Worship at St. John's Episcopal Church
The health and safety of our congregation and community is the highest concern of St. John’s.
Sunday, June 14th, the Governor ‘opened’ the churches and St. John’s has a set of protocols to conduct ‘in-person’ worship safely, if people wish to attend. Those who wish to attend must wear masks, have their temperature checked by the Greeter at the side door, and use the hand sanitizer before entering the nave. The Greeter will also keep attendance for possible future contact tracing. If we reach more than 25% capacity, then reservations will be necessary. Parishioners will be asked to sit in designated pews that are more than 6 feet from each other, starting in the back. The usual summer fans in the aisles will not be allowed this year. There will also be no congregational singing. The Books of Common Prayer and Hymnals were removed from the pews and a ‘complete’ disposable bulletin is provided for those who might attend. We will continue the Eucharist, but without Communion, so as to remain in solidarity with those who are still quarantined at home. There will be no Coffee hour because of continued concerns of physical spacing and unmasking. The Offering will be collected at the entrance as parishioners drop envelopes, offerings, and donations into a straw basket, without touching anything else. There will be no physical contact with others, outside one’s own household, before, during, or after the Service.
The 8:00 a.m. Service will remain cancelled because of continued concerns of physical spacing. Groups at risk & those individuals who are anxious are encouraged to stay home, stay safe. The 10:00 a.m. Service will continue to be live-streamed. The church will be closed during the week to prevent contamination, and will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each week.
Sunday morning worship on the St. John’s Facebook page, at https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsChurchWashingtonCT/.
Sundays - 8am and 10am
Low Mass is celebrated at 8 a.m. every Sunday in the Lady Chapel. Although the service is celebrated according to Rite I, the feeling of the worship is relaxed and intimate.
Choral Eucharist is celebrated according to Rite I at 10 a.m. every Sunday in the main sanctuary. The services seeks to elevate the experience of worship, to offer a glimpse of the transcendent, through a liturgy, traditional in form but vibrant in spirit, beautiful music and preaching grounded in scripture inspired by scholarship and in touch with the reality of contemporary life.
During Advent and Lent, Morning and Evening Prayer are offered on weekdays in the Lady Chapel. For a complete schedule, please call the Church Office, 860-868-2527.
During Advent and Lent, Evening Prayer is celebrated at 5:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel on Fridays, followed by a simple supper in the Parish Hall Library/Music Room.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.