Religious Service Schedule 

Sundays in the Sanctuary
8:00 a.m.~ A contemplative Rite 1 service with music.

10:15 a.m. ~ A beautiful and celebratory Rite II service with rich liturgy and full choir.

~ Child Care is available at 10:00 a.m. ~

 Thursdays in the Chapel
12:10 p.m. ~ a beautiful service with music and a brown-bag lunch gathering afterwards.
 Saturdays in the Chapel
5:00 p.m. ~ a contemplative Rite II evening service

 

 Featured Events at St. John’s!
Read up on what’s happening and what’s ahead in St. John’s Summer Newsletter 2014!
 
Director of Children and Youth MinistryJennifer Roland will be St. John’s new Director of Children and Youth Ministry. Copies of Jennifer’s resume are available at different locations around the church. The Search Committee of Jackie Bembridge, Linda Clapp, Caroline Smit, Peter Stroili and Father Wheeler in a national search for a full-time director found that Jennifer embodied all the qualities we were looking for. She has wide experience with Godly Play, a love of the Episcopal Church and wide experience in starting and supporting children and youth Christian formation programs. Jennifer will be moving here from the Kansas City area and plans to begin work at St. John’s in September. Jennifer’s husband Alan and their college-age son will be joining her later in the year. See  Jennifer Roland’s Resume here.
 
Statement from the Bishops about Ferguson, Missouri
August 20, 2014
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August 9 by a police officer and the ensuing violence in the streets of Ferguson as a response sadly demonstrate how our nation continues to be torn apart by poverty, racism, and violence.
 The fallenness of the human condition where differences in class, race, and institutional power lead to alienation, division, and prejudice is not the way of our loving, creator God. Rather God in Jesus, the one who suffered a violent death on the cross yet rose again, shows us in the Resurrection that life is greater than death; love greater than hatred. We pray that the life and love of the Triune God will bring reconciliation and restoration to unity in the streets of Ferguson.
Your bishops have written to the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith, Episcopal Bishop of Missouri, to assure him of our prayers and the prayers of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We have also asked Bishop Smith how we might be of assistance in addition to our prayers.
Ms. Anne Watkins, of St. Paul’s Church in Norwalk and a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, also has shared with us that Mr. Chuck Wynder, Missioner for Social Justice Engagement of The Episcopal Church and other staff of the Episcopal Church Center are supporting the efforts of Bishop Wayne Smith and the local Episcopal parishes, particularly St. Stephen’s in Ferguson. More information on these efforts can be found here.
The events in Ferguson invite us all to look deeply into our own hearts as to how the sins of classism, racism, and other forms of oppression continue to divide us one from another. Your bishops and staff of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut are committed to helping all of us to recognize, understand, and appreciate differences as a gift from God.
 We ask your prayers for Michael Brown and his family, for the people of Ferguson and all who are working to bring peace to Ferguson and environs especially Bishop Wayne Smith, and for God’s mission of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the towns and cities of Connecticut and in the whole world.
 
Faithfully,
Ian, Laura, and Jim

 

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
The Rt. Rev. James E. Curry
Teachings on Love and Peace 9-28-14

Empty Coffee Cans Make Nice Flower Pots - The Flower Guild is asking for donations of empty coffee cans to use as flower pots in order to deliver flowers to the homebound parishioners of St. John’s. Please drop off your empty cans in the kitchen anytime.
Volunteer Opportunity—Inspirica Women’s Emergency Shelter, located at 8 Woodland Place in Stamford CT, provides housing and support services for women in need. Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping women achieve permanent housing, and stability in their lives. St. John’s family has the opportunity to volunteer to help provide meals on the fourth Friday of each month. We are currently in need of volunteers for September through December. If you are interested in this ministry, and can volunteer to provide and serve meals on one Friday please place your name on the sign up sheet located on the bulletin board near the Godly Play Room, or contact Kathi Bacchi at 914 764 5758. Thank you.

 

 

Job Opportunities

 

St. John’s Church Sexton This is a handyman/maintenance/security position for a large church building. The candidate is required to live on the premises in the church-owned apartment, where rent, utilities and maintenance are provided as a major part of the total compensation. This position is responsible for all management, maintenance, grounds, custodial services and vehicle and equipment owned by the church. This person is also responsible for maintenance and security of the building and responding to emergencies after hours. For more information about the position, click on Sexton Job Description.

 

St. John’s Mission StatementTo Live the Love of God with hearts open to all, strengthened by joyful worship, inspired by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to serving Christ in the world.

St. John’s Vision StatementSt. John’s is a dynamic, multi-generational and multi-ethnic church growing by creatively seeking out and embracing youth and young adults as well as those seeking a welcoming, inclusive place of worship; guided by strong leadership; focused on effective communications, and committed to enhancing our existing ministries.

Parish life -At St. John’s, we endeavor to nourish individual spiritual growth through worship, the sacraments, education, healing services, fellowship, and group Bible study.

Women’s and men’s Saturday morning breakfasts bring parishioners together on a regular basis and are led by laypersons; quiet days and retreats offer opportunities for reflection; while flower delivery to shut-ins, the altar guild and numerous committees provide avenues for involvement.

St. John’s is a tolerant parish. The “St. John’s way” is to allow for virtually every shade of opinion within our parish. It is expected that parishioners will express any concerns to the clergy or to Wardens or members of the vestry so that matters may be handled with Christian care and compassion. If common ground cannot be found, we simply agree to disagree and move on.

St. John’s is in the Connecticut Diocese, Province One, of the Episcopal Church, USA and follows the rubrics concerning church policies. We support the diocese financially according to the standards set by the diocesan convention and maintain cordial relations with the diocese.