Donate to SJM with Amazon Smile

Help reduce the SJM Mortgage by using Amazon Smile! At no cost to you, by simply purchasing from Amazon through the St. Justin Martyr Amazon Smile Page, St Justin Martyr will receive .5% of the purchase price, that will be applied to paying down the SJM Mortgage.  By parishioners faithfully using Amazon Smile, parishes have received over […]

Update 2019-2020 Youth Forms

At the end of summer and at the beginning of each academic school year, St. Justin Martyr prepares its Sunday School and Youth Program by asking parents to update and register their students by filling out our Youth Forms. With the updates, our volunteers and chaperones will be able to develop our programs to best […]

SJM Beach Day

On Sunday, July 21st, parishioners of all ages came together after coffee hour to enjoy the beach. Located at Anastasia State Park, it was a great day to be in the sun and for our community to spend time with each other outside of church. Enjoy the smiles and pictures below. 

Young Families’ Nature Outing

Young Families with children in Middle School or younger are invited.  Location: Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32211 Date: Saturday, August 10th from 10a-12p.  Cost: $3.00 for children (3-17 years old); $5.00 for adults; FREE for children 2 & under. Come and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with our Young Families Ministry. […]

SJM Mission Team to Kenya

This summer, members of our community have volunteered their time to share the Gospel of our Lord to various parts of the world. So far have seen mission teams go to Mexico and Indonesia. This week, our final mission team heads off to Kenya. They will spend the next few weeks assisting in the construction […]

Happy 25th Anniversary SJM!

On this day, twenty-five years ago, July 17, 1994, our parish celebrated its first Divine Liturgy as a Church of the Diocese of the South, OCA. To read more about our Parish’s history, Click HERE!

Summer Camp 2019 Completed

We are halfway through summer! For the past few weeks, youth from our parish was able to attend two summer camps. The first camp was Session 2 of Camp St. Thekla from July 1st-July 6th located in Cleveland, South Carolina. The second camp was Camp St. Christopher from July 7th-July 13th located in Sebring, Florida.  […]

SJM Live Stream Back Online

We thank you for your patience as our broadcasting was down. After repairs and testings, our live streaming of regular weekly services is back online. The next service to be broadcasted is July 21st, 2019.

Summer Mission: Project Mexico 2019 Completed!

Our Project Mexico team has returned home to Jacksonville safe and sound after a long day of flights yesterday. Their week may have felt short, but their memories and service will last a lifetime. Congratulations everyone for your service with Project Mexico’s first home-building week of the summer! You have built a beautiful home for […]

Sermon: How to Know God

Youth Orlando Water Park Event

Ages: Middle School & High School, Grades 6th to 12th. Location: Sea World Aquatica Orlando | 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, Florida 32821 Date: Saturday, August 3rd Depart SJM @ 7a. Return to SJM 7p. Cost: $27.00 Sign Up: HERE Description: We will be meeting at St. Justin Martyr at 7a for departure. We will […]

SJM Ichetucknee River Trip 2019

ALL AGES are invited. Location: Ichetucknee Springs State Park  11627 SW U.S. Highway 27 Fort White, FL 32038 Date: Monday, July 15th @ 7:30a-3:00p. Sign up no later than July 7th. Sign Up: Here Description: We will meet at St. Justin Martyr for the carpool at 7:00a and leave by 7:30a. The event will end […]

SJM Cheering on the Jumbo Shrimp

On Friday evening May 17th, SJM held its Annual Baseball Game Night watching our hometown Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp playing the Montgomery Biscuits. The night was filled with smiles, fellowship, baseball fun, and of course ended with fireworks. A wonderful evening spent with the SJM family! Join us for the next game! Let’s go Shrimp!

