St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Dec 9

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


Third Sunday in Advent, Dec 12

Pick Up Communion Kits 9 am-4 pm in Guerry Hall Mon - Wed

In Person:

8 am Traditional Quiet Service in the Church
9 am Contemporary Service in Walton Hall
9 am Children's Sunday School
10:30 am Traditional Service in the Church
Nursery is available at St. John's
11:00 am Adult Sunday School


Zephaniah 3:14-20
Psalm 85
Philippians 4:4-9
Luke 3:7-20
Sermon-Fr. Greg+

Live Services on Facebook

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

Wednesday In Person Service 8 am

Eucharist Service in the Church and on-line


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 (
Vestry Members 2021: Barbara Johnson, Ben Dixon, Bill Leland (Jr. Warden), Boyd Baker (Sr. Warden), Debbie Hawkins, Don Machiorlete, Jeff Lamberson, Jane Vaughan, Jon Grandin, Russell Henderson, Sam Gervais, Todd Young


Upcoming Church Events

December 2021

Sat Dec 11. 9 a.m. St. John's Christian Fellowship breakfast - Men and Women.

Sat Nov 11. 9:30 a.m. Daughters of the Holy Cross meets in the youth room

Sun. Dec 12. Christmas collection due for Charleston County Youth Detention Center

Mon. Dec. 13. Poinsettia order forms due

Sat. Dec 18. 10 a.m. Word Weavers in Peach Room. Contact Bonnie Anderson

Sun. Dec 19. 5 p.m. Christmas Under the Oaks, a Service of Lessons & Carols

Tue Dec. 21. 6:30 p.m. Global Missions Ministry in the library of Guerry Hall Contact Bill Anderson

Fri. Dec 24. Christmas Eve Services
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist in church
5 pm Christmas Eve Pageant in Walton Hall
7 pm Holy Eucharist in church
7 pm Holy Eucharist at Grace Chapel

Sun. Dec 26. 10:30 a.m. First Sunday of Christmas, combined service in church

Weekly Groups

Join a Small Study Group In-Person and Online

Mondays 9 a.m. Girl's Morning Out Bible study group in Youth Room. Contact Lynn Gervais

Mondays 10 a.m. - 1:45 pm Respite Care in Walton Hall

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. AA is also in Walton Hall

Tuesdays 7 p.m. Al-Anon is in the peach room in Walton Hall

Wednesdays 7 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. The Journey group in the Peach Room of Walton Hall. Contact Pete Tanner.

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. Dec 8 and 15 only. Fellowship Lunch at Stono Market. Contact Susie Jenkins.

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Coeducational Bible basics with shared meal. Contact Walt Miller

Thursdays 7 a.m. Men's group breakfast and Bible study in Walton Hall with Fr. Greg+

Thursdays 10 a.m. - 1:45 pm Respite Care in Walton Hall

Thursdays 10 a.m. Bible Babes led by Fr. Jeremy+

Thursdays 2 p.m. Dec 9 and 16 only. Women's Bible group in the Peach Room Walton Hall, led by Susie Jenkins

Fridays 6:30 p.m. AA in Walton Hall

Sundays 9 a.m. Children's Sunday School

Sundays 11 a.m. Adult Sunday School online. Contact Walt Miller

Sundays 3-4 p.m. Kids Club for grades 3rd - 5th

Sundays 4-5 p.m. Middle School Youth Group for grades 6th - 8th

Sundays 5-6 p.m. High School Youth Group for grades 9th - 12th

Christmas Services

Christmas Under the Oaks
Lessons and Carols

followed by chili, hot dogs & s'mores

Join us under the oaks by Walton Hall at 5 pm on Sunday evening, December 19, for Lessons and Carols. This will be followed by a meal of chili, hot dogs, and s'mores done over the fire. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket, and start the Christmas season under the stars, listening to God's word and singing carols. We look forward to seeing you.

Christmas Cards

We will have a "mailbox" in the narthex of Walton Hall and the church for Parishioner Christmas cards. Place your cards in the alphabetical slots and don't forget to check the mailboxes each time you are at church for Christmas greetings from your fellow parishioners.

