Please note that Empty Bowls has been postponed to Sunday, September 27, 2020. If you purchased tickets for the March 29 event, they will be honored on September 27. We look forward to seeing you then!

Empty Bowls

For the fourth year, local pottery artists are firing their kilns to help hungry children in the greater Flat Rock area. On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Empty Bowls, a community meal benefiting the Flat Rock Backpack Program, will take place inside the Parish Hall. There are three seatings at 12:30, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person; children under 12 years old eat free.

Each ticket includes one hand-crafted bowl (all donated by area potters) and a soup-based meal (a variety of soups, breads and desserts donated by local businesses and organizations). Tickets will be available beginning

Monday, March 2 at the Church Office, from Backpack team members, or at the door on the day of the event. For more information, call (828) 693-9783. Credit cards are accepted; checks should be made out to SJIW, noting Empty Bowls.

Empty Bowls was started over 25 years ago in Michigan as a high school service project. The goal is to address hunger needs in local communities. The bowl serves as a reminder that, as long as children in our community go hungry, we will help.

Please join us for this fun community event. Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year.

Please note that the Bazaar has been postponed to Saturday, October 17, 2020. Due to coronavirus health concerns, please hold all donations until we are able to safely receive them. Thank you!

Bazaar at St. John in the Wilderness

The Bazaar at St. John in the Wilderness will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020, inside the Parish Hall located at 1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. Fine items of all kinds will be available for sale, including artwork, jewelry, furniture, linens, and silver. Baked goods, live native plants, and garden decor will also be available. Proceeds will benefit local charities that assist women, children, and families.

We will begin receiving items for the Bazaar at the Shed (behind the Parish House parking lot) starting March 6 from 10 a.m.-12 noon and continuing each Friday thereafter till the last week in April. We want gently used items in the areas of artwork, jewelry, housewares, linens, silver, furniture, toys, garden, or holiday items. Electrical items are accepted if in working order but no computers, cribs, or car-seats. If you need help getting items to the church, please contact Linda or Cindy. What doesn’t serve you anymore might serve others.

Also, we need help sorting, pricing, and boxing each Friday from 10 a.m.-12 noon and sometimes Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 noon through April. We will have signup lists at the parish breakfast, and then we will place the sign-up list in the Wilderness Room lobby or thereabouts. We will need men to sign up for the last week in April to help move boxes into the Parish Hall the last week of April. We will have heat in the shed this year.

Thank you sincerely,

Cynthia Shannon and Linda Giltner

St. John in the Wilderness


Street address: 1895 Greenville Highway

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 185

Flat Rock, NC  28731

Office hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                       Monday through Friday

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, Established 1836