St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Apr 1 2021

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


We are now open for Sunday in person service.
Main hall and Youth room open for small groups, contact the church office to schedule.

Easter Sunday
Apr. 04

Pick Up Communion Kits

9-11 a.m. Saturday Outside Walton Hall

In Person Services

7 a.m. Sonrise Service outside Grace Chapel meeting in Sandie Bee's Yard.
9 a.m. Church and Walton Hall
10:30 a.m. Church and Walton Hall
Bring flowers for flowering the Cross

Facebook Live Service

Sunday Service 9 a.m.


Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118:14-17, 22-24
Colossians 3:1-4
Mark 16:1-8
Sermon - Fr. Greg+ and Fr. Jeremy+


Church Office (843-559-9560)
Fr. Greg Snyder, Sr. Rector (843-367-3342,
Fr. Jeremy Shelton. Assoc. Rector (843-364-9381,
Walt Miller, Community Pastor (843-469-7105,
Rob Schluter, Family Pastor (843-908-1853,
Sally Dixon, Admin. (843-709-4894,
E-News and updates for website (

Live Services on Facebook

8 a.m. Monday to Friday
9 a.m. Sunday
Please send us your prayers through Facebook or through the website.

Join a Small Study Group Online


Holy Week and Easter Services

If you haven't already, please let us know which services you are thinking of attending on Easter Sunday. This is not a reservation form but information to enable the planning of each service to accommodate all that attend. Follow this link to the form on our website or you can email us here.

Morning Prayer live on Facebook at 8 a.m. Mon.-Fri.

Apr. 1. Maundy Thursday.
  • Noon, Quiet service in Church.
  • 7 p.m. Service and stripping of the altar, with music in the Church.
  • Live on Facebook 7 p.m.
Apr. 2. Good Friday.
  • Noon, Stations of the Cross online on Facebook.
  • 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy in the Church, with music.
  • Live on Facebook 7 p.m.
Apr. 4. Easter Sunday.
  • 7 a.m. Sonrise Service outside Grace Chapel meeting in Sandie Bee's Yard.
  • 9 a.m. Traditional Easter Sunday Service in the Church.
  • 9 a.m. Contemporary Easter Sunday Service in Walton Hall.
  • 10:30 a.m. Traditional Easter Sunday Service in the Church.
  • 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Easter Sunday Service in Walton Hall.
  • Live on Facebook 9:00 a.m.
Please bring flowers for flowering of the Cross upon entering the Church or Walton Hall for Easter Sunday Services.

Video Announcements, Mar. 28

Obituary, Dr. Walker Lee Breland

Dr. Walker Lee Breland, father to our own Beth Breland Snyder, passed away on Palm Sunday, March 28. A private family graveside is planned in the near future. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., West Ashley Chapel.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to: First Centenary UMC, PO Box 208, Chattanooga, TN 37401 attn: Music Ministry Fund. You can read the obituary at Stuhr here.
Dr. Walker Lee Breland, 85, husband of June Starr Price Breland, passed away on Palm Sunday, March 28, after a courageous 14 year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Walker, a native of Walterboro, SC, began playing music by ear in his elementary school years. Learning to read music came next, where he traveled to Charleston to take piano and organ lessons from Vernon Weston. A graduate of Walterboro High School, he served as drum major and accompanied various choral groups. Walker received a full scholarship to Furman University, where he served as the accompanist for the Furman Singers. After graduating from Furman, he married his high school sweetheart, June Price Breland and served in the U.S. Army.

Walker pursued his PhD in sacred music from Indiana University. While in graduate school, he served as organist of North Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. Walker served as professor of music at Columbia College, Columbia, SC from 1965-1972. Each summer, he led educational tours for his students all throughout Europe. While living in Columbia, Walker served as the organist of Cayce UMC and Trenholm Road UMC.
In 1972, Walker moved to Tennessee working as a professor of music at the University of TN at Chattanooga. He led the Madrigal Singers and taught one of his favorites, a Survey of Jazz, as well as organ instruction. Walker chaired various committees including the Academic Affairs and Athletic Committees. He retired from UTC in 2004 after serving 32 years. Walker was a popular professor amongst the student body---it would not be unusual for former students to greet him while out and about in Chattanooga with his family, and remark that "they love jazz or classical music" because of his course at UTC.

