Suspension of Worship Gatherings at St. John’s

Dear People of St. John’s,

Friday’s coronavirus news has included the declaration of national and South Carolina states of emergency, preceded by the cancelation of almost all public gatherings of any size. Friday, our bishop also offered guidance that all meetings and church social events should be suspended. Happening at Camp Gravatt was canceled. Many argue that all reasonable steps should be taken to slow the spread of the virus, so that our medical resources are not overburdened.

Thus, it seems prudent to pause the life of St. John’s for two Sundays, as have other congregations in Columbia and across the country. We will not gather in person for worship on Sunday, March 15 or Sunday, March 22. The 10:30 service will be streamed live via our Facebook page ( this Sunday. There will be Scripture, a sermon, prayers, and intercession for our neighbors and the world at this troubling time. Words of hope, assurance, and a call to courage will be there, too.

This means all church classes, youth ministry, Wednesday night, guild gatherings, and meetings at St. John’s will be suspended for the same period. This will be a good time for all of us to stay home, if not out of a sense of risk to self, then out of a commitment to the common good. Accepting these restrictions is a way to love our neighbors, as the Lord commanded.

Your staff and Vestry will be thinking about ways to maintain our common life and commitment to each other and to the Lord during this time; even without worship, there will be other ways to provoke one another to love and good deeds. We’ll share more by email in the days ahead. For pastoral needs, Fr. Scott and I are available by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and we will get any voicemail messages you leave for us at the church office. The church staff will keep normal working hours. If it seems prudent to extend this period, we will let you know.

With hope and in Christ,


The Rev. Nicholas M. Beasley

Men of St. John's Oyster Roast & Action - Postponed - An invitation to support charitable organizations and ministries

Out of an abundance of caution in light of COVID-19, the Men of St. John's are postponing the annual Oyster Roast & Auction scheduled for March 27, 2020. We look forward to hosting a larger and even more festive gathering later this year, so please stay tuned for details in the future!

In the meantime, we invite you to join us in supporting some of the outstanding charitable organizations and ministries to which the proceeds of our events are distributed. Financial contributions to these groups can have a significant impact, especially during this time when the needs of those they serve may be increasing.

Below please find a list of organizations that support potentially vulnerable populations and links to make a direct contribution if you so desire:

  • Hand Middle School Backpack Programwhich provides backpacks of food each week during the school year to needy Hand Middle School students. This is considered St. John’s signature project and donations may be made via the church website by selecting "Helping Hands Backpack Program" from the drop-down menu
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank, which feeds the hungry across 20 South Carolina counties, distributing over 22.9 million meals last year and feeding approximately 40,425 people a week
  • Family Promise of the Midlands, which supports families experiencing homelessness by providing shelter, food, and hope for a better future through volunteers in local faith-based congregations, like St. John’s, who provide radical hospitality to guest families
  • The FriendShip, a Columbia-based nonprofit dedicated to helping older adults lead healthy, independent, and active lives in their own homes and communities through programs and services like transportation, home maintenance assistance, and social engagement opportunities

Thank you, as always, for your support of MOSJ and the worthy charities and ministries with whom we are proud to partner.

Men of St. John's Episcopal Church, Shandon


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