St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Dec 3 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 Announcements, Nov. 29

Ordinations • Lieber Christmas Stockings • Christmas Poinsettias • Vestry Nominations


Sunday, Dec. 6

Advent 2

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

Masks required indoors at all times

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


Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 85
James 1:2-18
Matthew 7:7-11

Sermon - God's Promises:
"I Will Give You All Good Things"
Fr. Greg+

Pick Up Communion Kits

9-11 a.m. Saturday

Consecrated Communion wafers and wine are available outside of Walton Hall's entrance for those watching the Sunday service online.

Live Services on Facebook

8 a.m. Monday to Friday
9 a.m. Sunday

Click here to send us your prayers through Facebook (@stjohnsparishjohnsisland)

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
Click here for a Vestry Nomination Form

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers of Nov. 29 were given to the glory of God
and in memory of our grandmothers, Marytine Oliver Smith and Olga "Texy" Klein
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).


Ordinations to the Priesthood

The Rev. Chip Bateson - Thursday, Dec. 3, at Reconciliation Anglican Church, Verona, Pa., in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh

The Rev. William Clarkson - 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Holy Apostles, Barnwell

The Rev. Tom Hample - 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at The Cathedral of St. Luke & St. Paul, Charleston. Fr. Hample will preach at St. John's on Dec. 27.

The Rev. Jeffrey Jacobs - 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Paul's, Summerville

The Rev. Zach Miller - 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Helena, Beaufort

Christmas Stockings for Lieber Correctional Institute Ministry

Items must be dropped off no later than Dec. 13 at St. John's Parish. Boxes will be located in both Guerry Hall and Walton Hall.

There are 1,100 inmates at Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville. Inmates have had no visits at all from their families for eight months as they have been locked down amid COVID-19. The inmates have to rely on family and volunteers to give them items for personal hygiene, and they desperately need these items.

Last year at Christmas, in an event organized by the prison ministry at St. Claire of Assisi on Daniel Island, some of the correctional officers and volunteers stuffed 80 red-felt stockings with soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, white tube socks, and a sweet.

This year, correctional officers at Lieber have asked St. Clare of Assisi to ask other churches and organizations for help as they strive to give every inmate a Christmas stocking.

That means they need to identify 22 churches and organizations to donate. If you can help by donating supplies for stockings, it would be a real blessing for the inmates at Lieber.
Here is a list of items for the drive:
  • Simple red-felt stockings, homemade or available at Dollar General for $1 each
  • Regular-size toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Regular-size bars of soap
  • Men's white, short-sleeve undershirts, various sizes
  • Regular-size containers of deodorant, any brand
  • Packaged candy canes, cookies, or candy bars
  • Handwritten cards or notes or hand-drawn pictures of encouragement (a perfect way to involve children or teens)
Please do not stuff the stockings or wrap any of the items, as they must be cleared through security. Inmate volunteers at Lieber will stuff the stockings, as they did last year.

Thank you! The inmates at Lieber will be very grateful and blessed by your generosity this Christmas season. If you have questions, contact Chrissy Binz, Debbie Hawkins, or Libby Puckette.

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

Click here for diocesan news and events

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

St. Michael's Advent Concert, Dec. 11

St. Michael's Church, Charleston, presents "The Angels Sing," a choral service for Advent and Christmas, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 in the church. Professional singers from across Charleston join together under the direction of St. Michael's Director of Music, Dr. Chris Keenan, to perform a wide variety of music for the season, ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

Seating will be limited, and masks will be required. The event will also be streamed online through the parish website or its YouTube channel.


Collect for Advent 2, Dec. 6

Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

For Operation Christmas Child

Please continue to pray for your Christmas child. While our gifts in the boxes only last for a short time, the gift of Jesus is eternal. We want to open children's hearts to not only receive the box but also the message of love and hope in Christ Jesus.

Samaritan's Purse works with pastors all over the world to find communities where children have not received a shoebox. The organization's goal is to provide one shoebox in each child's young life so that the project will reach and touch more children each Christmas season with the gospel.

Children in Bolivia study their colorful workbooks containing the 12 lessons of The Greatest Journey.
Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of December, we pray for the nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Heavenly Father, Christians and Christian churches in those countries are suffering due to violence, Islamic persecution, and war against each other. We lift them up in your Holy Name, asking for your mercy to surround them. We pray for the Christian churches in Armenia and Azerbaijan to persevere through the power of the Holy Spirit. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Holy Comforter, Sumter
The Rev. Marcus Kaiser
The Rev. Charles F. Walton
The Rev. John Sosnowski
Deacon Phil Osborne
The Rev. Joe Rhodes

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Anglican Province of South America
The Most Rev. Greg Venables and his wife, Summer

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3673 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
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