Wherever You Are On Your Journey You Are Welcome Here
People who visit St. John's often comment how welcome they feel. We are a warm community all that gathers weekly for a life-changing faith message communicated through song and scripture. We don’t see each other as visitors or members, insiders or outsiders; we’re all here for the same reason, to grow closer to God. We value every person’s story and respect where you are in your faith. We welcome you to our parish!
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
Are you planning to join us this weekend? In case you’re a little nervous about trying a new church, we’ve tried to put ourselves in your shoes and asked some basic questions:
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
St. John's is located at 129 Ledge Hill Road on historic Meetinghouse hill in North Guilford. The main church and stair-free entrances are found near the red doors in the front of the church. There is parking both in front of the church and in the lot on the side of the church. For more information on how to get to St. John's click here.
WHAT TIMES ARE YOUR SERVICES?
Sunday mornings at 8 am and 10 am and are located in the church, which is easily accessible through the front door. During the summer we move to one service at 9 am, which is located in Kiesel Hall in the back of the church. Please enter through the front doors and there will be signs to guide you to the hall.
HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?
The 8 am service is about 40 minutes. The 10 am service has music, so it runs a little longer (about 70 minutes).
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY KIDS DURING THE SERVICE?
We welcome children of all ages at the services. We have a rocking chair, coloring books and soft toys in the back of the church. Church School for older kids runs from 10:00 till halfway through the service. Kids enter during the announcements and may receive communion with their parents. For more information about children's programs click here.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN DURING THE SERVICE?
We give you a cheat sheet as soon as you walk in! When you enter church you will be handed the day’s bulletin, which takes you through every step of the service. The order of service is really easy to follow, but don’t worry – nobody will mind if you don’t know when to stand, sit or sing!
CAN I BRING FRIENDS?
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We don’t have a dress code; we want you to be comfortable. Want to break out your Easter finest and put your kids in dress up clothes? Have at it! Want to wear something more casual? That’s fine too. You’ll see a wide variety of clothing choices at St. John's; we try not to focus on that. Trust us, you’ll be fine.
DO I HAVE TO GIVE MONEY?
No. Our ushers will take up an offering during the service, but that is not a request for money. Our regular attendees participate in that part of our service, and see this act of giving back to God as worship. Please don’t feel any pressure at all to participate. (No one’s taking notes, promise!)
DO I PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNION?
All baptized Christians are invited to take Communion; you don’t have to be an Episcopalian or a member of St. John's. We receive communion at the altar rail during the service. You are welcome to to stand or kneel. You may also come up for a blessing. We hope you’ll take part!
CAN I COME TO YOUR CHURCH ON CHRISTMAS OR EASTER EVEN IF I DON’T PLAN ON COMING REGULARLY AFTER THAT?
Absolutely. No strings attached, but we'd love to see you more often!
If you have any questions about St. John's, please call our Church Office at 203-457-1094 during office hours. We look forward to meeting you!