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Servant Ministry

The mission of Servant Ministry at St. John's is to inspire and encourage parish members to serve as the Body of Christ in the community and world. The team has set the following goals for 2015:

1.  Publicity:  Ensure the parish is aware of the needs in our community, nation, and world and the impact we can have.
2.  Signature Projects:  Helping Hand Weekend Food Project & Family Promise
3.  Grow the Team:  Add two new members to the Servant Ministry Team
4.  Projects/Agencies we will support:  Haiti, Harvest Hope, HomeWorks, Shandon Cluster of Churches, Prison Ministries, St. Lawrence Place, and Cooperative Ministries.

Join Servant Ministry for their next meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 pm in the Heward Hall Library. For more information about how you can be involved in this ministry, contact Faxie Watt at

Giving Tree
Each year during Advent, parishioners are offered an opportunity to assist families in need by providing them Christmas gifts. Local agencies provide the names of children and adults who are in need at Christmas. On a tree, “Wish Tags” are placed giving the first name, age, sizes, and  descriptions of items needed. Parishioners who participate sign out a tag and return wrapped gifts for the individual listed on the tag on a designated Sunday in Advent. The gifts are brought forth, celebrated, and blessed before distribution.

Harvest Hope Food Bank
Each week everyone has an opportunity to bring non-perishable food items to Sunday services. Food items are left in the basket located inside the front door of the Barr Center. Harvest Hope Food Bank picks up the items from the church for distribution to those in need.

Weekend Food Program
As a member of the Shandon Cluster of Churches, St. John’s lends a helping hand to students at neighboring Hand Middle School. This program provides backpacks of food each week during the school year for children who have been identified as homeless or in transition between homes.

Chapoteau, Haiti School
Through a consortium of other area Episcopal churches, St. John's has sponsored the building of a school for our adopted village. This facility could initially provide an education for 250 elementary students if fully staffed. There is a multi-year plan is to continue raising money to pay the salaries and overhead to operate the school, giving families in this impoverished area a chance to develop a sustainable plan. Our parish has participated in several activities to solicit donations towards this goal, in particular an annual scholarship fundraiser honoring our students.

Now, the school educates elementary through high school students. A total of 1,300 students attend the school and are taught by 60 teachers.

Home Works Mission Trips
Home Works of America is a local nonprofit Christian organization, which repairs homes for elderly and disadvantaged clients. Each summer, many of St. John’s youth participate in week-long mission trips. The Middle School (including “rising” 6th graders) youth go to Augusta, GA, and the Senior High youth go to Johns Island, SC to repair homes. The central mission of Home Works is to show God’s love for all through service to others and to assist others in their faith journey.

Kairos of South Carolina
Kairos is an ecumenical Christian ministry designed for use in state and federal men and women’s correctional institutions. The purpose of Kairos is to establish a strong Christian community among the residents of correctional institutions. Twice a year, men from St. John’s lead a four-day long “short course in Christianity” for the inmates at Broad River Correction Institution in Columbia. They return monthly for half-day visits to help encourage those who have participated in the weekend.

The Kairos ministry is supported by the prayers and donations of concerned churches and individuals throughout the state.

We ask the congregation to continue giving their support to Family Promise.  St John's is one of 15 churches actively participating in the program. St. John's provides lodging and meals to low-income families for a week on a rotating basis with the other churches. In addition, the church provides transportation to the families to the program's Day Center, which provides resources for job recruitment essentials including job interview training and resume preparation. St. john's will host Family Promise again March 27 - April 3. 

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