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 Rev. Patrick and Sheri Clayborn and the entire St. John AME church family welcome you to our website. We are glad that YOU are here. It is our hope that your spirit is lifted and your heart is filled with the love of God.
 
Please feel free to view our information on the website. If there are any questions or need further information you may contact us at stjohnameh@aol.com .
 
Schedule of Services
Sunday          Worship             8:00 a.m. 
                      Church School    9:45 a.m.
                      Worship             10:50 a.m.
 
Wednesday   Prayer Service     Noon
                     Bible Study          Noon
                     Prayer Service      6:00 p.m.
                     Bible Study           6:00 p.m.
 
*5th Sunday – Service is at 10:00 a.m.
                       Church School 9:00 a.m.
 
 
 

 

Location
St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church
229 Church Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
(256) 534-3265
 
 
 
 
 
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St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church is in the South Birmingham-Huntsville-Bessemer District of the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was the first major religious institution for African Americans. The church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen in 1787 in Philadelphia. The church began as a protest against racial injustice to worshipers of African descent at St. George’s Methodist Church. The first organization was known as the Free African Society. In 1816, the church held its first General Conference and elected Richard Allen the first Bishop. Today the church has millions of members and twenty Episcopal Districts in North and South America, England, and Africa.

The Ninth Episcopal District consists of the state of Alabama and the presiding bishop is the Right Reverend James Levert Davis. The Ninth District was originally the Seventh Episcopal District. It was officially formed at the General Conference of the AME Church in 1868. Bishop John W. Brown was assigned as the first bishop. Between 1868 and 1920 the district was geographically reorganized several times and at different times Alabama was attached with Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In 1920, Alabama became the Ninth District. Currently he District has five (5) conferences.

Bishop Henry McNeil Turner organized the North Alabama Conference, beginning with Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Florence, AL, in 1878. The North and West Alabama Conferences were combined and the Presiding Elder Districts realigned under the leadership of Bishop James L. Davis. St. John is in the South Birmingham-Huntsville-Bessemer District of this conference. The current Presiding Elder is Reverend Oliver Allen, Jr.

St. John Huntsville was organized by Dr. William Hooper Councill and others in 1885. The first church services were held in a barber shop on the corner of Miller and West Holmes Streets and Dr. Councill was ordained an elder in the A.M.E. Church. In addition to organizing St. John and serving as the first Pastor, Dr. Councill was the founder and one of the most distinguished presidents ofAlabama A&M University. In 1900 the first church building was erected on Church Street. Ministers serving St. John besides Dr. Councill include Reverends Patterson, Shelton, Goodlow, Williams, Todd, Brooks, Newell, Evans, Hill, Brice, Douglas, Cook, Thompson, Scott, Oliver, Woods, Lamar, White, Hughes, Howard, Stone, Dennis, Foxx, Hereford, McCall, and our present pastor, Reverend Patrick Clayborn.

In 1971 the church moved into a newly erected facility at 229 Church Street. From this strategic location at the corner of downtown Huntsville, St. John opened its doors to the community. The many civic and cultural events hosted by St. John include NAACP meetings and programs, inaugural prayer service for the President of the City Council of Huntsville, graduation for the Phoenix program, Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship and Interdenominational Ministerial Spouses Association services, voter registration, Alabama Democratic Conference meetings, Race Unity programs, and the originating point for the NAACP Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March.

St. John continues to have a strong affiliation with Alabama A&M University through its members, outreach to students and financial support. Transportation is available for students who desire to attend worship. Five of the eleven presidents of Alabama A&M University have been members of St. John; the founder and first president, Dr. William H. Councill, the eighth president Dr. David B. Henson, the ninth president, Dr. John T. Gibson, Sr., and the eleventh president, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.

St. John has active ministries for members and the community. The church purchased 53 acres of land in northwest Huntsville in 2008 and an expansion committee is making plans for future use of this property. Strong emphasis is placed on the WORD – through preaching, teaching and Christian living. St. John’s motto is “A People in the Word- – serving people in the world.”

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church is in the South Birmingham-Huntsville-Bessemer District of the Northwest Alabama Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church was the first major religious institution for African Americans. The church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen in 1787 in Philadelphia. The church began as a protest against racial injustice to worshipers of African descent at St. George’s Methodist Church. The first organization was known as the Free African Society. In 1816, the church held its first General Conference and elected Richard Allen the first Bishop. Today the church has millions of members and twenty Episcopal Districts in North and South America, England, and Africa.

