Pastoral ministry is a fundamental ministry of St John’s. Pastoral ministry is a way of strengthening connections among people by reaching out beyond our doors while reaching in to our members.

When might you want pastoral support? When you or a loved one:

  • is hospitalized or going through medical treatment
  • has a family transition
  • is experiencing life stress

Each of us is engaged in informal pastoral ministry: writing a card to someone who has lost a loved one, listening to someone at coffee hour, being kind to a stranger on the bus  – all of this is pastoral ministry.

Prayer Chain

contact JoAnn Blatchley or the office.

The Prayer Chain is a network of people who pray for particular needs and concerns. All prayer requests are confidential. You can ask for prayers or help pray.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

contact Lois Neve.

Knit or crochet simple Prayer Shawls that are given to individuals in the parish and to the Parish Nurse to distribute. Simple patterns are available.

Pastoral Support

Contact Ginny Jacobson or Kristi Peterson.
Trained individuals are available for listening and companionship.

Hotdish Ministry

Contact JoAnn Blatchley.

The Hotdish ministry is a group of St. John’s parishioners who volunteer to prepare a meal for other St. John’s members in need.

Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, caring for someone who is ill or infirmed, or just need a personal break, the Hotdish ministry is here for you. We just need to know the extent of your need, the number of people needed to feed and any dietary restrictions and we will organize a plan.

Spiritual Direction

Contact Lisa Wiens Heinsohn.

Spiritual Direction is a ministry of listening with another to the Holy in daily life. The office maintains a list of professional spiritual directors who have been commissioned by the Bishop for this ministry.

Referrals for Counseling

Contact Lisa Wiens Heinsohn.

For long term counseling needs, the office maintains a referral list of professionally trained counselors.

Service of Loss and Remembrance

An afternoon service on a Sunday in Advent for anyone who finds this time of year difficult. Pastoral ministers are available for one on one conversation after the service.


St. John’s has a columbarium in the Chapel to provide a place on the church premises for the inurnment of cremated remains of St. John’s members and their families. Contact the office for more information.

Eucharistic & Hospital Visits

Due to COVID-19 these are not currently available.

Community and Education
Community and Education

We offer on-going education. Only it's not anywhere near as boring as that sounds.

More Information
For more information about St. John's Community and Education programs, please contact Rachel Svihel.
Community Events
November 28, 2022
  • Chair Yoga

    November 28, 2022  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Parish Hall

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November 30, 2022
December 1, 2022
  • Parkshore Morning Prayer

    December 1, 2022  9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Parkshore Senior Campus, 3663 Park Center Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416, USA

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  • Book Discussion Group

    December 1, 2022  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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December 3, 2022
  • LEV training

    December 3, 2022  10:00 am - 11:00 am

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