St. John's UMC and the Aiken area has a large population of active seniors and baby boomers. Some are retired, some still working, and some actively involved in volunteer activities, but all vibrantly interested in their faith, local community, international community, and other people. They love to learn, travel and experience new things.
The Senior Adult Council works to make sure there is plenty to do and ways to stay busy, not just for the members of St. John's but also for the surrounding community.
Listed below are groups that provide activities to foster fun, fellowship, spiritual growth, and outreach:
JOY FELLOWSHIP: JOY stands for Jesus, Others, and Yourself and that's the priority for the members of this fellowship group. Of course, they also enJOY life and each other. JOY meets the first Monday of each month at 10:30. You can expect lots of fun and laughter as you participate in games and activities that are designed to entertain and amuse you as well as exercise your MIND.
If you need additional information, please contact Rev. Butch Blackwell, Nurture Pastor at (803) 648-6891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIECEFUL QUILTERS: Quilting is the process of sewing of two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt. Sounds pretty basic doesn't it? However, quilts can be not only functional but also beautiful! Just ask the members of St. John's Piece-Full Quilters. This group meets each Wednesday morning beginning at 9. They create works of art for local missions, new babies and to be sold at the annual St. John's Apple Fest.
Things you should know about the Piece-Full Quilters:
- You don't have to be a member of St. John's.
- You don't have to be 55 or older.
- Your quilting skill can be anywhere on the scale, from "always wanted to quilt, but never tried" to "my quilts have been in quilt shows several times"?.
- You have to be willing to have FUN!
- Any and Every One is invited to join or just come by and check out the group.
- You may call Connie Mock (803) 439-2360 for more information.
And always remember: When life hands you scraps, make quilts!!
THE PRIMETIMERS are a group of adults from St. John's and the community who travel by bus, exploring different areas of the state and outside the state of South Carolina. Some of the trips are single day road trips and others are multi-day excursions. All tours are professionally organized by Carolina Tours and a tour guide is always provided.
Some of the previous tours were to Stone Mountain; Oktoberfest in Helen, GA; Lights on James Island, Callaway Gardens...
The tour schedule is decided upon each year following a presentation by Carolina Tours, and is based on interest in each of the options presented. The following tours are still available for registration:
Near Georgetown, SC. Lunch at River Oak Cottage Tea Room. Registration is currently STAND BY ONLY. Contact Mattie King: (803) 845-5288.
Overnight Hampton Inn. Travel to Pickens, Easley, Newberry, and Columbia. Deposits will be required by March 1st to confirm trip. Contact Zenith Sharpe: (803) 648-1268.
Oconee Area. Includes lunch, museum, and tour of World of Energy.Registration checks due by May 22nd to confirm trip. Contact Brenda Meeks: (803) 649-6962
Rock Hill & York County. "Special Stop" for lunch; Tastes & sights along the way. Registration checks due by September 1st to confirm trip. Contact Mary Anne Clyburn: (803) 644-9752
Hyatt Place Town Center. Alhambra Production, St. Augustine Tour, Mepkin Abbey. Deposits require by July 1st to confirm trip. Contact Joan Bodkin: (803) 640-8812
SUNNY MONDAY This group from St. John's and the community meets at the church on the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. A program providing entertainment, enlightenment, and/or enjoyment is presented. Some examples of previous programs include the Mountain Dulcimers, the Readers Theater Group, English as a Second Language, Dave the Potter...
Following the program, a delicious, hot lunch including a scrumptious dessert is provided for the small cost of $4.00. Reservations are required for the lunch and may be made by calling the church at 803-648-6891.
This is a wonderful way to meet people and make new friends from both within the church and in the surrounding community.