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.
 
Jennifer Roland – St. John’s new Director of Children and Youth Ministry -Jennifer Roland In a national search for a full time director,the search committee of Jackie Bembridge, Linda Clapp, Caroline Smit, Peter Stroili and Father Wheeler found that Jennifer embodied all the qualities the church was looking for. Jennifer 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 has a Certificate in Children’s and Youth Ministry from the Seminary of the Southwest and is proud of the many children and youth ministry programs she was able to start at St. John the Baptist in Arizona. Jennifer said she enjoyed her visit to St. John’s last month for her interview and felt very welcomed by all the wonderful people she met. She will be moving here from the Kansas and plans to begin her work here on September 2. Jennifer’s husband, Alan, will be joining her later in the year, while their son, Parker, who is attending college, will remain in Kansas to continue his education. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys quilting, reading, theatre, swimming, cycling and running in 5K races. “I am looking forward to working with a church that is as passionate about Godly Play as I am,” she said. Copies of Jennifer’s resume are available at different locations around the church. You can also see Jennifer Roland’s Resume here.
  
Falling UpwardBook Study with Mother Kathleen
Begins Monday, Sept. 8!
– “Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life,” by Benedictine monk, Richard Rohr, explores the spiritual life, teaching that it is through “Falling” that we are able to open our souls to God and develop deeper spirituality. The true spiritual journey begins when our core beliefs about life, relationships, work, even our spiritual life, are somehow challenged. For many people, this happens with retirement, when the children grow up, with health challenges, trauma, illness or death of a loved one. We will explore this “second half of life” of spiritual growth on Sept 8 15, 22 and 29th beginning at 7 pm. Those planning to attend are encouraged to purchase the book in advance at http://amzn.to/1or5cpx. There is also a DVD available at the church to listen to prior to the course discussion.  
 
Save The Date! – Interfaith Panel at St. John’s on September 28— “ Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Teaching on Love and Peace,” featuring three guest speakers starting at 11:45 a.m. in the Eagle’s Loft. This event is being sponsored by the Tuesday Scripture Study Group. Click on Teachings on Love and Peace 9-28-14 for more information.
 

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.

 

 

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.