Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy Week Evening Services
Monday, March 21

Tuesday, March 22
Wednesday, March 23
Services of Holy Eucharist at 7 pm
These contemplative service lead us through the week leading up to the time of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, and crucifixion

Altar of Repose

Altar of Repose

Maundy Thursday Supper and Service
Thursday, March 24
Potluck Supper at 6 pm, with Holy Eucharist, Footwashing, and Stripping of the Altar
This much beloved gathering at St. John’s begins with a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Traditionally, we bring olives, hummus, pita, and other simple foods, sharing supper and communion at our tables, as we recall Jesus’ last supper with his disciples. We process to the church for the ritual of foot washing, as Jesus invited his disciples to do to demonstrate their love for one another. That is followed   by stripping of the altar, reminding us of the desolation facing Jesus on the cross. The evening concludes with time before the Altar of Repose, where we are invited to watch and with with Jesus as he prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Good Friday Services
Friday, March 25
Children’s Service at 4:30
Prayer Book Service at 7 pm
The 4:30 service, a participatory service, is especially designed to lead our children through the story of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. At 7 pm, we hear the Passion of Jesus Christ  according to St. John. The service begins and ends in silence.

Holy Saturday
Saturday, March 26
Holy Saturday Service at 10 am
The Altar Guild gathers to polish communion vessels and prepare for the great feast ahead. Join them as they begin their ministry at this brief but poignant service from the Prayer Book.

The Great Vigil of Easter 
Saturday, March 26, 7 pm
We gather as night falls to light the new fire of Easter. In a darkened sanctuary, we listen by candlelight to the story of God’s redeeming work from the beginning of creation. We then gather round the baptismal font to renew our baptismal vows, hear the first proclamation of Easter, and begin the Easter feast with the celebration of Holy Communion around the altar. It’s our first chance to sing “Alleluia” after the long Lenten fast. Bring bells of any shape and size to help ring in the resurrection news. A simple but festive reception follows, and you are invited to bring anything you would like, sweet or savory, to add to the table.

Easter Day at St. John's

Easter Day at St. John’s

Easter Day
Sunday, March 27
Service of Holy Eucharist at 8 am
Festival Service of Holy Eucharist with Choir at 10 am

The joy of Easter continues on Easter morning. Come for one of our services. After the 10 am service, we gather in front of the church for our traditional “parish photograph, and a bountiful reception follows in the Parish House, and there will be a craft activity for children.

Feast of the Transfiguration Worship – August 6

Thursday, August 6 at 7 pm
St. John’s Church
Childcare providedTransfiguration

St. John’s will once again join with Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration on Thursday, August 6. This year, we will be hosting the service at St. John’s which begins at 7 pm. The Rev. Thomas J. Brown, Rector of Parish of the Epiphany, will be the guest preacher, and a joint choir will be led by our Organist and Choirmaster, Douglas Witte. A reception follows, and childcare will be provided from 6:30 pm on.

Come join us on a summer evening to celebrate this radiant event.

Ash Wednesday and Lenten Schedule

Ash Wednesday UnknownServices will be held on Wednesday, February 18th to mark the beginning of Lent.

Services at 8 am and 7 pm will include the Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
A service at 4 pm is especially designed for children and their families.

Sunday services in Lent will at their regular times of 8 am and 10 am, and Evensong services will be held on Friday, February 27 and Friday, March 27 at 6:30 pm.


Christmas Service Schedule

Christmas Eve
Family Service at 4 pm
Festival Eucharist with Choir and Candlelight at 10 pm

Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 am – a lovely, quieter service with carols to sing and the Christmas story proclaimed

Friday December 26th – the Feast of St. Stephen
Evensong at 6:30 pm – Bring some refreshments – there will be sherry and fizzy water and time to visit after the service.

Sunday December 28th – The First Sunday After Christmas
Our formal church school classes will not meet, but Miss Rachel will be in the Godly Play room and invites any children to join her at 10 for activities and stories. Children will still join their families for the Eucharist

Sunday January 4 – The Second Sunday after Christmas
Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am

Tuesday January 6th – the Feast of the Epiphany
Service and Supper at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester from 6 to 7 pm. Supper will be provided. The church is located at 70 Church Street in Winchester.

