Easter Blessings "Christ is Risen, The Lord is Risen Indeed!"
The Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord
This coming Sunday, April 14th, is Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord. Its the beginning of Holy Week in the Episcopal Church. Our 10:00 am Service begins with "The Liturgy of the Palms" which is held on Saint John's Green, beside the Church on Main St. The clergy and people gather for prayer and to bless the Palm Branches used to re-enact Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Palm Sunday Procession moves from the Green along Main St. led by the Chester Fife & Drum Corps, St. John's Choirs, people and Clergy. The celebration of Holy Eucharist includes the 'dramatic' reading of St. Luke's Passion Gospel and Holy Eucharist, Rite II. Please join us as we begin our Holy Week Journey at St. John's. (please refer to "Services" for a complete list of Holy Week Liturgies.)
Each Sunday at St. John's, the Holy Eucharist is celebrated at 8:00 am and at 10:00 am using The Book of Common Prayer.Our 8:00 am celebration of the Eucharist includes hymns with organ, readings from Holy Scripture according to the Revised Common Lectionary from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, a scripture based homily and distribution of Holy Communion which all baptized Christians are welcomed to receive.
Our 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II, our "main service", includes hymns with organ, anthems sung by St. John's Senior Choir and/or St. John's Treble (youth) Choir, Scripture readings, a scripture based homily or sermon and distribution of Holy Communion to all baptized Christians. Childcare is provided during the 10:00 am Eucharist in St. John's Nursery. Our childcare providers are trained and certified as having completed Safe-Church Training by the diocese.
Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to worship with their families during the Eucharist.
All areas of St. John's Episcopal Church facilities are Handicapped Accessible.
Beginning on July 7th, our “Summer Worship Schedule” goes into effect and continues through August and includes the first Sunday in September, usually on or near the Labor Day Weekend holiday. We offer ONE CELEBRATION OF HOLY EUCHARIST. It has become for us an opportunity for parishioners who nearly always attend either the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist or the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist to worship with folks they rarely see on Sundays during the year.
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist, Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church
Organ and Hymns are part of our celebration each Sunday throughout the year. St. John’s Senior and Treble Choirs take “sabbatical time” during these Summer months. In place of our post-service time of Hospitality held in the Parish Hall during the “program year”, our volunteer Hospitality Ministers offer light refreshments and cool beverages at “LEMONADE ON THE LAWN”.
A Message From Our Rector
Welcome to St. John's Parish, Niantic. We invite you, your family and friends to celebrate in worship with us as we seek a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. St. John's is home to an inclusive and diverse community of faithful people. We are young, seniors, parents with children, single, divorced, married, straight, gay; from all walks of life and a spectrum of backgrounds and faith traditions. The Episcopal Church (part of the Anglican Communion) is considered the church of the "Via Media" or the Middle Way between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Come along, and join us on the journey.
Are you a newcomer?
Join us for our Newcomer Orientations to learn more about the Episcopal Church and Saint John’s. Submit the form and we will contact you to schedule an orientation.