Our mission “is to love the Lord our God will all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” – Matthew 22: 37-39
Not all is completely “right with the world;” at least, not until Jesus comes again with power and glory. But in the meantime, God has delegated his love and authority to the Church, his earthly Body, which is both empowered by the Holy Spirit and submitted to the gracious rule of our ascended King. Our Lord’s hope is that we might reflect, co-create, and effect his projects “on earth as it is in heaven.” These Kingdom projects are initiatives that incorporate the enduring characteristics of God’s eternal Kingdom. Such characteristics include an acceptance of all people as inherently valuable and lovable, and a desire to serve rather than be served.
At St. John’s, we seek to do this by reaching out to our neighbors through the work of the Horizons Soup Kitchen, The Quincy Community Garden Coalition, Operation Serve, and The Beautiful City Choir.
Horizons Soup Kitchen
Located at 224 S. 8th Street in downtown Quincy, Horizons is a 5-day-a-week soup kitchen that serves well over 100 hot meals a day. Staffed by professional and faithful leaders, and supported by hundreds of volunteers from 15 partner churches, Horizons is an independent 501(c)3 and the only full-time soup kitchen within a 100 mile radius. Horizons also provides a food pantry on Mondays.
Quincy Community Garden Coalition
St. John’s is the management and resource ministry for the Quincy Community Garden Coalition, a partnership of 13 community gardens located throughout our city. Our gardens, each with its own “Guardian,” provide outreach opportunities, ag-education, and hunger relief for many of our soup kitchens and some of the most poor and vulnerable in our community.
The Beautiful City Choir
We look forward to the launch of this children’s choral ministry in the near future. This program is currently under development.