To the Glory of God and for the Common Good, we make God’s love known now and for generations to come through worship and service to all.
-- Mission Statement
adopted June, 2010
Welcome to St. John’s Episcopal Church! Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Sundays at 8am & 10am. Choral Evensong is offered on the first Sunday of each month at 4pm, during the academic year. (Nursery care is provided during the 10am service & during Choral Evensong).
Since 1835, the Parish of St. John’s has been worshiping and serving God, both from within our Church family and within our community of Bangor, Maine. We conduct traditional Episcopal services in our historic gothic building high atop State Street Hill at 225 French Street. We have a notable choir who has a reputation for fine music-making in the Anglican choral tradition. Please join us as we worship in prayer and song!
Our annual commemoration of the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Sunday, January 15th at 4 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church. The preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine. Special music will be offered by the combined choirs from St. John's, All Souls Congregational, Destiny Worship Center and Bangor Area Children's Choir along with additional volunteer singers. The choirs will sing a lively arrangement of This L'il Light of Mine by Anthony Leach, Professor of Music at Penn State and director of the Essence of Joy Gospel Choir. They will also sing an inspiring arrangement of He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, originally composed for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The service will conclude with America, the Beautiful as arranged by Michael McCarthy (Choirmaster at the National Cathedral) for the Inaugural Prayer Services for President Obama's terms. Anyone wishing to join with the St. John's choirs to learn the music should come to our rehearsals on Wednesdays, January 4th and 11th from 7 - 8 pm and on Sunday, January 15th at 2:30 pm.
On January 22nd following both services, the budget will be presented in the chapel and time will be available for discussion in preparation for our annual meeting.
The next meeting of the Women's Book Group will be Tuesday January 24th, 7 PM, at the home of Cass Wright, 1 Hawthorn (Dirigo Pines), Orono, phone 866-1060. We will be reading Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup. Library copies (including audio book) and Amazon copies (including Kindle) are available. Please let Cass know if you can come.
For all our members who love to knit, please consider joining the Women’s Prayer Shawl Knitting group. This month we’ll be meeting on January 25th at 1 pm at the Sylvia Ross Home.
Please save the date and join us for the All Parish Lunch followed by the Annual Meeting on January 29th immediately following the 10 am service. We hope that you can join us as we review the past year and look forward to 2016.
Do you shop on Amazon.com? If you do, you can help raise money for St. John’s while you shop. Use this link- https://smile.amazon.com/ch/01-6001182 to enter Amazon.com, and then 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated to St. John’s from their AmazonSmile program. You can also find the link in “This Week at St. John’s” and on our website. Thank you for supporting St. John’s while you shop.
Extra help is needed for our monthly serving at the soup kitchen. We are scheduled to serve the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Salvation Army, from 10 am to 1:30 pm. For more information, please see Nancy Henry.
For those who have made a pledge, pledge envelopes are available in the Narthex for those who’ve requested them. If you did not request envelopes but would like them, please contact Vanessa during office hours or at email@example.com. Pledge cards are available for anyone who would still like to make a pledge for 2017.
In this season of holiday cooking and baking, consider making extra for our meals ministry freezer to be shared with those dealing with illness or with bereavement. Meals Ministry labels are located in the back of the Undercroft. Thank you for your kindness.
A Centering Prayer (CP) group will be meeting each Thursday in the oratory (parish office building) from 5:45-6:30. CP is a contemplative spiritual discipline that seeks to develop the prayer habit of resting in the presence of God. This group presents an excellent opportunity for silent meditation following attendance at Evening Prayer.
Bringing communion to our sick and homebound is an important part of our life together. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
On Sundays, when making your offerings to God and giving financial support to the church, please consider also bringing canned food each week for our donations to the Food Cupboard at the Bangor Homeless Shelter. They can be placed by the bread and the wine at the entrance of the church and will be brought forward at the Offertory by our children and youth.
"CLYNK" for St. John’s! There’s a new and easy way to contribute to St. John’s. Just pick up a green "CLYNK" bag with a St. John’s sticker already on it. The bags are in the undercroft and the parish office. Then take the bag home and fill it with your returnable bottles and cans. Return the bag to the "CLYNK" counter at Hannaford's. All the money from your returnable’swill be credited to St. John’s account.