St. John’s is committed to outreach activities both inside and outside of our community. We generously support many missions and other activities. We are also able to provide office and work space for various organizations. Our facilities are regularly used by community groups, such as the League of Women Voters, Parents Without Partners, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse seminar and support groups, Habitat for Humanity, and Hope for the Pee Dee. Our facilities are also used by area organizations for annual meetings, fund raising activities, and other events.
We provide direct funding for the following organizations: Pee Dee Community Care Counseling Center, Lighthouse Ministries, Manna House, St. John's Mission Team, East Florence Mission, New Life Rescue Ministries, Rector's Discretionary Fund, Contingency Fund, School Foundation, Mercy Medicine Clinic, Rwanda Mission Fund, YoungLife. A brief description of these organizations follows.
Pee Dee Community Pastoral Counseling Center
This contribution is to help those who cannot afford the Christian counseling services provided by the Pee Dee Community Pastoral Counseling Center.
Lighthouse Ministries is a cooperative effort of the Florence Christian congregations to assist individuals and families in emergency situations.
Manna House is a soup kitchen that serves lunch to those individuals who are unable to afford meals. It also provides emergency food relief to those in need.
East Florence Mission
East Florence Mission is a private Christian school for special needs children. It has an approximate enrollment of 70 students through grade five. Approximately 30 young people attend Bible study on Tuesday and 15 junior high students attend Bible study on Thursday.
New Life Ministries
New Life Ministries includes the Florence Area Rescue Mission, House of Hope, and the New Life Mission Mart.
The Florence Area Rescue Mission is a shelter for men. It is a Christian mission devoted to helping those who are in need and are homeless. The school house in Effingham serves as a dormitory and accommodates up to 40 men.
The House of Hope serves homeless women and their children. This excellent facility assists these homeless women by teaching them parenting skills, as well as working skills.
In addition to the contributions above, 10% of the annual interest from the Douglas Trust Fund is sent to York Place, our Episcopal therapeutic residence for children.
In-Kind and Indirect Outreach
In addition to the direct contributions, our parish also makes indirect contributions by providing facilities at no cost. We provide office and work space for Habitat for Humanity, the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, and the Florence Literacy Council. These groups occupy the St. John’s Outreach Center.
The Pee Dee Community Pastoral Counseling Center is one of twelve satellite pastoral counseling centers under the aegis of the Baptist Hospital System. The Reverend Doctor Joe Baroody leads this program and occupies the second floor of the St. John’s office building.
Our parish also contributed $46,000.00 as our Diocesan Pledge for 2006.