Welcome to St. John’s. Whether you have visited us in person or are just exploring that possibility by visiting this website first, we are glad that you have found us. As someone considering what life at St. John's is like, you are likely to have many questions. Here are our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
What happens on Sunday morning?
St. John’s comes alive each Sunday morning! This is our schedule:
8am Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Music includes only prelude and presentation hymn.
9:00 – 9:30am - Breakfast is prepared and served by Men’s Breakfast Teams
9:30 – 10:15am - September through May: Formation for Adults and Children
10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Full music program provided by the Adult Choir with the monthly addition of the Children’s Choir.
All who seek a relationship with Christ are invited to receive Holy Communion. Music is primarily derived from The Episcopal Hymnal 1982 and the hymnal supplement, Wonder Love and Praise.
Children’s Spirit Bags are available in the Narthex and contain activities to keep little hands and minds busy.
Bulletins are available for adults that guide participants through the worship experience. A weekly insert lets the congregation know what is coming up in the week ahead.
Children ages 3 – 5th grade are invited to process with the children’s acolyte and chapel leaders during the Sequence Hymn to Chapel. The children return to the sanctuary to rejoin their families during The Peace.
Ushers and Greeters are available before and after the service to answer any questions and help you find out more about St. John’s. We look forward to having you join us!
How do I receive Holy Communion?
All who seek a relationship with Christ are invited to receive the Holy Eucharist. The bread is received in your open palm. The wine is administered from a common cup known as a chalice; please assist the chalice bearers by guiding the cup to your lips. If you have children with you, help them as well. Children appropriately receive communion. If it is your tradition for children to receive a blessing, simply help them cross their arms over their chest as a sign to the priest. Any person who crosses their arms over their chest receives a blessing at the communion rail.
What do you offer my children?
Formation: Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 AM (during the school year), children in Pre-School (ages 3 and 4) through the fifth grade participate in an Episcopal curriculum, "Weaving God's Promises."
Children’s Chapel: During the 10:30 a.m. service, Children ages 3 – 5th grade are invited to process with the children’s acolyte and chapel leaders during the Sequence Hymn to Chapel. The children return to the sanctuary to rejoin their families during The Peace.
Spirit Bags are provided in the church to help them appreciate worship at their level. The bags contain a children's bulletin, simple coloring sheets related to the church season, puzzles related to the day's gospel reading, and crayons. They can be found near each entrance to the Sanctuary.
Choirs: Voice programs for young people are part of the Royal School of Church Music program. Children begin by participating in a Training Choir, where they learn to sing as well as to develop skills necessary to participate in worship services. When they are ready, the children become full members of the Treble Choir. Children in the Treble and Training choirs sing in church twice a month during the school year.
The St. Cecilia Choir is a group of older elementary, middle school and high school girls who sing interesting and challenging 2 and 3 part music. They sing two or three times a month with the Treble and Training Choirs, with the full Parish Choir, and with a small group of women from the Parish Choir.
Episcopal Youth Activities:
Junior Youth for students in grades six through eight, Senior Youth for students in grades nine through twelve.
Junior and Senior Youth: Formation in the Youth House, 9:30 – 10:15am, Jesus and Java; Calendar of activities and service opportunities planned for each academic year; Youth Activity calendar includes the youth from St. John’s, St. Paul’s and Grace Memorial Episcopal Churches in Lynchburg; Annual Diocesan Youth events include Youth at Council, Senior and Junior Weekend Retreats and Happening.
Junior Youth Annual Mission: Salter Path, NC – team building, service and fun each summer. Youth submit applications mid-year.
Senior Youth Bi-Annual Mission: The Mission Committee determines an international location for a youth mission experience every two years. Students submit applications mid-year.
Youth Confirmation: Offered for youth in their sophomore year or older.
How do I get more involved at St. John's?
Sign up to receive our weekly email update that contains the most current information about activities at St. John’s. To sign up, send Pamela Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org) an email. Feel free to contact any leader listed on the drop down tabs on this website. We are always excited when people want to explore their faith among us. We have many activities as a church family and unique weekly and/or monthly activities for men, women, seniors, teenagers and younger children. Check out the opportunities listed on this website or call the church office for more information about any area of ministry.
How do I join St. John's?
Call Nicole Cook at (434) 528-1138 or email her at email@example.com if you wish to be recorded as an active member of the church. If you were an active member of another church or parish prior to coming to St John's, then we will need the contact information for that church. Nicole will contact them, officially request that your membership be transferred, and confirm that transfer with you.
What do we do if we want to get married at St. John's?
If you desire to schedule a wedding at St John's, please set up a meeting with a priest to begin the process. Either the bride or the groom will need to be a baptized member of St. John's or have ties to the church. Professional counseling with a priest or a professional therapist will be required. A wedding booklet that details the process of hosting a wedding a St. John's, lists the expenses, and answers most of the questions is available by contacting the church office.
What do we do if we want to have our child baptized at St. John's?
Baptisms are scheduled Four times a year. These dates change each year according to the Liturgical Calendar. Please speak to one of the clergy or contact Nicole Cook at (434) 528-1138 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Whom do I call with questions?
We urge you to meet our clergy, staff and vestry. They can answer any question you might have. For a complete listing of St. John’s contacts click here.
You may contact the church office at (434) 528-1138 to discuss any specific questions you may have or to set up an appointment with one of our clergy.