Mission & Outreach
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Niantic is one of over 160 Episcopal Parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Saint John’s was founded in 1873 by Father McCook. Today, Saint John’s is a growing, welcoming community of faith made up of a wide diversity of individuals and families, different faith backgrounds and life experiences. We are young, old, single, married, divorced, grandparents and parents with children, gay, straight, lifelong Christians and newly welcomed members. As our Baptismal Covenant says: ‘With God’s help we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.’
Saint John’s parish membership includes some life-long Episcopalians, but many of us have decided to make this parish our home after growing up in other denominations. We are former Roman Catholics and former members of several Protestant denominations. For some of us, this is our FIRST CHURCH home.
Our CHILDREN are a cherished part of our parish community. They’re not our future, they’re part of the NOW of our common life together. We offer them an opportunity to come to know Jesus Christ through our caring and welcoming CHURCH SCHOOL PROGRAMS lead by dedicated staff and volunteers in a clean, child-safe environment. All of our church school teachers and nursery staff have been trained in the principles of “Safe Church Guidelines” long in place in the Diocese of Connecticut. Nursery care is provided each Sunday during our 10 am Holy Eucharist.
We’re the Church of the “Middle Way”
The Episcopal Church, part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, is both “CATHOLIC” and “REFORMED” -a middle way between the Roman Catholic Church and mainline Protestant churches. A central repository of what we believe as Anglicans in the Episcopal Church is the Book of Common Prayer. We are guided by the principle of the “three legged stool” of SCRIPTURE, TRADITION AND REASON; part of the ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC CHURCH. Our central act of worship is the Holy Eucharist, also referred to as the Mass, the Lord’s Supper or the Holy Communion. Anglican/Episcopal clergy are male and female, are ordained into the three ‘sacred orders’ of deacons,
priests and bishops. Together, the ordained and the laity are the “ministers” of the Church serving God’s mission of reconciliation
Episcopalians celebrate the seven historic catholic sacraments or sacramental rites of: Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation (i.e. Confession) Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony and Unction (Anointing of the Sick).
Opportunities to Serve
Parishioners volunteer their time and talent in a wide variety of ministries: as Vestry members, lectors, lay-ministers of Communion, Usher/Greeters, on St. Hilda’s Altar Guild, St. Alban’s Guild of Acolytes, St. John’s Sisters of Prayer, as a Minister of Hospitality, in our Sr. and Treble Choirs, our Niantic Light parade float, our Pastoral Care Lay Ministry, as Stewardship volunteers, at St. John’s Christmas Bazaar, helping during our Summer Carnival; volunteering at the SSKP food pantry and as a member of our “Pantry Pals”.