Easter Vigil

Download the Easter Vigil Bulletin.

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith, for children of all ages.

Order homemade hot cross buns from Zoe Duncan.

Pascal Candle created by Bettina Daszczuk

Our 2020 Pascal Candle

As a special treat for this year Bettina Daszczuk, who decorates all our baptismal candles, created this amazing Pascal Candle which has its debut at the Easter Vigil. This candle is lit for all the fifty days of Easter, and for every Baptism, Wedding and Funeral in the coming year. Here is an explanation of the symbols on the candle.

The Cross

Just as the cross is made out of many pieces of different shapes and colors, so is our
St. John’s community. We come from all different backgrounds and have unique talents and experiences. Even though, we are all different, when we come together, we complement each other and become one church family. 

The Lamb of God

The Lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ, who died for us, and rose from the dead. Through his death and resurrection, we are all freed from sin. When John the Baptist sees Jesus for the first time he proclaims “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). On this year’s paschal candle, the Lamb of God has no face. It is a reminder that, as Christians, we are asked to see Christ in each other. 

Alpha and Omega

In the classical Greek alphabet, Alpha is the first letter, and Omega is the last letter. In the Book of Revelation (1:8) Jesus proclaims, “I am the Alpha and Omega.” Jesus is the beginning and the end of everything. 

The Celtic Knot Band

Made from a single strand, the complete loops that have no start or finish are said to represent eternity. The braided design, with its many points of the strand crossing over itself, symbolizes how life and eternity are interconnected. The knotted band reminds us that our lives are connected with Jesus. When Jesus rose from the dead, we all gained eternal life through him. 

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/

Sunday, March 17

In light of Sunday’s canceled service (as a precaution for minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19), we are happy to share the music and readings for March 15. Click the music and reading titles below to link to them.

#650 – O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
#673 – The First One Ever
#690 – Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Psalm 95

Thank you to our talented parish organist, Mio Nakamura, for recording Sunday’s hymns for us to enjoy, reflect on, and pray. (Also located on our Facebook “Videos” page)

You can also visit https://www.missionstclare.com/english/ for daily readings and devotions to participate in Sunday, March 15 worship from home.

Please keep checking in with our Facebook page for continued updates on future events, services, and worship.
Blessings and stay safe!

All services at St. John’s cancelled until further notice in accordance with guidelines put forth by Diocese

Dear St. John’s Parishioners,

We are all aware of the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus and the importance of practicing preventive care to make sure we are all safe. Please read this email in its entirety for important information, and please stay home from worship this weekend — and until further notice.

Things have been changing quickly in the past couple of days and yesterday Bishop Lee sent out a message to all churches in the diocese encouraging parishioners to stay home starting this Sunday. His exact message was “I ask that you communicate with the people of your congregations as soon as possible and encourage them to stay home from church beginning this Sunday”. Following his message the Vestry and I have decided to cancel our regular Sunday services. You are encouraged to stay home and not come to St. John’s.

Because this message may not get to everyone in time, Rev. Kate will still be at St. John’s and will read a simple Morning Prayer service this Sunday at our usual times — 8:00, 9:15, 11:00am. There will be NO communion (even from the reserve), NO coffee hour, and NO other programming. Please do not come to church, even if you were scheduled to lead worship. Rev. Kate is equipped to open and close the church, and to read the service alone. She will pray for those on our prayer list, and you may email her any additional requests at kate.spelman@gmail.com.

We will be discussing how we can still stay connected in future weeks including the possibility of an online service. Please continue to check your email and our Facebook and websites for further updates.

We will be reaching out to the outside groups who use our space asking them to consider postponing their meetings. St. John’s is also a voting site for this upcoming Tuesday’s election. We are in contact with the election officials and for the time being believe we will remain a voting site.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Tom Irvine, Senior Warden, tomirvine55@gmail.com

Bettina Daszczuk, Junior Warden, abscissa01@yahoo.com