The Ninth Episcopal District consists of the state of Alabama and the presiding bishop is the Right Reverend James Levert Davis. The Ninth District was originally the Seventh Episcopal District. It was officially formed at the General Conference of the AME Church in 1868. Bishop John W. Brown was assigned as the first bishop. Between 1868 and 1920 the district was geographically reorganized several times and at different times Alabama was attached with Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In 1920, Alabama became the Ninth District. Currently he District has five (5) conferences.

Bishop Henry McNeil Turner organized the North Alabama Conference, beginning with Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Florence, AL, in 1878. The North and West Alabama Conferences were combined and the Presiding Elder Districts realigned under the leadership of Bishop James L. Davis. St. John is in the South Birmingham-Huntsville-Bessemer District of this conference. The current Presiding Elder is Reverend Oliver Allen, Jr.

St. John Huntsville was organized by Dr. William Hooper Councill and others in 1885. The first church services were held in a barber shop on the corner of Miller and West Holmes Streets and Dr. Councill was ordained an elder in the A.M.E. Church. In addition to organizing St. John and serving as the first Pastor, Dr. Councill was the founder and one of the most distinguished presidents ofAlabama A&M University. In 1900 the first church building was erected on Church Street. Ministers serving St. John besides Dr. Councill include Reverends Patterson, Shelton, Goodlow, Williams, Todd, Brooks, Newell, Evans, Hill, Brice, Douglas, Cook, Thompson, Scott, Oliver, Woods, Lamar, White, Hughes, Howard, Stone, Dennis, Foxx, Hereford, McCall, and our present pastor, Reverend Patrick Clayborn.

In 1971 the church moved into a newly erected facility at 229 Church Street. From this strategic location at the corner of downtown Huntsville, St. John opened its doors to the community. The many civic and cultural events hosted by St. John include NAACP meetings and programs, inaugural prayer service for the President of the City Council of Huntsville, graduation for the Phoenix program, Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship and Interdenominational Ministerial Spouses Association services, voter registration, Alabama Democratic Conference meetings, Race Unity programs, and the originating point for the NAACP Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March.

St. John continues to have a strong affiliation with Alabama A&M University through its members, outreach to students and financial support. Transportation is available for students who desire to attend worship. Five of the eleven presidents of Alabama A&M University have been members of St. John; the founder and first president, Dr. William H. Councill, the eighth president Dr. David B. Henson, the ninth president, Dr. John T. Gibson, Sr., and the eleventh president, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.

St. John has active ministries for members and the community. The church purchased 53 acres of land in northwest Huntsville in 2008 and an expansion committee is making plans for future use of this property. Strong emphasis is placed on the WORD – through preaching, teaching and Christian living. St. John’s motto is “A People in the Word- – serving people in the world.”

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Bridget Floyd                               Karl Gullatte

Erica Harbin                                Jesse Johnson

Carl Lewis                                   Randy Love

Pearlean Myhand                        Glenn Pippen

Mary Rankin                               Lula Rochelle

Eva Smith                                   Maeola Snell-Peoples

Terry Speight                              Darwin Washington

Eddie Whitehead                        Bill Williams

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 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
         And try Me now in this
          Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open the windows of heaven
       And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
               Malachi 3:10
 
We thank you for your support of what God is doing at St. John AME.
 

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Online giving is easy. Members and friends may contribute financially to St. John by making online donations via the church’s website or directly with PayPal ™. To donate through the website, click on the donate button on the lower portion of the home page and select your method of payment.To donate through your PayPal™ account, log on to your account and select the Send Money tab. Next select the Personal tab and the Personal button. Enter St John’s e-mail address (stjohnameh@aol.com) in the TO field and specify the amount of your donation. PayPal mobile is another option. Download the app to your smartphone. Click send, enter St John’s email address, the amount; select friends or family and send.

 

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Please submit all announcements or birthday and anniversary updates for the weekly bulletin to the church office or e-mail to stjohnameh@aol.com by 6:30 pm on Wednesday.

2015 Habitat Build
The 2015 Habitat Build will begin the last week in February. This year’s Habitat Build will be a 5 bedroom house on Cornerstone Circle. The build dates are March 21, 28, April 4, and 11. We provide lunch on April 4. Please see Sis. Tami McGhee for more details.

Church School
Church School convenes each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. after the Early Morning Worship Service. Make plans to attend with your family.

Prayer Service and Bible Class
Plan now to attend Bible Study each Wednesday at Noon and 6:00 PM. Mid-week service and Love Feast are held the Wednesday before the 1st Sunday.

