To the Members and Friends of St. John’s, Irmo:
Can you believe summer is almost over? Public school will begin in just a few weeks and football is just around the corner. The season will be changing and hopefully we’ll have a little cooler weather.
This brings to my mind that Sunday school will begin again the first Sunday of September. Sunday school—a term we don’t hear a lot any more. Where churches still have “Sunday school” it is more often than not called “Faith Formation”. And maybe that’s a more appropriate name for this time of study and enrichment. It is where our faith was first formed as a child when our parents brought us to church. It is still where our faith is formed and strengthened as adults. No matter what age, this is where we learn what’s in the Bible; it’s where we discuss what passages in the Bible mean to us—especially the ones that may trouble us.
Preachers preach (or should) the applications of what we learn from the Bible and how it apples to our daily lives. It’s hard to conceive one without the other. Therefore, if we are to raise our children in the true faith of the Church and remain true to the promises we all made when they were baptized, it is our (parents and fellow members) duty and responsibility to bring (not send) our children to Sunday School so that their faith may be formed. Therefore, as they enter elementary, middle, or high school, or higher level education, or employment, they have the correct moral standards and are model examples of adulthood.
On August 26, the Dutch Fork Cluster will celebrate its 5th Jubilee from 4:00 until 7:00. Our speaker this year will talk to us about Israel and the old places we read about in the Bible that have survived until today. Plans are to have a fire pumper and/or an EMT vehicle there for the children.
I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our 104th anniversary such a success. What made it so special was the baptism of Tucker Blue Thompson. It was and always is at a baptismal that I get emotional welcoming in a new child of God to God’s family. A special thanks to Coleen and Homer for their furnishing the bar-b-que, low country stew and all the sides for lunch.
We have a lot going on and a lot to look forward to during the next few months. So let’s all join in and enjoy what God has provided for us.
As always, I thank you for being the church!
See you in church!
In His Service,
John Derrick, Vicar