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Lenten Teaching 2017 


Children's Chapel at St. John's is a time for our youngest members (3K-3rd grade) to be spiritually fed and worship together during the Sunday service time. Children are invited to follow the cross out of the primary worship service. They gather with their leaders in our downstairs classroom and hear a Bible story, participate in a discussion and an activity.
We will be using the Jesus Storybook curriculum. This tool provides leaders with a Bible story to read, discussion questions and activities to get the kids thinking about what they have heard. 
If you're interested in volunteering to become a leader, please click here.
Thank you for your support of and commitment to this ministry. Our youngest members are our greatest investment.
Summer Life at St. John's

A Letter From The Rector Regarding
Upcoming Sanctuary Project 

March 23, 2017

Dear Friends,
As many of you are aware, moisture and mold issues have been discovered in our sanctuary and need to be addressed as soon as possible. The Vestry has been exploring solutions to this problem for the past several months. At our recent Vestry retreat your leadership unanimously approved moving forward with a major repair and renovation project for our beloved sanctuary.
We will be installing a moisture barrier and upgrading all existing duct work. In order to do this work two (2) feet of dirt under the sanctuary needs to be excavated. This will require removing all the pews, furnishings, carpet and flooring. The total cost of this project is approximately $250,000, and your Wardens and Vestry have a plan in place to cover the expense of these repairs and improvements. The project is expected to take approximately 4-6 months.  Work will begin May 1. During construction, we will worship in the old Parish Hall.
Upon completion, we will be blessed with hardwood floors, an updated & functional crawl space, new duct work and the elimination of the moisture/mold issues. These improvements will benefit St. John’s for years to come and be a blessing for those who will come after us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or the Wardens. Blessings,

signed Ken
The Very Rev. Ken Weldon


 

St. John's regular Sunday service schedule is:
8 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (1928)
10 a.m. - Holy Eucharist: Rite II

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

The Rev. Luke Lucas' Class -- studying 2 Corinthians; meets in the Schofield Library

Seminarian Denman Isgett's Class -- studying The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis; meets in the Chapel

Adult Inquirer & Confirmation Class -- led by Jay Graham; meets in the Jack Wright Room

Growing Kids God's Way -- led by James and Elizabeth Moloney; meets in the Poynor Room; all parents are invited to take part

Children's Sunday School -- ages 3K-5K meet in the Noah's Ark room; grades 1-3 meet in the upstairs smaller room; grades 4-5 meet in the large upstairs room

WEEKDAY STUDIES

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY -- meets on Mondays in the Poynor Room at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; studying The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy by Nancy Guthrie; both sessions are led by The Rev. Kay Fryman

MEN'S STUDY GROUP -- meets in the Poynor Room on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.; studying Romans for You by Timothy Keller; led by The Rev. Luke Lucas

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY -- meets on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. in the Poynor Room

ADULT BIBLE STUDY -- meets on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. (following 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Healing Service) in the Poynor Room

 

ACNA Information

Diocesan Affiliation with the Anglican Church of North America

St. John’s Parish is blessed to be part of the historic Diocese of South Carolina whose vision is “Making Biblical Anglicans for a Global Age”. The scope of our diocese is broad, and the opportunities are vast as we are led by our given faith into the light of the future. How do we best use the gifts we have been given as the Diocese increasingly receives world attention? As communications, we are part of this encouraging and promising movement. Let us pray together and be led to Godly decisions as we go forth.

The possibility of becoming part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is before us. The Task Force established by vote of the 2014 Convention resolution to consider or not consider affiliation has completed its work, and affiliation seems reasonable. ACNA has a clear commitment to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, the authority of Holy Scripture, and the historic faith of the church declared in the three Catholic Creeds. ACNA is determined to maintain the doctrine, discipline, and worship of Christ as the Anglican Way has received them. After discussion at all levels, deanery gatherings, and much prayer and discernment the question of affiliation is before us as a diocese. The vote for affiliation with the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) will be taken at our Diocesan Convention in March 2017. St. John’s will be represented by our lay delegate and clergy at this convention.

As we prayerfully move forward with this decision the following may be noted:

Printed information about ACNA is in the narthex or in the parish office. Online information is available at the ACNA site, anglicanchurch.net, and dioceseofsc.org.

ACNA formed in the US in 2009 in response to the Jerusalem Declaration (gafcon.org/the-jerusalem-declaration). This was the statement issued by the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) held in Jerusalem June 2008 to “promote the truth and power of the gospel of salvation of Jesus Christ as we Anglicans have received it.” This meeting launched the GAFCON fellowship of confessing Anglicans “to reform and heal and revitalize the Anglican Communion and expand its mission to the world”. GAFCON now represents the majority of the world's Anglicans. The important Jerusalem Declaration may be found at the above site.

ACNA is a voluntary association of dioceses which recognizes the bulk of ministry happens at the congregational level supported by the diocese. ACNA undertakes those tasks that a congregation or diocese is not in a good position to support. (anglicanchurch.org/constitution and canons)

St. John’s would continue to own our parish property when we affiliate. The ACNA canons affirm that it has no interest in trust or other forms of ownership in membership property.

A parish or diocese may leave at any time. The ACNA constitution states, “Member dioceses are free to withdraw from the Province {ACNA} by action of their governing bodies at any time.” Autonomy is controlled by the diocese.

Women may continue to be deacons and priests in our diocese. That decision is made by each individual diocese and not ACNA. Bishops must be at least 35 years old and male.

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