Opportunities for Involvement at St. John's

Looking for opportunities to use your time and talents to support the Lord’s work St. John’s? There are many ways to get involved, serve your neighbor, and connect with others in our congregation.

If you’d like additional information about any of the service opportunities you see here, please contact the church office.


Liturgical Assistants
high school youth assist with Divine Services as torchbearers, acolytes, and crucifers
assist during services with seating, distribution of bulletins, and gathering of the offering
welcome worshipers as they arrive for services
Altar Guild
prepare for and clean up after communion, and maintain and change the altar paraments
members can sign up to provide flowers for the altar
Audio Recording for the Homebound
record services, duplicate CDs and tapes, and oversee their delivery to homebound members
Sunday Social Hour Helpers
help set up and serve coffee between services
Advent & Lenten Services
help with congregational meals that precede most evening services, which are held at 7:00 p.m. during the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter

Christian Education

Sunday School Teachers
teach a Sunday School class from 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Vacation Bible School
assist with set-up, registration, crafts, games, small group leadership, music, teaching, and food during Vacation Bible School, held for one week each summer
Youth Group
assist with youth group activities
Higher Things Chaperones
accompany high school youth to the Higher Things conference, a 3-4 day event held each summer
Topeka Lutheran School
volunteer to assist students with reading and homework; contact Principal Chris Francik by phone (785-357-0382) or email

Elected and Appointed Leadership

Voters Assembly
guides and authorizes the work of the congregation through the Church Council and boards; communicant members of the congregation age 18 and older are eligible to join
Board of Elders
assists the called staff with the spiritual needs and the worship life of the congregation; elected from the Voters Assembly
Board of Parish Education
assists with ministry to children and high school youth as well as Christian education activities of the congregation; elected from the Voters Assembly
Youth Ministry Team
appointed volunteers assist the called staff in planning and carrying out events for the high school youth of the congregation
Board of Missions & Evangelism
guides congregational efforts in missions and evangelism; elected from the Voters Assembly
Local Evangelism Team
volunteers assist the Board of Missions and Evangelism in calling on church visitors and developing and implementing plans related to evangelism in the Topeka community
Fellowship and Integration Team
volunteers assist the Board of Missions and Evangelism in developing and implementing plans related to parish fellowship and the integration (assimilation) of new members into the congregation
Human Care Team
volunteers assist the Board of Missions and Evangelism in developing and implementing plans related to the care of individuals in need, in the congregation, in the community, and beyond
Board of Christian Stewardship
guides and oversees the financial assets of the congregation and promotes scripturally-informed stewardship of God-given resources; elected from the Voters Assembly
Board of Trustees
oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the physical property of the congregation; elected from the Voters Assembly
St. John's Representatives to the Lutheran School Association of Topeka
appointed volunteers serve as the congregation's representatives on the various boards that govern Topeka Lutheran School and the Early Childhood Program
Digital Communication Team
volunteers oversee communication on the web, including the church website and social media

Fellowship & Service

Women's League
women of all ages join together for fellowship, service, and Bible study in affiliation with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
Dorcas Circle
a smaller group of the Women's League that meets monthly for fellowship, service, and Bible study on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Circle
a smaller group of the Women's League that meets monthly for fellowship, service, and Bible study on the 2nd Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Quarterly Meetings
combined meetings of all circles with a special project or speaker; all women of the congregation are invited to attend.
World and Domestic Missions
quilts, health kits, and school kits are made and assembled locally to be distributed throughout the world by Lutheran World Relief
Zone Rallies and District and National Conventions
provide expanded opportunities for fellowship, service, and Bible study
Funeral Luncheons
provided as a service by the Women's League
provided by the Women's League for anniversaries, weddings, etc.
Nursing Home Visits
volunteers share company and devotions with nursing home residents on the second Thursday of each month
Salad Supper
held annually in the Spring for women, daughters, and granddaughters of the congregation
Women’s League Bargain and Bake Sale
held annually each summer, with part of the proceeds donated to LWML mission work
Christmas Luncheon & Bazaar
held annually in December for the congregation and community with proceeds going to mission work
Lutheran Youth Fellowship
centered in the divine service and Sunday morning Bible study, the high school youth also come together for social and service events and our annual trip to Higher Things
Young Adults and College Students
centered in the Divine Service and weeknight worship and Bible study, Lutheran young adults and college students from Washburn also come together for social and service events, including the annual Oktoberfest
Junior High Youth Group
youth in grades 6-8 meet quarterly for fellowship activities
Monthly Breakfasts
usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each month following the early service; various organizations take turns hosting the event under the direction of the Fellowship and Integration Team
Lutheran Braille Workers
assemble Spanish language Bible materials in sight-saving print; meets weekly on Thursday mornings
Lutheran World Relief Sewing Group
makes quilts, comforters, etc. for distribution worldwide; meets Wednesday mornings
Neighborhood Block Party
held annually each summer on a Saturday evening, in conjunction with the National Night Out; many volunteers needed
meal and fellowship event at the church in October hosted by the Young Adults and College Students; many volunteers needed
Christmas Caroling & Chili Supper
an afternoon of caroling to our homebound members, followed by a chili supper at the church; held annually on a Saturday in December
Annual Church Cleaning
Members join together annually on a Saturday morning in the spring to clean the entire facility and oil the woodwork
Spring Smorgasbord
hosted annually in April for the congregation and community, with proceeds going to mission work
Meals for Families with Newborn Children
prepared and delivered by volunteers
Office Volunteers
assist the office staff with printing/assembly of newsletter and other major mailings; record attendance and contribution information on computer; assist the Financial Secretary in tallying contributions


adults and high school youth combine their voices to enhance worship; rehearsals on Thursday evenings, 7:20-8:20 p.m.
Ecclesia Bells
adults and high school youth play hand bells and choir chimes in worship; rehearsals on Thursday evenings, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Sunday School Choir
Children attending Sunday School sing in worship services roughly once a month; rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:45.
Instrumental and Solo Voice Music
Members are encouraged to make their instrumental and voice skills known for service to the congregation.
Rhythm of Faith Choir
Children attending Sound Words Academy on Wednesday evenings rehearse from 5:30-5:55 and sing in Wednesday evening worship.