On June 8, 2014, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of our present church building. To mark this anniversary year, 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

St. John's Calls 3 New Staff Members

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that St. John's has called Jim Hepler as our new Minister of Music and Organist,
Ryan Velasquez as our new Coordinator of Communications and Publications, and Susie Morrison as our Children's Minister.  

Jim Hepler portrait smallJim Hepler comes to us after a six-month interim position as Organist at Christ Church, Quinby. He previously served United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. He has a heart for developing meaningful, liturgical worship that proclaims the Gospel. Jim is a native of Columbia, SC, and was raised in South Carolina as the son of a Baptist pastor. He is married to the former Beth Ann Hublar of New Albany, Indiana, and they have three grown children: Jamie of Asheville, NC; Amy Beth of Myrtle Beach; and Matthew of Bennettsville.

Jim shares, “I am excited about joining the St. John's family as we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, music, and outreach. Having the opportunity to intermingle with the church family over the past several months, we know this is exactly where God wants us.”

Ryan VelasquezRyan Velasquez is currently a freelance sports writer for the Morning News. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism and spent three years covering Gamecock athletics for the student newspaper, eventually earning an editor position.

“I'm really excited,” Ryan commented. “I've been writing for a while and doing writing-related work for a few years. I am used to being on a football field or baseball diamond, so this is going to be something new that I am excited about. I always like new objectives and challenges. This is something I think will be a lot of fun and will benefit a lot of people. I'm excited to get started with it.”

Ryan will oversee production of our newsletter and weekly service bulletins, and also focus on website and social media related tasks.

Susie Morrison

Susie Morison has been called as our first Children's Minister.  Our vestry has been prayerfully working for the past several years to make this new position a reality.  The hiring of a children’s minister was a priority in our overall vision in this year’s stewardship campaign.  You, the congregation, responded generously and now that vision will become a reality.  Well done, good and faithful servants.

Susie comes to us with almost 20 years of experience in youth and family ministry and a master’s degree in Counseling.  She has served as Senior Youth Minister at St. Michael’s Church in Charleston, and as Director of Student Ministries at Morrison United Methodist Church in Florida.  She has many friends and colleagues in the Diocese of South Carolina and is excited about returning to full-time parish ministry. 

We truly feel God's hand in all of these new hires. We are genuinely excited to have each of them joining the St. John's team. Jim will be working with Tammy during the month of July, and will take on the full responsibility of the position on August 1. Ryan and Susie will take their posts on August 1.

I look forward to seeing what God will do in this new season of ministry here at our beloved St. John's. As always, He knows the plans He has for us.

Christ's blessings,

The Rev. Ken Weldon


Help 4 Kids Florence
A new ministry initiative


Help 4 Kids Florence is a community project that strives to fill the weekend hunger gap for the children in Florence County elementary schools receiving free or reduced breakfast/lunch during the week and who are identified as being “food insecure” on the weekends.  Modeled after the same initiative in Myrtle Beach, St. John’s started this program in the spring of 2013 and quickly drew other area churches into the effort.

Together with grant monies and donations from churches, individuals, and local businesses, the program launched at Delmae Elementary School in the fall of 2013.  As of May 2014, Help 4 Kids is serving over 500 students in all 14 elementary schools in Florence School District One, as well as the Beck Center. 

The program will expand to Timmonsville in the 2014-2015 term, adding 100+ students to the current count.  Volunteers meet at appointed times during the week to fill paper bags with food items for each child.

For more information, visit Help 4 Kids Florence at www.help4 kidsflorence.org, call 580-4111, or e-mail at help4kidsflorence@ gmail.com.


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.



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.




7:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist: Rite I (No Music)

9 a.m - Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Family Service)

10 a.m. - Sunday School

11 a.m. - Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Choir)

Morning Prayer is held at the 11 a.m. service the first Sunday of each month


Sunday Morning Studies
(10 a.m.)
Weekday Studies
    - A Study of the Book of
      Leader: Father Luke
      Location: Schofield Library
    - A Study of Christian Marriage
        Leader: Denman Isgett
        Location: Poynor Room
     - Inquirers' Class
        Leader: Jay Grantham
        Location: Chapel
     - Children's Sunday School
        3K-5th grade; Parish Hall
     - Youth Sunday School
        6th-12th grade; Youth Building
     - Youth Confirmation
        Leader: Father Luke
        Start Date: TBA
    - Women's Bible Study
      Beth Moore, Stepping Up: A Journey         Through the Psalms of Ascent
      Mondays, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
      Poynor Room
    - Women's Prayer Group
      Mondays, 1-2 p.m.
      Poynor Room
    - Fr. Luke's Men's Study Group
      Tim Keller, Judges for You
      Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
    - Men's Bible Study
      Wednesdays, 7 a.m.
      Poynor Room
    - Adult Bible Study
      Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.
      Poynor Room (following 10:30 a.m.       Eucharist and Healing Service)




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.

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


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