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Locally, the Church of Our Saviour works together  with other agencies, churches and groups to meet a variety of needs on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.  There are many opportunities for mission in our community.  You are invited to join with us in reaching out to help meet the needs of these islands.  Some of what we are currently engaged in is listed below. 


For more information about any of the Outreach Ministries-or to volunteer your time connect with the coordinator listed below.

Feeding The Multitude

​Every November Our Saviour partners with other churches on the islands to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving feast for the community of the islands. People of Our Saviour signup to cook, prepare, and serve the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This is an excelent way to simply connect to the larger community of the islands. 

Contact: Ken Otstot - - (843) 768-1232

Angel Tree Ministry

November a tree is placed in the Church Hall decorated with angels. Names of students  are submitted by the teachers at Frierson’s Elementary School, who are aware of assistance needed to accomplish a joyous Christmas for underprivileged students.  The angels on the tree contain the child’s name, size and wish list.

The items bought by volunteers for each child are individually wrapped and distributed to the families a couple days before Christmas. 

Grandparents Tea Party

Parishioners from Church of Our Saviour generously sponsor this event every December. Toys are donated by members and a luncheon is served to grandparents at the Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church. They are able to select toys to be given to their grandchildren and enjoy fellowship with volunteers.

Contact : Mary Whyte (843-768-7222)

Bring a Can To Church (Food Donation)

Every Sunday a basket is placed at the back of the church to collect non-perishable  food  items to be taken to the Emergency Food Bank at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church on Bohicket Road. There they are combined with other donations to feed families and individuals who are in need of emergency food. In 2012 the combined resources of Mt. Zion and local donors served over 2000 individuals. 27% of Wadmalaw residents and 15% of Johns Island residents live below the poverty level.  That is nearly 4,000 people who struggle with hunger here on the islands. Founded at the beginning of 2015, the foundation was formed from a desire to ensure consistent and dependable sources of food to reach the people in need. By hosting events such as the Gullah Celebration at Freshfields, Benefit Dinner by Harris Teeter, Shop For a Cause at Tommy Bahama, Sip and Shop at J. McLaughlin and Shop and Share at Lilly Pulitzer, we hope to augment the efforts of our partnered programs. 

Blessing Basket and Crockpot Cooking Class

Commodity boxes full of food are distributed at the "Blessing Basket" on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the old Head Start Building @ 2389 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.  In the "Crockpot Cooking Class"Elementary students on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands receive hands-on instructions from volunteers as they learn to prepare healthy, nutritious meals in a crock pot.  Upon completion of the six weeks of classes each student will receive a crock pot, measuring cups and spoons, spices, a Crock Pot Recipe Booklet and a Certificate of Participation. Contact Shirley Salvo if you'd like to get involved. -

Ryan's Case For Smiles

​ConKerr Cancer started when Cindy Kerr's son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it, and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The pillowcase project, "A Case for Smiles", seeks to help children feel special while battling life changing illnesses. Our group at Church of Our Saviour has a goal of making 400 pillowcases per month for seriously ill children at MUSC Children's Hospital. We need people to sew, cut fabric, iron, package, deliver, pray, laugh and enjoy wonderful fellowship as we share the love of Christ with each other and with these children. Contact: Shirley Salvo -

Meals to the Homebound (Meals On Wheels)

For over 20 years Church of Our Saviour has been participating in this program to bring a hot meal to our homebound neighbors on John’s Island. Five days a week the meals are delivered to recipients who eagerly await a hot meal and a friendly smile.

Each volunteer delivers meals about twice a month and the whole process can be completed in about 2 hours.


For more information call

Jim & Suzy Clinger (843-768-5893)


​Since 1991, Church of Our Saviour has awarded scholarships each year to deserving college-bound seniors from Johns Island through an endowment established by Elizabeth Stringfellow and the generosity of COOS members and the community. Volunteers review applications, choose recipients and serve as mentors to the recipients. The team also plans Scholarship Sunday and does periodic fundraising in the community. 

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the church scholarship awards. In the early 1990s, the Outreach Committee was formed under the guidance of former COOS rector, Ladson Mills. Hattie Goodbody and David Bradford Cole chaired this committee. Upon David’s death, his wife, Bernice, designated that his memorial gifts go to establish a scholarship fund. It was then that Betty Stringfellow graciously endowed the fund and established the guidelines for distribution. Betty’s generosity, love of the islands and its residents, and her continued gifts has made this endowment a real blessing to over 110 students. Additional contributions have been made from the community and our parishioners, including Bernice Cole Fraser, who contributes every year.

Scholarships are given to worthy Johns Island high school seniors towards their freshman college tuition. Students are evaluated for: academic performance and honors, extracurricular activities, and commitment to community and church. The committee also identifies parish mentors for these students as part of their continued outreach.

Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic

 Imagine being ill and having to choose food or rent over medical care. The Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic serves the uninsured and underserved people of Johns, Wadmalaw and James Islands. Clinics are held every day of the week and one evening. Office volunteers are always needed. Volunteers assist patients with filling out forms and navigating health care issues as well as make patients feel welcomed and cared for. 

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