The Boosters support a youth sports program which includes K-2 Recreational community basketball and Grade 3-8 Boys and Girls Volleyball teams. Other programs and activities can be sponsored if there is sufficient interest. Our Boosters organization is a parish volunteer program that is always looking for more parishioners to get involved as coordinators, coaches and other parent volunteers. Interested in being a coach and mentor for our young people? Contact Don Bretl at 513-942-6267 or Email? or visit the Athletic Booster page at http://www.stjohnwc.org/athletic-boosters.html for more information
Booster meetings are held twice a year, typically at the start of the fall season and the end of the spring season and all parishioners are welcome to attend. Check the bulletin and Ememo for more information.
St. John Adult Basketball Program
For adults 18 and up, an open season of basketball typically begins in November and runs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. at the Parish Center. Join us for evenings of recreation and friendship in sport. For more information, contact Greg Nicholls at (513-479-1909) or firstname.lastname@example.org
A parish festival is held on the first weekend of August. The purpose of the festival is to provide an opportunity for parishioners to become acquainted with one another and to provide additional funds for capital improvements and debt reduction. The festival is a social event involving many parishioners.
Christmas Craft Show
The Annual Holiday Boutique is held on the first Saturday of December. Seventy-five crafters display handmade items in the Center and Pavilion. All profits from booth rental, baked goods and lunch room are donated to a designated charity.
Generations of Faith
• An innovative approach to faith formation for all members of a community
• A time for people of all ages to share faith and values, and to pass them on to the next generation
• A way to build up and nurture your faith and the faith of your family
• A opportunity for household members to learn together
• A chance to take the learning home with you
• An occasion for people to spend time together
Generations of Faith usually takes place in the Spring and again in the Fall
Easter Egg Hunt
Our parish’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 3 - 10 on Palm Sunday. A hotdog lunch will be served in the Center from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the egg hunt is in the Grove (weather permitting) from 1-2 p.m. If the weather does not permit, the hunt will be in the Center.
Parish Pastoral Council
The mission of St. John the Evangelist Parish Pastoral Council is to represent the whole parish to the pastor and to the pastoral team. We provide counsel and direction after hearing the needs and desires of the parish and making them known. We offer suggestions as to the means of meeting those needs and desires and evaluate how well they are being met.
The Finance Committee exists to provide advice and consultation to the pastor and the business manager regarding the fiscal matters of the parish. The committee reports directly to the Parish Pastoral Council and reviews periodically the detailed expenses incurred by the parish and compares these expenses to the annual budget. The committee also reviews in detail the annual budget as presented by the business manager and recommends the adoption of the budget by the Pastor.
St. John Ladies Ministry
The Ladies Ministry meets one evening each month. The group provides an opportunity for prayer, spiritual enrichment and social activities for the women of the parish. Some of the activities include a yearly retreat, serving funeral receptions and making Baptismal garments. The ministry is active in the Olde West Chester Christmas Walk. All women of St. John Parish are welcome.
Welcoming new parishioners is an important part of parish hospitality. After-Mass receptions and other activities are planned throughout the year to welcome those who are new to St. John Parish.
Boy Scout Troop 940
The Boy Scout Troop is sponsored by the parish and is an active group of approximately 50 scouts and an adult committee. The objective is to develop skills useful to these youth, ages 11 to 18. These skills are taught through enjoyable but challenging situations. Leadership and personal confidence are developed through this process.
The Troop meets weekly from September-June. Monthly outings are planned along with projects to support the parish and the community. Help is always appreciated through direct involvement with the troop or as a counselor for one of the more than 100 merit badges covering a variety of hobbies and vocations.
The Girl Scouts' mission is to help girls grow up to be caring, competent, confident women. Through a wide range of activities girls will develop self-worth, personal values, an active concern for the community, and lasting relationships. Girl Scouts serve girls ages 5-17 in grades K-12.
Currently, St. John sponsors two Brownie troops for grades 2-3. Additional troops will be formed as there is interest and willing adult volunteers. The troops meet bi-monthly at the church, September-May, and are also involved in area-wide activities throughout the year.
Help from adult volunteers is always appreciated. Volunteers are needed as new troops form for direct leadership and for support of all troops in the areas of age-level recognitions, fund-raising, service projects and religious awards.
Stewardship is our joyful, grateful response to God for all we have been given. The life of the parish depends upon to what extent the members are willing to make the necessary commitment to serve and to financially support it. Once a year, the parishioners of St. John commit their Time, Talent and Treasure. The Stewardship Committee educates people about stewardship, arouses a conscious awareness of their gifts and gets people involved in the parish. The Committee organizes and prepares for each year's Stewardship Sunday, publishes the Parish Handbook, creates a ‘Time and Talent Form' as well as a ‘Treasure Intent Card' and measures the success of the program on a yearly basis.
There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. At St. John we recognize that each parishioner has their own individual gift to contribute to the life of the parish. Help is always needed in the following special areas: Landscaping, Art, Video, Photography, Office Help, Assembling Mailings, Painting, Calligraphy, Library, Crafts, Carpentry, Small Engine Repairs, Baking, Sewing, Public Relations, Computer Skills, Handyman, Community Bread Bakers, Recycling, Child Care, Sign Language or any other area in which you have a special skill to share.