When you visit St. John’s, you will be our respected and welcome guest — you will not be singled out in any way. 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 strive to live faithfully and lovingly.
7:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I (In-person only)
10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II (both in-person and online via FB & YouTube)
7:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II (In-person only)
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.
The 3-legged Stool
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.
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 below.
As you enter the doors of the church, an usher will hand you a service leaflet that 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.
Becoming a Member
We welcome you to become a member of St. John’s, and there are three ways to do so:
By transfer from another Episcopal Church
By transfer from another Christian denomination
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.