The Senior Luncheon is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month from September through June. It is open to the Seniors of our surrounding communities. It boasts a catered luncheon by Flo's Catering of Maynard as well as local entertainment.
Our next senior luncheon will be on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, as we take our usual summer break on July and August. The entertainment will be the New Magnolia Jazz Band. The menu (subject to change) is pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, a vegetable and tossed salad. Please check this website in August for up to date information. Be sure to register with the church office if you plan to attend.
A suggested donation of $8 is requested. To sign up, call the church office at 978-443-8350 before Tuesday, September 3rd. St. John is located at 16 Great Road.
The Senior Luncheon has been serving the community for around 30 years. It started with about 15 attendees from the congregation. This gathering has now grown to around 70 people each month from approximately a dozen communities.
Please call the church office at 978-443-8350 as reservations are required.
Parish Nurse Karen Lacure bsn rn
The Parish Nurse leads a Senior exercise group open to community on Monday and Wednesdays 10-11AM. She is available for routine blood pressure screenings, resource materials, visits to sick and hospitalized in conjunction with the Pastor, ongoing coordination of visitation to homebound, and maintains a Parish Nurse bulletin board . She is a member of the Massachusetts Intergenerational Coaltion and the Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Initiative. Karen also has begun working on an Emergency Preparedness Plan for the St John Community with Sudbury Chief of Police Scott Nix. St John is a “Heart Friendly” community with an AED. Training occurs once or twice a year for interested members of St John.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer shawls, and baptismal shawls, are created by St. John members, and friends of St. John, and given by the congregation to our members (and sometimes to those in need outside of our congregation including our Muslim, Catholic and Jewish brothers and sisters) who are recovering from illness or dying as a way of showing support, comfort and caring both physically and with prayer. Each prayer shawl is prayed over by the maker as it is constructed and then dedicated again with prayer before it is presented to the recipient. We have received very positive feedback from those receiving prayer shawls. From a recipient: “Each time I use it I think of our loving Lord and the caring friends from St. John.” And from another recipient: “I wanted to let you know how very, very much it has meant to me. The shawl gave me a big extra boost in my healing. I use it almost every day and it gives me a great sense of warmth and caring.”
Baptismal shawls are presented during the baptismal service as a way of demonstrating that the prayers of the congregation are surrounding the newly baptized. We have even seen some of the shawls being worn to church weeks after the baptism. For some infants, the baptismal shawl has become the favorite “blankie”.