While in Chattanooga, Walker served as the organist for First Centenary UMC, for 25 years. Upon retirement, he was named Organist Emeritus. Walker was encouraged to record a CD of his most requested organ pieces. One in particular, the Fifth Organ Symphony in F, Op 42 #1, by Charles-Marie Widor, was always played on Easter services annually. This same recording was featured in his youngest granddaughter's wedding recessional, when he was not able to play due to his Parkinson's disease. He was a gifted musician, who not only played the notes proficiently, but allowed the Holy Spirit to infill his work, which he played to the glory of God.
One of the honors of his life, was to serve as the President of the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, in it's early years of inception. Walker was proud of the offerings of all genres of music to the wider Chattanooga community and the many lasting friendships he made along the way.
Walker and June were fortunate to travel the world together before his Parkinson's diagnosis and loved spending time with their four grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, June of Charleston SC; daughters: Beth Breland Snyder (Greg) of Johns Island, SC and Melanie Breland Hembree (Wade) of Milton, Ga; four grandchildren: Rachel Snyder Miller (Luke) of Knoxville, TN, Sarah Snyder Brown (Cary) of Myrtle Beach, SC and Walker and Will Hembree of Milton, GA; one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Frances Miller; and his sister, Irene Stokes (Don) of Dunwoody, GA. Additionally Walker is survived by his extended family, sister-in-law, Judy Rembert Price of Simpsonville, SC; nieces and nephew, Paige Price McCluskey (Chris) of Anderson, SC, Rachael Price Garcia (Charles) of Simpsonville, SC and Becky and Jimmy Halford, of Atlanta, GA.

Walker was predeceased by his parents, Julius Earl Breland and Reba Walker Breland, of Walterboro, SC.

Group Meetings and Bible Studies

Let us know if you are currently meeting with any groups or bible studies in person or online that we can add to the listing below. Contact Sally Dixon

Group Ministries

  • Island Quilters meet 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Contact Susie Jenkins.
  • Word Weavers meet 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. every 3rd Saturday of the month. Contact Bonnie Anderson.
  • Daughters of the Holy Cross meet 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact Sally Dixon
  • Prayer Shawl ministry meet 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec. Contact Polly Sosnowski or Susan Neville
  • Youth Group 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays. Contact Rob Schluter.
  • AA meets 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday and Friday.

Bible Studies

  • Sunday Bible School. Contact Walt Miller.
  • Girl's Morning Out Bible Study (GMOBS) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday in Walton Hall (Youth Room). Contact Lynn Gervais.
  • Men's Bible Group 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Wednesday online. Contact Walt Miller.
  • Mixed Bible Basics: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday online. Contact Walt Miller.
  • Men's Bible Study 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Walton Hall. Contact Fr. Greg+.
  • Women's Bible Study: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday in Walton Hall. Contact Susie Jenkins.

The Journey

Pick up a copy of The Journey, May - August 2021 Edition is now available in the Church office. Includes May with Mark chapter 7 through Chapter 12, June with Joshua, July and Hebrews, and August with Listening to God.

Clean Up Day and Palm Sunday

Pray for Revival at Lieber!

Click here for diocesan news and events


Palm Sunday Altar Flowers

Flowers were given to the glory of God
St. John's Altar Flower Ministry designs new flower creations each week for Sunday services. Flowers are selected individually and prepared on Friday. The cost to dedicate flowers is $70 for two vases or $40 for one. Contact Sally Dixon (, 843-709-4894) to sign up for the Sunday of your choice.
The flower delivery guild needs volunteers to deliver flowers in accord with COVID protocols. If you have delivered flowers in the past, or would like to join that ministry, please contact Sally Dixon.

At St. John's


Easter Sunday, Apr. 4
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may, by your life-giving Spirit, be delivered from sin and raised from death; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of April we pray for the nation of Colombia. Heavenly Father, Christians and Christian churches in Colombia are suffering due to violent drug cartels, guerrilla warfare, and organized crime groups. We pray for the Christian churches in Colombia to share the gospel of Christ despite all these persecutions. Enliven their spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

St. Paul's, Conway
The Rev. Jason Collins
Deacon Dawn Rider

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Diocese of the Southwest
Greg Clark, Chair of the Standing Committee, Ecclesiastical Authority

Connect with St. John's Online

Watch Services Online

There are several ways to watch the online worship services.
  1. If you are comfortable with using Facebook, visit our Facebook page.
  2. Watch through our website.
  3. If you prefer to be notified when the day's service is online and or want to watch other services of the week, our mobile app is a great option. Make sure you sign up for notifications under the settings option of the app. Each time we go live, we send out a mobile app notification. You may click through the links to watch on Facebook (you may also leave comments and prayers) or watch on our website.
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St. John's Parish Church
3673 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457
Telephone: 843-559-9560

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