Members of the Chapel of St. John the Divine are mindful that too often the basic needs of our neighbors go unmet. As a result there is a strong ministry focus on feeding. Parishioners bring food donations to the Chapel throughout the week and one of the members brings the donation to the North Kingstown Food Pantry every Tuesday.
For many years the Chapel’s Soup to the Docks Ministry, a.k.a. Soup Troop, has gathered at the church hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. They collect soup containers, cups, crackers and ladles and head off to the Galilee Mission to pick up the freshly made soup from Chef Collin. Then it’s off to the docks in Galilee to distribute the soup to hungry fishermen and the workers at the fish plant. Then it’s back to the church hall by 1:00.
Parhioners also serve on the Vestry, assist in Worship as readers, ushers, chalice bearers and acolytes, sing in the choir or organize fellowship events. All of these are vital ministries that make our Worship special, keep the church alive, develop Christian fellowship and form the foundation of more outward facing work.
Sunday School and Acolytes
We welcome children ages 8-18 for Sunday school or to receive training and serve as acolytes at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Children and youth vest in the traditional way, carry the cross and sometimes torches in the processions, hold the gospel book, and help prepare the altar for communion. Safe-church trained adults lead the children in inspirational stories in the comfort of our reading space to help grow their faith while the rest of the congregation participates in the Liturgy of the Word. Children join the parish for the Eucharist during the passing of the peace.