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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

 

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News

THE FRANCISCAN CENTER still needs your contributions of non-perishable foodstuffs for the pantry.  Please place donation at the base of the Font.

ANNUAL OFFERING ENVELOPES are available at the base of the Font, a reminder of our Baptismal and Confirmation duties to work, pray, and give for the spread of the Kingdom of God. And look for electronic giving options, arriving in January, 2015!

THANK YOU FROM THE WAVERLY FAMILY CENTER.   The hats, gloves, and mittens for infants and toddlers you have given are much appreciated.  There is still time to give others if you haven’t and would like to give some.  Leave them at the Font, along with the food for the Franciscan Center, and Deacon Conway will get them to the Family Center.

THE BALTIMORE HERITAGE SOCIETY will be visiting us on a special tour on Monday, 29 December, at 5.00 PM.  They will be looking at the architecture, stained glass, Lady Chapel appointments, and our vestments.  Mr Johns Hopkins will be their tour organizer.  This is a great opportunity to tour the church with an eye towards the historical detail!  Visit the Heritage Society Website to get more information.

A VILLAGE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE will be held here at the church on Sunday, 28 December, from 5.00 PM until 7.00.  Please spread the word and invite people to enjoy the beauty you get to experience all the time.  Volunteers are needed to welcome our neighbors, and to offer hospitality in food and drink.   We need at least two people each hour.  A sign up sheet is available in the Solarium.  Got extra holiday cookies you want to get rid of?  We can use them for the Open House!

THE ‘HANGING OF THE GREENS’ will take place on this Wednesday, December 17.  Pot-luck supper begins at 6.30 and the work detail begins at 7.00.  Come for the fun, food, fellowship, and work!  Able-bodied people are needed to climb ladders to hang the garland.  Bring a dish to share and help to deck the church in preparation for the celebration and thanksgiving for the birth of our Savior!

Christmas Greenery

A LARGE PART OF OUR WITNESS in the community is the beauty of our church and grounds.  The Christmas greenery and flowers are a large part of that, since this season is when we have more visitors.   The garlanding and flowers are expensive and we need your contributions for the Christmas decorations to be as generous as you can manage.  Forms for memorials and thanksgivings can be found here and are on the table at the back of the church.  Please chip in even if you have no memorials to make.  Please, help defray the cost!

PLEASE SIGN UP for the Advent Forum.  Deacon Conway will be leading discussions based on the book Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam by author James W. Moore.  These discussions will take place each Sunday of Advent at 9.15 AM.  The sign-up sheet is on the Solarium bulletin board.  Use the Forum to help focus your Advent in order to celebrate a better Christmas!  (Location: The Rectory)  Prior attendance is not necessary to participate.  Each unit is self-contained.

PLEDGE CARDS ARE DUE in the Church Office as from Thanksgiving Day.  If you have not filled out a Pledge Card, please do so soon.  Our budgeting depends upon your response.  And everyone needs to fill out a card, please, even if you put down just one cent!  It is the only record  we have of who is a “Pledging Unit” (nice, huh?) for canonical purposes, e.g. Member in Good Standing, etc.  

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