Ministry & You: Hearing the call to serve


Lay Ministries at St. John’s of Lattingtown

We have an incredibly strong ministry constellation. Our laity is known for their leadership skills and their ability to pinpoint needs and address them with alacrity which is defined as

“brisk and cheerful readiness” in the dictionary. But the real definition of what they do is found in the Gospel under one word—love. And to us, deep in the definition is the real golden nugget—the spirit of love as a verb. Our ministries, such as Thistle & Spoon, Love Thy Neighbor, and The Fall Fair, specifically exist to address the needs of the vulnerable in our greater community.

We are also mindful of the importance of “in-reach” where we have ministries such as Nurture Group and Pastoral Care that address the laity based care of the spiritual needs of parishioners. This two-fold approach works because by bolstering the spirit of our parishioners they then may BE the Gospel for their families, friends and those of the community in need—whether as part of a parish team or on their own doing God’s work.



Outreach Ministries

Thistle & Spoon

Thistle & Spoon has one mission--to feed the hungry and uplift the homeless by making these folks feel at home wherever they are, no matter the circumstances. We cook and serve dinners at The Glen Cove Men's Shelter more formally called The North Shore Sheltering Project. Last year we hosted retro TV Dinner night, recreating a 1970's TV dinner with good organic ingredients and we set up a screen playing Gilligan's Island. The men loved it! 

We also donate and prepare Thanksgiving grocery bags for each family at the local soup kitchen know as the North Shore INN. We bring children's books, cupcakes, feminine products and diapers. Basically we would do anything for our beloved Estelle who runs the soup kitchen and her families! We have sent seven of their kids to summer camp and helped them with the funds to hire a case worker. You can see we are fun but quite serious about uplifting our neighbors.



(Love Thy Neighbor)



LtN is committed to serving our community organizations. We are actively including their patrons in the life of our church in new meaningful, relational ways as we expand and deepen our outreach programs. The days of just check writing are dark ages stuff. Checks will still come!!! But building everstronger relationships between our church and under resourced families is our mission. And our many friendships have played a big role in inspiring this new ministry named LTN, short for “Love Thy Neighbor”. 

Our pilot program began at our 2017 Fair when we invited the families of the North Shore INN soup kitchen, The Glen Cove Youth Bureau , the Glen Cove Economic Oppurtunity Council  and our food pantry to spend the day at our fair! We all had a ball and got to know each other ever so better. One of the highlights was helping a single mom in Glen Cove with three boys by picking out furniture for her empty apartment from our barn thanks to George Stimola and Tracey Mathews! Mrs. Bonnet was overjoyed--and there wasn't a dry eye in sight.

We are now planning a coat drive from November 11th -December 12th as well as a storybook drive to be announced. We will now expand and open our pantry on the Second Monday of each month.

Fall Country Fair

This is a massive effort that brings great joy to the greater community members who attend and for funding outreach ministries. It’s also great fun for the whole parish. The Fair Committee, parents and kids rally together and never fail to put on the best fair they can! This year the Sunday School hosted miniature sail boat racing contests and a new sweet shop. And every year the wine toss is a big favorite! The fair is a decorators dream! People come from far and wide to decorate their homes and themselves with the finest things. Most importantly the funds raised support our ministries and our church so we can continue the great works and worship we are known for.

Children’s Apple Ministry

The children place an apple in a pouch upon which they have write love, peace, faith or hope. Then they cinch it with a ribbon and we take all the apples to local girls and boys clubs, first responders and among many other organizations. The Mill Neck School for the Deaf and the Bayville Volunteer Fire Department were both particularly moved by this unexpected dear, handmade and healthy gift.


In-Reach Ministries


Ushers and Greeters

Making newcomers and recent members feel welcome and helping them navigate their new church is hugely important. Our ushers and greeters are kind and helpful and some are pretty jolly! You can be sure they will introduce you to a few new folks each Sunday and before long you'll know the whole lot of us!


An usheror greeter is the first person a new or returning parishioner will meet so their ministry is very important;  for they are the smile, the hand, that reassuring look of Christ Himself. Healing, hope and a deeper discovery of Christ start here with them and the men and women of St. John's who dedicate themselves to this ministry have our gratitude.


Please contact Peter Marshall, Head Usher for information about joining this fine group.


Family Greeters

 Our Sunday School families take turns greeting at the church's front door at the 10:30 service.

Grandparents are a very important part of the Sunday school and we want to encourage generational involvement because as they say—the family that prays together—stays together! As well, we seek to involve grandparents whose families may live in another part of the country. How can one be lonely with 70 children around!


Prayer & Care

This group provides tea totes (St. John’s tote bags filled with tea, jam, cookies and a note) to parishioners who are ill, in need of cheer or celebrating a baby, birthday or anniversary. They also keep abreast of those in the parish who are in need of prayer or other kinds of help. This ministry is also an outreach in that parishioners are encouraged to take the tea totes to friends and others in the community.


Nurture Group

Meets once a week and serves two purposes: One, to read books that maintain and grow spirituality and have a discussion about how the contents may affect the life of each member. Second, to “nurture” a person with a particular situation.


Coffee Hour

A huge favorite at St. John’s--always festive and happy and jammed! Please sign up if you are new or have been here foreverto feed the famished faithful!



Stewardship in general is a most misunderstood ministry but not here! Our Stewardship committee is working to make giving compelling and dare we say irresistible. On a serious note, we have an amazing clever and creative committee that is energized and dedicated to taking our growth to new levels.


Altar Guild

We believe we have the finest Altar Guild in the Episcopal Kingdom! Such loyalty and artistry takes our breath away on a regular basis. Not only are we spoiled by the Altar Guild but their holy craft has made so many weddings exquisitely memorable and has lifted spirits during many a sad funeral.


Parish Library

We keep a library of religious books from Bibles to Pilgrimage journeys for quiet reading in our Harry Potter-like Guild Room!


Eucharistic Lay Ministers, Acolytes, Ushers and Readers

Our ELM’s our real heroes making sure ill parishioners are visited after each Sunday service. They dedicate many hours taking the Lord to the sick and there are countless stories of marked improvement in patients after such happy and holy visits. Our acolytes are wonderful and knowledgeable as are our readers who are also very respectful of the Word of The Lord. Readings are clearly delivered so all can hear these important words. Our ushers are notable for their years of dedicated service and kindness to long time parishioners and new members alike.



We have our own resident Adam and Eve who lovingly care for the grounds. Even the weeds are loved before they are sent on their way! One visitor from New Jersey commented on the beauty and care of our grounds. Certainly care for God’s flora and fauna is a beautiful ministry that we share with our neighbors and community. Our past vestry member who cared for the gardens for years is a hero in our hearts for all she did to keep us beautiful!


If you'd like to help or have suggestions please feel free to speak to Eve, we mean Donna! 

Donna George

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