Sermon: Take Up Your Pallet and Walk

St. Anna Women’s Summer Bible Study

Join our ladies this summer for our once a month bible study. Contact Jill Pendarvis at

Holy Week & Pascha 2019 Pictures

Holy Saturday & Pascha 2019

Holy Friday Pictures 2019

Youth Holy Friday Overnight Vigil

Keeping Vigil at our Lord’s tomb. Every year the young adults and teens clean the Church, set up the fellowship hall and pavilion with extra tables and chairs for the Agape Meal. Then they read the Psalter and sleep. The vigil will end 9am in the morning with the Holy Saturday Liturgy. Wishing everyone a […]

Holy Week & Pascha 2019 Schedule

The Great Fast has ended and our Journey to Pascha is reaching its conclusion. With the celebration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem, this past Sunday, our Lord ushers in the wonderful days of Holy Week. We join our Lord in his passion and of course, his Glorious Resurrection! Join us in this […]

High School Retreat Photos

This past weekend was our High School Retreat, ” Learning to Serve!” Our high school youth had a wonderful time learning how to serve. They spent the night at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center with friends from the parish who gave insight into the life of a missionary. In the morning, the youth assisted the […]

Young Families Ministry Service Project!

Young Families Service Project is next Saturday, April 13th from 2:30p-3:30p at St. Justin Martyr. Join our young families in packing cookies and snacks for the homeless. We will spend some time with the youth talking about the importance of service and helping others. Sign up is located in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, […]

Learning to Serve – A High School Retreat

Come and join our  high school retreat, Learning To Serve, on Friday, April 5th to Saturday, April 6th at the Orthodox Mission Christian Center. For youth in grades 9th -12th. St. Justin Martyr shares a beautiful relationship with OCMC. We have seen active involvement by many of our parishioners, who have gone on mission trips or have […]

Alternate Spring Break – UTK

St. Justin Martyr played host to a 10 member University of Tennessee Alternative Spring Break Team. Their primary work was to minister to the immigrant and refugee population by partnering with Lutheran Services and Catholic Charities. They stayed in our youth building and fellowship hall, used our kitchen and showered at the nearby YMCA. Congratulations […]

What Happens At Baptism

A Lenten Talk with Sister Vassa. It was a blessing to have Sister Vassa with us this week enlightening us on how to own our baptism. Many SJMers and friends from our sister parishes joined us. Thank you to all who made this evening possible. Shout to Dr. Kathleen Kopach and Deborah Weita for coordinating. […]

Middle School St. Augustine Adventures!

On Saturday, March 16th, our middle school youth went on an adventure today in St. Augustine Historic District. The day began with a tour and visit to the St. Photios Greek Shrine. The youth are studying the lives of the saints in Sunday School and were able to learn about a few more: St. Solomon, […]

Youth Procession on Sunday of Orthodoxy

Pictures of our youth bringing icons into the church on Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 17th, 2019.

Annual SJM Men’s Steak Dinner

An annual tradition at St. Justin Martyr for our men just before Great Lent starts to enjoy Meatfare Sunday night with fellowship and of course Filet Mignon. Hosted by Fr. Ted Pisarchuk, everyone had a great time. Steaks were cooked to perfection by Chef Michael.

First Ever SJM Blood Drive

This past Sunday, March 3rd, St. Justin Martyr partnered with OneBlood, a nonprofit organization that provides hospitals and patients with blood. Our parishioners were ready and fueled up on extra protein from the Annual Meatfare BBQ. It was a unique opportunity to prepare for Great Lent. With more SJMers than they could handle, the wait […]

Camp St. Christopher Registration is NOW OPEN!

Camp registration for Camp St. Christopher is NOW OPEN. The session is Sunday July 7th – Saturday July 13th. You can register online HERE. The cost for camp is $375. Be sure to sign up fast and secure a spot for you student(s). If you have any questions see the “Camp St. Christopher” Facebook page. […]

Community Night

Wednesday February 27th! Daily Vespers begins at 6p followed by a dinner & programs from 6:30p to 7:30p. The meal provided will be a nominal cost. Our programs for the evening will include: Financial Peace w/ Julie Gullick and Sandy Reeves. Becoming a Better You Us w/ Fr. Jacob Hatch, L. M. H. C. Youth […]

Parish Bonfire Weekend

SJM had a great start to the weekend with the Parish Bonfire on Friday, February 22nd! SJMers and our friends from Annunciation shared wonderful fellowship over the grill and campfire. Especially enjoying delicious meat on the fast free Friday. We also had some brave souls camp on the property over night!

