Episcopal ShieldSt. John’s Episcopal ChurchEpiscopal Shield
628 Main Street, Stamford, CT. 06901
   Office Hours:
 Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tel: 203-348-2619 | Fax: (203) 323-9834
 

Religious Service Schedule 

Sundays in the Sanctuary

St. John’s
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.
 

Iglesia Betania

12:30 p.m.~ Misa En Espanol Domingos
 

L’Eglise De L’Epiphanie

6:15 p.m. ~ Dimanche 
 
~ Child Care is available at 10:00 a.m. ~
 
St. John’s – Thursdays in the Chapel
12:10 p.m. ~ A beautiful service with music and a brown-bag lunch gathering afterwards.
 
St. John’s – Saturdays in the Chapel
5:00 p.m. ~ a contemplative Rite II evening service.
 
Internet Resources
 
Click Here to read St. John’s Spring Newsletter.
 
Click here to view the minutes from the latest St. John’s Women’s Group Meeting on April 15.
 
A SPECIAL NOTICE FOR THE LADIES OF THE PARISH!
On Saturday the 4th of June, we will have a very special guest in the dining room and her name is Olive Grant. Before Olive tells us her personal story, however, we will enjoy a special feast of breakfast foods provided by all who attend. To make it easier for the coordinator, we have placed sign-up sheets in the dining room and in the hallway but you may also call her, Linda Clapp 203-862-9402 or lindaclapp@optonline.net to let her know you will attend and what food item you will bring to share. Let us all show Olive our support by attending this fun event which we are calling a beginning to summer. For those of you that might not know Olive, she is currently on the Vestry, has run many of our fundraising events, managed to bake delicious goodies to sell during coffee hour, labored at our vegetable garden for the Food Bank and so much more. This is going to be a very exciting and informative morning. Bring your lady friends, your mother, sisters and aunts. You do not have to be a member of St. John’s to attend. We are looking forward to a huge gathering of beautiful women enjoying a congenial atmosphere of fellowship and comradeship on Saturday morning, June 4th.
 
Support Denise Wade on a Cancer Walk
Parishioner Denise Wade will be participating in the Bennett Cancer Center Walk & Run on Sunday, June 5 as part of its year round Hope in Motion fundraising initiative for the Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital. The streets of downtown Stamford will be filled with walkers, runners, and volunteers—some who have personally faced cancer, others who have been touched by their families’ and friends’ struggles. Please visit http://support.stamfordhospitalfoundation.org/site/PageNavigator/HopeInMotion2015_donate.html and type Denise Wade in the participants box to make a donation. Thank you.
 
Yoga and Joyful Movement Class begins
Tuesday, June 7, 6:15 p.m.
Kathleen Gallagher, our God Peace Christian Yoga leader, is offering a new class on Tuesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. incorporating Yoga and simple dance and exercise in a program she calls Joyful Movement. Classes are free and everyone is welcome upstairs in the Eagle’s Loft.  Classes begin on June 7 and will continue through the summer.  This is a joint ministry of St. John’s and Trinity Church of Greenwich.
 
Rhythms of Grace
The upcoming Rhythms of Grace service is on Saturday, June 11. Mabel Herson has agreed to be the facilitator for Rhythms of Grace until a new Director of Christian Education is hired.
 
Association of Anglican Musician’s National Conference
St John’s will be hosting a number of events during the Association of Anglican Musician’s national conference in June. We are honored to host such a prestigious event, and thrilled that the three events at St John’s are open to the public:
Sunday, June 12, 6:30pm–Evensong with the choirs from St Paul’s Fairfield & Norwalk
Monday, June 13, 9:30am–Eucharist
Wednesday, June 15, 4pm–Bach service
The conference will also be presenting a concert by the extraordinary choir from St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue; that concert will be held at Christ Church, Greenwich on Monday June 13th at 7:30pm.  
Unlike the events at St John’s, there is an admission fee for that concert– $40/25, with special patron tickets at $85.  Please contact Christ Church Greenwich for more information or to purchase tickets.
The events held at St John’s require no ticket or admission fee– just show up and enjoy the beautiful music!
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
There will be a very special celebration on Sunday, June 19th immediately after service.  Your presence will be appreciated.  Any questions, please contact Olive Grant at olive.grant15@gmail.com.  You will enjoy, so please mark your calendar.  See you then.
 
May is National Foster Care Month
While I know spring is a busy time of year, my agency is reaching to the faith community to try and raise awareness for the need of foster and adoptive families here in CT.  May is National Foster Care Month and we will be doing informational meetings in the Norwalk and Stamford areas.  Below is some information regarding what we do and also a list of places where someone could attend if they were interested.
Mission:
The Annie C Courtney Foundation’s mission is to assist foster, adoptive and kinship families as well as young people who have experienced foster care by providing services designed to enhance their lives and the communities they live in. In the long-term, Annie C plans to develop a purposeful, inter-generational community organized around the social justice issue of foster care, kinship care and adoption whereby residents engage in mutual support; ensuring that these same individuals will develop healthy, caring relationships. That through supportive neighborhoods that incorporate active senior citizens and community services designed to help all residents, everyone will achieve their maximum potential.
We are working with the Norwalk Department of Children and Families with recruitment of foster and adoptive families.
Informational meetings set up
on the following dates and locations:
Tuesday , June 7, Ferguson Library Stamford 6p-8p
The Annie C Courtney Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit,  was co-founded in 2011 by Deb Kelleher and Sue Plowman as a result of their work together on a community collaborative in northwestern CT. Sue and Deb realized that they shared a passion for assisting families and individuals touched by all aspects of the child welfare system. From this, Annie C’s mission was born.
 
MAIN STREET PARKING LOT ALERT
DUE TO THE NEED FOR REPAIRS, THE PARKING LOT ACROSS MAIN STREET IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE. THE TISHLER CO., OWNER OF THE PROPERTY WHICH GENEROUSLY ALLOWS PARISHIONERS TO PARK THERE ON SUNDAYS, ASSURES US THIS WILL BE RESOLVED SHORTLY.
ST. JOHN’S WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT AS AS SOON AS THE PARKING LOT IS REOPENED.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
 
 Visit Father Jim’s blog, Stories of Grace and Transformation.
 
St. John’s Christmas Show Photos in
The Stamford  Advocate: 12/15/15
 
 St. John’s in Lights!
St johns LED Lighting
St. John’s Sexton, Dante Ibanez recently installed LED lighting along the outside of the the church building to brighten up St. John’s after dark. Here is a view of the church along Main Street. Good Job Dante!
 
Electronic copies of the Annual Report
as presented at the Annual Meeting on 1/31/16:
 
 
 

 

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 lifeAt 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.