Charleston County Youth Detention Center Christmas Collection due this Sunday

Thanks to all of you who have donated toiletries and written cards for the Charleston County Youth Detention Center. We are still in need of supplies so if you want to donate, it's not too late! This Sunday will be our final collection day. Please bring your donation to the bins in either Walton Hall or Guerry Hall.

As a reminder, the Charleston County Youth Detention Center houses approximately 50 youth, mostly male. We have purchased snacks for each bag. The toiletries needed are listed below. Christmas cards are greatly appreciated.
  • Christmas cards - Please do NOT seal the envelopes. Only sign cards with your first name.
  • Toothpaste (full size for all items)
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash (no bar soap)
  • Socks

Thanks in advance for your donations AND for sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those at the Charleston County Youth Detention Center this Christmas season.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. - Hebrews 13:3.

'Tis the season to make a list and check it twice...see above. St. John's is making brownies for Haut Gap this year. Brownie mix and pans are provided. Please pick yours up this Sunday, make brownies as directed, buy wrapped candy, and bring it all back to church by Dec. 13th. Your help is needed to put bags together on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 10 am in Walton Hall. Come have a joyous time!

If you want to help distribute the brownie bags on Wednesday, December 15, please show up at the school by 10:30 am. Any questions, please contact Peggy Gervais or Sally Frazier.

Christmas Pageant

No Christmas is complete without the children of St. John's leading us through salvation history to the manger in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve at 5 pm. With that in mind, we are taking signups for the pageant now for children aged 2 and up! Please contact Rob Schluter ( to sign your child up for a part in the pageant.

Uganda Scholarships

For Ugandan children, the school year begins in early January, so St John's is beginning to collect scholarship funds for the coming year. Tuition is $150 for the YEAR! Please consider sponsoring a student-or two-in this critical work. Secular and Islamic pressure to lure children away from the faith is alive and well in Gulu so your help is increasingly important to the families we have been helping.

Hopefully we can have our usual March Mission Madness celebration in 2022 but it is helpful to the Diocese of Northern Uganda to have these scholarships in hand soon. Thank you for your amazing support of these families for the past 10 years!! Some of the children we have been supporting are now moving into advanced degrees thanks to our support! How exciting is THAT?!

Catch Up on News

Advent Kits Still Available.

Kits will be found in Walton Hall and the church. This Advent, we invite you to slow down, rest, and focus on Jesus with your family. We are providing guides that will bid you daily to light your Advent candles, say simple family prayers, read a short scripture, discuss how it points us to Jesus, and rest in Christ's never ending love. May this Advent be one of drawing near to the Savior who was born for us all.

Christmas Poinsettias Forms due by Dec. 13

In preparation for Christmas and the birth of Jesus, St. John's is offering poinsettias to adorn the Church and Walton Hall, and to remember & honor loved ones. You may purchase as many poinsettias as you wish, at $17 each.
Please return your order form to Guerry Hall or mail to St. John's Parish Church, PO Box 125, Johns Island, SC 29457. Checks should be made payable to St. John's Parish Church. The deadline for orders is Monday, December 13, 2021.

Click here for the Order form.

Vestry Nomination 2022 Due Jan. 2

Are you prayerfully considering if you are called to serve on the vestry? Do you know someone to nominate? If you would like to nominate another, please ask that person for permission first. Nomination forms are at the entrance to the church, Walton Hall, and Guerry Hall. Please turn in the forms to the church office by January 2, 2022. If anyone has questions, to please see Father Greg.

Click here for a PDF of the nomination form

Click here for diocesan news and events


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.

At St. John's


December 12
O Lord Jesus Christ, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise make ready your way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient toward the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world, we may be found a people acceptable in your sight; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever.

For Persecuted Churches

We pray for persecuted churches around the world. For the month of December, we pray for the nation of Yemen. Heavenly Father, in the midst of radical Islamic persecution, violent tribalism, food shortages and starvation, we ask for your grace to provide and nurture all people in Yemen. We pray for Christians, who are forced to worship in secret, to be sustained by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Anglican Diocesan SC Cycle of Prayer

Resurrection, Surfside Beach
The Very Rev. Ronald Greiser
The Rev. Stephen Davis
The Rev. Dana Boynton

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Canon for Communications in the ACNA
The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross, and his wife, Summer.

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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