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 email@example.com. 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 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 next meeting is Tuesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m. We will discuss Margo Jefferson’s “Negroland”. “Negroland” is Margo Jefferson’s memoir about growing up well-to-do on the South Side. It is 248 pages, published by Pantheon in 2015, $25 hardbound. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting details. November’s book will be Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Likely to be followed by Natalie Moore’s “The South Side.”
Spiritual Practices Group
The first meeting of the Spiritual Practices Group is Monday, September 19 at 7:00 a.m. It is not too late to join the group and read Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, by Marjorie J. Thompson. The book provides a framework for the spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, fasting, self-examination, and hospitality. Co-leaders are Juanita and Deb. For additional details and meeting location please contact email@example.com.
Three Thousand Years of Christianity
Come join co-facilitators Patrick and Rich as we read and talk about Diairmaid MacCulloch’s award-winning Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years at 90-minute monthly food-infused gatherings at their tastefully appointed home. Beginning 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 17th. After the initial meeting we will meet the third Saturday of each month, through June. You only need to read to page 111 for our first meeting. For additional details and meeting location please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Spiritual Direction Begins This Week!
Do you sense that God is inviting you into deeper relationship? Do you want support in discerning God’s desire for you? Do you wonder if others share your spiritual struggles and joys? Perhaps group spiritual direction is right for you. To join the group or learn more, contact Deacon Patt at email@example.com.
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.