St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

News Dec 23 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


Christmas Eve Services, Dec 24

In Person:

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist in church
5 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant in Walton Hall
7 p.m. Holy Eucharist in church
7 p.m. Holy Eucharist at Grace Chapel

Christmas Eve Live Service on Facebook at 10:30 a.m.

1st Sunday of Christmas, Dec 26

In Person:
10:30 a.m. Combined Service in the Church
Nursery is available at St. John's


Isaiah 61:10-62:5
Psalm 147:12-20
Galatians 3:23-4:7
John 1:1-18
Sermon-Fr. Jeremy+

Live Services on Facebook

8 a.m. Monday to Friday, except on Christmas Eve at 10:30 a.m.
Please send us your prayers through Facebook or through the website.

Wednesday In Person Service 8 a.m.

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

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

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

January 2022

Sat. Jan 8. 5 p.m. Epiphany service in Walton Hall followed by Burning of the Greens and Oyster Roast

Mon, Jan 10. Annual Reports due to the office from all committee heads, chairpersons, and small group leaders in electronic format

Sun Jan. 16. 9 a.m. Service in Walton Hall and 9 a.m. Service in the Church, followed at about 10:30 a.m. with the Annual Meeting. Lunch will be served in Walton Hall, and we will also recognize Walt Miller for his 15+ years of service to St. John's Parish

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 in Walton Hall

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

Wednesdays 7 a.m. Men's Bible Study

Wednesdays 10 a.m. The Journey group at 1510 Stanwick Dr. Johns Island. Contact Pete Tanner

Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. Resume in January - 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. Resume in January - 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

The Fourth Sunday of Advent is complete.
We now await the coming of Jesus Christ.

Announcements Dec 19, 2021

Pick up your Christmas Cards

We 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 please check the mailboxes each time you are at church for Christmas greetings from your fellow parishioners.

Christmas under the Oaks

Click below to hear Christmas under the Oaks Carols.
Thank you to Heath Gunther, Mark Hocutt, Rob Schluter and Fr. Jeremy for the wonderful fish stew, chili and hot dogs and to the Praise band and Sally Dixon for the joyous music. To hear the carols again, go to St. John's website.

Click here to see more on the website.

Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

We are collecting new, and gently used and cleaned sleeping bags for the homeless of the Sea Islands. Bring donations to Walton Hall. Contact Claudia Boyce with any questions.

2022 Pledge Envelopes Ready for Pickup

Collect your 2022 pledge envelopes either from the church narthex or Walton Hall and begin using them January 2. Please DO NOT use them before that date.

Note your envelope number has probably changed. After December 31, 2021, dispose of any remaining 2021 envelopes. Do not use your 2021 envelopes in 2022 for that reason. Any questions, please contact Sally in the office.

Vestry Nomination 2022 Due Jan. 2

We still need 3 more nominations for the Vestry. 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.

Annual Meeting Reports Due Jan 10th

The Annual Meeting of St. John's Parish will be held January 16th about 10:30 am in the church after the two 9 a.m. Worship Services, one in the church and one in Walton Hall. For all Committee heads, chairpersons and small group leaders, please send your 2021 annual report electronically to the office no later than January 10th.

Youth Detention Center Collection

We delivered 50 Christmas bags containing toiletries, snacks and 7-8 Christmas cards per bag to the Charleston County Youth Detention Center and were received with much gratitude. Yet another example of how St. John's Church truly acts as the body of Christ reaching out to the those that have lost their way.

Haut Gap Collection

More than 500 brownie bags were distributed at Haut Gap Middle School Wednesday, December 15. The kids and teachers were very happy to be acknowledged! Thank you, St. John's Parish angels.

Epiphany Service and Burning of the Greens

Join us on Saturday, January 8 at 5 pm for the Epiphany Service in Walton Hall, followed by the Burning of the Greens and Oyster Roast; we will also have hot dogs. Bring your Christmas trees and other holiday greenery after Christmas to the designated spot in the middle of the field.


Catch Up on News

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?!

Any amount is helpful if you are unable to fund a full scholarship. Please list on the designation line of your check: Uganda scholarship.

Click here for diocesan news and events

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

Women's Peace Retreat with Mary Tutterow

January 7-8

"You can have peace regardless of your circumstances." This retreat is for any woman who would like to rest, relax and renew learning practices that can keep her in perfect peace. Peace retreats are small and very popular. Spaces fill quickly. Come alone or bring a friend but register now! Learn more.


Altar Flowers

Flowers were given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving
for our children and grandchildren by Jay & Paulette Withington.

The 2022 signup book is available in the narthex of the church. Sign up early for the Sunday of your choice.

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 26
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, kindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 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

Christ St. Paul's, Yonges Island
Rev. Kyle Holtzhower

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Anglican Diocese of the South
Archbishop Foley Beach, and his wife, Allison
Bishop Frank Lyons, and his wife, Shawnee

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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