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St. John’s Sunday Schedule – August 20

Contemporary Service at 9 a.m. in The Core - Rev. Debra Quilling Smith preaching

First Light Worship at 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary – Rev. Rett Haselden preaching

Traditional Worship at 10:55 a.m. in the Sanctuary – Rev. Rett Haselden preaching

August Missions Focus: The Winthrop Wesley Foundation

Let’s help Wesley get ready for the new school year! Please bring any of the following items to the Helping Hands Box in the St. John’s lobby: Paper Towels and Toilet Paper; Cups, Plates, & Plastic Utensils (especially forks); Hand soap and Cleaning Supplies; Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent; White Copy Paper; Canned drinks and individual snacks

Sing With the Choir - Sunday Mornings

The Chancel Choir is not rehearsing on Wednesday evenings during July and August. Instead, they are meeting early on Sunday mornings to prepare only the music for that day's 11:00 a.m. worship service. This change in schedule is a great singing opportunity for members of the congregation who cannot participate in the Chancel Choir on a regular basis, or who might want to try the choir for a short time with no commitment. It is also the perfect way to get to know our new Director of Music and Organist, Justin L. Addington. Please consider joining the choir for rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Justin at

Blessing of The Bookbags & Promotion Sunday - August 20

•10:00 a.m. Blessing of the Bookbags— Meet in the gathering area on the first floor.

•Promotion Sunday— After the blessing is finished, children will go to their new Sunday school classrooms to spend some time getting to know teachers, shepherds and classmates.

•Parent Information— Parents are invited to visit the Children’s Ministries information table to pick up choir schedules, children’s ministry information, and learn more about what is available for your child. This includes:

  • what your child will learn in choir
  • what to expect in iServe
  • schedules for the year (including dates for singing in Worship) for both choir and iServe
  • Sunday school and Children’s Worship information
  • volunteer opportunities
  • one standard permission/information form you can fill out then and be ready to go for the year
  • •Third Grade Bible Presentation - During 11:00 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary we will present Bibles to our Third Graders.

    Quest Back to School Bash - August 20

    All youth are invited to join Quest at Bethelwoods from 4:30-7:30 p.m. We will swim, have dinner (hamburgers and hot dogs), play some GaGa Ball, have some s'mores and the message at the outdoor Chapel. Meet at St. John's at 4 p.m. if you need to ride the bus to Bethelwoods. Or you may meet us at Bethelwoods at 4:30. Bethelwoods is located at 922 Mt. Gallant Road in York, SC.

    Third Grade Bible Lesson - August 27

    On August 27th, during Sunday School, Pastor Debra and Pastor Rett will meet with the Third Graders in the Australia room (#240) to discuss how to use their new Bibles.

    FAN Fitness Fun Program Kickoff - August 27

    Get the school year started off right with the 8-week FAN Fitness Fun Program. On August 27th at 4:30 p.m. in Huddleston Hall, we will be doing 25-30 minutes of circuit training that will be geared to all fitness levels, followed by a nutrition moment that will include personalized tips that you can actually use in your life. Anyone is welcome to join. Contact Lacy Ngo, MS RD, FAN Coordinator, 704-616-7963 or if you have questions.

    Cub Scout Information Meeting - August 31

    St. John’s Cub Scout Pack 925 offers the full Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Cub Scout program for boys in kindergarten (K5) through 5th grade. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Scouts can start at any level and will be organized with other Scouts in their same grade. New Scouts and their families are welcome at our end of summer party; August 19th from 2:00 to 4:30 (wear a bathing suit) to be held at the Westminster Park Pavilion, 4000 India Hook Road. The new Scout introduction meeting will be on August 31st at 6:30 in the Core. For more information, contact Brian Cope at 803-818-1053.

    The CN2 Broadcast is Changing - September 3

    Beginning September 3rd, CN2 will no longer be able to air our service on the same day. The broadcast of the service will be delayed one week beginning on September 3rd.

    Get Fit Exercise Class Returns - September 5

    Everyone is invited to join the Get-Fit class! They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. in Huddleston Hall. This is an hour long, low impact exercise class for all ages, led by personal trainer, Phyllis Martin. The majority of the exercises are done from a sitting position. Please contact Peggy Gardner (329-4549) if you would like more information.

    Dance Classes - September 5 - October 24

    Dance Classes will be held in the St. John's Center from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.on the following Tuesday evenings:

  • September 5, 12, 19, 26 Cha-Cha with Pat Grant and Paul Collom instructing
  • October 3, 10, 17, 24 Line Dance with Julia Robbins instructing and Delaine Robbins providing music.
  • You do not need a partner for these classes. Classes are for all skill levels and ages. A Donation of $20 for each monthly class with donations going to the youth programs of the church. Park in White Street Parking Lot and come to the center door of the St. John's Center. Wear shoes that will slide. Come early the first night of Cha-Cha and Line Dance to register. Questions call Pat Grant at 372-1315 or email

    New! Covenant Bible Study - Beginning September 6

    Covenant is an in-depth, 24-week, group Bible Study that centers around our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant—the enduring commitment between God and people—as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible. Covenant Bible Study creates a learning experience where scripture meets everyday experience— within and beyond the sphere of church life. This Study will meet on Wednesdays from 10:00-Noon in room 228, beginning September 6. The cost for your books is $30. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Debra, Phyllis Faircloth, Karen Spencer and Mary Beth Batson. It is open to EVERYONE!

