Standing at the threshold of a new era...

Stewardship 2022

Dear Parish Family,

On this All Saints’ Day we remember those who have handed Saint John’s down to us as we prepare to enter an exciting new era at the corner of Central and Greer. We write to ask you to make a financial commitment for 2022. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million dollars. With your support in the year ahead, we will continue the amazing work God has started here at Saint John’s Episcopal Church.

It is impossible to express how much your financial support means to our parish. In these uncertain days, giving has actually increased. Your giving demonstrates the impact Saint John’s has had on your life. We want you to know how important you are to this parish, and we want to give a short summary of what we have achieved in 2021 with your generosity.


  • Our perennially popular Soul Suppers returned with wonderful guest speakers.
  • Our Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off was a smashing success. Many of you were able to meet Michel Swanigan, our new Director of the Parish Life Center.


  • We hired Molly Graham and Katie Seage to join Allison Pace’s Parish Family Team.
  • Mother Miranda’s Thursday morning Bible study has begun to gather in person again.


  • We supported ministry partners with $30k in grants given to 25 organizations.
  • We hired Deacon Debbie McCanless.


  • 40 people were confirmed, reaffirmed, and received into the parish. We have baptized 21 new Christians.
  • We have installed a PTZ camera for a much-improved live stream worship experience.

We stand at the threshold of a new era at Saint John’s. We are working with the vestry to form a strategic vision to capture this exciting moment in our parish history. We need your pledge of financial support for 2022, so that we can be a parish that forms Christians, loves each other, makes a difference for Memphis, and is a witness to Jesus Christ. You will find a pledge card enclosed. Would you please join us?

Father Jay Biedenharn, Rector                 

McCown Smith, Stewardship Co-chair

Scott Trammell,  Stewardship Co-Chair

Online Giving is LIVE: Give here, give now.

Our membership database now allows secure giving from your computer desktop and/or smart phone. 

Have questions? See the frequently asked questions below or contact our Parish Administrator, Antoinette Cheney antoinette [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org for support. 

Please select one of the categories below to get started with online giving!

How do I pledge?

To make a pledge of support to the parish’s overall budget, email Penny with your name and desired amount(pennyv [at] stjohnsmemphis [dot] org).


Q: How do I give online?
Click the appropriate link above and follow the prompts to set up your contribution.

Q: Why should I give online?
It's a personal preference, but here are a few of the benefits we hear frequently:

  • It's a step of faith...Deciding in advance to give faithfully.
  •  It helps simplify life...No trying to remember whether or not you've given this month. 
  • It allows you to give consistently...even when you're not at church.

Q: Is online giving secure?
Our system used industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect date transmissions of financial and certain other information. Financial information is stored in encrypted form on computers that are not publicly accessible via the internet.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
We currently accept debit or credit cards.  

Q: Why do you allow credit cards for online giving?
We are committed to using every tool at our disposal to reach, nurture, and inspire spiritual growth. Used within the parameters, debit and credit cards can be efficient tools for payments and purchases.  Many people utilize them in place of checks or cash through the month and then pay off the balance in full.  For these people, we offer the option of using a credit card to give. 

Q: Will I still receive a contribution statement?
Yes, we will mail your year-end giving statement directly to your registered address. 
This statement will include all giving done online and at Saint John's. 

Q: Can I see what I've given in the past?
Yes.  All of your online giving is recorded in your account and is accessible from the link when you're logged in to the online giving system...If  you give by cash or check at Saint John's (i.e. during the service, at the church office, etc...) It is recorded manually and will be available on your year-end contribution statement. 

Q: I clicked one of the giving links and nothing happens.
When you click your chosen giving link, a new browser window is opened.  if you are using a pop-up blocker, the window may not open. Most tools will allow you to permit pop-ups on a specific website.

Q: Can I schedule recurring donations? 
Yes- You have many options for recurring contributions.  This includes one time, weekly, twice per month, monthly, yearly, etc...  Select "Schedule Giving" on the online giving form.

Q: Can I edit my existing recurring donation?
Sure.  When you log in using the link above, you can click "Schedule Giving" to edit your online giving payment. 

Q: Can I test this by giving one time?
Yes.  Unless you specify a recurring donation your contribution will only occur once.

Q: Who do I talk to if I have more questions?
Contact Antoinette Cheney, Parish Administrator, in our church office at 901.323.8597x16

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3245 Central Avenue | Memphis, Tennessee 38111
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