Women's Monday Night Bible Study

Finding “I am” from Lysa TurKeurst

This video based study explores the seven “I am” statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. The study meets Mondays in February,March and April in the dining room from 7 – 8:30 pm. The cost is $15. For more information, contact Victoria Fleischer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Register here.

Save the Date for Safe Church Training - Register Online!

Save the Date:
Safe Church Training: 
Saturday, February 22
St. John's Episcopal Church will hold a Safe Church Training on Saturday, February 22 from 9 am - 12 pm. The Rev. Margaret Todd will lead the training in the multipurpose room, located in the lower level of Heyward Hall. St. John's is located at 2827 Wheat Street. Our parking lot is located on Holly Street. The event is free; however, offerings will be accepted on the day of the training to offset the costs. Registration is only available in advance. Registration is open. 

For more information about Safe Church and who is required to complete the training, visit the Diocese of Upper South Carolina’s website at edusc.org.

Register online here.

Sunday School for All Ages

Adult Formation Classes, Weekly, 9:30 am
Equipping the Saints, Lower Level of Heyward Hall, 9:30 am
Christian Mission- Far and Near

During the season of Epiphany, the lectionary focuses on spreading the gospel. We are offering a new Adult Formation series, which relates to this theme, called, “Christian Mission, Near and Far.” Classes rotate between Bible studies on the Acts of the Apostles, and presentations by guest speakers who are actively involved in service and evangelism in our community, state, and internationally.

  • January 19- Bill Taber, executive director of The Cooperative Ministries: Our local outreach to the poor in Columbia and throughout the Midlands.
  • January 26- Jason Lockhart: The persecution and scattering of the Jerusalem believers; Philip & Peter’s missionary journeys (Acts 8-10)
  • February 2- Art De Gennaro, Advisory Council Chairman for Kairos at BRCI: The ministry of Kairos, establishing a Christian community inside prisons in South Carolina through the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
  • February 9- Lee Rambo: Paul’s first & second missionary journeys (Acts 13-18)
  • February 16- The Rev. Scott Fleischer: Paul’s third missionary journey (Acts 18:23-21:17)
  • February 23- The Rev. Frank B., team leader with Frontiers: contextualizing the good news for Arabic people in North Africa.

The Wired Word, Parlor, Main Level of Heyward Hall, 9:30 am
This class applies Scripture to current events in our nation and in the world. If you like discussing your faith in the context of the real world, with a small group who have a diversity of viewpoints, then you’ll love The Wired Word. Moderated by Brock Dillard.

Adult Formation, Monthly, After the 8 am Service
Early Morning Sunday School Class
(Meets from February - May on the first Sunday of the month) 
Feasts of the Bible
Discover how "The Feasts of the Bible" can enrich your worship of Jesus. God's redemptive plan is unveiled through the feasts of Israel and illustrate the Jewish roots of Christianity as well as explain history and symbolism in the Old Testament. This series will open our eyes to the Lord's provision, love, and care for us. Inspire us to worship God. Point to our glorious future with Messiah. Facilitated by Davis Bourne. Breakfast is served.  

Youth and Children, 9:30 am
3K and 4K  
Our youngest Sunday School students will participate in the Little Lambs curriculum, This class meets on the main level of Heyward Hall, across from the Children’s Chapel and       nursery.

5K-2nd Grade 
This class will continue with the Holy Moly! curriculum, which combines video lessons with storytelling, activities, and discussion. This class meets in the upper level of Heyward Hall, in Room 226.

3rd-5th Grade 
Our oldest elementary students will use Episcopal Children’s Curriculum this year. They will meet in Room 215, upper level of Heyward Hall.

Middle School & High School 
Middle and High Schoolers will meet in the upper level of Heyward Hall in their respective youth rooms. There, they will engage in curriculum designed for students their age. 

Parish Cookbook, published by St. Anne's Guild - Pick up your Copy this Sunday

From the Corner of Wheat and Holly is a beautiful bound compilation of recipes from over 150 of our very own parish members. Cookbooks are $20 and available in the parish office and on Sunday mornings. Checks can be made payable to St. Anne's Guild/St. John's Episcopal Church. To save your copy or for more information, email stannesguildsje@gmail.com.

Join our Baptism Ministry

Jesus said “let the little children come to me.” Would you be interested in helping with St. John’s sweet baptism ministry? We can find a job for you if so! We need many happy hands throughout the year to make banners (no skills needed). Please email Catherine Lockhart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.  