Articles For The AMEN
The deadline to receive articles for the AMEN is the 1st Sunday of each month. Please e-mail announcements and articles to stjohnameh@aol.com or Nedra.mcdaniel@gmail.com .

 
Your Tithing Commitment
“Where there is no vision a people perishes.” Ask God to help you make your tithing commitment to Him today. You may place tithes and offerings in the tithes container and your prayer requests in the Prayer container that are located in the front of the Sanctuary near the piano and organ. You may also pay tithes via the church website.
 
Choir Rehearsals
Join now! Praise Him in Song. The choirs of St. John want you, your children, youth and young adults to join praising God in song. You join by simply showing up to any of the rehearsals listed below.

Children………………………………….. Saturday after the 1st & before the 3rd Sunday @ 11 AM
Voices In Praise…………………………………….Tuesday after the 1st & 2nd Sunday @ 6:30 PM
Gospel Choir…………………………………………Monday & Thursday before the 2nd Sunday @ 6 PM
Male Chorus…………………………………………Friday after the 2nd and 3rd Sunday @ 6 PM
Mass Choir…………………………………………..Two Thursdays before the 1st Sunday @ 6 PM

 

Rehearsal Time Subject to Change Periodically

Any Information Changes
Be sure to inform the church office of any address or telephone number changes. You may call the church at 256.534.3265 or e-mail the updates to the church at stjohnameh@aol.com. Also, if you are not receiving the church telephone call outs, please notify the office.

 
Media Ministry
The MEDIA MINISTRY is offering CDs and DVDs for sale. Titles include Pastor Clayborn’s “Breathe” and “Breathe Again” sermons as well as CD’s and DVD’s from Holy Week. CD’s are $5, DVD’s are $10 each. Series of 3 CD’s or more are discounted. For more options, call the church office. CDs and DVDs of each Sunday Service will now be offered immediately following each service. Payment can only be made at the media table in the vestibule.
 
Online Giving
Online giving is easy. Members and friends may contribute financially to St. John by making online donations via the church’s website or directly with PayPal ™. To donate through the website, click on the donate button on the lower portion of the home page and select your method of payment.

To donate through your PayPal™ account, log on to your account and select the Send Money tab. Next select the Personal tab and the Personal button. Enter St John’s e-mail address (stjohnameh@aol.com) in the TO field and specify the amount of your donation. PayPal mobile is another option. Download the app to your smartphone. Click send, enter St John’s email address, the amount; select friends or family and send.

Tutorial Ministry
Tutors are available for students who want the service. Please contact Lauretta Teague or Barbara Johnson to be assigned someone. Arrangements for meeting(s) will be between the member (tutor) and the student being tutored. The church office will need to know of plans to meet to have space available.

Prayer Time
JOIN US for weekly PRAYER TIME each Tuesday at 6:00 am.

Call in on the U.S. TOLL NUMBER (530) 881-1212, Meeting ID: 876-863-940.
If you are not able to join the call at 6:00 am, you may listen to the playback any time.
PLAYBACK number (530) 881-1219. Meeting Id 876-863-940. Press # to ignore any requests for reference numbers when calling for playback.

Taste of St. John Cookbook
The AMEN staff continues to sell the new edition of the Taste of St. John Cookbook. You may purchase a copy from the church office after service or the church at stjohnameh@aol.com. The cookbook contains over 300 recipes from members and friends of St. John, including many recipes that have been published in the AMEN. The cookbook is an excellent gift to give any time of the year. The cost is $10.

 
Website Registration
St. John members may register on the St. John website (stjohname-hsv.org) to receive access to member-only information which includes membership directory, sick and shut-in list, acolyte schedules and other member information. The registration/login link is located at the bottom of the website homepage.
 
Financial Contributions
Please place all financial contributions in an offering envelope and indicate your name and the amount of the contribution on the envelope. Feel free to take several envelopes home so that you can prepare your offering before arriving at church. Thank you. ~ The Finance Committee
 
Go Green by Receiving the AMEN electronically!
Members may choose to receive the St. John AMENewsletter electronically. When you choose this option, you will receive the newsletter in PDF form via e-mail. This option will reduce both paper and postage costs and you will normally receive your newsletter a few days before those who receive the printed copy. To sign up, please send an e-mail to stjohnameh@aol.com.

NEVER MISS ANOTHER MEETING OR REHEARSAL
Did you know that your CHURCH BULLETIN contains a Weekly Calendar of the upcoming meetings and events, a calendar of Members’ Birthdays and Anniversaries, plus so much more! Please KEEP AND USE THIS VALUABLE RESOURCE! :) ~The Office Staff.