saturday mornings in the basement of the old StJB Parish Hall, by a most dedicated parishioner, Ann Elkins, and her small crew. We commend and thank these special women for their tireless service to the community. Given the reconfiguration of St John the Baptist’s campus and limited staffing, the StJB Thrift Shop was sadly closed in December 2018. Stay tuned — we hope St John's long-standing Thrift Shop ministry will be revitalized in a new location and through a wider collaborative effort to serve our community in the near future.