Fellowship, friendships, and good old-fashioned fun are what make this commission so successful in bringing people closer to each other and God. We have a place everyone in our church community. Don’t hesitate to join in!
Contact the Parish office for additional information: 410-461-7793
Fellowship Through Food
Church Ladies is a women’s fellowship group that meet 3-4 times a year for dinner at a local restaurant. This is a large group of women of all ages who enjoy each others’ company. Contact: Karen Sarno, 410.480.9640
The Friars is the men’s equivalent of Church Ladies. This group of men meet out for dinner 5-6 times a year. There is no agenda for these meetings—just clean, wholesome fellowship. Anyone is welcome to join at any time. Contact: Stuart Ragland, 410.715.9086
Dinners for Eight offers groups of eight to ten parishioners an opportunity to gather monthly or as they see fit. Singles and couples alike are welcome to join at any time throughout the year. Groupings are done in the fall and again in early spring. This is typically an adults-only group, however, some groups have been known to go outside the box and bring entire families together around the table. To register for the 2019 dinners, contact Peggy Burrows, 410-203-0740
The Progressive Dinner
This year's event takes place on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This is one incredible night of friends, food and fellowship! We start with an Appetizer Party of 25-30 Parishioners from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Then we move to a more intimate Dinner Party of between 8-10 folks at over 15 Parishioner homes in the area.Dinner Parties run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Then, finally, we all gather together in the Church Auditorium for coffee and dessert until 10:00 pm. Parishioner may click here to sign up. You will love it! Contact: Biz Merkey ,410-750-9231 or Karen Good, 410-465-1382
Receptions Committee is a group of dedicated volunteers who arrange receptions for special events at St. John’s. They coordinate all the logistics and food for confirmations, clergy forums, new member receptions, and other occasions. This group will receive members at all times throughout the year and is a great way to serve the community of St. John’s. Contact: Beth Mackey
Other SJEC Parish Life & Fellowship Ministries
The Living Creche
For over 50 years, St. John’s has provided this joyous outdoor nativity scene for the Howard County community. Families can sign up for one hour time slots from Christmas Eve through December 30. Each family that participates dresses in the holy family clothing and becomes a part of a scene that includes two live sheep. All ages are encouraged to participate—it is a wonderful way to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Sign up occurs during the month of December.
St. John’s Book Group is a women’s group that meets monthly to discuss popular and classical books in a casual environment. This group chooses all the readings and new participants can join at any time. It is a great way to come together over a common interest—a good book! Contact: Allison Gradwell
The Fellowship of the "Table" provides an opportunity for the men of St. John's to gather once a month for an evening of friendly but spirited billiard play in the homes of hosting parishioners. Meets the 4th Monday of each month; no experience or pool table required! Contact: Dave Standeven.
The Pieceful Quilters gather regularly to quilt their own pieces, quilts for young children in the hospital, and large quilts to auction off to benefit our outreach mission or altar frontals that beautify our own home. This is a group of women of all ages and abilities. Parishioners may join at any time throughout the year.
Contacts: Ellen Bell, 410-461-5680 or Ann Corbett, 410-531-2379
The Prayer Shawl Ministry, part of the Pastoral Care Commission, meets bimonthly to knit shawls for parishioners in need of a warm touch.
Contact: The Prayer Shawl Ministry: Judy Anderson, 410-461-7273
The Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont is an amazing three-day retreat in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the Memorial day weekend, over 200 of our St. John’s family come to pray, play, and just relax. We have regular events for the kids, morning worship, evening compline, crafts, swimming, music, dancing, fishing, wine tasting, family Olympics, social hours, and good ’ole country meals served throughout each day. You will leave Monday afternoon exhausted and completely in love with St. John’s. Once you attend this retreat, you will be hooked for years to come. Registration for the weekend starts in March and runs through mid- April. Contact: Kim Kerry, 410-992-3221
The Women’s Retreat, usually held in the spring, is a place where women parishioners and clergy share their spiritual journeys through meditation, fellowship, prayer, and worship. Contact: Peggy Burrows,
The Men's Retreat is held each year in November at the Bishop Claggett Center. A facilitator presents materials for discussion and group work, and there is a time of worship and socializing as well. Contact: the Clergy, 410-461-7793