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. Hand sanitizer, masks, and space for distancing is 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, 1450 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. We are currently worshipping away from our historic building during the hot summer months. Doors open at 9:30am.
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 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. Come as you are.
Where can I park?
You can park in the Parish House parking lot at 1458 Locust Street. 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 and walk to the church at 1410 Main Street.
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 (though during the school year, some of us are downstairs for Sunday School or Adult Education beforehand). Doors open for the 10am service at 9:30am. If you are running late, it’s ok. Just enter quietly.
Which door should I use?
There are three sets of red doors. You may use either set located on Main Street to enter the church.
What about handicap or mobility access?
A ramp is located behind the church off 14th Street. Enter the door, follow the hallway, take your first left, walk through Kemper Hall to the elevator. A doorkeeper will be present to help you with this.
At the parish house there is a ramp to the upper level entrance to the parish offices and Chapel. The lower level is accessible directly from the parking lot. We have restrooms on both upper and lower levels of the Parish House.
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?
We offer a time for children's Sunday School during the 10am worship service, September through May. During the scripture readings and sermon, children are welcome in the tower room just off the sanctuary for a kid-friendly lesson with two adult teachers, and then they return to the main service just before Communion. 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.