Parish Events

This page is dedicated to the spiritual and social gatherings of our parish.  Share and enjoy pictures of weddings, chrismations, baptisms, showers, teen meetings, fund raisers and other activities that bind us together as a family in the Body of Christ.

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MS River blessing Memphis

Saturday, January 7, we joined with Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church to bless the Mississippi River. This is the first time we know of that the Orthodox community of Memphis has performed this blessing as part of our celebration of Theophany (Jan. 6). It was a bitterly cold, sunny day, and the celebration concluded with a Corky’s BBQ lunch at St. John.





On July 31, 2106, St. John was blessed to celebrate a Hierarchical Divine liturgy with +ANTOUN and +BASIL present.  On his final day as head priest, we recognized Fr. John Troy for his service to our parish, and were blessed to watch as Fr. Philip was elevated to archpriest.  AXIOS!

Nave Renovations – May 2016

The community of St. John began Bright Week by moving everything out our nave and altar in preparation for our new floors and solea!  Stay tuned for pictures of our progress throughout the month of May!

Palm Sunday – Holy Friday – Holy Saturday – Pascha

Palm Sunday

Holy Friday – Taking Down Vespers

Holy Friday – Lamentations Orthros

Holy Saturday Morning

Pascha – Christ is risen!

2016 Dinner & a Show at Cafe St. Jean

Benefiting the Antiochian Women NAB Project, Hungry Children: at Home and Abroad

2016 Teen Deanery Retreat

2015 Nativity Play

2015 St. Nicholas Play

Each year, the teens of St. John present a brief play about the life of St. Nicholas and this year was no different!  Toys were donated, shoes were filled with goodies, and cookies were eaten.  Thank you, Teens, for such a great tradition!

Women of St. John 2015 Fall Retreat

The Women of St. John hosted Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary and spiritual child of Elder Sophrony.  His lectures were based on his book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: Theosis in Scripture and Tradition; he also generously answered many of the women’s questions.  It was a wonderful weekend of learning, prayer and fellowship!


St. John Fall Fest 2015

On October 31st the St. John Fall Fest returned!  This year the judges had their hands full with 15 entries into the Chili Cook Off.  Congratulations, Michael Williams on the win!  Following dinner, the kids enjoyed the carnival which included face painting, popcorn mixing, candy corn guessing, bag decoration, bean bag toss and most importantly…CANDY!!!  The evening ended with a costume parade, more candy, and a concert for the kids by our very own Bill Shipper…and more candy.

Student Blessing 2015

student blessing 2015


Transfiguration 2015

Procession of the Cross 2015


Bishop THOMAS’ Visit


St. John Book Signing

The children of St. John assisted our librarian, Judy Terry, in compiling an Orthodox Alphabet book entitled Letters from Heaven.  The children chose a saint or feast with which to illustrate each letter of the alphabet.  They did a remarkable job!  Judy held a book signing in the library to celebrate the finished product.

Life at St. John

St. John Celebrates 25 Years

In September of 2012, St. John Orthodox Church celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a parish with a family day at Lichterman Nature Center.  We started the evening with an outside Vespers service led by the teens and continued the fun with a field day with games for kids of all ages.  After a wonderful dinner catered by Swanky’s restaurant, we all enjoyed a slideshow of the 5 years in the life of our parish since our 20th anniversary celebration.  Memories were shared and the evening concluded with a presentation to our founding clergy of icons of St. John the Theologian handwritten by Dmitry Shkolnick and Victor Kaznan.