St. John’s is always active in outreach programs within its own community and throughout the surrounding communities.
Community Food Cupboard: We support this local community mission each month with food and monetary donations collected from our parishioners. Also, at the end of the year we donate a percentage of any money we made at fundraisers as an additional gift.
Agape Communities Dinners: On the last Wednesday of every month, St. John's holds a free dinner, to which everyone is invited. Dinners have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID. We will resume them as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
Party-In-A-Bag: We provide gift bags to the Clifton Springs, Phelps and Shortsville/Manchester food cupboards for those who have children under the age of 13 who would normally not be able to afford these things. The bags include cake mix, frosting, balloons, party tablecloth, candles, and a $10 gift certificate to Second Seasons Consignment Shop.
We continue to reach out with gifts to support the House of John (hospice) and to FLACRA (Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling & Referral Agency).
At the Festival of Lights (held the first weekend in December in downtown Clifton Springs) we have a salt potato giveaway with free-will donations. Any donations received go to local causes, such as the Ontario County Humane Society and Clifton Springs Fire Department.
We host a free Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Students from the Midlakes High School come and help as part of their community service project, and people from FLACRA come and help out. Any free will donations received go to local causes, such as the School Supply Project.
We hold a Community Coat Drive/Giveaway early in November. New and gently used winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves are available to children and adults who are in need. The coats are donated by community members, Second Seasons Consignment Shop and St. John’s parishioners and the Rectors Discretionary Fund. We also offer a warm meal of chili, soup and bread during the giveaway. If we do not have what a person needs, we take their information and purchase the items for them. The remainder of the coats are given to Second Seasons, the local food cupboard, FLACRA and veterans outreach programs.