YFM Valentine’s Day Party Pictures

It was a blessed morning for our Young Families Ministry as families came together to celebrate love and fellowship. There were plenty of snacks and creative crafts for the youth. It made a great start to the weekend. We love seeing smiles from our SJM family!

Pictures from Young Families Valentine’s Day Party

Pictures from the Valentine’s Day Party shares a morning full of fun and wonderful fellowship. With plenty of delicious snacks and creative crafts, it was a loving start to the weekend! Keep smiling with our SJM family!

Stars Shined at the Silver Stars Dinner!

Congratulations to all of wonderful youth for putting on the 8th Annual Silver Stars Dinner last night! A musical evening for our seasoned citizens. The youth spent all day working together to setup, prepare the food, provided entertainment, served our attendees and cleaned up. Thank you to all who made this night possible!

Hierarchical Liturgy Feb. 17th

His Eminence Archbishop Mark will celebrate Divine Liturgy with St. Justin Martyr on Sunday, February 17th. This will be the Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee. Last year, we were blessed to have His Eminence with us for the ordination of our assistant priest Fr. Jacob Hatch into the Holy Priesthood. Click HERE to view […]

Young Families Valentine’s Day Party

On Saturday, February 16th, at 10a-12p join our Young Families Ministry at St. Justin Martyr for their first event of 2019 with their Valentine’s Day Party. There will be fun activities, snacks, and making Valentines. Be sure to signup in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Mat. Erika Hatch at or our office at (904) 880-7671.

Sermon: Sustainable Church Planning in Northern Uganda

By: Special Guest, Deacon Simon Menya Visit St. Vladimir’s Seminary website to learn more about this wonderful young man and his mission.

8th Annual Silver Stars Dinner

Sunday, February 10th 4:30p-6:30p The Middle and High School youth of St. Justin Martyr will honor our Silver Stars citizen members with a white tablecloth dinner and entertainment. Please RSVP no later than Sunday, February 3rd.  Youth can sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall, call the office at 904.880.7671, or email […]

Feast Day Liturgy Sat. February 2nd

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd for the celebration of the Feast of the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple. Liturgy begins at 9a. The service will be streamed live for those who cannot attend the Church service. Click HERE for the live broadcast.

Youth Island of Adventures Trip

Enjoy pictures from our wonderful weekend in Orlando. Many of the pictures were from the kids. Great job everyone and what a fantastic day shared by our Youth Group!

Sermon: Have Hope

Happy New Year!

The St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church staff wish everyone a blessed start to the New Year! Happy 2019!

Camp St. Thekla is Open!

Camp registration for Camp St. Thekla is open January 1st, 2019 at 3p! Our session is for June 30th – July 6th. Spots fill up quickly. Register immediately online at If you have any questions, see the “Camp St. Thekla” Facebook page. Our Youth Director, Daniel will be arranging transportation. Be sure to message […]

Hemming Plaza 2018

Christ is Born! It was a wonderful week to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord and Savior! It is always a joy to celebrate this wonderful feast with family and friends. Before Divine Liturgy, many SJMers started their morning at 8am in Downtown Jacksonville to serve our fellow neighbors affected by homelessness with our homeless […]

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Christmas at Hemming Plaza

Join us for the Liturgy before the Liturgy of the Feast of the Nativity! This coming Tuesday, December 25th, Christmas morning, St. Justin Martyr will be out on the streets bringing the love of Christ to those in need. At 8a, we will be sharing coffee, cookies, etc. and give out Jimmy John’s gift cards […]

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Theophany Services

Nativity Services

Join us this weekend as we draw closer to the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior. 

