The Q&A: Where do you feel a sense of community at St. John’s?

Cayce and Anne Myers
“Our daughter’s baptism at St. John’s was a day that was very special for our family. Not only did it mark the beginning of her belonging to the Christian community, but also the community at St. John’s. During the baptism the congregants say ‘We will’ when asked if they will support each baptized child in their lives in Christ. We and our daughter experience that pledge of ‘We will’ each Sunday at St. John’s.”
Cayce and Anne Myers moved to Roanoke from Georgia in 2014. Cayce is a professor of communication at Virginia Tech (he also has a law degree from Mercer University School of Law). Anne is a senior attorney in the Social Security Administration. Both teach Sunday School. Their daughter Cayce Anne turns two in August and was baptized on Easter Day in 2018.

John and Tina Wood
John: “There always is a sense of community here, but, like the unexpected phone call from a long lost friend (I don’t do Facebook!), there are recurring events that strengthen those bonds and bind us closer together. I relish the Sundays when I put on my blue ‘We Will’ shirt and spend a few minutes with the wonderfully funny, inquisitive children of St. John’s. 
Tina: “The important communal events have been the baptisms of our grandchildren living both here and far away. It is a confirmation of our baptismal vows when as a congregation we say ‘We Will’!”
John and Tina met on a blind date while in college at the University of Virginia and Sweet Briar. After living in Charlottesville, Ann Arbor, Iowa City and San Antonio, they made Roanoke home more than 37 years ago. 

April Blackwood Young
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
“Our family uprooted to Roanoke from Florida last October. We moved during a strong hurricane that chased us up many states and highways. After the rain and floods, we visited St. John’s. We needed something familiar among the chaos. In this new town, the faces may not have looked the same, but we found comfort in the common practices of fellowship, friendly shaking of hands at the peace, singing choir hymns and sharing in Holy Eucharist.”
The Youngs spent 12 years living in Jacksonville, were parishioners at St. Mark’s Episcopal in Ortega where Michael and April were confirmed and Merritt and Wood were both baptized. They spent one year in Ocala at Grace Episcopal before moving to Roanoke with Cardinal Glass Industries, where Michael transferred as a sales manager. April leads the interior architecture and design studio at Hughes Associates.

Published in the August 2019 issue of The Record.

The Q&A is compiled each issue of The Record by minister to children and families Christine Mortlock.

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