Our Address: 6201 South Throop Street · Chicago, IL 60636

Greater Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church

"Saving Souls, Renewing Minds, Transforming Hearts, Restoring Communities"

Our Ministries

 

Greater Saint John AME Church has ministries that are designed to offer opportunities for spiritual growth and development, to share blessings, and to provide service and perpetuate the spirit of Christ by words and by deeds.

 

Church School

Conducts Bible-based classes for persons of all ages each Sunday morning. Coordinates Vacation Bible School, Christian Institute, and more.

 

Commission on Christian Education

Promotes Christian education describing its application in daily living; makes careful study of Christian education needs of the local church; and promotes and develops initiatives to meet these needs.

 

Commission on Public Relations

Gathers and disseminates information of public interest about the church to secular and religious media. Responsible for intra-congregational communications and the public image of the church.

 

Commission on Missions and Welfare

Helps identify and meet the needs of the community.

 

Ethel Payne Society

Purchases pew Bibles and hymnals. Provide financial support to the church.

 

Mississippi Club

Ladies Guild of Greater Saint John

Provides opportunities for the cultural enrichment of church members and friends through travel, participation in the Arts, reading, and community outreach service. Provides financial support to the church.

 

Married Couples Ministry

Aims to facilitate the spiritual growth of married couples through Bible study, annual retreats, community outreach, and special events. This ministry has developed programs and activities that assist in strengthening a God-centered and spirit-led marriage.

 

Media Ministry (Audio/Video Unit, Duplication Unit, and Information Technology Unit)

Operates the audio and video control room; produces and duplicates copies of events recorded at the church and provides information technology support to the church.

 

Greater Saint John Legal Ministry

Provides information of legal concerns to the congregation that may affect their lives; helps members to obtain information to solve specific legal problems; and assists members in obtaining legal counsel to address various issues.

 

KingsMen of Greater Saint John (Men's Ministry)

Provides opportunities for men to unite in giving their time, talent, and resources to the church and community. Men come together for fellowship and spiritual growth, promoting strong family relationships and presenting positive Christian role models for the children of the church.

 

Music Ministry

Gospel Choir

Since its founding, the Gospel Choir of Greater Saint John AME Church has been the Senior Choir of the Church.  This choir may be heard at the 10:00 AM worship service each second Sunday. The Gospel Choir plays a major role within the music ministry of the Church, but the greater community as well.

 

Voices of Praise Choir

Leads the 10:00 AM Sunday service in musical worship, usually on the third Sundays. The choir accompanies the senior pastor for worship services at various churches.

 

Greater Voices Mass Choir

Combined Choir consists of the Gospel Choir and Voices of Praise.  This Choir leads worship every First Sunday.

Angelic Choir Youth and Young Adult Choir lead in worship usually on fourth Sunday Youth Sunday.

 

Bettye Ford Praise and Liturgical Dancers

 

Class Leaders

Reaches out and acknowledges club members and their families on birthdays and holidays.

 

Lay Organization

Instills love and appreciation for the history, tradition and principles of African Methodism. The organization promotes support of the total church program by fostering systemic and regular study; provides information regarding the church and denomination; and encourages participation in the total church. The Lay organization complements the church's ministries/commissions, and auxiliaries by supporting their efforts, as well as instituting its own activities to raise funds for the administration of church functions.

 

Mattie Reeves Women's Missionary Society

Provides mission service to members of the church and community, fosters missionary activities, and contributes financially to the church.

 

Senior Board of Stewards

Serves as the spiritual leaders of the church. Comforts the bereaved, maintains contacts with the sick and shut-in members through calls and monthly mailing of cards, and carries out special projects assigned by the Senior Pastor.

 

Daughters of Destiny (Women's Ministry)

Embraces adult women and young girls of the church and community. Attention is on spiritual growth, empowerment, and nurturing, as well as community outreach.

 

Sons and Daughters of Allen

Perpetuates both the study and celebration of the church and its legacy, and of African American history and heritage. Provides financial support to the church.

 

Mississippi Club, Tennessee Club, Louisiana Club, Georgia Club, Alabama Club

The club supports the church financially, promotes friendliness in the church and assists the youth and senior citizens. Promotes the well-being of the church by involving and establishing an organized fellowship with church members who have a connection to the state of their respective origins and familial roots ; provides financial support to the church.

 

Stewardess Board

Dresses the pulpit, chancery, and altar rail for Holy Communion, Baptism, funerals and memorials, as well as for the various liturgical seasons.

 

Senior Usher Board

Serves as doorkeepers and provides a friendly atmosphere for members and visitors as they enter the church. The board also develops programs and events involving all ushers in the church; provides support to persons in need in the community through independent and joint efforts of the Interdenominational Church Ushers Association (ICUA) of Chicago and Vicinity, Inc.

 

 

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