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Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden

Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden began as a ministry of St. John's.  It is now an independent 501(c)3.  Many in the St. John's community volunteer and support Open Hands which is the largest food pantry in Oakland County. It is open on Saturdays from 9:00-10:30am.

Open Hands Website


Open Hands Garden Hoop House

Volunteer with Open Hands Garden (Hoop House) It is cold outside, but inside the Hoop House the crops started last October  have start accelerating their growth.  To provide for the increasing demand, this fresh produce is so welcomed by the guests of Open Hands who come on Saturday mornings! Soon we will start cool weather seedlings for April planting.  The Open Hands Garden follows pandemic safety measures. 

Contact: Dennis Spatafora



The Bee Ministry nurtures and cares for the St. John's hives in the Bride's Garden.  This ministry is an outward sign of our parish commitment to be stewards of God's creation. Our bees pollinate our plants and flowers including the Open Hands Garden and the gardens of our neighbors. This is a developing ministry.

Contact: Kris Beckett 


Grounds Committee 

The Grounds Committee works one Saturday a month to keep our grounds beautiful.  The work includes keeping the gardens weeded; adding soil, compost, and mulch, planted annuals and perennials and so very much more to keep our grounds looking well cared for. 

Contact: Barbara Thornton