Children are welcome and encouraged to attend all worship services. However, for parents who would like to worship in peace, the nursery is a wonderful place to play and is open to children under 5 during worship services. The care giver is in the nursery on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (during the summer from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.). The nursery is also open for special services such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Christmas Eve. If you are attending a church event or meeting please contact the office to arrange for free child care at the church.
• Sunday School is from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. every Sunday, September through May. Everyone age 3 – 11 gathers together for prayers and stories, and then breaks into groups by age for activities to enrich the story. The curriculum is Weaving God’s Promises, which focuses on Bible Stories, Episcopal worship, serving others to make the world a better place for everyone. Please register by filling out this form Christian Formation Registration-2016-2017 and return it to the church office or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Youth in grades 6 -12 participate fully in the life of St. John’s by singing in the choir, serving at the altar, participating in service and social events, and those 16 or older are eligible to serve on the vestry (church council). Youth group currently meets Sundays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Youth are encouraged to be part of our Service Project Planning Team which plans and carries out service projects for people of all ages, both at St. John’s and in our community. For more information email the rector.
• Wednesday Morning Reflection Group: This group meets at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in the Rector’s office and reflects on the readings for the following Sunday, using scripture and each other for support and guidance in the Christian life. New members are welcome to join this group which also helps shape the Sunday sermon.
• Inquirer’s Class: The rector leads a group for newcomers to the Christian faith, newcomers to Episcopal tradition, and those who would like explore their Christian journey. The class begins each year in February and meets on a weeknight evening throughout Lent.
African-American Literature Book Club
The African-American book club has met monthly on Tuesday evenings for the last two years. We have read a variety of fiction, non-fiction, plays, essays, and poetry. We have read classics and current works by men and women. Join in the discussion by reading one of the titles on our book list. African American Literature Book List
The AntiRacism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our mission is: As members of St. John’s community, we are active and intentional in identifying, disrupting, and dismantling racism within our church and our community. Members of the wider community are welcome to join us. Please contact Laura Singer. Here is a list of what we’ve been reading which informs our work. Anti-Racism Team: What we’ve been reading
Darwin Day began in 2009 as part of the International Darwin Day to mark Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday on February 12. We celebrated by watching Jurassic Park, eating primordial soup, dancing to a live band’s rendition of “Evolution Rocks,” singing Happy Birthday to Darwin and eating cake, all while being interviewed by the BBC radio program “Science.” Since then we’ve marked his birthday every year with a variety of events, two original staged plays, films, two art events, and discussions of the intersection of art and religion. Check out our next event on the front page of our website.