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.
Angel Oak Elementary Reading and Math Program
The AOE Summer Program was developed to address the issue of Summer Learning Loss that is common in lower-income under-resourced communities. In 2018 the program was expanded to include new enrichment sessions in addition to the 4 hours of academic instruction provided daily.
Camp St Christopher
St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, an intentional Christian ministry of the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina, is located on 314 acres of beach, maritime forest, and undisturbed salt marsh on Seabrook Island. On the Atlantic coast about an hour south of Charleston, it is the perfect destination for groups, families, and those looking to step away from life’s demands for a few days. Created as a summer camp for disadvantaged boys in 1938, St. Christopher has grown into a full-fledged, year-round conference facility. The summer camp now offers a dozen yearly sessions.
Feeding The Multitude
Jay and Nancy Miller
For years the Churches on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands have joined together to sponsor an ecumenical outpouring of service to and fellowship with our less fortunate neighbors called Feeding of the Multitude (FTM). The large number of people and the intimate nature of the program are not possible this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a bridge to the future, this year the program will consist of a drive through “Grab and Go” pick-up of all “the fixens” for a Thanksgiving dinner. We ask our able neighbors to contribute the prescribed bag of ingredients (1 or more). The program will supply frozen turkeys or hams to go with the donated bags of groceries. (approx. cost $20) In addition to the bags of groceries, we are look for individuals who would act as neighborhood “Captains” to organize groups of friends to contribute. Also appreciated would be any cash contributions made out to St Johns Parish Church 3673 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29457. Add on the memo line “Feeding of the Multitude”.
Thank you for your interest and contribution.
Ryan's Case for Smiles
As a sewing ministry, Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. We meet twice a month on Wednesday afternoons to sew and iron pillowcases for patients and their families. Our chapter recently completed their 15,000th pillowcase! We would love for you to join us. No experience is needed to fold, rip, or iron fabric.
Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation
25% of Wadmalaw residents and 15% of Johns Island residents live below the poverty level. That means over 4,000 people struggle with hunger every day, here on our islands. Founded in 2015, the foundation was formed from a desire to ensure consistent, nourishing, and dependable sources of food reach our sea island neighbors in need.
Anglican Relief and Development
Local, Regional, and Global Outreach
Through the love of Jesus Christ, ARDF strives to connect those who can provide with those who need through a holistic, high impact, and proven community development approach so that believers are strengthened and encouraged, lives are rescued and made whole, and Christ is glorified.
Canned Food Donations
Your canned goods and non-perishable donations continue to bless families on Wadmalaw and Johns Island every week. Please continue to bring your offerings each Sunday and place them in the large Campbell’s Soup Can as you enter for worship. You may also stop in during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Made With Love
Do you have a heart to serve those in need, a desire to fellowship with terrific people, and an interest in doing various handicrafts? If so, Kiawah Cares Made With Love (MWL) may be for you! We have projects for all skill levels to make items to give to Johns and Wadmalaw neighbors who need a little extra love. We have kits to make a variety of fleece-tie blankets for children and adults, including Veterans. Use your own or we have yarn and needles to knit and crochet scarves and more for all ages. We sew a variety of cotton totes and small purses for seniors, teachers, parents and moms-to-be (we even have a sewing machine and serger!). We make fleece lavender sachets, magnets and other small items for appreciation gifts. We take donated used greeting cards and turn them into new cards and bookmarks for use by parents, teachers and seniors. We compile toiletry packs for basic needs and special gifts. And for our furry neighbors in shelters, we make braided fleece pull toys. And there’s more… but no matter what, it’s all Made With Love! No matter where you call home, join us for FLEECE+ FRIDAYs from 10-Noon in the KICA offices at 23 Beachwalker Drive (take the road on the right before Kiawah’s first gate -- no pass needed! KICA's office is up the road on the left).
Many years ago, Betty Stringfellow, a long-time and faithful member of Church of Our Saviour, established a fund for the Church to use for college scholarships for local students. This past year, three worthy students were awarded $4000 each to cover some portion of their first year at the college of their choice. Scholarship candidates are nominated by their respective high school counselors, reviewed and selected by the Scholarship Committee, and the Vestry approves the funding from the Scholarship Account. In May or June, subject to COVID restrictions, the Scholarship Committee hopes to invite the scholarship recipients and their families to a celebratory Sunday service in which they are introduced to the congregation and available to meet after the service.
The Veritas Family Center is the home of the social service programs of Veritas. Six programs serve hundreds of people each week. Professional program directors are assisted by local and international volunteers. The House on the Rock is the center for the educational programs of Veritas. These include Romanian and English classes, summer camps, teen programs and a Gospel choir. House on the Rock is also the location for the International Café. Veritas is involved in Community Outreach, planning a variety of activities throughout the year. These include events such as the fall Open House.
Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic
Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic provides free health care to uninsured adults who live or work across the Barrier Islands or Serve Downtown Charleston’s Hospitality Industry. Everybody deserves the dignity of health care.
Crockpot Cooking Class
Elementary and middle school students on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands receive hands-on instructions from Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation (SIHAF) volunteers as they learn to prepare healthy, nutritious meals in a crockpot. Upon completion of the classes each student receives a crock pot, measuring cups and spoons, spices, a Crock Pot Recipe Booklet and a Certificate of Participation. The program will begin its fifth year in fall of 2021 and has served 232 students. To volunteer or for additional information please contact Director Barbara Griffin.
Meals On Wheels
Meals on Wheels a nationwide network of community-based, non-profit programs dedicated to providing seniors in their communities with the support that enables them to remain living in their own homes, where they want to be. This support is typically a nutritious meal, a friendly visit and a quick safety check. If you would like to get involved here locally, please contact Sherry McAvoy.
Sea Islands Blessing Basket
The Blessing Basket is an outreach program sponsored by the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation and serves low-income individuals and families on Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. The goal is to provide healthy, nourishing desirable groceries, fresh produce, meat, eggs and bread to help alleviate the problem of hunger among our neighbors in need. The second Saturday of each month approximately 300 baskets are distributed at 2389 Bohicket Road.