St John’s actively supports local needs in our St Louis community, outreach across the United States (e.g. Hurricane Katrina support, annual youth mission trips), and global support through the UCC’s global outreach known as “Our Church’s Wider Mission”. While we work to give back to our communities, we receive much more through these efforts. It is often in our mission work that we form the tightest bonds of friendship among our church friends. Here’s another way for you to experience St John’s – volunteer in one of our missions.
Earth Day, Every Day — You Can Make a Difference! From Church to Home to Community!
St. John's United Church of Christ practices sustained stewardship through our philosophy of "Earth Day, Every Day — from church to home to community." It is our goal to promote environmental awareness for our members and our community neighbors through our ongoing practices of sustainable living, caring for the earth, and environmental stewardship throughout the year.
Heartfelt thanks to our St John’s gardeners who tend to our church yard gardens with such loyalty and care. And a special recognition to Jeanne and her team who years ago envisioned and then built our official “National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildflower Garden – the first church in our region to reach such a distinction!
RECYCLING AT ST. JOHN’S
We have two recycle bins in the back of the church parking lot. The blue one is for aluminum cans. Drop off your rinsed aluminum cans only in this bin, no plastic and no tin foil please. The yellow and green Abitibi Bin is our paper bin for newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail and other recyclable paper. This bin is not for phone books, or plastic bags except those that contain shredded paper. Shredded paper should be in a plastic or paper bag. We have a single stream ECO BIN behind the church next to the trash bin. This bin, which is for church use, is for all other recyclables that would be accepted curbside, including phone books, plastic bottles (all except #6), tin cans and foil, glass jars, and BROKEN DOWN cardboard. There is a bin to recycle printer cartridges in the hallway by the church office. Money that is raised from recycling at St. John’s goes towards various environmental stewardship projects throughout the year.
St. John’s has adopted and maintains the section of Olive Boulevard that runs in front of the church from White Plains to Shenandoah.
There are a number of local organizations that St John's supports throughout the year. At Emmaus Homes adults with developmental disabilities find the services, support and care they need to reach their highest potential. Through a variety of residential and recreational programs, Emmaus Homes is able to individualize care based on each clients’ needs, interests and goals.
Providing residential care for troubled boys and girls ages 6 to 18, Every Child’s Hope is dedicated to providing children with solid and substantial growth experiences which will prepare them for effective personal, family, community and career interactions. ECH provides caring, professional services that empower, educate and nurture children, youth and families to become productive, healthy members of the community.
At Lydia’s House abused women and children find sanctuary via transitional housing, comprehensive, goal-oriented support services, and access to community resources.
Neighborhood Houses is a ministry of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, is a not-for-profit organization. Their mission is to strengthen children, families, and communities through neighborhood centered, character building, life-changing programs that help create hope, health, and independence. Through the facilities at St. James Place, Dignity House, and Caroline Mission, Neighborhood Houses is able to offer day school and after school programs, adult education programs and food pantries, among many others.
Circle of Concern is an area food bank that St John’s has supported with food donations, and for many years we have been the distribution center for Thanksgiving baskets provided to hundreds of St Louis county residents..
Camp Mo-Val is an UCC-sponsored camp for children, youth and adults. Situated on nearly 300 wooded acres near Union, Missouri, Mo-Val has three separate lodges and three 4-room cabins, providing up to 140 beds. The main lodge includes a dining hall that can accommodate 120, with a separate meeting area that can seat 140. Outdoor facilities include a 7-acre lake with canoes, hiking trails, game fields, group challenge and high ropes courses, picnic pavilions, swimming pool (summer use only), chapels and campfire circles. Canoeing, fishing and just relaxing by the lake are favorite activities for many guests.
St. John's has participated in Operation Clean Stream, which is held the 4th Saturday of August each year, for many years. Volunteers all over St. Louis clean up our streams, rivers and river banks on this day.