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.
We are grateful to be worshipping in-person. Masks are available, recommended, but not required for vaccinated individuals. Hand sanitizer and space for distancing is also available. We encourage everyone to be vaccinated, though we do not ask people about their vaccination status at our services.
SUNDAY WORSHIP, 10am Traditional Service
Main Church, 1410 Main Street
This service follows the Book of Common Prayer which is used by Episcopal Christians in over 165 countries around the world, all part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The service is made up of hymns, readings from the Bible, prayers, a sermon as well as the celebration of Holy Communion, also known as the Eucharist or Mass. Music is usually accomplished by an organ and sometimes a choir.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY WORSHIP, 4pm Contemporary Service
Parish House Chapel, 1458 Locust Street
This service is more informal and features contemporary music with guitar and vocalists. The service contains readings from the Bible, prayers, a message, as well as the celebration of Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday Prayer, 8:00pm Compline Online
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, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, offers a live session of teachings, by our own pastors, or a visiting speaker. 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. 4pm service attenders lean even more informal. 10am attenders lean toward “business casual.” Come as you are.
Where can I park?
You can park at the Parish House parking lot at 1458 Locust Street. It’s a short walk from there to the Main Church at 1410 Main Street. There are also parking spots on the street in front of the Main Church (including handicap spaces). On Sunday mornings St. John’s worshipers can also park in the Behr Funeral Home parking lot across from their location at 1491 Main Street.
How early should I arrive?
That’s up to you, but we encourage you to arrive at least five minutes before. For the morning service people tend to show up closer to 10 am (though during the school year, some of us are downstairs for Sunday School or Adult Education beforehand).For the evening service some people come a little earlier and hang out while the musicians practice. At either service, if you are running late, it’s ok. Just enter quietly.
Which door should I use?
If you’re coming to the 10am service or an event at the Main Church you can use any of the 3 sets of red doors. There is also an accessible entrance at the back of the Main Church (enter from the alley off of Loras).
If you’re coming to the 4pm service or for a visit during the week, go to the Parish House and walk up the ramp and enter through the office entrance. If you’re going to an event in Johnson Hall, use the lower community center entrance. Don’t worry we have labels on each of the doors in case you get confused.
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 9am. 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. At 4pm we offer a children’s ministry time concurrent to the service.
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.