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!
The Women's Book Group will meet next on Tuesday, November 29th, at 7 pm at the home of Marisue Pickering. (Please note that this is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.) November's Book is Celtic Way of Prayer by Esther De Waal -- an older book. There are two copies at the library, but a number of used copies are on Amazon. It is also available new and on Kindle. Marisue will lead the discussion.
Our Annual Meeting will be held on January 29th when we will elect new Vestry members, Officers, and Convention delegates. Information on Vestry service is available in the Narthex and Undercroft. Please send nominations in the month of November to firstname.lastname@example.org . An informational meeting with the Rector and Sr. Warden will be held on November 29th at 6 pm in the Parish House Oratory open to those considering serving.
Please consider helping those in need with St. John’s Christmas Baskets. St. John’s provides toys and a couple of boxes of food to needy families in the area. The project is funded solely by donations. There are two ways that you can help: 1 .Buy a $20 gift for a child - On November 20 we will have the names and ages of 30 kids from Penquis Cap. You can choose one child or more than one and buy a gift for them that costs around $20. 2. Donate money to help pay for the cost of the food in the Christmas Baskets - St. John’s tries to donate a turkey and enough food to make a Christmas dinner to the Penquis Cap families of the children that we buy presents for. It costs about $50 for each basket of food. It will cost $750 to help 15 families this year. We will deliver the food and presents to these families on December 18th. If you write a check be sure to put Christmas Basket Project in the memo line.
In the month of November, please stop by The Christmas Market in the Undercroft during coffee hour. You will find great holiday items available, such as our popular poinsettias, gift cards by Scrip, our annual Christmas Baskets, and unique gift giving ideas by Heifer International.
Heifer International: At each coffee hour in November our Youth will be hosting a Living Gift Market. If you are hoping to make the upcoming Christmas season even more meaningful for you and your family, stop by to view the display items showing how your gift could make a real difference in the lives of people in need, both near and far.
Join us in our special Advent Lessons and Carols service on December 4th at 4 pm. The service is immediately followed by our annual Advent Tea. Come and hear the beautiful choral anthems. This is one of the year’s most popular and beloved services.
The Pre-Christmas Clean Up is scheduled for December 10th. starting at 8:30 am. Many hands make light work!
Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved? On December 4th we’re looking for holiday helpers who’d like to be coffee and tea pourers and help with clean up for our Advent Tea. If you would like to help, call or email the church office.
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: email@example.com .
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.