Ministry at SJB

Ministry is the heart of St. John’s. We have many opportunities to share God’s love in the world. For more information about any of the ministries listed below you can contact the person listed or fill in the contact us form.

Worship Ministry

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church: Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers

Acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers.

Acolytes: Acolytes assist clergy and altar ministers during worship. People of all ages are welcome to join this ministry. Contact: Rick Bautista

Altar Guild: Members prepare the altar for services and maintain the linens, vessels and other elements used in the Eucharist. Contact: Carol Eaton

Bread Bakers: Volunteers bake homemade bread for communion. Contact: Mike Johnson

Choir & Music: Music is an essential and integral part of our worship. Choir rehearsals occur on Thursday evenings; singers of all skill levels are welcome to join. We especially are in need of more male voices. Contact: David Ruberg

Flower Guild: Members arrange flowers for the sanctuary for worship services. Contact: Sharon Parker 

Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors: EM’s and Lectors assist at services by reading lessons, leading prayers, assisting at the altar and administering communion. To learn more contact our clergy or Donna McNamara 

Ushers: Ushers greet the congregation as they arrive, distribute bulletins and provide assistance at services as needed. Contacts: 8:00 am:  Wayne Heuschele  and 10:15 am:  David Perrine

Education and Formation Ministry

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Sunday School and Christian learning for children using Montessori based methods, nursery through 5th grade.Contact: Julia Wight

Dealey Library: The Library has many wonderful books to check out and is located of the Narthex, to the right of the south doors. The library is open on Sundays. Library: Darrel Ede

Youth Formation: There are a variety of opportunities for young people ages 12 to 18. We have Youth meetings on the first and third Sundays of each month after the 10:15 am service.  Contact: Julia Wight and Wilma Hansen.

Building and Ground Ministry

Churchyard committee: they dig graves! Three members of the churchyard committee preparing a spot for interment.

Churchyard committee: they dig graves!

Church Grounds: Church Grounds group is responsible for all the church property surrounding the Church and Parish Hall, excluding the Churchyard. Join us, the second Saturday of each month, for our work parties. It is a lot of fun . Bring your lunch, and marked tools. We provide beverages and snacks. Contact: Wayne Heuschele 

Churchyard: Committee that manages and cares for the churchyard burial ground. They dig graves! Contact: Wayne Heuschele 

Ministry of Fellowship and Community

Pastoral Care: Members care for and support one another through the following ministries:

  • Eucharistic Visitation
  • Pastoral Visitation
  • Healing Prayer
  • Prayer Chain
  • Meals (Manna from Heaven)
  • Transportation
  • Greeting Cards
  • Stephen Ministry


Hospitality (coffee hour): People are scheduled to set up coffee, tea, and treats for after service coffee hour. More people are always welcome to Participate. Contact: Anne Rogers

Flower arranger.

Preparing for a reception

Receptions: This ministry provides reception labor for funerals and weddings allowing family members to be fully present at these important life events. Contact: Carol Eaton and Mary Heuschele

Rummage Sale: This is a big annual event, help in the spring. The best rummage sale in West Seattle, if not the world. Contacts: Carol Eaton, Mary Heuschele.

Silver Guild: Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:00 pm for fellowship and a program of interest to seniors. Formerly called the Elder’s Group.

Tellers: Volunteers assist the treasure in counting, recording and depositing the Sunday and special offerings.  Contact: Wayne Heuschele 

Vestry: This elected body of the church consists of twelve parishioners. The individual gifts of each Vestry Member are brought together to further the mission of the Church in the world. They use their gifts in managing money, caring for facilities, working with people, planning for the future, collecting information, and many other aspects of corporate/community life. Contact: Robbie Ralkowski, Senior Warden

Outreach Ministry

handmade rag rugs

The Arts & Crafts Co-op is where the crafty get together and create.

Arts & Craft Co-op: The Co-op’s mission is to encourage people to use their God-given creative talents and abilities to make handmade items, which are sold to support outreach ministries. The arts and Craft Co–op meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm in Room 9.

The Parish Christmas Card is a project sponsored by the Co-op. Contact: Anne Rogers

Books and Bricks: St. John’s works with Mulundi Village in Kitui County of Eastern Province, Kenya, to accomplish the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDG). We provide practical and financial support.  With a focus on education, we help build and support libraries and schools, fund staff positions, and provide funds for student scholarships and other fees. Contact: Janet and Mike Johnson

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Just Garden Sign

Community Garden: St John’s has eight raised vegetable gardens in the 42nd Avenue parking strip. The vegetables are harvested and donated to the community food. Contact: Jennifer Babuca 

Community Meal: St. John’s is one of several local churches that provides a monthly Community Meal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, here in West Seattle.  The meal is for all in the community, in particular for those who may not regularly have a hot meal. Inviting the whole community brings us together to share a meal and conversation together. Contact: Anne Rogers or Jennifer Babuca

PFI (Parishioners for Inclusion): In recognition of Jesus’ example of inclusion of all children of God, PFI works to extend St. John’s ministry of welcome to all without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, age or disability.  Contact Julia Wight 

WIN (Westside Interfaith Network) WIN is a group of faith communities working together to help the homeless populations of the West Seattle/Seattle area with basic needs and with the aim to inform and   encourage faith communities to participate in helping those less fortunate. Contact: Sharon Parker