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Confluence at Street Church

4 Jun

Every month Confluence volunteers prepare and serve the meal for St. John’s second service, Street Church. Street Church has been gathering Sundays at 1pm in an abandoned lot at the corner of West Broad St. and Central Ave for over eight years, rain, snow, sleet, or shine! The community gathers for liturgy and the Eucharist before sharing a meal together. A great community is built among neighbors who might not otherwise venture through the doors of a traditional church. If you live in Columbus, all are welcome to join us for worship.

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A Light in the WIlderness

11 Mar




Volunteer Stephen Hash had his original work, “A Light in the Wilderness,” featured at the E.A.S.E. Gallery. The gallery is hosted at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on the campus of The Ohio State University. This Praxis Communities exhibition features work from numerous artists exploring the idea of “Wilderness: Physical and Spiritual.” Check out more here.

A Light in the Wilderness

Episcopal Service Corps Partnership

21 Jan

We are proud to announce that Confluence is now officially a program of the Episcopal Service Corps!

In 2008, the six existing Episcopal programs gathered from across the country to found a national network, and Episcopal Service Corps was born. Each program retained its unique identity and local leadership while collaborating on a common volunteer application and sharing resources and ideas. Bringing together programs with shared values and mission, Episcopal Service Corps strengthens member programs through training and support for staff and connects young adult volunteers to a national movement of faith-based service.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is excited for the connection to the broader Episcopal Church, the chance to share resources, be strengthened by the staff of long running programs, and to welcome in Episcopal young adults from across the country to the work God is doing in Franklinton.


Spruce Up Sullivant!

18 Sep

Confluence members are active in the Franklinton neighborhood! On Saturday, September 7, all five volunteers with Confluence were able to participate in Mayor Coleman and The Franklinton Board of Trade’s impact initiative alongside roughly 200 volunteers from various  Columbus organizations, hospitals, and churches. The initiative lasted all morning and included the creation of new landscaped areas, the removal of litter and debris, and giving nine storefronts a new facelift with fresh coats of paint. Here are some pictures from the day’s events, featuring your own Confluence volunteers painting and bringing new life to their valued neighborhood!


A garage on Sullivant is renewed with some help of the Confluence volunteers and fresh paint.


Confluence Volunteer Amour Inman carefully adds paint to window trim.


Confluence Volunteer Zach Leamy adds some green finishing to the window trim.


Confluence Program Director Jed Dearing poses with a paintbrush.

Meet the 2013-14 Volunteers

4 Sep
Confluence Members
Pictured clockwise from left, Kristyn Vergauwen, Zach Leamy, Gene Sludge, Amour Inman, and Stephen Hash.
Our inaugural class of Volunteers has arrived, coming to us from Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Be sure to check out the newly updated Meet the Volunteers page to learn more about this great group of young adults committing to a year of service in Franklinton.

Meet the Volunteers: Amour Inman

21 Aug

What does Amour fancy herself as? (hint: it involves travel) What makes Amour tick? Where did she come from? Find out the answer to all these questions and more when you visit the Meet the Volunteers tab!


Meet the Volunteers: Stephen Hash

13 Aug

This post begins a first in a series on the five interns recently chosen for the 2013-2014 Confluence year. Learn what job Stephen claims prepared him for anything,  what his twin brother is up to now, and what his hopes are for his involvement with St. John’s on the Meet the Volunteers page.