    Music Ministry Fall Start Up - September 6-14

    The ensembles of the Music Ministry will resume rehearsals on the following dates:

  • Chancel Choir: (High School age and up) September 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room
  • Chancel Ringers: September 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Handbell Room
  • Children's Choirs: (Pre-K through 5th Grade) September 10th at 5:00 p.m. in the Children's Center
  • Men's Choir: September 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room
  • Golden Bells: September 14th at 10:30 a.m. in the Handbell Room
  • Praise Band: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Core
  • If you are interested in one of our ensembles or have any questions, please contact Justin Addington.

    Women’s Book Club - September 13

    Join our St. John's Women’s Book Club! Our next book is "Love Lives Here" by Maria Goff. Purchase or borrow the book and read it on your own time. We will gather on September 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lacy Ngo to discuss the book. Please sign up by contacting Lacy Ngo at

    Hospice Volunteers Needed

    Hospice & Palliative Care Palmetto Region is a local branch of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, a local non-profit hospice provider. HPCPR serves York, Lancaster and Chester counties in South Carolina, and we are currently looking for volunteers to meet the needs of our patients in this area. Hospice volunteers provide companionship to patients in long term care communities as well as respite to caregivers in private homes. The commitment is 2-4 hours per month, and is based on your own schedule and availability. Training is provided, and we can bring the training to you here at St. John’s if we have a group of 6 or more participants. Please contact Elise Hurst at, or 704-887-6413 for more information.

    College Student Addresses Wanted

    St. John's College Ministry Team loves to send our students care packages and birthday cards throughout the year. If your child has a new mailing address this semester or is just starting their freshman year, please get that information to Jenifer Crawford at

    Communion Assistants Needed - Online Sign Up

    Sign up to serve, assist with set-up, or clean when we celebrate Holy Communion on our new sign up Genius!

  • Contemporary Worship Service 9:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • First Light Service 9:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • Traditional Worship Service 11:00 a.m. - Sign up here.
  • Christmas Eve services are included on the Traditional Worship link!

    If you would like to serve, but don't feel comfortable using this tool, please contact Jan Shillinglaw at 803-448-1627 or Jennifer Stowe at 803-322-5206

    Acolytes and Crucifers Needed

    Acolyte and crucifer are always needed to serve during our 11 a.m. worship service.. Sign up at As always, if you happen to be in the 11am service and have not signed your child up, encourage them to stop by the robe room to see if they are needed. Please call or email if you have any questions. Robin Owens, 803-517-5015,

    Hospitality Team Members Needed

    SMILING FACES NEEDED....If you enjoying meeting and greeting people and have the gift of hospitality, we need you. St. John's is looking for Sunday morning greeters. Many of our greeters come from our Sunday School classes, but we still need additional greeters. Greeters are needed every Sunday morning for various shifts. If interested, call or email Ce Ce Bucy for more information and to sign-up. ( or 803.327.3113)

    Stephen Ministry

    How does the referrals process work at St. John’s?

  • A person - either you, a relative, or a friend - is hurting and in need of Christian care.
  • The Stephen Ministry Referrals Coordinator learns about this need for care - from the pastor, the person, or a friend, always with the person's permission.
  • The Referrals Coordinator meets with the person to talk about Stephen Ministry.
  • With the person's permission, the Referrals Coordinator assigns a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly basis with the person.
  • The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person with strict confidentiality.
  • Our referrals coordinator is Lee Ann Livingston 803 328-9472

    Prayer Chain

    To submit prayer requests for our Prayer Chain, please email them directly to If you are committed to the sacred responsibility of praying for others in need, please subscribe to the St. John’s Prayer Chain by sending an email to with the subject “I will pray for others.”

    Connect with St. John’s Communication Tools

    • Visit

    • Read or post your story on the St. John’s Blog! Contact Lacy Ngo at

    • Join our Facebook page, "St. John's United Methodist Church (UMC) Rock Hill, SC".

    • Follow us on Twitter @StJohnsRockHill.

    Notify Church Office with Hospitalizations or Nursing Home Changes

    Privacy laws (HIPAA) prohibit access to medical facilities; including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and other health care agencies. Please let the office know at 803-327-3113 if a member is being treated or moved into one of these facilities. Feel free to call even if you think someone else has already notified the office. Help us all serve our sick or injured by sharing that information.

    Hope to see you on Sunday!

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