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Welcome to Saint John's Church


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Welcome to Saint John's Church


Saint John's is a welcoming community of the Episcopal Church, the American Anglicans, located in the heart of the city of Baltimore at 30th and Greenmount in the old village of Huntingdon - an area now known more commonly as the Waverly and Charles Villages. We are young and old, rich and poor, straight and gay, liberal and conservative, and most things in between. Our goal is not like-mindedness, but a holy communion of mutual respect and understanding, in order that together we may find God and serve the world in Christ's name.

Our worship is full of poetry, using the language and beauty of traditional Anglican forms and music. Our concerns are as contemporary and energized as today's news. We are modern people seeking the eternal God. We delve deeply and courageously into the spiritual life and its disciplines, unafraid to ask questions and admit that we do not have all the answers. Our business is reconciliation: with God, with each other, with all creation. On our spiritual journey we welcome anyone seeking God, and also those who are merely respectfully curious.

At Saint John's you can expect to find a spiritual tradition of rich depth, with breadth of experience and an atmosphere of profound mutual respect. Beauty and the arts are used here as important expressions of indefinable truth. An historic choral tradition of excellence enriches the spiritual life of our congregation, our community, our City, and our Diocese. We support eight Choral Scholars, as well as over half a dozen local, regional, and international outreach programmes. Reaching out in service to others is our call and our joy.

In this community you will find tradition balanced with honest inquiry and openness to new ideas. You will find things to comfort, to challenge, to reassure, and to perplex you, and you'll find the security of a place which is not afraid to let you feel them all! In short, we endeavour to be a place for you to seek, find, and enjoy God. Yes, enjoy.

What you won't find here is frozen dogmatic 'religion' or fundamentalism. Yes, we treasure the historic creeds and the Bible. We use them as indispensable formative expressions of the Christian faith to be reckoned and wrestled with today, by using the insight, maturity, and wisdom of all generations, including our own. We don't claim to have all the answers to today's issues, but we do have thousands of years of hard human experience- good, bad, ugly, and beautiful- with which to address them, while seeking the Spirit of God in them. We believe Jesus died and rose to free us from evil, not from our brains. So, as he said once to a disciple, "Come and see!" God doesn't use coercion, neither do we. Join us when you can. We welcome you!

In Christ our hope,

Jesse L. A. Parker, Rector

 

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Service Times, News and Announcements


Upcoming services, programs, and opportunities for fellowship.

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Service Times, News and Announcements


Upcoming services, programs, and opportunities for fellowship.

Schedule of Services

Upcoming Events

Weekdays, Monday - Friday

7:45 AM Morning Prayer
5:45 PM Evening Prayer

Sundays

10:00 AM Mattins
10:30 AM Sung Eucharist
4:00 PM Evensong

Feasts of Our Lord and Major Festivals

6:30 PM Choral Eucharist

 

News and Announcements

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News

The Rector commends to the parish the recent Pastoral Letter from the Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, the Bishop of Maryland.

THE VESTRY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account, or processed using your credit or debit card.  The new electronic giving program offers convenience and much-needed help in our volunteer–staffed Church Office.  If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write out 52 checks a year or prepare 52 envelopes. And, when travel, illness, or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your weekly offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.  An authorization form and a “Frequently Asked Questions” flyer will be available soon.  And if it is more comfortable for you during the collection of alms, there are even slips provided on the table at the back of the church to place in the alms bason, indicating that you gave electronically, so that you have something to put in the plate when it comes by.  This will also allow people across the internet to easily make donations to Saint John’s.  It’s a brave new world out there; we are trying to engage it.  

THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY begins on Monday, January 19th, the feast of Saint Peter’s confession of the Christ.  During the week which follows special prayer is made that we may end the sinful divisions in which we find ourselves as Christians, within every aspect of “those who profess and call themselves Christians”.  The week concludes the following Monday on the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  Say some truly earnest prayers.

THE DAILY OFFICES HAVE RESUMED.  The Christmas Short Vac being over, Mattins continues M-F at 7.45 AM, and Evensong M-F at 5.45 PM.  Join us at the church for the daily prayers whenever you are able.  Just a thought: Have you ever actually thanked one of our Lay Readers for offering the prayers for you and on your behalf?  You might like to do that.  Some of them have been doing it for TWENTY years!

THERE IS STILL A BASKET FOR THE SISTERS of Saint Margaret in Haiti on the table at the back of the church because not enough people contributed during Adven and Christmas-tide.  Their work is totally dependent on donations from parishes like ours.  Be generous.

Have You Made Your Pledge?

HAVE YOU TURNED IN A PLEDGE CARD?  We need to have all cards in as soon as possible please.   We need every parishioner to do the very best he or she can.  Pledge cards are available on the table as you enter the church.  You may leave place your card in the Alms Bason or mail it in.  

THE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE was a great success, and many thanks to all who helped welcome our visitors.  The Baltimore Heritage visit the next day opened our doors to an even wider community.  Events such as these help us to overcome our "hidden gem" status and widen our exposure in the city.  Thanks for making them happen!

WE STILL NEED CONTRIBUTIONS TO COVER THE COST of the decoration of the church for Christmas.  Happily, you are now able to make your contribution online, if you so choose!  Just mark your donation for "Christmas Flowers" in the Special Instructions box.

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Social Media


Here's where you can find us elsewhere on the web.

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Social Media


Here's where you can find us elsewhere on the web.

Twitter:  @StJohnsBalt