In 2010, Reverend John Patterson began the St. James Fellowship by visiting residents at a single assisted living facility in Monroeville, PA. It had no staff chaplain or organized Pastoral Care program. By listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending its residents, he replaced their lost ties to the church with a new kind of fellowship.
Worship services, hymn singing and Holy Communion are provided regularly by Reverend Patterson and ministry associates at all the facilities where the St. James Fellowship
has a presence.
Small group Bible Studies provide opportunities for greater spiritual understanding and growth in a meaningful social setting.
Many long-term care residents are saddened by their lost church ties upon entering care settings. Small groups gathered for study or singing provide a great way to forge new friendships.
Depression, lonliness and frustration are common among assisted living residents. Reverend Patterson brings needed supportive counseling to residents on a one-on-one basis.
Ministry associates visit regularly with the residents served by the Fellowship, sharing the love and Good News of the Gospel of Christ.
Among SJF's clients are several elderly persons who remain in their homes or apartments but have lost much of their independence. We minister to these persons who do not have home or family caregivers.
Currently, St. James Fellowship serves the spiritual needs of elderly and disabled persons living at the following care facilities east of Pittsburgh:
St. James Fellowship charges nothing for the services it provides and is funded exclusively by charitable contributions. In addition to the support of many individuals, SJF receives regular mission funding from the following area churches.
Reverend John W. Patterson
President & Ministry Director
Ms. Mary Jane (Janie) Mason
Children's Librarian & Reference Librarian
Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library
Mr. Matthew M. Polka
President and CEO
American Cable Association
Mrs. Eileen DesLauriers
Retired Counselor & Teacher
Gateway & Frankllin Regional School Districts
Mr. Nick Paradise
Director of Public Relations
Kennywood Park/Kennywood Entertainment
John (Patterson) and Lee became great friends during her stay at Arden Courts. The two of them could often be found reading the Bible, discussing its teachings, praying, and singing hymns. Theirs was a bond of faith and friendship. At the end of her earthly journey, Lee took comfort and joy in God with the constant support of the St. James Fellowship.
Julie most appreciated the worship services and Christian fellowship provided by SJF at her assisted living facility. When she received a cancer diagnosis, she was not fearful. Prayer, fellowship and friendship got her through months of treatment and a period of remission that followed. We thank God for the ways Julie has blessed our ministry, and the opportunities she has given us to be a blessing to her.
Pauline was hardened by life. She moved to an assisted-living facility following a stroke. There she formed a friendship with John Patterson. Though her church ties had been broken long ago, she accepted a Bible from him and was soon attending regular Bible studies and worship services. Her desire for forgiveness brought her to saving faith in Christ and the peace that He brings, even at the very end of her life.
It is only with charitable gifts that St. James Fellowship is able to deliver the services it provides. Consider making a gift today to help us reach even more people with the news of the Gospel and the love of Christ. By blessing this ministry with your gift, we are confident that you, too, will be blessed.
The St. James Fellowship is a non-profit, charitable organization as classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Make checks payable to St. James Fellowship and mail to 1467 Madden Drive, Monroeville, PA 15146.
Of course you can also give by credit card using the Paypal link below (no, you don't have to have a Paypal account). Or, set up an automatic monthly gift (AFT) to SJF from your checking account. Contact your bank for details.
If you would like more information about the St. James Fellowship and how you can help,
contact Rev. John Patterson by phone at 412-956-0076 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1467 Madden Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146