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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 WAVERLY FAMILY CENTER is looking for hats, gloves, and mittens for infants and toddlers (and Mom might need a pair, too.)  Are you able to pick some up next time you are out?  Leave them at the Font, along with the food for the Franciscan Center, and Deacon Conway will get them to the Family Center.  Do you knit?  Start now.  They can use as many as you can make.

Advent Forum

PLEASE SIGN UP for the coming 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 in the Rectory.  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!

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.  The Liturgy will make a sharp turn as we begin to prepare ourselves to celebrate the meaning of the Lord’s birth and contemplate his Second Coming.  Make each of the four Sundays of Advent a special event as you prepare for a holy Christmas.

Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING DAY IS THIS THURSDAY.    Our community service will be at 10.00 AM that morning, leaving plenty of time for family and friends gathering for the holiday celebration.  Speaking of  family and friends, be sure to bring yours to give thanks to God in his Church for our many blessings.  Pledge Cards are due at this time and through Advent.

THE STEWARDSHIP MEETINGS were a success and much enjoyed by those who attended.  If you did not make it to one of the meetings and would like to, another can be arranged.  Just speak to Cody Miles.  Pledge Cards are available by contacting the church office. We hope to collect the cards on Thanksgiving Day and Advent Sunday (and anytime we can have them, really!) .

THE LAST SCHEDULED STEWARDSHIP MEETING will be held on Saturday, 22 November, 3.30 PM: 1901 Park Avenue (Gerry Stacy).  The meeting will be led by parishioner Cody Miles.  Pledge Cards will be available at the meeting. We hope to collect the cards on Thanksgiving Day and Advent Sunday (and anytime we can have them, really!)  Come and join the conversation about our mission, ministry, and how we need to fund them.  Be thinking now about what this parish means to you and what you can do to further the work it does.  If everyone has not made it to one of the meetings another can be scheduled to accommodate.

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Social Media


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Social Media


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Twitter:  @StJohnsBalt