Youth Nativity Play

Sunday, December 16th, our St. Justin Martyr Youth performed their Nativity Play to the parish following Divine Liturgy. 2018.

Almsgiving for the Nativity

St. Justin Martyr has a wonderful tradition in giving the gift of sandwich cards to the homeless early Christmas morning, Tuesday, December 25th at Hemming Plaza for 8a. This year to continue this wonderful ministry of bringing Christ’s love to the streets, we will give Jimmy John’s gift cards. If you would like to participate, […]


Parents make sure you save-the-date. Registration for Camp St. Thekla opens January 1st! 2019 Camp Dates:Session 2: June 30th – July 6th It is our recommendation that everyone registers for camp as soon as possible. Spots fill up quickly. Camp is opened to ages 9-17 or 4th grade to seniors in high school. Registration is […]

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Youth Nativity Play

SJM Christmas Party

St. Justin Martyr Friends and Family! Join us for a winter celebration with fun family games, laughter, music, and wonderful memories. Special activities include: Crafts for kids and singing Christmas Carols with John Mark! Bring a treat to share! Invite friends and family too! For more information or questions, contact Deborah Weita or call our […]

St. Nicholas Day

Join us Dec. 9th for wonderful Holiday Happenings!   We will be visited by St. Nicholas following Divine Liturgy. During Coffee Hour, our youth will be decorating the SJM Christmas Tree together! Christmas cookies will be available! Later in the evening the SJM Christmas Party will begin at 5p! CLICK HERE for more details.  


Join us this week for Community Night, Wednesday 11/28! Daily Vespers begins at 6p followed by a dinner & programs from 6:30p to 7:30p. We will end the evening with Compline at 7:30p.  The meal provided will be a nominal cost.   Our programs for the evening will include: Financial Peace w/ Julie Gullick and Sandy […]

SJM Paintball Adventures Outing

Join us for:    Descriptions: This event is for all ages (youth & adults) from 9+. Youth in 4th – 7th grade must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. We will meet at Paintball Adventures on Saturday, December 8th for a morning of fun adventure and exciting fellowship. We will play from 9a-12p. Sign up is by December […]

HS Bonfire Night Recap

On Sunday evening, November 18th, our St. Justin Martyr high school student enjoyed the evening with a bonfire in our backyard. Many brought friends and we were happy to share in fellowship with the students from Annunciation. It was a great night to make s’mores, listen to some live music and some glow-in-the-dark games. We […]

As Many As Have Been Baptized…

From left to right: Drew, Nicholas, and Mikayla   On Sunday, November 18th, St. Justin Martyr welcomed three additional members into our community through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism. Many years to Drew (Hope), Nicholas, and Mikayla, and congratulations to their sponsors!     

SJM is Now Streaming Live!

The Liturgical life of St. Justin Martyr now streams live on Sunday mornings with Divine Liturgy beginning at 10am. To access the Live Streaming, go to our homepage and choose the green Live Stream button, or download our SJM App and click choose Media at the bottom of your screen then select “SJM Live Broadcast.”

SJM 2018 Fall Festival & Dance

Sunday, November 4th, located here at our SJM home was an amazing night filled with fun, dancing, and festive joy. The SJM 2018 Fall Festival & Dance was a great hit. DJ Dave, #DJ6Burgh, led the night with great music and delicious BBQ was catered by County Road Provisions. Games were prepared for the kids […]

Baptisms 11/4

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High School Bonfire Night

Join us for our High School Bonfire Night. November 18, 2018 Fire starts at 5:30p, Activities at 6p, and the evening will end at 8p sharp. More information TBA.

Newly Installed Icons: Six Apostles Down Six To Go

On October 16th, six new beautiful icons were installed. The icons placed are of Christ’s Holy Apostles. On our North wall we have St. Paul, St. John the Theologian, and St. James of Zebeedee. On our South wall we have St. Peter, St. Matthew the Evangelist, and St. Andrew. The next group of icons will […]

SJM Meal Tickets Now On Sale!

