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St. John's Episcopal Church is a mid-sized parish, blessed with many opportunities for ministry within the congregation, in our local community and globally.  In our attitudes and actions, we strive to grow closer to God and our community with faithful adherence to God’s two greatest commandments.  St. John’s offers a variety of outreach ministries as well as small group gatherings for spiritual enrichment and fellowship.






There is a genuine warmth and welcoming spirit here at St. John’s.  The people of St. John’s value diverse expressions of belief and the process of discerning God’s truth and call for our individual and collective lives.  We care a great deal about our parish family members and our neighbors near and far.  Lay members have a vital role in the governance and ministry of our church; all our members are ministers of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Connecting with others through Jesus shapes more than our mission and vision statements; it shapes our lives, our relationships and our ministries.



Linking lives in the love of Christ  

We live this mission in our ministries – making the most of opportunities to love God and our neighbors, being faithful, generous stewards of our blessings and gifts from God. 



We joyfully gather to pray, worship, learn and serve as we seek to follow Jesus, and invite all to join us on a sacred journey of hope and transformation.



St. John’s parish was organized in 1870, three years after the first Episcopal services were held in Midland, MI.  Our first church was an old barn, dragged across the ice of the Tittabawassee River, and set on a lot at the corner of Larkin and Cronkright Streets.  By the middle of the 20th century, worshipers were crowded in the pews and all available basement space, including a remodeled coal bin, couldn’t accommodate the Sunday school children. 

Our current church (designed by Alden B. Dow, son of the Dow Chemical Company’s founder) was built in 1951 with the first services conducted in August 1952.  As we entered the 21st century, funds from a capital campaign, St. John’s endowment income and parish families allowed for extensive renovation of the chancel and the construction of our Griswold House Ministry Center.  The generosity of our past St. John’s families provided for much of what we enjoy today in both worship and parish programming: acoustical and lighting improvements, air conditioning, choir/ music rooms, a youth lounge, conference rooms for Bible studies & meetings, as well as staff offices.

Worship times

8:00 am
Our early worship (8am) is a quiet and contemplative spoken service, without music. Though it had traditionally followed Rite I, we began using the pattern of the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II in fall 2014.
10:00 am
Our later service (10AM) offers music, nursery care, and Christian education or formation for youth (nursery care begins at 9AM, youth classes at 10AM). Our 10AM worship follows the pattern of the Book of Common Prayer Rite II, with elements drawn from Enriching Our Worship I. Youth Formation Sunday schedule differs in the summer. This service is live-streamed to the St. John's Facebook page.
12:00 pm
Our Wednesday noon worship also offers the Holy Eucharist in a spoken service. Seating is arranged in the chancel for a more intimate setting. This service is live-streamed to the St. John's Facebook page.

Volunteer opportunities

One time opportunities
Ongoing commitment opportunities

WORSHIP Greeter; Usher; Lector; Altar Guild; Acolyte; Element Bearer; Eucharistic Minister; Worship Committee MUSIC / CHOIR Adult Choir; Bell Choir; Music (Instruments) FORMATION Teachers and Helpers for Youth Formation; Adult Formation participant/coordinator OUTREACH *SAMS Pantry; Samaritan Fund; Love Knots; Knit Pickers (prayer shawls, caps, etc); Global Mission;s Urban Missions; Endowment Committee (service by election) MEMBER MINISTRY TEAM including PASTORAL CARE Community Liaisons; Discipleship builder; Eucharistic Visiting Minister; Funeral Receptions & Luncheons; Daughters of the King WELCOMING COMMITTEE Hospitality; Marketing HISTORICAL COMMITTEE Content gatherer; Archival work FELLOWSHIP Special Events; St. Martha's Guild; Loaves & Fishes (dinner groups); Facebook STEWARDSHIP Office Volunteers; Environmental Ministry Team; Finance & Admin Committee; Facilities Committee; Stewardship Team; Personnel Committee COMMUNICATIONS Editor/ Writer; Photographer; Graphic Artist; Audio/Visual *(additional details on) SAMS FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Pantry worker – Typically serves 1-2x/ month; this is the role which interacts the most with our clients. Current hours are M, W, Th afternoons 1-3pm and Tu, Fr, Sat mornings 9:15am-11:15am. Front desk – Typically serves weekly; time commitment would be just slightly longer than times noted above Restocker – Weekly, bi-weekly or substitute opportunities are available; timeframes are flexible! Delivery Help – Alternate Tuesdays (11:30am-1:00pm), we need help shelving cases delivered from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Board Service – St. John’s needs 2 board representatives to attend monthly meetings of the Emergency Food Pantry Network. Buildings & Grounds – Handy? We need someone with a very flexible schedule available to shovel light snow and salt this winter (plowing is done for heavy snowfalls) and to look after replacing bulbs, adddressing HVAC needs, etc.


SAMS Food Pantry

Food Pantries

The Share A Meal Service, better known as the SAMS Pantry, is a food assistance ministry for Midland residents.  SAMS Pantry is St. John’s largest local outreach ministry, operating in the community since October 1, 1984.  In fall of 2012, SAMS moved its operations off the main church grounds and into leased space about a half mile away at 503 S. Saginaw Rd.  Our food pantry operates six days a week and regularly serves about 100 families a month.  Clients are assigned an appointment time and allowed to make their own selections based on their household needs for a week.

