The Outreach Ministry of St. John’s is a way of proclaiming the gospel not only by word but also through example. In promises made when baptized and with each renewal of our baptismal covenant, we pledge to “seek and serve Christ in all persons”, by loving and serving our neighbors as ourselves. With God’s help, we agree to “strive for justice and peace among all people” and to ‘respect the dignity of every human being.” It is a primary role of the Outreach Committee to affirm, develop and enlist all baptized persons for engagement in personal ministry.
Our ministry to the world: Individual Commitment, Direct Assistance, Partnering with Others.
The Outreach Committee oversees many outreach activities of the parish. It provides budget recommendations to the Vestry on projects where we lead, those that we support with local partners (ESS, Interfaith Ministry and Sandwich Saturday), and others who share our concern for the homeless, the hungry, and the hurting in downtown Wichita (Inter-Faith Ministries, United Methodist Open Door, Center of Hope, and Advocates to End Chronic Homelessness).
Our time, talent and financial resources are directed to meet needs that are local and to address problems within our diocese, our state, and needs that are national and global.
The Outreach Committee is also our connection to the programs of the Episcopal Church USA and Anglican Communion, including:
- The United Thank Offering addressing human needs and helping to alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally, within Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses.
- Episcopal Relief and Development offering US and global disaster relief; support for international programs to eliminate poverty, hunger, and disease; and support for sustainable community development.
- Crossroads Campaign of the Diocese: to construct a new Leadership Center to house the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry and the diocesan offices, and provide 10% of the amount raised for outreach and mission at home and abroad.
- The ONE Episcopalian Campaign provides support for international efforts to achieve social and economic justice through the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for in Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti.
- Episcopal Migration Ministries of Wichita, assisting the resettlement of global refugees who have escaped the threat of violence and persecution in their homelands