Events & Announcements

Music at St. John's (Wednesday evening)



On Thursday, July 12, Music At St. John’s presented barbershop vocal harmonies at their best! Three barbershop quartets performed “Singin’ and Swingin’ on a Mid Summer’s Eve” as the gala opening for the 2018-19 series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax, Virginia, followed by a Reception on-the-Lawn.


The quartets sang a cappella music in the barbershop style. The three barbershop quartets performed a mix of Barbershop "oldies", Broadway show tunes, as well as patriotic and spiritual songs from their repertoire. Their enthusiasm for this American art form has captivated their audiences throughout the local area of North Carolina and Virginia.


Patriotic Pole
St. John’s was invited to participate in the Town of Halifax’s “Patriotic Pole” contest. A group from the church spent time decorating a light pole near The Pack House.  Look at the beautiful job they did!



Summertime
Please note: St. John’s does not hold Sunday School from June 1 through mid September due to the many members/guests who are enjoying travel during the summertime with their families. 


Parsons Bruce Open Art Studio at St. John's 
The Parsons Bruce Open Art Studio is making art fun for people in our community and possibly our summer visitors who have an interest in developing or enhancing their artistic skills! Each week we are setting aside 2 hours for you to come draw and enjoy making your own art! 

Sponsored by Parsons Bruce Art Association, the classes are held each Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 in the Undercroft at St. John's Episcopal Church in Halifax.

The classes are FREE to everyone. All levels of skill are WELCOME!! Two of us have volunteered to help beginners and those who want to revisit drawing. 

Anyone who comes needs to bring their art supplies. 

Recommended supplies:
Sketch pad or drawing pad,
Pencils, (Number 2 or drawing pencils)
Colored Pencils, 
Hand held pencil sharpener,
Pastels (chalk based)
Additionally, bring a straight edge (like a ruler) and scissors

Prohibited!! Anything that will smell or stain. Acrylic Paints and Oil Paints only! No solvents or adhesives. Due to plumbing concerns and toxicity they are not suitable for use in this location.    

At the present time we are continuing to have classes throughout the summer. If a class needs to be cancelled, we will notify the participants.  We are grateful that St John's has agreed to let us use this beautiful and cool place. 


Thank you so much, and we would love for you to participate! 


Music at St. John's (Sunday morning)
Seventh Son Chorus from Charlotte, North Carolina, performed solo and with our own choir during the June 3rd Sunday service. The congregation thoroughly enjoyed this music-filled hour! Thank you to Carol Henderson, our organists/pianist and choir master, for arranging this energetic group’s performance.

Music at St. John's (Wednesday evening) 
A concert of  “Musical Potpourri” was held on Wednesday, May 2. Local families, friends and neighbors were invited for a springtime evening of wonderful entertainment featuring Gary J. Sullivan and Carolyn Smith with Carol J. Henderson on the piano. Music selections included songs and duets by Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Andrew Lloyd Webber with other selections from “Man of La Mancha” and “Showboat”. Special selections featured signature songs made famous by Enrico Caruso, Frank Sinatra, and Lisa Minnelli. The Reception on-the-Lawn included a time to acknowledge our Sponsors from the past year. We celebrated their generosity in support of the 2017-18 “Music At Saint John’s” Concert Series. 



Earth Day Celebration 
The Town of Halifax hosted its annual Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2018.  Several members of St. John’s set up a booth where adults and children alike were invited to sit down and let their artistic creativity flow. Thank you to the many members and their families who participated to make the day fun for all!

Music at St. John's (Wednesday evening)
Little Windows was our guest performer for the ongoing series “Music at St. John’s” on March 14th. This venture was founded as a way to bring a variety of musical genres to the community. 


Easter 

Annual Meeting
Our annual meeting was held after the 10 AM service on Sunday, February 4th.

Woodlawn Revolutionary War Day
On Sunday, February 18, you will be able to experience a unique event at Woodlawn as reenactors continue their encampment as part of the Crossing of the Dan celebration weekend. Woodlawn will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. There is a charge of $12 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. 

Woodlawn is located at 6011 Clover Road, 3 miles outside the village of Clover, or 1 ¾ miles past the power station.  While on the grounds, you will be able to engage in a one-on-one conversation with the reenactors.  You will be able to view their tents and see how it looked during that time period, and observe fireside cooking in their camps. A sutler will be selling hand-blown period bottles, period clothing and other items of interest.  


Food and beverage can be purchased on the front lawn from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and will include our special chili dogs, hot mulled cider, and plantation sweets. You will have three opportunities to tour the house beginning on the hour at 11 a.m., 12 Noon and 1 p.m., the last tour ending in time to view the skirmish. 

Christmas Eve Festival Service with Candle Lighting
Our Christmas Eve Service this year was on Sunday, December 24th at 5:00 PM in the church sanctuary led by the Rev. R. Henderson. All are invited to attend. This service included favorite hymns and carols performed by the Choir with Brass Quartet, and also featured Margaret Covington on flute, Tim Knowlson singing a solo, and David Martin on guitar. 

A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols
Our annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols was held during the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, December 24th. Our choir members read the lessons during the service and sang many carols accompanied by the piano, a flute, and a guitar. 

Christmas Party
Please bring finger foods to the Undercroft for our Christmas Party during Coffee Time after church on Sunday, December 17th.


Christmas Pageant



Our young people performed a "very hip and cool" Christmas pageant during the 11:00 AM service on Sunday, December 17th. The congregation, parents, and grandparents thoroughly enjoyed watching this annual event. 


