Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our prayer shawl ministry started several years ago, with knitted or crocheted shawls being given to members or families in the congregation during a time of pastoral need (such as an illness) or celebration (the birth of a baby).
The ministry has grown to include knitted caps being given to patients having cancer treatment, hospital newborns, and merchant seamen through the Christmas at Sea project. It continues today through the love and prayer of members who share their gifts of knitting/crocheting.
The Church of the Advocate
The Church of The Advocate is a worshiping community that is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina outreach ministry, welcoming all who wish to join in worship. COTA is based in the Undercroft of Trinity Episcopal Church in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC. Since it began in 1997, COTA has grown to become an integral part of Ashevilleís safety net for the homeless and remains the oldest church-based homeless ministry in downtown Asheville.
Members of St. Johnís attend worship and serve lunch for Church of the Advocateís congregation three or four times a year. Through a collective effort, the meal is prepared at St. Johnís and transported to Asheville. After the worship service, volunteers from St. Johnís serve approximately over 150 people.