news & updates for the week of September 6, 2020

In observance of Labor Day, the church office will be closed on September 7th.

See What's Been Going on
at St. John's This Week!
Message from Sarah Bentley Allred
Director, Children & Families Ministry
If you have been participating in St. John’s Sunday worship via Zoom or YouTube Live, you may have noticed a demographic change in our worshiping congregation. Before the pandemic, folks would often mention to me how wonderful it was to have youth serving at the altar on Sundays and to see our growing line of children heading to Godly Play Sunday School each week. Where have all our young people gone?

With a few exceptions, our households with children and youth have not been participating in weekly worship, but a majority of them are actively engaged with St. John’s in other ways! Our families have been baking for the Summer Nutrition Program, playing bingo via Zoom, sending letters to their parish pen pals, and participating in Episcopal Youth Community and Godly Play online.

We will continue to worship online each Sunday at 9 AM.

In addition to our online worship, beginning on Sept 10, we will offer two outdoor liturgies of Holy Eucharist each week on Thursdays at 12 Noon and 5:30 PM. Services are expected to continue through the week before Thanksgiving (weather permitting). Attendance is limited to 25.

Also, on Sundays, Sept 6, Oct 4, and Nov 1, we will offer a in-person Outdoor Liturgy of Healing at 11 am. This service will include Holy Communion, and is offered especially for those who are living with serious illness and practicing very strict social distancing during this pandemic. The strictest health protocols will be followed to make it as safe as possible and attendance is limited to 15.

Please bring a chair and we will gather under the shade trees in front of the Parish Hall and Columbarium for both types of service. There will be no congregational singing (or other music, at least to begin with). Communion will be shared in one kind (bread only, no cup). These services will be simple and less formal, but a chance to share nonetheless in this sacrament which is so dear to us.

Social distancing and mask protocols will be in place. Hand sanitizer will be absolutely everywhere, and you will be asked to sign in for purposes of contact tracing.

As per our bishop, attendance is limited to 25 (including leaders), so please sign up only once to start with and give others a chance to participate.

Weekly Outdoor Eucharists
Thurs, Sept 10 ~ Nov 19
@12 Noon & 5:30 PM

Prior RSVP required
(attendance limit is 25)

CLICK HERE to register for September 10th


First Sunday
Liturgy of Healing
(includes Holy Communion)
Begins Sunday, Sept 6
@ 11 am

Prior RSVP required (attendance limit is 15)

CLICK HERE to register for September 6th

CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and to see who the guest speakers are!

Video highlights will be posted on social media & website
Beloved Community
Stories and Conversations Under the Tree
Wednesday Nights starting
Sept. 9th 4:30-6 pm

You are invited to join our BELOVED COMMUNITY series where six of our church family members share their stories and experiences with police as a means of continuing our long term commitment to forming “loving, liberating, and live-giving relationships with each other." 
Calendar of Prayer for Creation Season

Prepared by Gena Refrow, Julie Arthur, and Sarah Bentley Allred

CLICK HERE for a printable version

CLICK HERE to learn more about the 5 organizations we will lift up in Sunday prayers during Creation Season.
From Sunday, Sept 6 through Sunday, Oct 4, we will celebrate God's incredible gift of Creation and explore the call of all humanity to good stewardship of it. May this season inspire and equip us to faithfully honor, care for, and repair the world in which we live!

Creation Season themes @ 9 AM online worship
Sundays, Sept 6 ~ Oct 4

"Drive-By" Blessing of
the Animals"
Sunday, Oct 4
in the St. John's Parking Lot
Time and details TBA
St. John's Voter Registration Check-Up

As we approach the upcoming November General Election there is much concern about personal health and safety during the voting process, particularly for those in our parish who are most vulnerable.

ONE Wake
The total turnout goal for this event is 2,000 members from ONE Wake institutions.

St. John's is striving to turnout at least 75 of our parishioners for this online only event.

Register now! www.onewake.org/launch

Please contact Ken Marsh, St. John's Core Team Leader, at kenelmm@gmail.com or Mo. Sarah+ at rector@stjohnswf.com

to read more about ONE Wake
Save the Date!
ONE Wake Founding Assembly
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

For the last two+ years several leaders from St. John's have invested their time and talent to build ONE Wake: an exciting new broad-based social justice organization composed of 41 religious and non-profit organizations across Wake County (and more are joining each month).

During our Founding Assembly, ONE Wake will:

(1) Announce the results of our ambitious non-partisan effort to contact over 20,000 eligible voters for voter registration and assistance with absentee ballots;

(2) Unveil our social justice action agenda on affordable housing, education, and jobs created with the input of over 3,300 Wake County residents;

(3) Invite candidates from every party, elected officials, and corporate leaders to work with ONE Wake and St. John's to address these important issues;

(4) Kick off a non-partisan Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign to ensure that every registered voter in our community votes in the upcoming election.
St. John's has participated in CROP Walk for Hunger for over 40 years! This year our team will make history by walking in different ways to support local and international hunger ministries. St. John's members will have three options for walking. CLICK HERE for more information.
Did you know the Diocese has a Newsletter?
PLEASE NOTE is the weekly e-newsletter from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. It includes a weekly feature, calendar items, and other important news. Please Note arrives in inboxes every Wednesday. To sign up to receive this newsletter, CLICK HERE.
Adult Formation and Beloved Community Opportunity
There is a new online program called Beloved Neighbors, which is a training program about the history, race, and immigration of farmworkers. The training is hosted by the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry.

Click HERE to learn more.
Join Mawethu for Weekly Bible Study
 Wednesdays @ Noon on Zoom

Click below to learn more about this weekly opportunity to read, reflect, and pray with the scriptures we'll read in worship each Sunday. Led by Mawethu Ncaca, St. John's Curate.

Learn more & register on Zoom
Children & Families

There will be no Godly Play on September 6th. Click HERE for more information about our Children & Families Ministry.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)

Be sure to click HERE to learn more about all that's happening and changes with our MS and HS/College groups and to view the upcoming fall schedule.
Live Weekly Sunday Worship at 9 am

Join the Zoom meeting as early as 8:30 am if you'd like advice on using Zoom.

View on YouTube if you prefer a simpler, more user-friendly way to worship.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration for our worship Zoom meeting is necessary to help prevent unwanted interruptions "Zoom-bombers." Once you register once, you should not need to register again on future Sundays.

Morning Prayer

Join us each Mon/Wed/Fri at
7:30 am. Click HERE for details.
Giving Online

Children & families in our community need our help.
Need help with technology?
Have a desire to help others get online & connect?

Email Barbara in the church office barbara@stjohnswf.com or call 919-556-3656 and she will forward your request to one of our Tech Deacons who will reach out to you directly.
Church Office Open Remotely Due to COVID
All staff are currently working from home.
Mail & calls are being forwarded.
Church Office Hours
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday – Thursday

919-556-3656 – Office
919-562-8619 – Preschool

Mailing address: 
834 Durham Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

The Rev. Sarah Phelps, Rector

Barbara Kwiatek, Parish Admin barbara@stjohnswf.com

Mawethu Ncaca, Curate

Joy Shillingsburg,
Director of Youth Ministry and Outreach

Sarah Bentley Allred,
Director of Children & Family Ministry