Visit our Current needs page to learn about special outreach projects and ways to serve inside our church to help with worship services and programs!

St. John is committed to giving back to our community and world.

This year we have focused our efforts on our four closest neighbors: four compass points if you will. We will be organizing several activities to help these places, to get to know these individuals, and to share the love of Christ with our neighbors. Compass Points Update July 2018

-Wesley Woods/St. John Towers

Wesley Woods operates several comfortable retirement communities throughout North Georgia like St. John Towers next door that emphasize wellness, socialization, education, and personal and spiritual fulfillment making the retirement experience healthy and fulfilling for older adults of all income levels, races, and faiths. As a not-for-profit provider, Wesley Woods provides affordable residential and healthcare services to older adults. Wesley Woods is different from profit-based retirement communities because they serve people rather than the bottom line.

Wesley Woods Website: http://www.wesleywoods.org
St. John Towers Website: http://www.wesleywoods.org/sjt/augusta-st-john-towers.html

-The Mead House Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet is located on the second floor of the St. John Mead House near the corner of 8th and Telfair Streets. There are selections of free clothes and clothes for purchase. Clothes that are offered for purchase are $2 per garment for adults and $1 per garment for children. A recent informal traffic study suggests we are serving over 1,000 needy people a year. The clothes closet is in constant need of new or gently used clothing and shoes. Donations may be brought to the church during office hours or directly to the clothes closet during their open hours.

-The Wesley Foundation at Augusta University

Housed in their new space at the corner of 8th and Greene (formerly The United Methodist Children’s Home), the foundation known on college campuses across the world as the Methodist Student body will be meeting for worship, study, and fellowship with a coffee bar! We hope to offer support to these young adults as they transition in this new phase of their lives.

-The Jessye Norman School of the Arts

The Mission of the Jessye Norman School of the Arts is to develop students to become creative, caring, visionary, responsible citizens through the transformative power of the arts.  The broad-ranged fine arts program challenges students academically, integrates technology and lays the foundation for extraordinary life experiences. This is an afterschool program and summer program designed to develop and nurture the artistic and creative talents of students.  The School of the Arts serves the cultural and educational needs of these traditionally under-served youth by providing:

  • Free fine arts instruction
  • Academic Tutoring
  • An opportunity for advanced level study in dance, drama, music, art, and creative writing
  • Exposure to professionals working within the arts fields
  • Information on possible careers in the arts
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of presentation and performance

http://www.jessyenormanschool.org/

 

We also have several local and international missions that we support with our time and money.

Local Outreach

-The Mead House of St. John UMC   430-432 8th St., Augusta, Ga 30901       Article on the beginning of the Mead House

Our building houses these three ministries*:

*Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries

DCCM is a joint effort of local churches (originally primarily downtown churches) that operates a food pantry out of the first floor of the St. John Mead House.

DCCM is categorized as a super pantry, distributing nearly 100 tons of food to clients every year. Over 1200 families each month rely on DCCM for sustenance.

DCCM distributes bags of nutritious food to individuals that meet income guidelines. They strive to supply a diverse array of items that their clients would be proud to feed their family. It’s their hope that everyone as access to nutritious food regardless of their ability to pay.

DCCM also offers “Snack Packs” to homeless clients. Snack packs are ready-to-eat, prepackaged foods that do not require cooking equipment. Snack packs enable homeless clients to eat when the soup kitchens and shelters are closed.

Most area pantries operate as an Emergency Pantry, limiting the number of times an individual may receive food to a few times per year. Because the majority of DCCM’s clients are on a fixed income and face chronic food insecurity, they allow individuals to receive food several times each month if needed.

Website: http://www.dccmaugusta.org

*St. Vincent De Paul Health Clinic

Housed at St. John’s Mead House. A free health clinic with full services for the homeless and uninsured.

St. Vincent de Paul Health Center provides health care to people who are having problems using other sources of health care. Most are not insured; many are homeless or live in unstable situations.

*The Mead House Clothes Closet

The Clothes Closet is located on the second floor of the St. John Mead House near the corner of 8th and Telfair Streets. There are selections of free clothes and clothes for purchase. Clothes that are offered for purchase are $2 per garment for adults and $1 per garment for children. A recent informal traffic study suggests we are serving over 1,000 needy people a year.

The clothes closet is in constant need of new or gently used clothing and shoes. Donations may be brought to the church during office hours or directly to the clothes closet during their open hours.

