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. Children ages 3-6 explore Bible stories, rituals, and faith through Godly Play. Children in grades 1-4 gather for The Quest, a time for prayer, Bible stories and activities, and serving others.
Youth in grades 5- 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 meets on the second Sunday of the month from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information contact our Coordinator of Children and Youth Programs.
• 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.
• Tuesday Evening Reflection Group: This group meets monthly on the second Tuesday from 7:30 to 9;00 p.m. or by Zoom to reflection on a book of the Bible. For more information, a study guide, and/or an invitation to join by Zoom, please email the Rector.
• 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.
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. You can explore our two-year African-American Book Group, Reading to End Racism, our 2018 Antiracism Plan and our 2019 Antiracism Plan. For more information please contact Laura Singer.
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. Our annual Darwin Day celebration usually takes place on the Saturday and Sunday closest to February 12.