The extensive landscaping needs of St. John's are met either through work parties or special contractors. There are three work days per year. Of particular note is the native plant garden that grows just below the church entrance driveway. Known as the Meditation Garden because of its water feature and two benches, it also demonstrates how native shrubs and perennials look and respond to California weather uncertainties, including the drought of 2008. Presently we are putting together volunteers to work in groups of two on one Saturday per month.
Architectural Planning & Construction Committee
The APCC began in 1998 to plan for the new St. John's construction. At this time the committee is waiting for approval from the Planning Department in order to go forward with the City of Oakland to build the new driveway and parking area.
The sexton performs the weekly cleaning and upkeep of St. John's. Additional repair is organized by the Facilities Committee. Often the Men's Group has been mobilized to build special projects, such as the back stairs, fence barbecue area and play structure.
Space is rented to many community groups (Alcoholics Anonymous, Music Together, Twins by the Bay) as well as used by St. John's ministries and committees. Scheduling is done through the parish office.
A cadre of parishioners helps with the mailings, copying, typing, and other office needs. To join this wonderful group contact the parish office.
St. John's Church owns four properties that are referred to as St. John's House, the Rectory (upper and lower units), Thornhill I and Thornhill II. A professional manager, current and past Vestry members, and the Finance Committee handle the needs and requests of the tenants.