Fall Festival & Dance on November 4th 5p-7p! Hope you’re excited! The event will be catered by County Road Provisions!                                             The menu includes: Brisket Pulled Pork Turkey German Potato Salad Baked Beans Mac & Cheese […]

Wednesday Nights Are For the SJM Community!

On Wednesday October 24th, SJM will begin our new Wednesday evening ministry of: Community Night! Community Night is our new ministry where parishioners of all ages, their friends, and guests come together to pray, fellowship, and grow closer in Christ here at St. Justin Martyr Orthodox Church. Our program takes place the second and fourth […]

SJM Fall Family Festival and Dance

Save-the-Date for our  Join us for a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship, and festivities!  All ages, families, and parishioners.  Stay tuned for more information on meal tickets, activities, and more. For questions, contact our office at (904) 880-7671.

Works of Art

MASTERPIECES FROM COLOR ME MINE OUTING SJM Fam! Check out these finished masterpieces from our K-5 Color Me Mine Outing on Sept. 23rd. SJM is home to many talented artists. Great job everyone! Click HERE to view the before pictures! ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]      

Young Families Corn Maze Outing

Our SJM Young Families Ministry is kicking off fall with a trip to the Amazing Grace Family Farms for their annual Fall Festival and crop maze adventure. The outing is held on Sat., Oct. 20th, at 9:45a-12p. Amazing Grace Farms is located in Green Cove Springs, FL just off of Wisteria Farms Rd. Cost is $15.95 for […]

Youth Retreat w/ Dr. Rossi

SJM Youth in Middle and High School! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13th for a wonderful day retreat with Retreat Leader Dr. Al Rossi, author of Becoming a Healing Presence and frequent St. Justin visitor! Hosted here at SJM, the retreat will start at 2:30p and end at 8:30p, Dr. Rossi will be leading our youth […]

SJM Family Game Night

Calling all families! Calling all SJM parishioners! Does not matter the age, all are welcome to our SJM Family Game Night!  Join us this Sunday, September 30th at 5p in our Fellowship Hall for fun, games, and fellowship.  Bring a game, a dessert dish, and a friend. See you there!     

Beautifying Zoos and Ceramic Pieces

High School Service Project w/ the Jacksonville Zoo This was a fun and active weekend for our SJM Family. On Saturday, September 22nd, our High School students volunteered with the Jacksonville Zoo by cleaning the grounds around their parking lot. Many bags were filled as no piece of trash was left behind. Following our service, […]

The Joy of All Christians

On August 27th, 2018, we were blessed with a newly installed icon in our church. Welcome the icon of the Theotokos, The Joy of All Christians! She can be found on the North wall above the candle box next to the Icon of St. Peter and Paul.    

OCMC Job Opening Available

DOES YOUR WORK MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD? The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine continues to grow. There are many opportunities to apply your professional talents in an Orthodox Christian missionary based non-profit that reaches throughout the world, changing lives, and saving souls. Your creativity and energy are what OCMC needs. OCMC […]


Orthodox Young Adult Conference CONNECT CONFERENCE! This pan-Orthodox conference is on a mission to better connect Orthodox young professionals to Christ, The Church, and each other through a 3-day weekend of lectures, fellowship, and worship.   Blessed by Metropolitian Alexios (GOA) and Bishop Gregory Tatsis (Carpatho-Russian Diocese), 150 young adults gathered last year to hear […]

Project Mexico 2018 Team Flying Out

Project Mexico 2018, June 15th-21st: The week is finally here for our 2018 SJM Project Mexico team! They have all worked very hard to prepare for this wonderful opportunity to serve impoverished families through hands-on works of mercy. The team members are Matt Augenstein, Emma Brown, Victor Hesterman, Christopher and Kirsten Reeves, Jana and Andrew […]

MS Bowling Out

On Sunday, June 10th, the Middle Schoolers got together after church for a bowling outing to Bowl America Mandarin off of San Jose Blvd. 

