Welcome to St. John’s – We’re Glad You’re Here!

Welcome to the St. John’s online church community! Learn more about this dynamic parish and the good works we accomplish, as well as the ministry that awaits us.

 

If you’re looking for a spiritual home, exploring your faith, searching for ways to serve your community, or seeking to make a difference, St. John’s Episcopal Church answers those longings. We’re here to serve your spiritual needs and help you deepen your relationship with God, those you love, and yourself.

 

At St. John’s all are welcome! Wherever you find yourself on your faith journey; whatever you are believing or doubting; whether you are married, partnered or single; whatever your physical or mental abilities; no matter your age or economic status, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity: we welcome you here to be met by God, who already knows you and loves you.

 

We look forward to seeing you in church, and in the education, fellowship, and outreach opportunities that make St. John’s a lively, caring community.

 

Why St. John’s?

Our mission is to bring everyone into a closer relationship with God and one another through Jesus Christ. We hope our parish community is one you’ll call your own.

 

The Episcopal Church is made up of between two and three million worshipers in about 7,500 congregations across the United States and affiliated dioceses outside the United States. The St. John’s parish, comprised of 1,800 members, is made up not only of lifelong Episcopalians, but also those who grew up in other faiths including Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish traditions. We welcome all!

 

What you’ll find when you visit and worship with us is a vibrant community of parishioners and friends who expand our ministries through prayer, pilgrimages, commitment, and in hundreds of other ways.

 

Our long history (which dates back to 1822!) and generous founding members gave us a campus and landmark to treasure. However, it is the parish community that has been the true foundation of St. John’s. Our community, from generation to generation, is our strongest resource. It’s what sustains our current members and it’s what draws newcomers to our doors.

 

As a community guided by a capable team of lay workers and clergy, we have built a strong foundation in many areas of Christian life, providing comprehensive education for all ages, innovative outreach programs and compassionate pastoral care for our own members.

 

Which Service is Best for Me or My Family?

Youth, children and adults – generation to generation – can experience God in worship. Worship touches our hearts, lifts our spirits, challenges our minds and comforts our souls so that we are connected to one another and to God’s world in new ways.

 

The people of St. John’s worship at many different services:

 

Saturdays

Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 5:00 PM, in Resurrection Chapel

Sundays

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 7:30 a.m. in the Historic Church
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m. in the Historic Church
Contemporary Service, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 9:00 a.m. in All Saints Hall
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 11:30 a.m. the Historic Church

Korean Language Worship, 9:30 a.m. in Resurrection Chapel

Wednesdays

Evening Prayer, 6:00 p.m. in the Historic Church

Thursdays

Holy Eucharist with Healing, 7:00 a.m. in Resurrection Chapel

Monday through Friday

Noonday Prayer, 12:00 p.m. in Resurrection Chapel

We invite everyone in worship at these services to come to our Lord’s table to receive communion or a blessing. The bread is received with an open hand, the wine by guiding the chalice to your lips or by dipping the wafer into the cup. If you do not wish to receive communion, please cross your arms over your chest to receive a blessing instead.

 

All Saints Hall or the Historic Church?

While the majority of our services are traditional in nature, the 9:00 a.m. Sunday service held in All Saints Hall offers a contemporary style of worship, including a sermon for children. An ensemble of keyboard, guitars, and drums provide music, and all songs and prayers are projected onto large screens for everyone’s viewing. Our contemporary service tends to be more casual yet still expresses the worship of the Episcopal tradition.

 

Families with young children may find this service in All Saints Hall more fitting to their needs. Children happily worship with us in both settings, however, and are the life of our future. We invite you to discover what’s most appropriate for your family.
 

Joining our Parish Community

St. John’s New Member Forums are held the first Sunday of every month, with the next forum Sunday, February 5 in the Clark House. At these gatherings, interested members join clergy, vestry, and members of our various commissions in conversions about St. John’s, its programs, and ways to get involved. We look forward to welcoming you to St. John’s. Please click this link if you would like membership information about the parish.

 

New Member Welcome

Did you join St. John’s within the past year? If so, you are invited to participate in a Liturgy of Welcome for New Members. This is a great way to outwardly affirm your intent to be a faithful part of the St. John’s community, and an opportunity for the congregation to joyfully welcome you to our parish family. We hope you will make every effort to be part of these events as we celebrate your presence here at St. John’s. If you have any questions about becoming a member of the congregation or getting involved in new member ministry, please contact Denise Mogavero, 410-461-7793, ext. 113.

 

Answer that spiritual tugging in your heart.

Developing a closer relationship with God in Jesus Christ is possible when you become a member of St. John’s. We’ll help you develop your ability to serve God and your neighbor.

The first step in coming into a closer relationship with God at St. John’s is to know you already belong! You belong to God.

The next step is to join us in worship where you will meet other members of the parish who can help guide you to a class or events to help you live your faith. Click here for our service schedule.

Members of St. John’s are encouraged to participate in worship and their community, and practice vocational discovery, service to others by spreading the love of Christ, and stewardship with a financial commitment. To receive more information, please call one of our clergy or the Parish Office at 410.461.7793.

Sharing God’s Gifts Through Our Time and Talent

Looking to become more involved but feeling unsure about where to jump in? Engage in one of our smaller group ministries to heighten your connection with our parish community. Click here for a complete listing. You’re sure to find a ministry that expresses your passion for the world, your talents, or a new direction in which Christ will call you to grow.

Only through our shared commitment can we grow stronger as a Christian community and spiritually as individuals. Participation may be as simple as making a food dish for a parishioner in need or gathering with friends to act out our live nativity scene, or as involved as joining a mission trip to mentor others in their spiritual journeys or leading our annual Parish Weekend at beautiful Shrine Mont in the Virginia mountains.

Everyone’s help is desired. Everyone’s help is needed. No matter how big or how small.

Visit Us!

Directions & Campus Map (Click Link)

 

“Being Episcopalian” Class

“Being Episcopalian” is a six week class for anyone interested in exploring the Christian faith or joining the Episcopal Church. Topics covered include Bible and Scripture Reading, Building a Daily Prayer Practice, Church Structure, and Living the Christian Faith through the lens of the Episcopal Church.

Classes will be run again in fall of 2016 . For more information or if you are considering being confirmed, e-mail The Rev. Anna C. Noon.  

 

If you’re interested in learning more about the origins and future of the Episcopal Church, these additional links might be helpful:
Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Episcopal Church, USA
Glossary of Episcopal terms
The Book of Common Prayer