During Episcopal Schools Week 2021 (October 3 - 9th), St. John's Parish Day School celebrated its Episcopal identity along with nearly 1,200 Episcopal schools and early childhood education programs nationally throughout the Episcopal Church.
This year's theme was “Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.” (Isaiah 58:8)
The celebration launched on Sunday, October 3rd at our St. John's Episcopal Church services with SJPDS’s Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Stuart Work, offering an excellent sermon on the historical perspective and importance of an Episcopal education. We thank Mr. Work for his dedication to our community! Please enjoy the recorded sermon.
During the school week, our 4th and 5th Graders participated, via live-stream, in the National Cathedral’s dedicated Episcopal Schools Service with schools from around the Mid-Atlantic. They spoke with Chaplain Kiona about the service afterward. Many appreciated the beautiful Cathedral setting, the majestic organ music, the exquisite stained glass windows, the boy's choir, and the message to be 'salty' people.
Our Chapel message this week in celebration of Episcopal Schools Week is about being Salt & Light. Salt enhances the flavor of what it comes in contact with; it preserves what needs preserving; it is self-giving by nature; we can't live without salt. God says our light will shine forth when we are working towards being salt to others—when we do what is right and just and take care of those in need among us.
It is our hope that SJPDS will be like Salt & Light in this world. May our Bears shine their little light and make this world a better place.