SAMS is one of eight member food pantries in the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network.  The Network, or EFPN, is responsible for setting appointment times and determining best pantry location for those seeking assistance.  While SAMS Pantry has regular hours, we can only serve by appointments scheduled through the EFPN.  If you live in the Midland area and need assistance, contact St. John's with your your name and the best telephone number at which to reach you and we'll pass it along to the EFPN.  Their turn-around time for scheduling appointments is typically 1-2 business days.

SAMS VOLUNTEERS:  Staffing, stocking, collecting and purchasing for a six-day-a-week food pantry takes lots of human resources.  SAMS is fortunate to have the ecumenical efforts of 60-70 dedicated volunteers from St. John’s Episcopal Church and several other Midland churches as well as folks who get connected to serving through the EFPN. SAMS and our clients are also very grateful for the area churches whose food collections are regularly donated to and distributed through our pantry.

Samaritan Fund

Donation Coordination/Distribution

Our Samaritan Fund primarily helps with rent and home utilities (heat & electricity; propane; phone; water & sewer). We also consider some medical needs if vetted and referred to us by Mid-MI Health's social workers. The Samaritan Fund does not help with gasoline. Needs outside of these areas would be considered with care and discretion of Samaritan Fund volunteers and might not fall under our guidelines for approving assistance. Any need, regardless of its nature, requires clear documentation/ verification: an eviction notice, a utility shut-off notice, etc. Clients must be residents of Midland County and can only be helped once every two years.

Samaritan Fund volunteers make themselves available on Tuesday mornings (10am-11am) to talk in person with those asking to St. John’s for assistance.  The volunteer listens, prays with the client and determines if financial help is warranted/ possible.  High need cases are referred to Midland Area Homes.

Love Knots

Arts & Culture

This ecumenical group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday  of the month, 10am-12pm in our parish hall, Williams Hall.  If you can iron, cut, sew, quilt or give donations of fabric (appropriate for children and teens), you can help!  Over 100 quilts are made each year so there’s always room for help.  Quilts are mailed or delivered to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI.

Knit Pickers

Arts & Culture

Prayer shawls, preemie baby caps, bridal shawl, scarfs and hats are made with intentions prayed into every stitch.  Items are blessed and given to those in need of comfort as well as in celebration and joy.  The group meets weekly on Tuesday in our parish hall, Williams Hall, from 1-3 pm - even through the summer!

Urban Ministries

Donation Coordination/Distribution
Meal Programs

St. Andrew’s, Flint- Every fifth Sunday (4x/ year), volunteers deliver clothes donated by St. John’s parishioners and help serve breakfast to those in the Flint and St. Andrew’s community.

St. Paul’s, Saginaw Feeding Program- Twice a year, volunteers either prepare a dish, travel to St. Paul’s to help serve that food following their worship or do both! 

Pastoral Care Ministries

Faith Formation

Answering God’s call to be ministers, we can be His hands and feet in the world.  We can be Christ caring for people through people.  We can get out to give care.

Many at St. John’s care for their church friends and family in informal ways as diverse as the people themselves.  The ministries below are St. John’s formal pastoral care efforts. Orientation/ training is provided to volunteers as needed.

In addition to clergy visits, pastoral care at St. John’s is a ‘member to member’ ministry.  Volunteers provide care to our congregation members as we experience all kinds of life needs and circumstances.  Welcoming newcomers, visiting the sick, comforting those in need, sharing the Eucharist with those unable to come to church – these are acts of loving neighbors.


This committee receives professional assistance from clergy regarding preparation for pastoral counseling and educational events.  Recently, those parishioners visited regularly by members of this committee have numbered about 20 and those visits have taken place in 15 different institutions and homes.


Clergy and lay members of the congregation work together to carry the Eucharist from our altar to those of the congregation who are unable to be physically present with us for any period of time. *Participation as a Eucharistic Visiting Minister is limited to those who are baptized.


Volunteer your donations of prepared or purchased food or your time to serve the day of the service.  Leadership of this ministry rotates every 3 months.


This group of women are committed to a life-long program of daily prayer, service and evangelism and are dedicated to the spread of Christ’s kingdom and the strengthening of spiritual life of our congregation.  Our DOK chapter meets monthly to maintain a confidential prayer list; pray for the church, the clergy and others in need; make prayer beads to share with those in need of prayer; and to prepare approximately 500 stamped Christmas cards for the clients of SAMS Pantry to use.  They also coordinate an emergency prayer chain for any members of St. John’s who are in need.  Last year, the Daughters sponsored a workshop on Centering Prayer which led to the formation of a Centering Prayer group that continues to meet monthly.   

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St. John's Episcopal Church, Midland, MI

Midland Flood Relief

In collaboration with Midland's Habitat for Humanity's ReStore and St. John's Church, the diocese was able to provide voucher assistance to 100 households and expand the mobile food pantry and Samaritan Ministry.


405 N Saginaw Rd
Midland, MI 48640-6339
United States

Email address


The Rev. Jim Harrison


Organized groups

Adult faith formation
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous/Twelve Step
Bible study
Daughters of the King
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors
Godly Play
Men's group
Youth faith formation/Sunday school
Youth group

Other community groups

Love Knots (ecumenical)
local quilting group
local genealogical society