Children’s Storytime

Read along with our Rector! Click on the image to watch the YouTube video.

Palm Sunday story,
for children 5 and up,
Story for Palm Sunday,
for children 5 and under.
Part I: Story for Maundy Thursday,
for children 5 and under.
Part II: Story for Good Friday,
for children 5 and under.
Story for Maundy Thursday,
for children over 5.
Story for Good Friday,
for children of all ages.
Story for Good Friday,
for children of all ages.

Cares and Concerns during a quarantine

Quarantine Self-Care

Music to feed your soul Our Organist, Mio Nakamura, has shared her music on YouTube

Friday Noon Concerts from Fourth Presbyterian Church: You can listen live at 12:10 p.m. or afterwards at: www.bit.ly/fpcprograms.

Face masks are required in stores and outside when 6 feet distances are impossible. Please email parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com if you need a free handmade mask. Or support our parishioner Kate’s sewing business, Masks on Mars, by purchasing one from her on etsy.

Cathedral Counseling Center, a ministry partner of Episcopal Charities and Community Services, continues to provide accessible mental health care to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services are available via a tele-health platform and sliding scale fees are available. For assistance, please call 312.252.9500, ext. 130 to speak with an intake manager.

Quarantine Care for Others

Groceries purchase and delivery needed for our refugee families. Please email parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com if you would like to be part of a schedule of deliveries.

Please take or leave non-perishable foods from our Little Free Food Pantry which is located in a shed behind the church (enter through the driveway off Byron Street).

St. John’s supports Peace House; so can you! https://www.igrowchicago.org/peace-house/ 

Want to help those who are unable to work or get help at this time? Give to Little Village Mutual Aid: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/littevillagemutualaid

Support Episcopal Charities During the COVID-19 pandemic, Episcopal Charities’ network of ministry partners is continuing to provide support and services including food, housing, chaplaincy and mental health care. Episcopal Charities has compiled an ongoing list of ways to help support its ministry partners.  Learn more about Episcopal Charities.

Support restaurants and neighbors in need in the Irving Park neighborhood: https://iheartirvingpark.com/

Latinx Book Group

The next meeting is Thursday, May 28 from 7:30–9:00 p.m. to discuss My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomajor. Email rector@stjohnschicago.com for Zoom details.

Everyone welcome! you do not need to be a member to attend.

Previous books included:
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education edited by Jennifer De Leon
When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

St. John’s honored with a grant

Reading to End Racism at St. John’s Chicago

Two years ago, members of St. John’s, Chicago, began a book group dedicated to reading what its participants called “the essential texts of the African American experience in America.” The book group served as a catalyst for the congregation’s antiracism efforts, which have now been recognized with a Becoming Beloved Community grant from the Episcopal Church. St. John’s will collaborate with All Saints, Chicago, which has also received a grant.
The St. John’s reading group has published its booklist with an introduction that reads, in part, “We offer our book group as a model for other majority-white congregations that want to move toward racial reconciliation but don’t know how or where to begin.”

Download the Reading to End Racism booklist.

Evening Bible Reflection Group

We are reading the book of Genesis in May and June. The second discussion of Genesis 25-50 is on Tuesday, June 16 from 7:30 – 9:00. Please email the Rector for more information on joining by Zoom.

May 2020: Reflection on the book of Genesis, Part I

April 2020: Reflection on the book of Job.

March 2020: Reflection on the book of Esther.

February 2020: Reflection Guide for I Corinthians.

January 2020: Reflection Guide for the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.

November 2019: Reflection Guide for the Gospel of Matthew

Angels I have known

Today we celebrate the legacy of St. Francis.  We’ve probably all heard stories about him – making you believe he was, perhaps, a little crazy – but he was a good man and loved to share the Good News of the Gospel. 

One story tells of an encounter with a flock of birds – doves, crows – all sorts of birds.  When St. Francis spotted them down the road, he ran toward them and expected them to scatter but to his surprise – and probably anyone else’s who may have witnessed this – the birds stood still and seemed to wait for him.  He was filled with awe and he asked them to stay and then proceeded to give them a little sermon, reminding them that they should always praise their Creator for he was the one who gave them feathers for clothes, wings to fly, and anything else that was needed.   “It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air.  Without sowing or reaping, you received God’s guidance and protection.”  And so the story goes that from that day on, Francis made it his habit to invoke all animals to praise and love their Creator. 

But wait a minute, Francis.  While all of what you told those birds was certainly true –  if I may say so – you missed the bigger picture!  I believe that animals have a lot to tell us, to teach us, and to remind us of.  They are messengers and, I believe, vessels enabling 2-way communication with God.  So, Francis, perhaps spending some time listening to them would have done you some good, too. 

Click here to read the whole sermon preached by Susan Mitchell on Pet Blessing Sunday, 2019

Antiracism Team

The Antiracism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our Antiracism Action Plan was presented to and accepted by our vestry (leadership council) on June 20, 2018. We worked on our 2019 Antiracism Plan and are continuing our work in 2020. The team began with an African-American Literature Book Group. A list of the books we read over two years can be downloaded here: Reading to End Racism. Our list of books about white supremacy and white privilege is here: Wrestling with White Supremacy. Currently we have a Latinx Book Group and that reading list is on this page of our website.

Click here for all posts connected to our Antiracism work