St. John’s + Staff

St. John’s Episcopal Church is the host for Confluence. St. John’s has served the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus for over 100 years, bringing hope and healing to an often overlooked and exploited community.

We are centered by our common worship in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.

We take seriously our fundamental biblical call to comfort those in need and to work for justice in order to alleviate those needs.

Beyond worship services and discipleship ministries, Saint John’s partners in the neighborhood with the Franklinton Learning Center, Franklinton Gardens, and Franklinton Cycleworks.

Confluence Volunteers will worship, serve, and share a meal weekly at both Street Church & His Place (descriptions below).

Worship Services

Sunday       10:30 – Holy Eucharist: (Communion)

1:00pm – Street Church: Eucharist -W. Broad & Central

Wednesday  6:00pm – His Place: Praise & Prayer (Sept-June)

Street Church:

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St. John’s travels to a vacant lot west of the church at the corner of Central and Broad for a 1:00 p.m. service each Sunday. A celebration of Eucharist is followed by lunch. The service attracts people who live outside along the river and railroad tracks as well as community members.

communion on the street from matthew leahy on Vimeo.

His Place: 

St John’s welcomes over 100 people from the community to dinner every Wednesday evening, offering worship led by the Franklinton Youth Choir, a hot meal, companionship, and emergency assistance, thanks to the amazing generosity of 12 other congregations who rotate making meals.

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Emergency Assistance
St. John’s maintains an emergency food and personal products pantry which is open to the residents of the neighborhood. Items such as blankets, candles, sleeping bags, and socks are collected each Christmas as part of our Lifeboat Project. Financial assistance is also available in times of special need to help pay rent or utilities, to assist with funeral expenses, to repair a car, or to purchase food not available in the food pantry.

Meet Program Director, Emma Helms-Steinmetz

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Emma’s passion for community building started young on meals on wheels visits in Cincinnati with her mom. As a college student at Capital University she continued to bring people together over food and good conversation and felt called toward the ministry of community. Each summer in college she worked with YouthWorks and fell in love with communities across the country, spending summers in small town PA, San Francisco , CA, and two summers in Jackson, Mississippi.  She earned her B.A. in religion and cultural studies from Capital University and never expected that she’d find herself back in Columbus. After working in a number of nonprofits in recruitment, development, and youth engagement, she knew she wanted to branch back into theological studies. She attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary where she received her Master’s of Theological Studies. 

Emma has a passion for working with youth and young women, leadership development, and connecting folks to resources that will help them thrive.

She loves to find all the best columbus eats, exploring unique markets, and staying up to date on her favorite shows with her husband, Cory, and their three pets, Sophie, Lola, and Cami the bulldog.

Meet The Rev. Dr. Lee Anne Reat, Vicar

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Lee Anne has served as Vicar of St. John’s in Franklinton since 1996. Lee Anne’s love for God informs her prophetic voice in the city of Columbus, and her call to the church to serve the poor and advocate for the marginalized. Beyond her pastoral duties Lee Anne takes an active role the Children’s Defense Fund and in B.R.E.A.D.  (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity). B.R.E.A.D. researches and takes direct action on issues of social justice affecting Franklin County.

Lee Anne helped St. John’s launch their second service (Street Church) seven years ago, and is continually amazed at the way God works in that space. “It’s exciting, because what we found is that, while the people who gather on Sundays outside may not have any direct experience with liturgical church, they are excited about being there, they are insistent that we do Eucharist,” said Reat. “So it’s become very, very important, and that says something to me about the reality of the body and blood of Christ: that there’s a real presence there.”

Lee Anne is excited about passing on God’s call to St. John’s to the volunteers, and helping the volunteers put their faith in action through service and advocacy.

 

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