At St. John’s, we say that “Doubts are ok, questions are welcome, please, come as you are.”
The best way for you to get to know us is by attending one of our services.
SUNDAY WORSHIP, 10:00 A.M.
We are delighted to return to an in-person Sunday service starting July 4. Masks are available, but not required. Communion will be in one kind (just the bread).
The service follows the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns, readings from scripture, an engaging sermon, and the celebration of Holy Communion.
If you are unable to join us in-person, you can participate in the service via a Zoom link. Click the Join button below on Sunday morning.
If you have technical questions or need help in connecting to our online services email us at email@example.com
SUNDAY COMPLINE ONLINE, 8:00pm -8:10pm CT
A brief, quiet, meditative set of prayers for the close of day. Off screen voices lead the Book of Common Prayer Compline service, with the primary focus on icons and candles, and moments of silence.
Join us just as you are, you will not be seen on video or heard on audio, but you will see that others are there, praying as well.
Periodically, Before Compline, 7:30pm – 8:00pm, offers a live interview segment with a significant church leader or thinker for 30 minutes before our weekly service of online Compline. Look on the Event page for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I wear?
Dress for comfort. People at St. John’s dress informally, but in addition to jeans and “business casual” you’ll sometimes see dresses, jackets, and occasionally, ties. Again, come as you are.
Where can I park?
You can park at the Parish House parking lot (1458 Locust Street). It’s a short walk from there to the Main Church (1410 Main Street). There are also parking spots on the street in front of the Main Church (including handicap spaces).
How early should I arrive?
That’s up to you, but we encourage you to arrive at least five minutes before. People tend to show up closer to 10 am (and during the school year, some of us are downstairs for Sunday School or Adult Education beforehand). If you are running late, it’s ok. Just enter quietly.
Which door should I use?
You can use any of the 3 sets of red doors to enter the main church. There is also an accessible entrance at the back of the church (enter from the alley off from Loras St.) and an elevator.
If you’re stopping by the parish office, park at our parking lot and go up the ramp.
What about handicap or mobility access?
There is a handicap entrance on the back side of the church. We also have an elevator.
At the parish house there is a ramp to the entrance to the parish offices.
As a first-time guest will I be singled out?
No! You won’t be made to stand up, publicly introduce yourself, or wear a name badge. We have a reputation as a friendly group, so expect to be welcomed, but not overwhelmed.
I’m not an Episcopalian, can I receive Holy Communion?
Yes! All baptized Christians, from any denomination, are welcome to receive Holy Communion. You don’t have to be an Episcopalian to participate in almost anything we do as a congregation. Some join us and eventually become Episcopalian, others remain Catholic or Lutheran or whatever, while regularly participating in our life together. Again, come as you are.
I’ve got doubts about God and Christianity, can I still come?
Absolutely! That’s why we exist to help people explore their faith, ask questions, and wrestle with doubts. In fact, you’ll find you won’t be alone in your questions, as many of us have been wrestling with them for years.
What about my kids?
September thru May we offer Sunday School at 9:00 am. Most of our young families believe it’s important for their children to be with them during the service (nursery care is also available). We aren’t bothered by children being children, their movements, noises, and occasional comments add life to our services.
What about people who have gone through a divorce or LGBTQ persons?
St. John’s welcomes all baptized Christians to receive Holy Communion, regardless of marital status. St. John’s welcomes LGBTQ persons fully into our life, including marriage. The Episcopal Church ordains women and men as priests. It also allows re-marriage of divorced persons.