On June 8, 2014, we will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of our present church building. To mark the occasion, every family or individual is invited to make a one-time gift of $125 to the Sanctuary Society. These gifts will be used specifically for the purpose of making repairs and improvements to our church building. Click here for details and to read about the events that led up to the construction of the church. Read More

223rd Convention of the Diocese of South Carolina

Photos and reports
available online

The 2014 Diocesan Convention was held March 13/14 at Christ Church in Mt. Pleasant.  A variety of material is available on the diocesan website including a summary of events, texts of resolutions, a photo gallery, and audio and video of Bishop Lawrence's address and other talks.

St. John's, All Saints (both of Florence), and St. Matthew's (Darlington) churches combined resources to host the 2013 convention. The opening Eucharist was held at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on March 8, 2013 and was followed by a reception in St. John's fellowship hall.  Two photo galleries, Bishop Lawrence's address, and several Convention reports are still available to view via the diocesan website.  The photo galleries can be directly accessed here.



Help 4 Kids Florence
A new ministry initiative

St. John’s, in partnership with other churches and members of the community, is embarking on an ambitious and most worth-while project to provide food for the weekend to hungry children in our community.  The planning has begun, and meals will be provided to children beginning in August for the 2013–2014 school year. 

Since St. John’s already has a relationship with Delmae Elementary School through the Kids Hope USA mentoring program, the plan is to start the project at Delmae and provide weekend food for approximately 400 at-risk students.  God willing, the project will expand to other schools in FSD 1.

Click here to read about this endeavor in detail, including an action plan, specific needs, and ways in which parishioners can participate. 

Parishioners are also invited to make a financial pledge to the project.  Pledge cards were enclosed with the May issue of the parish newsletter and are available in the parish office. 

For more information, visit Help 4 Kids Florence at its new website: www.help4kidsflorence.org, call 580-4111, or e-mail at help4kidsflorence@gmail.com.


News from the
Caleb King Family

Many parishioners will remember Louise and Caleb King, medical missionaries from our diocese who having been working in Rwanda.  We received a newsletter from Caleb, Louise, and their children last month.  Read it in its entirety here.


Sermons Available Online

The Sunday sermons will be available online beginning on July 29.  Click "Sermons" in the list of contents above to access them.


Newsletter Available Online!

The parish newsletter is now at your fingertips.  Go to the Newsletter page to find the latest edition.


Youth Newsletter Online

Click here to view the latest edition of St. John's Youth Newsletter.

Youth Group Meets on Sundays in the youth building, Sept.-May.

4:00-5:30 ... Middle School

5:30-6:30 ... Dinner & Worship (all)

6:30-8:00 ... High School

See the Youth Newsletter for more news, calendar, and meeting schedule changes.



St. John's Church - Florence, South Carolina

- To Know Christ and to Make Him Known -

St. John's Web Pic

Phone: (843) 662-5585 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506 Fax: (843) 669-9443

Established in 1866 by a group of Civil War refugees from Charleston, SC, St. John's Church is a parish in the Diocese of South Carolina that embraces traditional Anglican worship.  Our life together is rooted in the life and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his transforming grace and love. 

We believe the Holy Scripture to be the Word of God and we are committed to bilbical and classical Anglican Christianity.  Our worship is centered on the Word of God and the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.  All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the sacrament at our Lord's table.

On this website, you will find news and information about our parish, including the weekly worship and study schedule; upcoming events; parish history; links to diocesan news; and audio clips of Sunday sermons, adult Sunday school classes, and other educational talks.  We hope you enjoy your virtual visit and invite you to visit us in person if you are ever in the Florence, SC area.



Holy Eucharist: Rite I & Stripping of the Altar

7:00 p.m.

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 12:1-14a    Psalm 78:14-20, 23-25    1 Corinthians 11:23-32    Luke 22:14-30

Preacher: The Reverend Ken Weldon, Rector

Hymns:  Lord, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray
Now, my tongue, the mystery telling
When I survey the wondrous cross

Choral Anthems: A Lenten Prayer (Pergolesi)
Stay With Me (Berthier)

Instrumental Music: Bleeding Savior (arr. for piano &organ, Kerrick)

Proper Liturgy of Good Friday
12:00 noon

Lectionary Readings

Isaiah 52:13--53:12    Psalm 22:1-11    Hebrews 10:1-25    John 19:1-37

Preacher: The Reverend Luke Lucas, Associate

Hymns:  Go to dark Gethsemene
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Choral Anthems: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (Hopson)
Jesus, Remember Me (Berthier)


7:00 p.m.

Lectionary Readings

Exodus 14:10--15:1    Ezekiel 36:24-28    Matthew 28:1-10

Preacher: The Reverend Ken Weldon, Rector

Hymns:  Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord
I am the Bread of Life
Jesus Christ is risen today


Festival Eucharist, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

The nursery is available during both services.

Lectionary Readings

Acts 10:34-43    Psalm 118:1-2, 14-17, 22-24    Colossians 3:1-4    Mmatthew 28:1-10

Preacher: The Reverend Ken Weldon, Rector

Hymns:  Jesus Christ is risen today
Welcome, happy morning
I am the Bread of Life
Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord
Come, risen lord, and deign to be our guest

Choral Anthem: Thine is the Glory (Handel/Burkhardt)

All usual Sunday afternoon activities are cancelled today.



