Fellowships

Neighbourhood Fellowships

In February 2016, St. John’s Neighbourhood Fellowships completed eight years.  The four fellowships of our Church are located at Hennur, Cox Town/Frazer Town, Jal Vayu Vihar and Kalyan Nagar.  Members meet in the relaxed atmosphere of a home, where they study the word of God and fellowship.  Members look to deepen their walk with God, learn more about His Word and strengthen their understanding of what it is to be a Christian.  Prayer is also a critical part of the neighbourhood fellowship. You can share prayer requests and lift one another’s needs before the Lord. We all go through difficult times and it is comforting to know that others care about you and are praying for you.  During the week, members stay in touch with each other.

Saturday Prayer

At the rear of the church known as ‘Prayer Corner’, every Saturday morning from 6.30 to 7.30, a group of around 10-12 members, including the Pastors, gather for a special Prayer Fellowship — for a time of biblical reflection, sharing and prayer not just for their needs, but for the needs of St. John’s members, the various ministries of the Church and the Diocese.

Prayer requests are received from members of the Church either in writing or orally and the prayer list is prepared in advance.   The prayer time is committed to praises, thanksgiving and supplications. Intercessions are for the mission of the church and spiritual growth of the members, the various wings and ministries of the church, the clergy, elders, and administrative staff, members who are sick, members with special physical, emotional and family challenges.

We also uphold the needs of the Diocese, its leadership and the ministry of various Diocesan institutions.  We are obligated to pray for our city, state, country and the world that affect the people of God and humanity in general.

We rejoice in many answered prayers and also accept that God’s response to our prayers sometimes can be ‘no’ or ‘wait’.

We hope that the prayer ministry is helping many to a ‘closer union and walk with Christ’, who was essentially the Man of Prayer, and enabling lives to be lived under the influence and in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Golden Age Fellowship

At a church retreat in 1998, senior citizens of St. John’s Church requested the formation of a Senior Citizens Fellowship exclusively for them. So on December 28, 1999, a meeting for the senior citizens was organized. There are games, singing and fun.  Under the Nurture & Pastoral Care Committee, the rechristenedGolden Age Fellowship blossomed.  The Fellowshiphas linked up with the committee of AshaNivas, where the meetings are held.

The programme is normally attendedby 45 to 60 members. It starts withsinging of choruses and special numbers,and has skits by the wing hosting the programme.  Seniors enjoy the games and the prizes, refreshments and tea. It endswith the singing of old favourites in which everybodyjoins with great gusto.

Caregivers Group

The Caregivers Ministry is a group of members who love to reach out to the homebound, aged, sick, grieving, lonely and terminally ill members of St. John’s Church.   This ministry has been established to help and support the Pastors, and interface with all Fellowships and Groups of the Church.

The members of the Caregivers’ Ministry visit homes or hospitals and offer spiritual and loving care support, comfort and reassurance, a listening ear and a smile. As we strive to support the sick and their family members, this Ministry is not a home care agency.

So what makes you a dedicated caregiver?

  • Time to visit at least once a week
  • Inclination to help
  • Understanding of what the person is going through
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Attentiveness
  • Dependability
  • Trustworthiness

 

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