200 Years of Serving Christ

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Every Sunday as we sit in our pews, we are surrounded by reminders of our long history, the beauty of artisans from centuries ago, traditions that have remained steadfast, and the many faithful stewards who sat there before us. Joseph Caldwell Huske said it best, “The history of a church is essentially the story of the devotion and fidelity of the men and the women who through vision, determination and consecration to God have brought it into being. This is true of Saint John’s Church and Parish.”

Taking into mind our story of devotion and fidelity, the Bicentennial Committee has planned activities that we hope will honor our past, give thanks for our present, and celebrate our next century of service to Christ.

Our Bicentennial celebration began with a special Church service on Sunday, January 22 to celebrate the first recorded Episcopal service. This first service was in the old Academy building which was located where the Kyle House now stands. During our commemorative service, Hal Broadfoot made a presentation on St. John’s history, and Bruce Daws presented a display of our history in the Kyle House. The Bicentennial Committee hosted a special coffee hour in the Kyle House following the 10:30 service.

The Bicentennial Committee opened the church for public tours on March 24. Hal Broadfoot shared enlightening information about the architectural evolution of the church including the painted glass windows. Hal also gave a tour of the church and history of the building following Wednesday Supper on March 29. As some parishioners have been at St. John's during many storms, additions, and remodels; it was fascinating to hear their memories of the changes to the interior of the church.

Bicentennial Book – Our very talented authors, Janet Beyer and Mary Zahran, have been working for five years on our Bicentennial Book. They have selected a sampling of photos, history, and memories to commemorate St. John’s 200 years of serving Christ. The book is being printed now, and it will be available for purchase in mid-April. Printing is limited to 500 copies and the cost is $14.02 per book.  Copies can be purchased online by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum will open an exhibit on the First 100 Years of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The exhibit opens at 10:00 AM. The Museum will host a Beer and Wine Reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April , 2017 – We will celebrate the founding of St. John’s Episcopal Church on April 7, 1817. We will dedicate a plaque in honor of the bicentennial to hang in the narthex above the centennial plaque. As this is Palm Sunday, we will reserve the rest of the celebrations until May 7.

April 27, 2017 - May 7, 2017 - The Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner, diocesan historiographer of North Carolina, and Lynn Hoke, diocesan archivist of North Carolina, have brought to life 200 years of history in a traveling exhibit that is making its way across the state in 2017. This 10-panel traveling exhibit celebrating the Bicentennial of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church from April 27 - May 7. It will be open on Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Sunday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. It will be open during the Bicentennial Celebration on May 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – The Bicentennial Celebration! We will have a Bicentennial Service led by Bishop Rob Skirving at 10:30 AM. Patrick O’Briant and our choir are planning a musical tribute as well. We will serve lunch in Smithson Hall with music following the service. Hal Broadfoot, Bicentennial Co-Chair, will speak about St. John's 200 years of serving Christ during the lunch. The lunch will be a boxed lunch with chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit, deviled egg, and a roll. For children who would prefer something else, we will have a special boxed lunch with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, and a fruit cup. We will have a dessert table and beverage table. Attendees will receive special gifts - mementos for the adults and St. John's Coloring Books for the children. Other local churches, former parishioners, public officials, and all people of God are invited to join us to celebrate our Bicentennial. 

The First 100 Years of St. John’s Episcopal Church exhibit at Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum will be open from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. following the lunch. 

The Bicentennial Committee is very excited about activities planned to celebrate our 200th year! Please mark your calendars now. We will keep you updated on the details as we get closer.