St. John's is blessed to have relationships with several amazing organizations, both on and off our campus, bringing art and education to our community and beyond.
Pine village preschool
Several years ago St. John’s refurbished its basement not only for its own Sunday School use, but also to open the space to the wider community. Pine Village Pre-School found a home with us there. Their mission is to educate and nurture each child’s individuality within a culturally diverse, bilingual community so that every child develops a true passion for learning and an ability to engage in any environment and community.
open Theatre project
Open Theatre Project is the theatre in residence at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the heart of Jamaica Plain. OTP was formed to transform lives and build thriving communities through high-quality theatrical experiences. They are dedicated to providing artistic opportunities which allow the expression of diverse ideas to traditional and non-traditional audiences. Their work is defined by the passion of individual artists in partnership with the culture of professionalism and collaboration they build around each of their creative endeavors. They welcome all backgrounds skill levels and perspectives in order to broaden voices in theater with a particular focus on developing opportunities for women people of color LGBTQ and the elderly.
JP CONCERTS and A FAR CRY
JP Concerts is a community music program of St. John's, managed by resident performing arts company, Open Theatre Project. Our sanctuary is a beautiful venue with surround-sound acoustics and an ideal location in the heart of Jamaica Plain. Performances to date have covered a broad range including multi-media theatrical presentations wind keyboard string recitals clarinet quartets along with Japanese flute and vocals. These concerts showcase musicians ranging from local talent to world-renowned performers and we are in the middle of a solid 2017-2018 Season. We are also the home venue for A Far Cry.
A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. According to The New York Times, the grammy nominated, self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” The eighteen Criers are proud to call Boston home, and maintain strong roots in the city, rehearsing at their storefront music center in Jamaica Plain and fulfilling the role of Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Collaborating with local students through an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory, A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.
Step by step guyana
The Step by Step School in Guyana opened its doors in September 2011 to five children with autism. The school started in the garage of the British Embassy residence in Georgetown and moved to a 3-bedroom apartment above a used car lot shortly thereafter. We can serve 18-20 students in this facility, but we need room to grow! We are in the process of raising money to build a new school building that will serve up to serve 50 students on two acres on the grounds of the Cyril Potter College of Education, land given to the Foundation by the Guyana Ministry of Education. The new school will allow us to admit more children, and provide additional opportunities to develop vocational skills, space for individual and group work, and space and resources for training families, teachers, and medical providers. It will serve as a model for the entire Caribbean region.
St. John’s Jamaica Plain has been a partner to the school since its inception. Jim Ellis, PhD, BCBA-D and his partner, Ken Brooks, have been parishioners at St. John’s since December, 2005. Jim teaches Sunday School, is on the Altar Guild, and has served on the Vestry as Clerk, and twice as Co-Warden, a position he now shares with fellow parishioner, Ann Collins. He was also on the search committee for our current priest, Ted Cole, Jr. Ken served for nine years as Minister of Music. He and Jim co-founded one of our other partners, JP Concerts. Ken was also instrumental in establishing the relationship with Open Theatre Project. Jim and Ken have established Step By Step Behavioral Solutions, Inc. (SBSBS) as a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit through which we raise money to support the school.
Parishioners have supported the work of SBSBS and the Foundation with gifts of money and their time since its beginning. Among other things, parishioner Mark Richardson has given annual violin recitals for the past five years with all proceeds going to SBSBS for use at the school, and his daughter, Megan Richardson, spent a month in Guyana as a volunteer at the school. In our last fiscal year one-third of the funds we raised to support SBSBS raised $15,864.25 for Guyana, and one-third (actually, 35%) of that amount, $5,531, was given by St. John’s parishioners and the church itself (the Vestry voted to donate $500).
We welcome your support whether financial, in-kind, or as a volunteer! All financial gifts are 100% tax-deductible. You can write a check to SBSBS and send it to 87 Poplar Street, Roslindale, MA 02131, or make a donation through our current Facebook campaign. You can also learn more at www.sbsbs.org or www.stepbystepguyana.org.