Summer Sunday Services

Sunday Services

DURING SUMMER WE CELEBRATE THE HOLY EUCHARIST EACH SUNDAY AT 10:00 A.M.

Join us for lemonade and popsicles on the front lawn after service! 

Children are always welcome in church, and we also have friendly childcare from 8:30-12:00 in our beautiful atrium.  

Parking is available at the Hyde-Addison Elementary School across the street from the church.

10 a.m. – A Relaxed but Traditional Service

Our 10 a.m. service is family-friendly but child-care is also available. At St. John’s, children are made to feel comfortable and welcome in church! Both of our priests are parents too (and get it!)!

The summer Sunday service at 10:00 is traditional, but our famous choir takes a break. We still have beautiful music but it is easier to sing. During the summer everyone is the choir so don’t be afraid to belt it out! We love to sing!

We delight in our deep Anglican roots, but without the staunch formality that Anglican services can sometimes bring.  Summer finds us in a more simple, but traditional, mode of worship.  Whether you’re visiting or have been coming to St. John’s since Francis Scott Key was on the vestry, you are welcome at St. John’s!

Most people new to the Episcopal church are surprised by how much we read from the Bible. Every Sunday you will hear three Scripture readings and a Psalm. Our sermons aim to explain the Bible text, and connect it with the struggles of our modern lives and current events in our world. Following an ancient pattern,  our service builds to the service of Holy Communion.  We welcome all to join us in this great feast and mystery of our faith.  At least once during the summer we have an Instructed Eucharist, where we teach about what we’re doing in the liturgy and why! Join us!

Variations on our Typical Sunday…

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We want to nourish and grow the hearts and souls of all those who come to us, so we work hard to find creative ways to worship. Twice a year – in the winter and in the summer – we have a theme Sunday. This past February we had Harry Potter Sunday, with music from the Hogwarts choir, sermons about the power of discovering your gifts and how the power of love and light can overcome the powers of Darkness. Even our coffee hour featured chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, butter beer, trivia prizes and a photo booth! Click here to watch our video invitation! Last summer, we wore capes and costumes and talked about our super powers on Super Hero Sunday. Our first theme day was on an appropriately cold February day in 2015, when we had Frozen Sunday. It was so much fun, that we followed up last winter with Star Wars. These days aren’t JUST fun (for kids of all ages). They employ an ancient technique to use modern stories and myths to help teach the stories of God. And on the third Sunday of every month, it’s LEGO my Bible, as kids of all ages listen to a Bible story and respond with LEGOs (and DUPLOs!) after the 9:00 service!

WEEKDAY SERVICES

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Holy Eucharist with Centering Prayer happens every Tuesday Evening at 5:30 p.m. in The Chapel of the Carpenter. Centering Prayer is an opportunity for a deeply spiritual experience. Read about the extraordinary experience of centering prayer.