Worship Services

Worship at St. John's

Sunday Mornings

8:00 a.m. ~ Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. ~ Adult Christian Education*
9:45 a.m. ~ Children's Chapel*
10:00 a.m. ~ Holy Eucharist, Rite II and Live Stream on YouTube *
*Our Child Care Center is open.

Listen to Sermons and Worship Services

Every week the Sunday sermon is uploaded to our website and YouTube channel.

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I

A quiet way to start your Sunday, the 8:00 service lasts forty-five minutes and includes scripture readings, a sermon, prayers, and communion. There is no music at this service, and the prayers use traditional language that hearkens back to the sixteenth century, when the first Book of Common Prayer was written.

9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education

Every week, we offer classes in between the morning services taught by St. John's clergy, staff and parishioners as well as by others in the Roanoke community, from professors to politicians.  

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II (Also livestreamed on YouTube)

The 10:00 service includes scripture readings, a sermon, prayers, and communion in modern language. Our choir enhances this worship experience by leading us in the singing of traditional hymns and anthems, accompanied by our newly-renovated Aeolian-Skinner/Quimby pipe organ. The 10:00 service lasts an hour and ten minutes.

Sunday Evenings

5:00 p.m. The Gathering Eucharist
5:45 p.m. Sunday Supper (during the program year)
6:15 p.m. Youth and Journey Groups (during the program year)
*Our Child Care Center is open.

The Gathering is a relaxed evening of worship, fellowship, and learning. Come as you are and encounter Christ in the midst of this unique Christian community. During the summer, we have the Gathering worship service with no meal or Christian education afterwards. The Sunday Supper as well as youth and Journey Groups takes place after the Gathering Eucharist.

5:00 p.m. The Gathering Eucharist

The Gathering experience begins with worship at 5:00 p.m. Using Anglican worship resources from Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand, this acoustic communion service has an entirely different feel from our morning worship services. The Gathering Band (which includes acoustic guitar, flute, violin, cello, mandolin and sometimes even melodica!) leads us in singing traditional and new arrangements of hymns from The 1982 Hymnal and also modern Christian music that reflects the Gathering’s ancient-modern style of worship.  Click here to listen to a sample of the Gathering Music.

5:45 p.m. Sunday Supper

The Gathering service lasts about 50 minutes, and everyone is invited to stay for a substantial, and delicious meal prepared and served by Sunday Supper Teams, made up of members of the congregation. No reservations needed, donations welcomed.

6:15 p.m. Journey Groups and Youth

This fall, connect with a small group over the course of nine weeks — share spiritual and life journeys with other parishioners in one of our new small groups! Knitting and the Book of James study group meet on Wednesday evenings; come on Sundays to the Gathering at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Supper at 5:45 p.m. and stay for one of our other groups, 6:15-7:15 p.m. The child care center is open and youth group will also meet during this time.

Middle School: In addition to games and fellowship, youth grades 6-8 will follow a curriculum called Echo The Story, journeying through the Bible over 36 weeks, from Genesis to Revelation. Lessons are taught using videos, sketch journals and discussion.
High School:
Youth grades 9-12 join together for fellowship, followed by discussion of current events through the scripture using a web-based curriculum called The Wired Word