When you come to worship at St. John's, you will experience a little bit of "heaven on earth," a time and place set apart from everything else in the world where God's grace in Jesus is received and celebrated. Everything in our worship is counter-cultural, from the aesthetics and hymns to the message and the words we speak. In worship, God gives us what we can't get anywhere else, especially the gift of Christ's body and blood in Holy Communion. Our culture is fast-paced and performance-driven, but our worship causes you to slow down and rest in the grace of Jesus. Above all, expect to leave forgiven and free.
In the back of every pew is a Welcome Card that has a place for your information. There's also a place for you to request more information about St. John's or have our pastor contact you. On the back of the Welcome Card you'll find our communion policy and a place for prayer requests. Please take the time to fill this card out and hand it to an usher at the time of communion distribution. If we already have your information or if you don't want to share your information, filling out the "Name(s)" section will be just fine!
We love having kids in worship! Seriously, we encourage kids of all ages to be in worship. It doesn't matter how much they cry or how fidgety they are, we highly value the presence of children in God's house. What better way for them to learn the service, grow in their faith, and understand the importance of worship than to be in God's house? Jesus loves little children and He bids them to come to Him. St. John's knows this and takes this to heart.
Of course, if you need to take your child out of the sanctuary for any reason, we have a nursery conveniently located downstairs. We also have books and a few toys behind the back left pew if you need those as well.
We do not have a dress code at St. John's. God's "dress code" is perfect righteousness, and He freely gives those clothes by faith through His Son, Jesus, in your baptism: "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27). In Christ, you already have the right "dress code"!
Honestly, you will not be looked at differently for dressing down or dressing up. When you come to St. John's, you'll probably see a wide variety of clothing. Some people will wear a suit and a tie, while others will wear shorts and a t-shirt (depending on the weather). Whatever you choose to wear, we would simply ask that you remember that you are coming to a place set aside for worship.
We have a parking lot! You don't have to worry about finding a parking spot on the street or a long walk to our building. Our parking lot is conveniently located directly across from the main entrance to our building on Cornell Street. We have plenty of parking spaces as well as visitor parking and handicapped parking. Parking is also available on Willis Avenue where our elevator is located.
We have an elevator! Our main entrance only has stairs, but we have an elevator located on the Willis Avenue side of our building. You can't miss it. Our elevator will give you access right into the Sanctuary (top level) and into our Fellowship Hall (bottom level). If you have any questions, ushers and greeters will be more than happy to help you out. We'll give you the code to open the door.
We also have a nursery! As explained above, we love to have children in worship. However, if you need to take your child out of the sanctuary for any reason, we have a newly-renovated nursery at bottom of our main staircase. At the bottom of the stairs the nursery is your first door on the left. Our nursery has a changing table, toys, books, a table and chairs, and a wide open space for children to play. A speaker will let you know what's happening in worship.
We celebrate Holy Communion every week. Located in each of our pews is a Welcome Card that contains our Communion Policy. Please take a minute to fill in that card and read our communion policy before communing. Cards will be collected by an usher before your pew is dismissed for communion. If you're new to St. John's or have questions, our pastor would love to speak with you!
The Bible teaches us that...
...we are sinners who were born dead in sin.
...we need God's forgiveness and salvation.
...we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone.
...Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).
...Jesus' body and blood are given and shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.
If you are baptized and believe what we believe, we welcome you to come to the altar and receive Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins. Again, please fill out the Welcome Card and hand it to an usher during the distribution of the Lord's Supper.
If you are unsure about the Christian faith, what we believe, or have questions, you're probably not ready to commune...and that's OK. God still loves you and still wants you to come to know Him more closely. We still welcome you to come forward during distribution and receive a blessing. Simply cross your arms over your chest while you are at the railing.
If you have any questions about our worship, baptism, communion, confirmation, or how to become a member of St. John's, please don't hesitate to email us!