Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Passion/Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 9
Services of Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am
Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion Narrative at both services, with festival procession at the 10 am service

Holy Week Evening Services
Monday, April 10

Tuesday, April 11
Wednesday, April 12
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, April 13
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, April 14
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, April 15

The Altar Guild gathers to polish communion vessels and prepare for the great feast ahead. Join them at 10 am in this ministry as we anticipate the great joy of Easter.

The Great Vigil of Easter 
Saturday, April 15, 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  for the baptism of a new sister in Christ, and renew our own baptismal vows. We then 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, April 16
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. Our younger children will meet us for their Godly Play class, and there will also be be an Easter craft activity for them during Coffee Hour.

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.

Celebrate Epiphany with Worship, Potluck Brunch, and a Visit from our Bishop

Dear Friends,

The Feast of the Epiphany is the  day on which we conclude our Christmas celebrations. Traditionally observed on January 6, we will hold our celebration as part of the 10 am worship service on January 5th. There will be only one service that day, so we invite those who attend the 8 am service to gather at the 10 am service.

We will hear the story of the visitation of the Magi (the wise ones who traveled from the East following the star to Bethlehem), and we will also greet Bishop Shaw, who will preside and preach. Afterwards, there will be a celebratory brunch, and a time of conversation with the bishop.  Please read on to see how you can help with the brunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to thank Bishop Shaw for his two decades of service to our diocese. I hope you can join us.



Sunday January 5 Potluck Brunch after Worship

We’ll have a simple but joyful brunch after the 10 am worship service. If you are able to contribute to the meal, please bring something to share – desserts, crackers, cheese, vegetable platters, sandwiches – any kind of easy to eat finger food is welcome. It will help up plan if you can contact Kathleen McCormick to let her know what you are bringing (or if you want to know what would be good to add to the table. You can reach her at: ks_mccormick@comcast.net

Christmas Services – O Come, Let Us Adore Him

Our celebration of Christmas begins on Christmas Eve, and continues for the 12 days of Christmas, culminating in our celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday, January 5th.

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

Christmas Day
Holy Eucharist at 10 am

The Feast of St. John the Evangelist, Friday December 27Evensong at 6:30 pm, followed by refreshments

The First Sunday of Christmas, December 29
Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am

The Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday January 5
Holy Eucharist at 10 am, with the Visitation of Bishop Shaw


Carol Sing on December 21

St. John’s welcomes friends from throughout the community to join us for a Carol Sing on Saturday, December 21st at 5 pm. With the church adorned with greens and candlelight, we’ll gather to sing carols of Advent and Christmas, with poetry and readings of the season accompanying our songs. Children are most welcome at this event, which will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall.

The Celebration of All Saints and All Souls

Sunday, November 3rd, will be a festive day at St. John’s. As the Sunday closest to All Saints’ Day (November 1st) it is one of four days recommended in the Prayer Book for baptisms. We will be welcoming new brothers and sisters into the Body of Christ at our 10 am service.

And at both services, we will remember with gratitude the saints and the souls who have gone before us and who now rest from their labors. If there are loved ones whom you wish to remember that day, please add their names to the signup list which will be at Coffee Hour this Sunday, or contacting the church office by Thursday morning, October 31.


Consecration Sunday on October 27th – One Service at 10 am

We are hoping that every member and friend of the parish will join us for this day of celebration. The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, our Bishop Suffragan will be making her visitation that day, and we will conclude our stewardship program with a celebration brunch after the service.

We will have one joint service at 10 am that morning. Plan to be here for a great day of thanksgiving.

Celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration on August 6th

We are invited to join the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester on Tuesday, August 6th to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration.  There will be a service of Holy Eucharist at 7 pm, followed by a reception at the rectory.  The church is located at 70 Church Street in Winchester, and parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. Directions are available at the Parish of the Epiphany website, www.3crowns.org,  or you can also call our office.