-Augusta Urban Ministries

Furniture and bike support program.

-The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House at the Shirley Badke Retreat

Patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital could be in the hospital for as little as one week or as long as 8 to 10 weeks. Since most burn patients come from outside of Augusta, finding an affordable place to stay for their families close to the hospital is sometimes impossible. That’s why Doctors Hospital has a residence on campus run by the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation that allows family members of burn patients to stay, free of charge, while their loved one is in the hospital. The residence is named after Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, a South Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The Chavis House sleeps up to 50 people and has a washer, dryer, kitchen for warming up food and family room with TV.

We are one of the local churches in the Augusta area who pitch in and make sure there is one hot meal served at the residence each day for the families.

-Master’s Table Soup Kitchen

The Master’s Table is Golden Harvest Food Bank’s soup kitchen in Downtown Augusta. It was started during the 1982 recession as one of the Food Bank’s very first direct-service programs and, thanks to the kindness and support of our community, has grown to feed a noon meal to more than 325 homeless and hungry persons per day, 365 days per year.

St. John provides volunteers once a quarter to prepare and serve the meal. Contact the church office to volunteer.

Website: https://goldenharvest.org/programs/masters-table

-Augusta Rescue Mission

Since 1965, the Augusta Rescue Mission has had a tireless commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness by creating a safe and healing environment for homeless men. More than just a shelter and soup kitchen, the Mission offers the means for men’s lives to change, arming them with the understanding and wisdom for sound decision-making, as well as with life skills.

Website: http://augustarescuemission.org

-Heritage Christian Academy

In 2000, a small group of people began to dream about starting an inner city Christian school for the children who need it the most and whose parents could afford it the least. They discovered that the children in urban Augusta were not unlike the children in all urban school districts in America, living in poverty (1 in 3) and undereducated. The schools in the district were some of the worst in the state. Recognizing that ndereducation and social counterproductivity are as closely correlated as smoking and lung cancer, they set about doing the research and raising the money to start a school with an intentional mission to the children from low-income families.

The school opened in 2001 with 10 students. Five years later there were 60 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In the tenth year, 2010, there were 145 students, and in 2015-16 there were over 210 in K-8!

Heritage Academy creates a culture of learning with high expectations for academic, character and spiritual development. The curriculum is rigorous. Children may participate in a Suzuki violin program at no cost. All students participate in the weekly chapel program and the students have consistently out- performed both national and county averages on standardized tests.

Website: http://www.heritageacademyaugusta.org

-Jeff Stafford Scholarship for Hale House

The Jeff Stafford Scholarship was established in memory of St. John Member, Jeff Stafford, an early success story at Hale House and a tireless worker at Hale House and St. John during and after recovery. Money in the scholarship fund is dispersed at the pastor’s discretion to help underwrite the cost of entering the Hale House program for needy individuals. (The Hale House is a non-profit halfway house for men challenged with substance abuse. The Hale House Foundation Inc. is a transitional program to assist men over the age of 18 with substance abuse problems to recover in a safe halfway house setting until they are ready to assume responsibility by readjusting to society and resume independent living. The Hale House offers programs without restrictions on the length of stay to accommodate individual recovery. It holds to a strict zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drug use as well as any unwillingness to cooperate with foundation rules beneficial to the entire recovering community.  http://www.thehalefoundation.com/

Missionaries & World Missions

-Ronnie & Angi Hopkins, Missionaries to Nicaragua

Ronnie and Angi served in the Red Bird Missionary Conference before joining The Mission Society team. Ronnie was the camp manager and Angi served as a nurse practitioner. They were active on short-term teams to Nicaragua for 10 years before moving there full-time. They work with MEFEL, a group of indigenous evangelical pastors. Ronnie and Angi work in community health and development, as well as host short-term teams for medical/dental outreaches, construction projects, and evangelism.

Website: http://www.themissionsociety.org/people/hopkins Email: ronnieangi@gmail.com

-The Kenya Project

The mission of The Kenya Project is to provide opportunities for Christians to be in ministry to children of Kenya by providing resources and facilities for their health, education, and spiritual development through:

  • Student sponsorships for private and public education
  • Health and welfare grants
  • Opportunities for Christian mission work in Kenya
  • Providing homes for orphans in Kenya

Website: http://www.thekenyaproject.org

Kimberly Blanchard, St. John UMC Missions Committee Chair