Friendship comes in two ways: the friendship others offer to us and the friendship we offer to others. St. John's is blessed by both kinds of friendship. The gift of this friendship is what keeps all of us, whether as a parish or as individuals, from becoming so inwardly focused that we're no outwardly good -- to anyone. Even ourselves.
Friendship at St. John's is expressed in a variety of ways. One way is through active helpfulness. Friends help friends. And, that is the commitment St. John's repeatedly makes to the Staten Island community.
Another way in which people experience friendship at St. John's is by the close relationship we have with St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church located a few blocks away. For many, many years we have shared a Palm Sunday procession from Von Briesen park, or a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, or Lessons and Carols during Epiphany. St. Mary's has been and continues to be a dear and faithful friend to St. John's and both our parishes are richer because of it.
Other friendships that enrich our parish life include the Boy Scouts of America, Pouch Camp, The Disabled American Veterans, The United Staten Island Veterans Organization, the Richmond Interparish Council, Episcopal Charities, Richmond Senior Services, and so many more. It is through these friendships that St. John continues its commitment to active helpfulness; to making a positive difference in the hearts and lives of our neighbors, our parishioners, and our community.
This is the friendship we offer to all who come; a friendship that enriches our faith, deepens our lives, and expands our vision.