HS Summer Kickoff 6/2/2018

Saturday, June 2nd, our high students had a chance to enjoy some fun in the sun to start off the summer. We were blessed with a beautiful day without rain! Thank you to the Hesterman family for hosting wonderful fellowship! Keep an eye out for more Youth events coming to St. Justin!   ” order_by=”sortorder” […]

Middle School Velocity Event

Jump, Jump, Jump Around! Check out some of the pictures from our Middle School outing to Velocity!   

High School Bowling Night

The High Schoolers got together to enjoy the Friday night with bowling on April 20th, 2018.

Alternative Spring Break at SJM

Alternative Spring Break Huge Thank You!! St. Justin Martyr played host to a 14 member group from the University of Tennessee Knoxville last week for their Alternative Spring Break. Their primary work was to minister to the immigrant and refugee populations in our area by repairing emergency housing, helping out with local English learning programs, […]

Camp St. Christopher 2018

Registration for Camp St. Christopher is now open.  Camp is the week of July 9-13.  Campers will arrive Monday morning and leave Friday night. The cost will be $350 per camper. Information about theme and program will be shared in the coming weeks. Spots will fill up so please be sure to register your kids. The […]

Ordination of Dn. Jacob to the Holy Priesthood

The Ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Fr. Jacob Hatch by His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania on behalf of Archbishop Alexander. Celebrated on February 4th, 2018. Congratulations to Fr. Jacob Hatch and his family. May God grant you many years! AXIOS!

7th Annual Silver Stars Dinner

Photos from our Seventh Annual Silver Stars dinner! SJM youth prepared dinner and provided entertainment for all of our seasoned citizens. A classy way to show their appreciation for our stars! Congratulations.  

Women’s Lenten Retreat

To Register for Women’s Lenten Retreat click here. Click image to enlarge

Christmas Joy with the Homeless

Christ is Born! GLORIFY HIM! The Liturgy before the Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity. Saint Justin Martyr Orthodox Church is no stranger when it comes to bringing the life of Christ to the streets, especially bright and early Christmas morning. Continuing a tradition that has lasted over 8-years, our community has been providing our […]

Camp St. Christopher Winter Retreat

Winter Retreat 2018 – “Renewing Your Mind” The theme for the weekend will be “Renewing Your Mind,” and will be using as a source the book Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. When: January 12-14 (arrive Friday night and depart Sunday after Liturgy & coffee hour) Where: Christ the Savior Orthodox […]

Love Your Neighbor Serve Day with IOCC

Saturday, December 2nd, members from our SJM community partnered with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to help our local community in northern Jacksonville, FL. We served a wonderful woman by cleaning up home and landscaping damages done to her property by Hurricane Irma. We congratulate everyone who came out and pray that you continue to […]

Palm Sunday Chrismations


St. Justin the Martyr App

The St. Justin Martyr app is now live. Go to from your Apple or Android device, or search “St Justin Martyr” in the app store. All of our services and events schedules are there with easy access. Listen to weekly sermons. Turn on your push notifications for the app to receive important messages from […]

Icon Updates

We now have six beautiful new icons installed in our chapel.  While many have been commissioned, the Resurrection, Pentecost, Sts. Peter and Paul, the Entry into Jerusalem, the Nativity of Christ and the Transfiguration have been completed and installed.  If you have not yet participated in our icon beautification program, there are still several opportunities.  […]

Paying it Forward

Paying it Forward 2012 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 V6 TRD From the Community of St Justin Martyr, Jacksonville, FL USA To the 5,000 people and clergy of San Esteban, Benito Juarez, San Francisco, Santa Maria, Cruz Blanca, Zapote, Progreso, Zimatla, Jonotal, Piedra Grande, & Posa Grande, in Vera Cruz & Hidalgo, Diócesis De México In Thanksgiving […]

Youth Bake Sale

  St. Justin Martyr’s Middle and High School youth worked hard to raise funds for our School Buddy Ivan!  

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