Lent & Holy Week Service Schedule

Ash Wednesday - March 5
Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist: Rite I

7:00 a.m.        12:15 Noon        7:00 p.m. (choir)

Lenten Study Series
Thursdays, March 13-April 10

The schedule is listed in the column to the left.

Sunday, April 13 (Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday)
7:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist: Rite II
10:45 a.m. - Palm Liturgy & Procession (Kathy's Garden)
11:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I

Monday, April 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (chapel)

Tuesday, April 15 - 7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (chapel)

Wednesday, April 16 - 7:00 p.m.
Evening Prayer (chapel)

Maundy Thursday, April 17 - 7:00 p.m.
Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday, April 18
12:00 Noon - Proper Liturgy
7:00 p.m. - Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, April 19
7:00 p.m. - Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 20
7:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I (outside)
9:00 a.m. - Festival Eucharist
11:00 a.m. - Festival Eucharist



Adult Christian Faith Formation Classes (Sunday School)

First Corinthians
Father Luke Lucas' Sunday morning class has started a session on Paul's first letter to the church at Corinth.  Each lesson stands alone, so participants need not fear falling behind should it be necessary to miss a class or two.  In addition, a recording of the class is posted on this website every week.  The only text is the Bible. Class meets in the Schofield Library. 

"True Spirituality"
Drawn from Romans 12, this study examines the principles and day-to-day practices of what it looks like for Christians to live like Christians.  Christians today live in a world that is activity-heavy and relationship-light. The result is spiritual emptiness. We struggle to know what God wants FROM us and FOR us .... and we're unsure what a real relationship with God really looks like.  In Romans 12, God gives us a clear picture of what Christians should look like at the root level.  This video and discussion study is led by Denman Isgett.  Class meets in the Poynor Room.

"Coffee and Conversation" (men's class)
This class begins with a short devotional followed by opportunity for dialogue.  The curriculum is unstructured and the topic will vary from week to week, so there is no need to worry about falling behind should you have to miss a class.  These gatherings are intended as opportunities to share experiences and concerns with one another, rejuvenate for the week ahead, and uncover truths of the Bible and their application to daily living.  Class meets in the chapel.

Faith Formation Classes for Children and Youth

Children’s classes (3K-5th grade) meet in the parish hall classrooms (upstairs) at 10:00.

Children's Chapel: Children ages 3-8 are invited to listen to and explore the day's Gospel lesson on their level.  Children begin in "big church" with their parents, and move to Children's Chapel after the Gloria and Collect of the Day.  They return after the sermon and remain with their parents through the remainder of the service.  Children's Chapel is offered at the 11:00 service during the school year and at the 10:00 service during the summer.

Youth (6th-12th grade) meet together in the youth building at 10:00.

Weekday Worship and Study Opportunities

Holy Eucharist & Healing Service (year round)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. in the chapel, followed by Bible study.

Group Study
Four opportunities for study are offered during the week.

1. A men's study group meets on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel.  (September - May)

2. A men's Bible study meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 in the Poynor Room.  (year round)

3. A lectionary-based Bible study is offered on Wednesdays in the Poynor Room at 11:00.  (year round)

4. Women's Bible Study:  This study for women uses video series produced by well-known Bible teacher Beth Moore.  Two studies are offered each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  Classes meet on Mondays and, for the convenience of participants, are offered in two sessions: one meets at 10:00 a.m. and the other at 6:00 p.m.  This year's spring study has concluded.  The next study will begin in September.  

For more information about all offerings, please refer to the parish newsletter, now available on this Web site. 




Memorial Garden Celtic Cross is Installed


Cross Install '13 - 6The celtic cross that we have been anticipating for our memorial garden was installed the week of April 22, 2013.  The cross was given by Dr. and Mrs. Claude Whistle Smith, Jr. of Columbia.  Both Dr. and Mrs. Smith worshipped at St. John’s as children.  Both had close ties to the church after they left Florence.  Mrs. Smith’s aunt, Miss Elizabeth Spears, is a parishioner who was very active in the life of the church until her health kept her from such activities. She is still very interested in the goings-on at St. John’s.  Dr. Smith’s parents, Lib and Whistle Smith, were vibrant parishioners of St. John’s.  Their touch is seen inside and outside of our beloved church.  The gardens and campus landscape were of particular interest to them.  It is such a fitting tribute to them that the cross is given in their memory.

Bishop Lawrence was on hand for the Memorial Garden groundbreaking ceremony on October 30, 2011.  With the exception of the cross, the garden was completed in the spring of 2012.

The committee takes this opportunity to once again thank the parishioners of St. John’s and friends of St. John’s for their generous monetary contributions to bring the garden from an idea to reality. It is a gift that will be part of the lives of generations to come.

To view a slideshow of the installation and other Memorial Garden pictures, scroll down to the photo gallery at the bottom of this page. 

Here is a fun new feature - a photo gallery!  Click below to get started, then click on each picture for a larger view or choose to view the "slideshow." 

The cross was in installed in May 2013.
Pictures of the Memorial Garden after the Installation of the Celtic Cross (May 2013).
Spring Picnic 2011
Youth Sunday 2011
  252 S. Dargan Street, Florence, SC  29506  
Phone: (843) 662-5585   Fax: (843) 669-9443


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