Guild of St. John the Divine
This is the acolytes guild, whose members provide liturgical support during the liturgies: at Solemn and Sung Eucharists, as well as Low Masses. Acolytes serve at the altar as sub deacons and servers, crucifers, thurifers, torchbearers and lectors. Training and vestments are provided. Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers are licensed to serve by the Bishop of New York. Parishioners interested in altar service should speak with the rector.
The members care for church vestments and vessels.
St. Bernard’s Guild
The members serve as greeters and ushers, receive the offerings during services and present them at the altar.
St. John's Ministry and Outreach Programs
The St. John’s Pastoral Counseling Center
The Counseling Center (which is a part of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute) provides moderately priced psychotherapy, including a religious perspective, in Wade House, located in St. Benedict’s Courtyard. Persons in need with limited resources can find counseling at reduced rates and client assistance is often available. The professional staff are, psychologists, clinical social workers and clergy. The Rev'd Gary Hellman directs the work of the center. Volunteers can occasionally assist with administration, telephone, and grant writing.
The St. John’s Choristers
The Children’s Choir provides free musical education for children on Wednesday afternoons and they, in turn, sing at the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist one Sunday each month. They learn about the traditions of music and liturgy and are trained according to the Royal School of Church Music, an English musical education program for children. The program serves neighborhood children and can often use volunteers to supervise the children on Monday afternoons, as well as doing administrative and support work for the choirmaster.
Have a Meal on Us
Any needy person can get a free meal “on us” by applying at the Church Office. The parish has a relationship with a neighborhood delicatessen to provide food for those in need. Volunteers can contribute to the fund for this work by gifts to the parish Discretionary Fund.
The Food Pantry
At each liturgy, there is a basket placed at the back of the church, in the narthex, into which people are invited to put nonperishable food offerings for the poor. At each sung liturgy, the food basket is presented along with the people’s other offerings. The food is given to the food pantry at a neighboring church for distribution to the poor. The basket is clearly marked and your contributions help those in need.
Stewardship of our Buildings
We make our buildings available for meetings of community groups, block associations, and 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. We have a long standing relationship with New York University, and many students from their music school have recitals in the church periodically.
Sunday evenings, 6:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist followed by
a free home-cooked meal!
Canterbury Downtown meets at:
802 Broadway and 10th Street
Canterbury Downtown is a campus ministry of
The Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Visit the chaplaincy website: http://www.canterburynyc.org
Students new to New York, and those returning are back to the hustle and bustle of a new school year. In the midst of the rush of the city, student life and making a place for yourself here, allow your spirit to catch up with your body, don’t forget the gift of Sabbath, and join with fellow companions on the journey as we break bread at the Lord’s table, and feed our bodies and our souls.
The Rattlestick Theatre
Rattlestick is a non-profit theatre group who uses the theater located on the top floor of our parish house. They provide a place for new actors, writers and directors to begin or develop their theatre careers. Because theatre has been, for many years, an important part of the cultural and economic life of New York, the parish joins in sponsoring this good work. Rattlestick presents a half dozen productions each year and does some collaborative work with the parish on arts projects.
Volunteers can work with the Arts Committee to develop such programs and build the relationship with the Rattlestick Theatre.