Caroling

Our annual caroling around our community will happen at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 17th. Everyone who wants to carol will meet in the church parking lot at 2:30 PM so we can carpool to each location. Ron and Helen are hosting the carolers at their home afterward for food and fellowship.

                                      Angel Tree Update
Our members stepped up to the plate, so to speak, with their response to the church's outreach mission for Christmas! These gifts, in addition to food, were delivered to two different families. Both families' members were so appreciative!

Angel Tree 
Angel Tree gifts, food, and monetary donations need to be returned to the church by Sunday, December 17th so they can be delivered before Christmas.


 Christmas Poinsettias
If you would like to honor or memorialize someone this Christmas season with a poinsettia, please place your donation in a flower envelope along with the completed form and put it in the offering plate or return it to the church office by Sunday, December 17th. Envelopes and forms are on the table in the narthex. 


Pledge Cards and Pledge Statements

Your 2018 Pledge Cards and 2017 Pledge Statements have been mailed to you if you did not pick them up from the table in the narthex. Please return your pledge cards as soon as possible.  


Bell Ringers 
The Halifax County Salvation Army needs bell ringers from November 24th to December 23rd. Volunteers work in two hour shifts from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM on Monday through Saturday. Please call 579-5231 (between 8:00 AM and noon) to volunteer.



Operation Christmas Child
We are all working on filling our shoe boxes to overflowing for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. St. John's participates in this annual event with Beth Car Baptist Church in Halifax.  Pictured are just a few of the many boxes that are being collected from November 12th through November 16th. 





     Confirmation, Reception, and Baptism with Our Bishop
Sunday, November 12th was a very special day at St. John’s! Bishop Holly Hollerith led our service of communion, baptized a young mother, received several people into the Episcopal Church, and confirmed a group of people as Episcopalians. The service was followed by a delicious luncheon catered by Four Oaks. 



Law Enforcement Sunday 

St. John’s annual celebration honoring our local law enforcement officers took place on, November 5th. Among those recognized were our own Benny, Kent, David, and Tracy! Sheryl Jones, chairwoman of the service, came up with the idea of celebrating our local law enforcement officers with a special service on All Saints' Sunday, gifting them with special presents, and offering a delicious luncheon catered by Ernie’s for our guests, their families, and our congregation. Thank you to our choir members (Carol, Sheila, Norma, John, Margaret, Tracy, Bee, Carl, Tim, Eleanor, Geraldine, Edna, Peg, Marcia) who performed gorgeous musical selections and to Tim for the solo and to Margaret for the flute accompaniment.  Thank you to our acolytes (Abbie, Byanca, and Gabby); to our servers Bill and Woody, and to our reader Peg. Thank you to the Hospitality Committee members (Diane, Benita, Janet, Gail, Beth) and our Altar Guild ladies (Bee, Darnell). A special thank you goes out to Sheryl, Lott, Bill, Kathy, and Honey for all their behind-the-scenes organization of this beautiful service.


Decorating the Town 
Local organizations were able to “buy” a light pole for $5 to decorate downtown Halifax. Father Ross purchased a pole for St. John’s. Honey Davis came up with the creative idea of making a little flower pot lady sitting in a rocking chair surrounded by a fall wreath and flowers. Honey worked with Darnell Abbott to put together our lady and her colorful surroundings. Walter Parker painted our lady’s face, while Lott and Janet Rogers made the sign. Now our lady sits on a street corner near The Packhouse to welcome people coming down Main Street in Halifax.


Trick-or-Treat in Halifax

Members of St. John’s participated in the Town of Halifax trick-or-treat festivities on Halloween night. Many children stopped by our St. John’s table on the sidewalk in front of Triangle Florist. Special thank you to everyone who participated including Bill and Jane Confroy, Jacob Saunders and son, Phillip Saunders, David and Tracy Martin, and Cyndi Overby.  



Halloween/Fall Celebration at Jerry Epps' Farm 
The St. John's congregation had a delightful time on Saturday, October 24th at Jerry Epps' Farm for an evening filled with food, fellowship, and festivities. Thank you, Jerry, for hosting this annual event! And thank you to all of the young people who put together the spooky haunted trail! 





Rev. Pam Webb
St. John’s would like to welcome the Rev. Pam Webb, a retired Episcopal priest, who resides in Williamsburg, Virginia. Pam has graciously agreed to lead Holy Communion on some Sundays when Father Ross is unavailable. Rev. Webb, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, earned her degrees at The University of Mississippi (Old Miss) and at Virginia Theological Seminary.



Daughters of the King
The DOK members were blessed on Sunday, October 25th as they continue their ministries in our community. 



"Tables" Fundraiser
On Tuesday, October 17th the South Boston-Halifax Museum had their “Tables” fundraiser. This fundraiser has been held the past few years, and it is always an enjoyable event because churches, clubs, organizations, and creative individuals volunteer to decorate a table and to sell tickets for $25 each for people to sit at their table. This year’s theme was “Holidays from October 1st through January 1st.” Father Ross organized and decorated a table for St. John’s as he does every year. Since he had nine people sitting at the table, he used a different holiday for each place setting. He used placemats and decorations representing Halloween, United Nation’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Election Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The table’s centerpiece was designed by Father Ross; he used calendar pages for October, November, December, and January to make a box with the holidays marked on the pages. He added a small sign that said, “Life is the occasion…Celebrate every day!”  Awards’ certificates were given out to the tables judged to be the most creative, most colorful, and for several of the major holidays. Our St. John’s table won the certificate for the best Veteran’s Day decoration.