St. John’s United Methodist Church

12390 W. Highway 328

Ocala, FL

WHO Is Tabitha?

Tabitha is a woman of the Bible who appears briefly in the book of Acts (Chapter 9, verses 36-43). In the months and years following Jesus’ death and resurrection, his apostles traveled throughout the lands of the Mediterranean spreading the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Tabitha lived in the port city of Joppa and was a faithful and devout early Christian.  Tabitha was well known and loved in Joppa for her countless acts of kindness and generosity.  She was a seamstress who sewed garments and gave them to whoever was in need.

When Tabitha died, the whole city of Joppa mourned her death.  Other Christians in the city sent for Peter, who was preaching in a nearby town.  Peter prayed over Tabitha and restored her to life.  After that, Peter stayed on in Joppa and converted many to the new faith.  We have named our clothing ministry in honor of Tabitha, whose life of good deeds and whose miraculous return from death reflects the power and glory of God.

What Is Tabitha’s Closet?

Tabitha’s Closet is a free clothing ministry of the St. John’s United Methodist Church.  Its primary mission is to provide, at no charge, clean gently used apparel for children and adults in our community for whom clothing purchases may be a hardship.  Tabitha’s Closet strives to answer God’s call to provide for those who need a helping hand.


2ND and 4TH Wednesdays

9:00 am to Noon

Sunday Mornings after

 10:30 church service

 until 12:30 pm

How can I Help?

Donate gently used clothing, especially for children and babies.  New items are welcome.

Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to buy new items such as underwear and socks.

Volunteer your time.



Tabitha’s Closet is also available to provide clothing in response to emergencies such as fires and domestic violence.

Call Beverly Dow at 352-843-4950.


Church Food Pantry Needs Filling!!

Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center works proactively to eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other crimes.  Their mission is to aid, comfort and empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Please see their website at


St. John's mission is to aid these victims by providing donated items to the shelter based on their list of current needs. Items may be dropped off at St. John's in Fellowship Hall (bins in hallway).   


Hope Chest Needs Refilling!


Current items needed:


Dish Soap, Bottled water, Juice , Diapers size 4-6, Baby wipes, Pacifiers, Milk,

Conditioner, Body wash, Tampons, Sanitary napkins, Clorox wipes, Clorox spray

Children cold and allergy medicine



Needs for Domestic Violence Shelter  July 8, 2018


Paper Towels

Toilet Paper

Garbage Bags

Cleaning Supplies

Laundry Detergent




Bottled Water



Hair Brushes

Diapers size 4,5, & 6

Baby Wipes




Where are we?

12390 W Highway 328

Ocala FL 34482


When is Worship?

  10:30 am  Sundays


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