St. John's Episcopal Church
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St. John's Episcopal Church is a vibrant faith community in the Hill Towns of Hampshire County. We are deeply engaged in the local - connecting our gifts with ecumenical partners to address the needs of our neighbors, supporting with prayer and presence the artists, farmers, and merchants in our community. Our worship forms us for mission. We are a "Believe OUT Loud" congregation, affirming the gift of LGBTQ members to the Church. We hope to welcome all as Christ.
Our Sunday service is in-person and online. Please join us using the URL posted on our website: stjohnsashfield.org
Opportunities for engagement currently include:
- Love in a Backpack
- Mothers Circle (off-site since the onset of the pandemic)
- Hilltown Churches Food Pantry
- It Takes a Village
- Support for Afghan refugees w/ First Church and Dr. Carter J. Carter
- Sacred Ground
Love in a Backpack
When a woman is released from prison, she has has the clothes on her back and a small stipend for transportation. This ministry provides a backpack filled with the basics for personal care, food and a hand-written note from a member of the community. This ministry of compassion began with grant support. Under the leadership of Mary Link and in partnership with Grace, Amherst, St. John’s continues to welcome and spiritually support women released from the Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee and the Franklin county House of Correction in Greenfield.
In January of 2013 the vestry voted to offer funding and space to a MotherWoman group at St. John’s Corner House. This group meets each Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., following the public school calendar. MotherWoman provides a support group for mothers of newborns and very young children, with two trained facilitators leading each session. Free childcare for children up to age 4 and snacks are provided. For more information, call Anna Westley at 413-625-6948, or visit: MotherWoman
Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Series
Over the years St. John’s has been the venue for many poetry readings, as well as other presentations. Richard Wilbur, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Ruth Stone, Martín Espada, and Aracelis Girmay have all read in our sanctuary. In 2010, following the death of a beloved parishioner, Ann Hutt Browning, Mark Zenick of Shropshire, England, an old friend of St. John’s, proposed that we begin a Poetry Series in her honor. This was accomplished in the spring of 2010, with Richard Wilbur reading, and included a poetry contest for young people, which, each year, has gained more and more entries.
Sacred Ground -- Ashfield Circle
Sacred Ground is a brilliant eleven-week program of readings and videos, designed to open our hearts, minds, and souls to the legacy of racism that we all own.
Mafi Dove Junior High School
Mafi Dove, has remained an important mission since 1997 – with our support going to many different projects. We have sent clothing to help raise funds for a kindergarten, as well as raised funds to pay for pumps for clean water, household latrines, and fielding a soccer team. A delegation from St. John’s in 2010 brought laptops to create a computer lab in the junior high school.
Guatemalan Medical Ministry
Bob Harris and Thomas Kreek travel bi-annually to a small village in Guatemala to offer nursing care and bring much-needed medical supplies.
This ministry is supported by St. John’s and by the Global MissionTeam of our diocese.
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LOVE in a Backpack
The backstory of a prison initiative that offers support and care for women as they transition from incarceration back into the community.
Main and South Street
Ashfield, MA 01330