Our Baptism Dates this year are:
April 26 (Easter season)
May 31 (Pentecost)
November 1 (All Saints' Sunday)

Other dates can be scheduled if needed; be in touch with Fr. Beasley if so. Schedule a baptism on one of the above dates by contacting one of the clergy or Kelli Turnipseed, our baptism coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Hunter and a Clergyman: The Rev. Will Brown preaches, teaches, and speaks at Men of St. John's Annual Meeting

A Hunter and a Clergyman:
The Rev. Will Brown at St. John's January 26-27
Preaching, 8 and 10:30 am on January 26
Teaching, 6:30 pm on January 26

Speaking, Men of St. John’s Annual Meeting, on January 27 at 6 pm
Will is a leading voice seeking the Gospel’s meaning for God’s distressed creation, from a deeply Biblical perspective.  An avid hunter, fisherman, and gifted theologian, he still serves as a marine fisheries consultant, his work before priesthood. Fr. Brown serves two congregations in Thomasville, in the Red Hills region of Georgia famed as the best quail habitat in the country. A native of Griffin, GA, he earned degrees at Sewanee and Yale Divinity School and served as a chaplain at Yale and in a parish in Dallas, before settling in south Georgia. Invite a friend with interests in Jesus, conservation of God's creation, or the outdoor life. Follow this link to one of his essays on the Living Church website.

Men of St. John's Annual Meeting, January 27

Men of St. John’s Annual Meeting, January 27, 6 pm, Barr Center
After Dinner Remarks by the Rev. Will Brown 
Fr. Will Brown is a leading voice seeking the Gospel’s meaning for God’s distressed creation, from a deeply Biblical perspective.  An avid hunter, fisherman, and gifted theologian, he still serves as a marine fisheries consultant, his work before priesthood. Fr. Brown serves two congregations in Thomasville, in the Red Hills region of Georgia famed as the best quail habitat in the country. A native of Griffin, GA, he earned degrees at Sewanee and Yale Divinity School and served as a chaplain at Yale and in a parish in Dallas, before settling in south Georgia.  Fr. Brown will also be preaching on Sunday, January 26 and teaching that evening.

 

EYC, Smash and More!

We'll see you this Sunday, 5 -7:30 pm, for EYC where we'll play games in the gym and have a conversation with Fr. Will Brown for high schoolers!

Deadline to sign up for SMASH is Monday, January 27! SMASH is a weekend retreat led by youth from around our diocese. This year it will be held at Camp St. Christopher. Transportation will be provided, and all diocesan events are free through the Jack Fleischer Memorial Fund. Contact Maggie with questions about this awesome opportunity! Link to sign-up: https://www.edusc.org/smash-retreat/

Sunday, February 2, the youth will be taking canned good donations for the "Souper Bowl of Caring." Please bring nonperishable items to church that Sunday and drop them in the pot with the youth! Grab one extra item on your next grocery run!

Current Bible Studies

Men’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study - Tuesdays, 7 am, Barr Center
The Men’s Bible Study meets Tuesdays, 7 - 8 am, in the Barr Center Dining Room. Breakfast is provided. All are welcome!

Rector’s Bible Study - Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Parlor
A new 10-week study of Exodus: Weaving together the stories of Moses, the nation of Israel, and the God who rescues and liberates, Exodus becomes a story for our time, a story about seeking and finding a redeeming God in times of separation and sin, hopelessness and oppression. We'll use James Newsome's guide in the Interpretation Bible Studies (IBS), which offers solid biblical content in a creative study format. Pick one up in the Heyward Hall Atrium, for $9. 
 

Kanuga 2020 - Catching our Breath: Listening Deeply to God

KANUGA 2020
St. John's Parish Retreat Weekend

Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

Deadline to Register: February 10
No cancellations or refunds after February 21

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.
 
In a culture of ever-busy business, we invite you to step away for a weekend to reconnect and breathe deeply in the mountains of Western North Carolina. During our time together we will share meals, play, pray, reflect on our own lives, and listen within God’s creation, as we seek right relationship with our neighbors, creation, self, and God.  Together we will explore the sacred texts of Scripture, nature, and your own lives seeking God’s love. 
 
Our speaker is the Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Director of Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. Scott served as a pastor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, CO, as well as in Houston, Texas. An Aggie undergraduate, he holds a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott enjoys accompanying people during transformative experiences, whether during hikes, spiritual direction, stories shared, service learning trips, live music concerts, camps or retreats. Prior to living in Asheville, Scott and his family served in the vulnerable cloud forest of Costa Rica. Scott continues to be reminded of his true self in forests, oceans, and deserts and seeks to invite others, particularly faith communities, into conversations regarding God’s creation.
 
This year we are sharing parts of our weekend with Holy Trinity Parish in Clemson. We’ll combine forces with them for our adult program, Sunday worship, and children’s programs, while still having ample time to be our St. John’s family together during the weekend.