Keep a Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday: Our observance of Lent begins on February 26 with Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting and repentance, with liturgies in the church at 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m.


Lenten Lecture on Tuesdays: Our Lenten Lecture Series takes place each Tuesday in March, beginning on Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilderness Room. A simple catered dinner is served first as a time to share a meal and enjoy fellowship with one another. E.R. Haire, Jr., PhD. will offer the first of four brief lectures on the topic, “Portraits of Jesus: Four Gospels, One Christ.” On March 31, our new Rector, Father Josh, will conclude the series.


Daily Morning Prayer: Take on daily prayer as a Lenten discipline! Join Fr. Josh for Morning Prayer Monday to Thursday from 9:00-9:30 a.m. in the glass Atrium of the Parish Hall beginning on Thursday, February 27. Come gather to pray the morning liturgy in the Anglican tradition as found in the Book of Common Prayer.


Friday Stations of the Cross: Fridays, March 6 through April 3 from 12:00 noon to 12:30 p.m., participate in the tradition of observing the Stations of the Cross which depict the final hours (the Passion) of Jesus. This service of prayer and meditation serves to connect us as we follow Jesus through his suffering and death and show solidarity with him, as does Jesus for us in our suffering.


Other offerings include the Wednesday Eucharist and Healing service held in the Wilderness Room beginning at 10:30 a.m. (We will not have a Wednesday Healing Eucharist on Ash Wednesday, February 26.) This brief service is meaningful as we celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and pray for those in need and for one another. Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on our need for God’s healing grace in our lives.


Come and be a part of the observance of Holy Lent here at St John in the Wilderness.

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, March 29, 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.

Bazaar at St. John in the Wilderness

The Bazaar at St. John in the Wilderness will be held Saturday, May 2, 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