Cranmer Chapel Free Dinners for Seasonal Employees in Winter Park

Our outreach to the Seasonal Employees at the Winter Park Resort has benefitted many.

Our outreach to the Seasonal Employees at the Winter Park Resort has benefitted many.

A notable example of hands-on outreach is our service of free community dinners.  In 1999, under the leadership of Joan Von der Heiden, St. John’s parishioners began serving community dinners at Cranmer Chapel to seasonal workers primarily from the Winter Park Resort, who often face isolation and economic difficulty living in a resort area so far from home. The dinners have now grown to include all who wish to participate and share in community. As of January 2018, over 24,000 dinners have been served.  Several other churches and outreach entities in the county help make this truly ecumenical ministry the success it is. We are truly grateful for these community partners as we reach out to our community.