Newcomers to St. John's
We are thankful for your interest in St. John’s Episcopal Church. We would like you to complete the Newcomers Registry to provide contact information so the church office and Newcomers Ministry Team may extend a warm welcome!
An overview of the parish and some of our activities are available here on the website. We hope you will come and visit — and ask questions!
When visiting us, we invite you to complete a visitor’s sheet found in the maroon booklet in the pew (where the Book of Common Prayer is). Please drop it into the offertory plate, and during the following week, you will receive a letter and an invitation to meet with the priest. Information cards are available in the Narthex on the Welcome Table near the name tags. These cards will answer many of your questions about St. John’s, so please feel free to take one or all.
We pray you will discern whether this is a community of faith where you want to nurture and grow in the faith. If it is, there will be invitations to a Newcomers Dinner, Newcomers Class, and New Member Liturgy.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! The greeters, ushers, Father Ripp, or anyone else will be happy to help. Contact the church office by emailing [email protected] to make an appointment with the clergy at any time.
Please complete the Newcomers Registry prior to visiting, inquiring about membership, or calling the church office to meet with the rector. A staff member will be in touch.
Upon Your Arrival at St. John's
We believe in opening our hearts to the Lord and therefore invite you to arrive before the start of worship service to pray and meditate. Warm-up your heart, mind, and soul for worship. We encourage you to kneel and pray, if you are able, or to sit and reflect on the many ways God has touched your life. To help you get started, you may want to read “Before Worship” on p. 833 or “Prayer for Sunday” on p. 835 in the Book of Common Prayer, located in the pews or available online by clicking here.
If you’re right on time or running late, come in and know that you are ready to worship as you are!
Helpful Information for Visitors
We use a liturgy, sometimes defined as the work of the people, where we worship as a body who participates in the service while listening and learning. This style of worship goes back to the early church established by Christians. The liturgy for the service is in the bulletin. The hymns are either found in the blue hymnal or the bulletin.
We stand to praise our Lord, sit to learn from the Word, and kneel before our King. We do so because we are in the presence of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You may notice some people make the sign of the cross on their upper torso. They are responding in worship, asking God’s blessing, as they make the sign of the cross, on their mind, heart, and strength. We do this because this is how we are called to love the Lord our God.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). We do all we can to involve children in our worship and provide safe care for them while they are at St. John’s.
Activity bags for younger children to use during service are available to the left of the Sanctuary doors in the Narthex. Pick one up from the basket on your way in and return it on your way out.
A nursery is available in the Education Building from 8:30 a.m. until the end of the 11:00 a.m. service each Sunday for infants and children through the age of 3.
Children’s Chapel is each Sunday during both services. Children leave the worship service in the sanctuary for Chapel at the Gloria and return during the Announcements.
Name tags should be worn by each child. Please let us know if a name tag is needed and one will be made! Visitors should ask our greeters for name tags for the whole family.
During the Peace, remember to pass the Peace to your child and the other children around by saying, “peace be with you.” Invite your children to do the same.
Birthdays are recognized after the announcements read by the priest. Bring your child forward for the priest to bless their special day.
Blessings and Communion: children may receive commuion upon baptism. The parents or guardians decide when baptized children begin to participate in Eucharist. All children are welcome to come forward for a blessing instead of communion; children should place their hands across their chest to show the priest they wish for a blessing. The priest will teach a communion class when request.
In the Episcopal Church, anyone who has been baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” may receive the body and blood of Christ at the time of the communion. You do not have to be an Episcopalian.
To receive the bread, please hold out your hands palm up so the priest may place the bread or “the host” in the palm of your hand. To receive the wine, please guide the cup or “chalice” to your lips. You may also dip or “intinct” the bread into the wine. If you do not wish to receive either the bread or the wine, cross your hands across your chest, and this will signal to the priest to offer God’s blessing upon you.
If you have not been baptized, but wish to receive the Lord’s Supper, please speak to our priest. Baptismal instruction is not long or difficult. Our priest would be happy to meet with you to explain tIf you have not been baptized but wish to receive the Lord’s Supper, please speak to our priest. Baptismal instruction is not long or complicated. The priest would be happy to meet with you to explain the nature of baptism, the Eucharist, and church membership.he nature of baptism, the Eucharist, and church membership.