Lent, Holy Week, Easter Schedule
As part of this year’s Lenten observance, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to experience a Lenten Choral Evensong, a beautiful and meditative Anglican liturgy. Choral Evensong is a traditional service of sung evening prayer. It offers an opportunity to gather and spend time in prayer while listening to and participating in music that is especially selected to bring us into deeper understanding of the mysteries of our faith.
Journey groups and Sunday Suppers return, starting March 6 after the Gathering in the Parish Hall.
It is my joy to announce that Mike Milam has accepted my invitation to serve as St. John’s Minister of Music.
Sacred Ground: An Exploration of Race and Faith, is a 12-session transformational conversation about the history of race in America, sponsored by the Roanoke Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. The Sacred Ground series is part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church; a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.
Saturday, December 11th Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests, from Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill. The video begins approximately five minutes into the service.
2021 Christmas Schedule
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
Check out the St. John's Fall 2021 Poster to see all of our upcoming events!
The Parish Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for this fall’s Vestry election. They are proposed for three-year terms beginning in January; five people are elected annually from slates of about eight to 10 people.
The Community Youth Program is excited to announce that Grace Page has joined the organization. She is taking over the program coordinator position since Kenny Nguyen is pursuing his master’s degree at Radford University Carilion. Grace has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Roanoke College. She grew up in Roanoke and has been a part of CYP for several years as a volunteer and program assistant. She is so excited to continue her journey at CYP as program coordinator.
We are excited to open up the Childcare Center again starting on Sunday June 6. It will be open during the 10 a.m. service. The following procedures will be in place to safeguard against COVID-19. They are subject to change.
In accordance with the new guidelines provided by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia, beginning Sunday, June 6, St. John’s will:
St. John's Choir members Nancy Dixon, LeAta Jackson, and Belinda Clemens joined me in participating in the online Sacred Choral Music Festival at
Washington National Cathedral the weekend of February 26-28.
The Rev. Mary Mackin will retire on February 28, 2021
Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Lent 2021
January and February Offerings at St. John's
By Melinda Emily Thomas
I am delighted by the opportunity to spend time with you this January. On Sundays from 4-5 p.m. beginning on January 10, we will explore the balancing traditions of yoga and the Rule of St. Benedict over Zoom.
Below are the newly elected Vestry members from our December 8 Annual Parish Meeting:
We give God thanks for all our parish leaders! Please keep them in your prayers.
St. John's Episcopal Church Fall 2020
The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is dedicated to confronting the sin of racism, understanding the nature of systemic racism, and working toward racial justice and healing in the name of Christ. The resources on this page are offered in support of clergy, lay leaders, and congregations. They are a starting place for the journey toward reconciliation.
Starting June 21, St. John's will begin to offer in-person worship at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Sunday. These in-person services will be limited to no more than 70 people and require your advance registration. Congregants are asked to follow important guidelines detailed in the Regathering Guidelines below. Please read the guidelines carefully in order to ensure your safety and the safety of our whole congregation. Please note, our live-stream service will move to 9 a.m. and be without congregants. We encourage people to continue worship with us virtually from home, especially those who those in high-risk categories, including people over age 65.
Although it may look a little different this summer, there are still wonderful opportunities to be the church.
Christ said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). There are many ways for the people of St. John's to gather during this Easter Season while we are physically apart. We can continue to be the church, celebrate the good news of Easter, and gather in Christ's name. Please consider these ways to intentionally grow together and in Christ's love. We invite you to participate in any of the following opportunities
Join us for worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday and a Prayer and Devotion Service every Wednesday on our YouTube Channel.
In response to Covid-19, I write to inform you how St. John’s is going to proceed in our life together at this time.
This is your opportunity to join members from St. John’s and Kingdom Life Ministries (both older youth and adults) as we travel to Ghana this summer.
Journey groups return for the spring. See the Winter/Spring Formation Booklet or contact the Rev. David Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Deb Neff, a native of Michigan, has joined the staff of St. John's Episcopal Church.
Every year, the vestry is tasked with reviewing issues of budget and facilities. In the coming year, we’ll be looking at solutions to fund facilities needs that we do not currently have resources for, so that we can maintain the church for decades to come, knowing that this building is vital not only to our own ministries and programs, but also to the community.
This article is the follow-up to last fall’s three-part series interview with David Tucker conducted by Carolyn H’Doubler about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.
This article is the third in a three-part series about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.
This article is the second in a three-part series about our church facility and the work needed to sustain it for future generations.
As I reflect on what St. John’s means to our family, two words come to mind: community and belonging.
When we moved to Roanoke almost eight years ago, finding a church was a top priority. Having previously attended very small churches, we were concerned that we may get lost in the crowd of a larger, more established congregation.
This August, Cara Modisett began her studies at Virginia Theological Seminary as a postulant for priesthood in the Diocese of Southwest Virginia.
Some of you may have noticed a recent change in some of the service music at our 10 a.m. liturgy.
It has been an exciting time in Zebilla! On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Totally Baked Bread & Pastries made its first batch of bread. Thanks to a $12,500 grant, Kimoyo Ltd. (our ministry in Ghana) was able to help women in Zebilla open their very own bakery where they are offering three types of bread to start: white, wheat and tea.
The Community Youth Program (CYP) is proud to have recently received two grants to support our program. We were awarded $20,000 from the City of Roanoke- our largest donation yet from the City! CYP also received $9,697 in NAP credits (Neighborhood Assistance Program).
Every December, St. John's holds its annual meeting and votes new members to the vestry, nominated from the congregation.
Pepper the Robot took a break from his work with Roanoke County Public Library to visit St. John's in early May.
Members of a multiracial community group born out of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative and the Gainsboro Southwest Neighborhood Organization have begun a project to restore and rebuild in Roanoke's Gainsboro neighborhood.
St. John's is practicing Epiphany - God in the world - this season in projects including our annual Rise Against Hunger pack and an upcoming Habitat for Humanity build.
David-Charles Campbell, minister of music for nearly 20 years, retired in February. Assistant Minister of Music Michael Milam has stepped in as interim while we move toward a national search.
Practicing handbells at home between rehearsals isn’t quite the same as packing up a violin or a flute in its case. It more often requires substitutes – hairbrushes, spoons. Handbell ringers make music in ensemble, like an orchestra or a chorus, but in the case of handbells, the melody is built entirely note by note. Silence one bell, and you hear the gaps...
Perhaps you’ve heard – the Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber is coming to St. John’s on Thursday, November 16! Seats will go fast, so here are the details...