Lessons and Carols

At the Service of Lesson and Carols we gather by candlelight to hear again the stories and prophecies leading to the birth of Jesus, with readings from the King James Bible, diverse anthems sung by the choir, and congregational singing of hymns and carols. The St. John’s parish choir will be joined by friends and for the first time the service will include an appearance by The Children’s Choir of St. John’s.

Lessons and Carols, Saturday, December 20, 5:00 PMThe Service of Lessons and Carols was conceived in 1880 by the Anglican Bishop Benson of Truro, England. It was intended as a modern adaptation of the medieval Christmas vigil service. Tradition has it that the bishop organized a 10:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden structure that served as his cathedral and that the purpose of the service was to keep gentlemen out of the pubs on the holy night.

In 1918, the famed Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, England offered its first Service of Lessons and Carols, and in 1930 the BBC began broadcasting it globally, bringing it an international following.  The longest tenured offering of the service in this country has been at the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, where the Service Lessons and Carols has been celebrated annually since 1928.

Lessons and Carols has now been adopted by many other churches and has been extended to encompass the season of Advent. Bishop Benson was a member of the Oxford Movement, an evangelical trend in Anglicanism known for celebrating its devotions in music and ceremony and the Service of Lessons and Carols is a fine meeting of story and ritual.

Celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration

Wednesday, 6 August at 7:00pm at Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester

Special Note: Childcare will be provided for both the service and the supper.

This major feast of the church’s celebration of Jesus’s life and ministry is celebrated every year on August 6th.  We are invited to join the clergy and people of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester (70 Church Street)  for Holy Eucharist and sermon at 7:00pm. Following our worship, weare invited to a summer supper at the home of Thomas Brown and Tom Mousin  – the rectory –  at 29 Lakeview Road in Winchester.

Concert by Jacob Street
Preceding our worship on August 6th, at 6:40pm award winning organist Jacob Street will play a recital.

Join in the Baking Tuesday night to prepare for the Feast
Join Paul Newell and others on Tuesday the 5th, at 6:30 pm in the Parish House  to bake desserts for  supper on Wednesday evening.

Join in the Singing to Celebrate the Feast
Any and all are welcome to join the Parish of the Epiphany Choir in singing for the service . Rehearsal begins at 6 pm in the choir loft at the church.

Preparing for Sunday – May 4

Sunday, May 4
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8am
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10am

Scripture Lessons for Sunday ~ May 4 ~ Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Hymns for this Sunday (all from The Hymnal 1982 unless otherwise noted)

Opening Hymn:  296     We Know that Christ is Raised and Dies No More
Gradual Hymn: 306    Come Risen Lord, and Deign To Be Our Guest
Offertory and Presentation Hymn: 492      Sing Ye Faithful, Sing With Gladness

Closing Hymn:  182     Christ is Alive!





Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week Services: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 14, 15, and 16
7 pm
Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday Agape Meal and Worship: April 17
6 pm
Agape Meal and Eucharist in the Parish House, followed by Footwashing
and Stripping of the Sanctuary in the church

Good Friday Service: April 18
4 pm
Children’s Service
7 pm
Prayer Book Service

Holy Saturday: April 19
10 am
Prayer Book Service

The Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday April 19
7 pm
Service of Light
Service of the Word
Renewal of Baptismal VowsEaster lily outside
The First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Day, The Resurrection of the Lord: Sunday April 20
8 am:
Holy Eucharist
10 am: Festival Holy Eucharist
Festive Coffee Hour and Easter Egg Hunt for children following the service

Ash Wednesday Services on March 5th

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, and we gather to worship God and, in the words of the liturgy, to dedicate ourselves, in the words of the Prayer Book, “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denail, and meditating on God’s holy Word.  There will be two services that day, with the imposition of ashes at both services for those who wish.

4 pm: A service designed especially for children and families, to introduce them to the season of Lent

7 pm: Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes.