Welcome to St. John’s
We extend an open invitation to you to worship with us and offer these notes as a brief introduction to St. John’s, and to the Episcopal Church and its ways.
When you visit the St. John’s, you will be our respected and welcome guest. You will not be singled out in any way. You are invited to share in the worship of God with us.
We are always eager to welcome new folks who are seeking a relationship with God, a relationship with God’s people and a sense of belonging. We do not judge your past or your present circumstances, and we encourage your questions. We are a collection of redeemed sinners who more or less try to live faithfully and lovingly.
So that we can get to know you better, please fill out a Visitors Card located in the pew rack. You may also fill out an online Visitor Card HERE.
Current Worship Times
- 7:30 am – Holy Eucharist Rite I
- 10:30am – Holy Eucharist Rite II (both in-person and online via FB & YouTube)
We offer Morning Prayer Monday-Thursday at 8:10am, and Compline Sunday-Friday at 9:00pm via Facebook Live
As you enter the doors of the church, an usher will hand you a service leaflet. This leaflet contains all the directions for what to do, including text for the readings, when to sit and stand, and how Communion works. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, please do not hesitate to ask the person next to you in the pew for help in becoming accustomed to the service of Holy Eucharist.
There are three ways to become a member of St. John’s:
- by transfer from another Episcopal Church
- by transfer from another Christian denomination
- by Baptism
If you’d like to become a member of this parish, or to take instructions for baptism, confirmation, or reception, call the church office at (334)-262-1937.
You can follow the links below for more information:
What We Believe
The Episcopal Church is the American province of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide body of over 70 million Christians who trace their origins to the Church of England. Episcopalians are thinking Christians who engage questions of faith with both seriousness and great joy. Often, The Episcopal Church is called a “bridge church” between Roman Catholicism and Protestant denominations. This is because much Episcopal theology is Protestant in nature, while much of Episcopal worship, spiritual practice, and church structure resembles Catholicism.
Episcopalians describe the foundation of our faith by using the image of a “3-legged stool.”
- The first leg is Holy Scripture, which Episcopalians say is “written by people…inspired by the Holy Spirit” (from the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer). The wisdom that Scripture provides guides our lives.
- The second leg is Tradition, which consists of the interpretation of God’s purposes by past generations of Christians. The First Council of Nicaea wrote the Nicene Creed, which Episcopalians recite every week. The Creed reminds us of the nature of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The third leg is Reason. Episcopalians understand that God makes human beings in his image, which includes gifting us with complex, reasoning minds. We honor God’s gift when we use our minds to think deeply about God’s will, consulting Scripture, Tradition, and the myriad ways that God is revealed in the world around us.
The Book of Common Prayer includes a wealth of prayers and liturgies for virtually every occasion. It serves as a way to center our lives in Christ.
The word “Episcopal” is derived from the Greek word for “bishop.” Thus, our very name means that The Episcopal Church is structured around bishops. Bishops trace their authority all the way back to the generation of Christ’s apostles.
Each bishop oversees a geographic area called a diocese. Within a diocese are local congregations called parishes. A parish consists of a body of baptized Christians, often served by an ordained priest and deacon.