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Welcome to St. John’s Church, Henrico Parish, in the Diocese of Virginia

St. John’s is an urban Episcopal church in the historic Church Hill district of Richmond, Virginia. The first church in the city, built in 1741, we remain a vibrant part of the neighborhood.  We are a family of Christians striving to be Christ to one another and to our community. We warmly embrace visitors and make it easy for newcomers to feel a part of our family.  At St. John’s we invite everyone to our weekly feast at Christ’s table, regardless of religious background.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

Our doors might be closed, but our hearts and our worship services remain open to all. By direction of the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, public worship in all churches of the diocese has been postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for phased regathering  are underway and will begin once certain  public health criteria have been met. For further information, please visit the diocesan website.

As one of the 129 churches in the Diocese of Virginia, St. John’s Church stands in solidarity with our Bishops and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in our renunciation of racial violence, injustice, and inequity. As followers of Jesus, we commit to take our part in healing the wounds of racism as we live Jesus’ love across divides of every kind with intensity, passion, and persistence. 
For the statements of the Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia and Episcopal Church, USA

In our baptismal covenant, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves and are asked, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” And we respond, “We will, with God’s help!”

We Invite You to Worship with Us Online

Instructions for Online Church Participation
  1. Click here for the video.
  2. Prepare yourself for worship with preludes by Jim Bennett
    Jerusalem
    Sweet Hour of Prayer
  3. Click here for the service bulletin.
  4. Our collection plate is here. Thank you for your support.
Virtual Coffee Hour on Sundays We invite you to join us online via Zoom at 11:00 a.m. right after our Sunday morning online service for casual conversation. To receive access to the coffee hour, refer to the instructions you received by email or contact Amelie here.
 
Virtual Children’s Chapel Our children’s chaplain, The Rev. Anne Lane Witt will host an online Children’s Chapel Sunday for our youngsters at 3:00 p.m.  Beginning Sunday, August 9, online children’s chapel will begin at 5:00 p.m.
To participate, refer to the instructions you received by email, or contact Anne Lane here.
 
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
7:00 p.m. via Zoom
The American Church’s Role in Our Racial Story 
Beginning August 5, join us for a 5-week online discussion series based on the the book The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby, the president of The Witness, A Black Christian Collective, host of the podcast Pass the Mic, and a PhD candidate in history at the University of Mississippi.
 
Tisby’s book explores the history of the American Church’s role in perpetuating racism and inequality, including through its teachings on human dignity and equality and its failure to speak out against evil. Tisby takes a historical look at how many Christians, from the founding of the English colonies in America to today, have supported racial injustice through action and inaction. Tisby concludes with ideas for creating a more inclusive and just future Church.
 
Wednesday Compline to Meet at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evenings we gather on Zoom for the ancient and gentle liturgy of Compline. This, the final prayer service of the day in the Christian tradition, blends psalms, song, lessons, and prayers to bring peace as we end each day. Note: The move to Zoom is a change from our previous YouTube format that will offer a greater sense of connection among participants. To participate, contact Amelie Wilmer.The service can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on p. 127 or downloaded here.
For recordings of our compline services, please visit our YouTube channel.
 
Outdoor Vespers Service
at St. John’s
Saturday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.
 
In response to feedback we have received from the congregation and with approval of our bishop, we are delighted to announce an outdoor worship service to be held in the churchyard at St. John’s on Saturday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. The liturgy will be a simple evening prayer service that will last approximately 30 minutes, including prayer, lessons, music and a brief homily. 
 
Here are some guidelines for attendance:
  •  In order to reduce risk and protect all in attendance, worshipers will kindly be required to wear face masks, maintain a distance of six feet or more from other congregants, and complete a COVID symptoms checklist upon arrival.
  • We encourage you to bring a lawn chair if you wish to sit during the service, and suggest applying insect repellent before heading out from home. It gets buggy in the churchyard!
  • If you plan to use the elevator, please enter singly or in family units.
  • During the service, the congregation will be invited to respond to the prayers and readings where indicated, but refrain from congregational singing. Our minister of music will provide instrumental music and choral solos for everyone to enjoy. 
  • Restroom facilities will be available at the back of the church, with instructions and materials for sanitation after each use.
  • Plan to arrive early! This will allow our ushers to assist you with seating while we work together to maintain a safe social distance.
If you are interested in attending, we ask that you reserve a spot in advance through the Eventbrite scheduling link provided below. This will ensure that we have prepared adequate space for your attendance, and keep track of participation in case tracing becomes necessary. We have capacity for approximately 40-50 worshipers, and reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
 
Finally, if you are in an at-risk category or do not feel comfortable in a larger gathering, please do not feel pressure to attend. Our Sunday morning online service will continue to be offered via YouTube, followed by our virtual coffee hour on Zoom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amelie.
 
Sunday Schedule–Please note that all in-person services have been postponed until further notice in accordance with directives of the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. 

8:15 a.m.             Holy Eucharist (no music)
9:15 a.m.             Adult Forum, Parish Hall
10:30 a.m.           Holy Eucharist
                           Children’s Chapel, Keeper’s Cottage
11:45 a.m.           Coffee Hour, Parish Hall
Nursery is available in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

2019 Annual Meeting Power Point

2019 Annual Report

St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
Mailing Address: 2319 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223
804.649-7938

 

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