PARISH EVENTS
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Spread Christmas Cheer! Holiday Baskets Sign-Up Begins Nov. 28th

Contacts: Diane Standeven and Bonnie Sturm (Find their emails in Blessings or email Outreach@stjohnsec.org and note "Holiday Baskets" in the subject line.)

Our friends at both ARC of Howard County and Collington Square look forward to and appreciate the thoughtful andgenerous baskets/bins/bags that they receive each year from St. John’s. The baskets include non-perishable food items along with requested personal and household items. To supplement the baskets, St. John’s provides grocery store gift cards paid for with monies from our "Special Collection for Holiday Baskets" (previously known as the "Pots & Pans Collection"; see more below). Once you sign up, you will receive information on the basket(s) and delivery dates.

Special Collection for Holiday Baskets (previously known as the "Pots & Pans Collection")

Help us provide grocery gift cards in the baskets so recipients can purchase perishable items for their holiday meal. You can donate in one of the following ways:
 

  • Drop off a donation in the designated basket at the Welcome Centers in the Historic Church and All Saints Hall on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings beginning Sat., Nov. 27th.
     

  • Make a donation on the St. John’s website under Give.  Fund=Outreach Ministry. Note “Special Holiday Collection” in the memo box.
     

  • Mail a check (payable to St. John’s Episcopal Church) with “Outreach Holiday Collection” on the memo line to: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City MD 21042

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Labyrinth Walks

Sundays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m., St. John's Labyrinth

Contact: Teri Salmons, Labyrinth@stjohnsec.org

 

We invite you to walk the Labyrinth during the season of Advent to prepare your heart and mind for the coming of Christ. Walking the St. John’s Labyrinth provides an opportunity for you and your family to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and to deepen your relationship with God during this holy season. Guides will provide assistance on how to walk the labyrinth with specially prepared materials available each week for your use. The Labyrinth will be lit with votives and soft lights creating an environment of light as we head into the darkness of winter. Participants can stop by anytime within the 4:00-5:30 p.m. time frame and stay as little or as long as desired. You are welcome to come to one or all of the walks or to visit the labyrinth on your own. Materials can be downloaded here or you can pick up guiding materials at the labyrinth. 

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Tidings of Comfort

Sun., Dec. 5th, 7:00 p.m., Historic Church; In-person and livestreamed on our YouTube channel

Contact: Rev. Katrina, kgrusell@stjohnsec.org

 

The Pastoral Care Commission sponsors this event that focuses on processing emotions associated with change, loss, and transition. This offering embraces the expectation of Advent, and rests on the abiding hope of God’s promises.  

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Walking to Bethlehem Pageant

Sun., Dec. 19th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. John’s Campus

Contact: Georgi Funderburk, gfunderburk@stjohnsec.org

 

This family-friendly event began in 2020 and was such a hit that we invite you again this year to witness the journey of the Holy Family with tableau, scripture, and music. Stay tuned to Blessings
e-news and weekly faith formation emails for information on signing up to take part in the pageant.

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Living Crèche

Fri., Dec. 24th – Fri., Dec. 31st, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. John’s Lawn

Contact TBA

 

This year St. John’s will continue the tradition of the Living Crèche! Parish and school friends and families of all ages are invited to sign up for an evening shift to wear Biblical costumes and enjoy fellowship time in the stable scene on the lawn near Frederick Road as a witness to Christ’s presence for those in our wider community. Look for more details coming soon.