St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

E News Nov 19 2020

St. John's Parish Church

A Light for the Sea Islands since 1734

DECLARING our love for God through Anglican worship
PREPARING our love for God through Anglican worship
SHARING our love for God through Anglican worship
CARING for our community

Video Announcement Nov 15

Feeding the Multitude, Christmas Poinsettas


Sunday, Nov 22

9 a.m. in Walton Hall
10:30 a.m. in the Church

Masks required indoors at all tmes

Facebook at 9 a.m.
Nursery available 9 a.m. to noon


1 Samuel 8:1-9
Psalm 47
Revelation 19:11-16
Johns 19:1-16

Sermon - God's Promises:
"I Will Be Your King"
Fr. Greg

8 a.m. Service Returns Advent 1

We are planning to revive the early service in the Church beginning Nov. 29.
As we draw closer we will confirm the service date and time.

Pick Up Communion Kits

9-11 a.m. Saturday, Guerry Hall
Pre-consecrated Communion wafers and wine will be available outside of the entrance to Guerry Hall for those watching Sunday service online.
NOTE: The distribution of Communion kits moves to Guerry Hall this Saturday only because of our Feeding of the Multitude preparations.

Live Services on Facebook

Walton Hall Open for Small Groups

We are open for small gatherings in the Main Hall only. Would your small group like to meet in Walton Hall? Contact Fr. Greg at 843-367-3342 to find out more and to schedule your meeting. All groups require social distance and face masks. We will provide sanitizer, wipes, and face masks.
Click here to join a Small Study Group

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers of Nov. 15 were given to the glory of God and in memory of Alvin "Bubba" Veronee by William Randolph Veronee.

St. John's Altar Flower Ministry designs new flower creations each week for Sunday services. Flowers are individually selected and prepared on Friday. The cost to dedicate flowers is $70 for both vases or $40 for one. Contact Sally Dixon (; 843-709-4894).


Feeding the Multitude Update

On Sat Nov 21 St. John's is hosting the grab and go bag pick-up, and also delivering a large amount of food to the Rural Housing across the street and to two Johns Island Camps, where Hispanic workers and families live. We still need volunteers to work the grab and go bag pick-up. Because of COVID, we cannot handle an influx of volunteers without assignments. PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP. Please contact Meemee or Edith ahead of time to volunteer.

All volunteers must wear masks their entire time on church property.
Bag Sorting, Nov. 19-20
Please report to Sherrie McAvoy in Walton Hall and she will give you direction. We have built in 30 minutes after bag drop-off times to allow for additional sorting.

Volunteer Parking Nov. 19-21
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:45 to 7:30 p.m, you may park anywhere by Walton Hall.
  • Friday, Nov. 20, from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, please park in the side lot by Walton Hall. The freezer truck will arrive that day, and we need to keep the front lot clear of cars.
  • Saturday, Nov 21. Park only in the church lot, unless except to pick up meals for rural delivery. Do not park on Walton Hall's grounds.
Saturday, Nov. 21, the Event
Please check in at the desk for a name tag. Volunteer orientation is at 11:45 a.m.with Sherrie McAvoy in Walton Hall.
  • Prayer team reports to Claudia Boyce and arrives at Walton Hall 15 minutes before your time slot.
  • Traffic team reports to Ron Boyce, who will be in the main driveway near the Walton Hall entrance.
  • Rural Delivery team report at 9:45 a.m. in front of Walton Hall to load up with meal bags for delivery.
We will be live on St. John's Facebook page from 12 to 3 p.m.

Contact Meemee (; 843-559-3877) or Edith Dixon (; 843-830-5353) with questions.

Click here for the event flier
Click here for the donation flier

Operation Christmas Child Update

Thanks to everyone who packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, whether personally or online! Forty boxes from St. John's parishioners were delivered to a collection site today. Please remember to keep praying for the recipient of your box.

Samaritan's Purse reports: "Pastors around the world host outreach events in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer

The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan's Purse developed for shoebox recipients."

Thank you for loving kids all around the world!

Bishop Lawrence to Deliver Thanksgiving Message

We are recording the Thanksgiving Eve service at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in Walton Hall. Bishop Mark Lawrence will deliver the sermon. Please come and join us for the service. The video will appear online at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 25.

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias

St. John's will adorn the Church and Walton Hall in preparation for Christmas and to remember and honor loved ones. You may purchase as many poinsettias as you wish at $17 each. We need to receive orders by Dec.14.

Return your form with a check payable to St. John's Parish Church in the offering plate or by mail to St. John's Parish Church, P.O. Box 125, Johns Island SC 29457-0125, or pay online and designate for Poinsettias 2020.

Click here for the order form

Prayer Shawl Ministry Blessing

Fr. Jeremy will bless our shawls this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Church service. All prayer shawl members are encouraged to attend. Our prayer shawl ministry has been affected by the pandemic, raising a serious need to replenish our supply.

We hope to increase our members to accomplish this. If you have a gift for knitting or crocheting and are searching for a meaningful ministry, please call Susan Neville (843-696-4647; or Polly Sosnowski (843-559-2743;

What is a Prayer Shawl?
Prayer shawls wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, and shelter. They are wearable hugs crafted with love and intent. Whether it be personal words, verse, song, or prayer, these thoughts become part of the shawl with each stitch.

Prayer shawls are in the church office. If you know of someone in need of comfort, please let us know or you may log out a shawl or blanket using the guide in the book.

Uganda Scholarships

Each year St.John's Church provides scholarships for children of Ugandan clergy to attend grades 3-12. Clergy earn about $12 to $14 a month, and the cost of sending a child to school is $150 a year. So far we have raised three-fourths of the amount needed for 50 scholarships. If you are led to send a check or give online, please mark your gift for Uganda Scholarship.

Click here for diocesan news and events

Bishop Mark Lawrence's past messages are also available on the diocesan website


For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of November we pray for the nation of Uzbekistan.

Heavenly Father, Christians and Christian churches in Uzbekistan are suffering due to religious nationalism, authoritarian government rule, Islamic persecution, and violence. We lift them up in your Holy Name, asking for your mercy to surround them. We pray for the Christian churches in Uzbekistan to persevere through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Prayers for Healing

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot
physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

For Times of Social Distress or Conflict

Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us,
that in peril we may uphold one another,
in suffering tend to one another,
and in homelessness, loneliness, or exile befriend one another.
Grant us brave and enduring hearts
that we may strengthen one another,
until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended,
and you again give peace in our time;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
In Thanksgiving for our Bishop
in the 13th year of his Consecration
The Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
Diocese of Christ our Hope
Bishop Steven Breedlove and his wife, Sally
Bishop Quigg Lawrence and his wife, Annette

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PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
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