News & Updates

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 […]

Vesperal Liturgy Wednesday August 14th at 6p

Join us on Wednesday, August 14th for the celebration of the Vesperal Liturgy of the Dormition of the Theotokos. The service is from 6p-7:30p. For those who cannot attend, you can access our live broadcast at the same time by clicking HERE or watch on Youtube via St. Justin Martyr Jacksonville, FL Channel.

Transfiguration at SJM

Yesterday, parishioners gathered together to celebrate the Vesperal Liturgy of the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord. A wonderful night with friends to share in the joy of the Feast Day! The Readings:– Old Testament Reading: Exodus 24:12-18; Composite 15 (Exodus 33:11-23; 34:4-6, 8); Composite 23 (I Kings 19:3-9, 11-13, 15-16– Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:1-9

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. 

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!

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 […]

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!

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 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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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!

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.

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.

Happy New Year!

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

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 […]

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 […]

Nativity Services

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

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, […]

Caroling to Shut-Ins

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd at 1p, for our annual afternoon of bringing some of the holiday joy of the coming feast to those who cannot make it to church. We’ll sing some well-known Christmas carols. Singing talent is not required! Sign up is located in our Fellowship Hall on our community board. If […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

SJM Youth Canned Food Drive

 “I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink…Assuredly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” ~ Jesus This November, our youth will be leading a Canned Food Drive to benefit the Mandarin Food […]

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.

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 […]

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!     

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.    

Newly Installed, Old Testament Prophets!

On August 14th, 2018, we were blessed with newly installed icons in our church. The new icons are of the Great and Holy Prophets! They can be seen on the North and South Walls.  North Wall : Prophet David, Prophet Jeremiah, and Prophet Ezekiel  South Wall : Prophet Solomon, Prophet Isaiah, and Prophet Daniel    […]

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 […]

Root, Root for the Jumbo Shrimp

On Friday evening, May 11th, was our Annual Baseball Game Night! The SJM family enjoyed a wonderful evening cheering on our Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp as they played the Tennessee Smokies. The night was filled with fun, smiles, baseball and fireworks. A time well spent with good fellowship. Congrats on all who attended! Join us for […]

Orlando Russian Mission First Liturgy

The first Liturgy of the newly launched Orlando Russian mission was celebrated on Saturday, April 28th with 40+ attendees. This welcomed Fr. Andrey Syrkin, and family, who is the priest in charge. Fr. Arkady Migunov of Annunciation Russian Mission faithfully served the Russian community for 8-9 years gathering  them once a month for Saturday morning […]

Newly Installed, Icon of Christ!

On April 26, 2018, we were blessed with another completed icon in our church. The newly installed Icon of Christ over our candle box.  Oh Lord Jesus Christ my God, have mercy on me a sinner.  

Going Goo Goo For Gaga Ball

Bright and early Saturday morning, March 24th, the picnic area quickly became a construction zone for future fun here at St. Justin Martyr. As an Eagle Scout project that benefited SJM, Zachery Hashey designed, planned, fundraised, purchased the material, and led a team to install a Gaga ball pit in the picnic area. The workmanship […]

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, […]

Annual Pascha Picnic

[pdf-embedder url=”×11-2018-2.pdf” title=”Picnic flyer 8×11 2018″]Our Annual Pascha picnic will take place on Pascha, April 8th following Agape Vespers at 1:00p (weather permitting). Everyone is invited! There will be games, an Easter egg hunt for the kids, food and drinks, and time to visit with family and friends on this joyous day.      

Holy Week Schedule

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2018 Ladies Lenten Retreat

Most Holy Lady Theotokos save us! For the weekend of March 2nd & 3rd, St. Justin Martyr was blessed to have held a success women’s retreat with Khouri Frederica Mathews-Green as our guest speaker focusing on the theme of “Mary as the Early Christians Knew Her.” Guest from all over Florida came to hear Frederica […]

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!

Women’s Lenten Retreat

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

Summer Camps 2018 Registration Opening!

  A New Year means new friends, new memories, and new adventures with Summer Camps 2018 registrations opening soon!  Start the year off right by registering your child for camp as Camp St. Thekla opens registration on January 1st at 10AM EST! Spots fill up as quickly as they open. Be the first by connecting HERE […]

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 […]

St. Nicholas to Visit SJM

This Sunday, December 10th, our SJM youth will decorate the Christmas tree and enjoy cookies in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.  St. Nicholas will make his annual visit following Liturgy. We welcome all children to be part of the celebration.  

Almsgiving for Nativity

Almsgiving For Nativity:  A wonderful SJM tradition is to give the gift of sandwich cards to the homeless on Christmas morning at Hemming Plaza. This year we will be giving Jimmy John’s gift cards. The cost of a regular sub sandwich including tax is $5.66.  If you would like to participate in this ministry of […]

SJM “Wake Up and Smell the Incense” Mugs Now Available in our Bookstore!

  In the past we have given visitors the gift of a coffee mug. “Wake up and Smell the Incense” is not an original idea, but the design is original by our staff.  Because the coffee mugs are popular, they are available for $10 ea., offsetting our cost to purchase more and give to visitors.  […]

Family Pumpkin Painting at SJM

Our Family Pumpkin Painting was a Success! On Sunday October 22, our SJM families came out to enjoy the Fall weather, and get creative painting pumpkins together. Artists of all ages created amazing pumpkin masterpieces, and were able to take their artwork home to display.        

The Ordination of Deacon James Marth

Click to see ordination of James Marth to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Mark on behalf of Archbishop Alexander.  Axios!  

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 […]

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