We are planning to resume in-person worship May 15-16 ! Scroll down for details.
St. John’s is a passionate community of faith and we welcome all to come and worship—whether regular or prospective members, persons seeking a moment of solitude, or visitors to Sandwich looking for a weekend service.
Our Mission: St. John’s is a community called by Christ to grow spiritually and make known God’s love through word and deed in our congregation and in the broader world.
Our Vision: We do this through:
Worship: We give thanks and praise to God, who is known to us in Word and Sacrament.
Formation: We are a community committed to lifelong Christian development, offering opportunities for formation and fellowship for persons of all ages.
Service: We care for one another in this congregation, and commit to outreach to the broader community.
--adopted by the Vestry of St. John's Church, June 2017.
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Donation Request from Cape Cod Council of Churches
Many of you have asked how you can be of assistance for others who may
be in need. Our partner, the Cape Cod Council of Churches, has put out a request for the following urgent donations:
A Baby Center provides assistance to families with small children. They are looking the following donations:
Light weight sweatshirts or jackets
Desitin or diaper rash cream
Hands of Hope Food Pantry is asking for donations of the following items:
Kids' snacks and juice boxes
Donations may be dropped off during regular offices hours. Thank you!
Come, Reflect, Pray
5:00 PM Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
10:00 AM Church School
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Child care provided
Online Worship Services:
We are planning on resuming indoor, in-person worship at St John's the weekend of May 15-16. Will we have online worship May 9, and will continue to stream our services after resuming indoor worship for those unable to attend in-person worship.
Click below to watch our online worship service on our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel.
You can download out worship service bulletin here:
Protocols for Indoor, In-Person Worship
When we resume in-person worship, we will be required to abide by safety and public health precautions issued by both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. These will include:
--You will need to RSVP, either online or by telephone;
--A mask that covers your mouth and nose must be worn indoors;
--We will be serving Holy Communion in bread only;
--Congregational singing is not currently permitted;
--We will need to observe social distancing in the church; you may not sit with people not in your household or family group;
--Our seating capacity will be reduced to 55-60 persons because of distancing requirements;
--We will resume the Saturday 5 PM service and the Sunday 10 AM service; we will not be resuming our 8 AM at this time (it would be difficult to complete the required cleaning protocols in the window of time between the 8 AM and 10 AM services).
Please continue to stay tuned to the website and our newsletter for additional information, including how to RSVP.
Give online to St. John's Church:
We have set up a new online giving system to help people make a donation to St. John's. You can still mail in your offering, but you can also give online by clicking here:
If you are a regular pledger to St. John's, you can create an account and set up recurring gifts.
Saturday Online Worship Service
We will have our last Saturday Zoom worship service this week. Many, many, thanks to our priest associate, Rev. Barbara Peterson, for coordinating this service. Click below to join our service at 5 PM :
Please note: you will need a password to join the service. The password is sent out in the weekly email to the parish. You can also email the Rector directly at rector@sjchurchsandwichorg for the password.
Here's a video to watch to set up Zoom on your tablet, computer, or cell phone:
Annual Meeting of St. John's Church:
The Annual Meeting of St. John's Episcopal Church was held on Sunday, February 28, at 11 AM.
You can download and read our Annual Meeting Report by clicking below:
Summary of Actions from Annual Meeting:
St John's Episcopal Church
159 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Our Rector is always "on call" to help you. Please leave a message on the office phone or send us an email.
Sunday School Lessons for 2020-2021
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is not currently permitting in-person Sunday School. We are offering an at-home Sunday School lesson, which can download below.
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Parish Office Hours:
The Parish Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 9AM - 2 PM. Masks must be worn while inside the Parish Offices.
Parish Office Phone:
St. John's is a member of the Faith Communities Environmental Network, a collection of religious organizations with concern for creation and environmental sustainability.
As part of this, we are committed to looking at how we can take steps towards care for creation as a parish community. We offer Creation Care suggestions in each of our biweekly newsletters, and will also collect them here on the website.
From the most current newsletter:
Creation Quote for your Meditation:
I did not intend my creatures to make themselves servants and slaves to the world's pleasures. They owe their first love to me. Everything else they should love and possess, as I told you, not as if they owned it, but as something lent them.
--Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), The Dialogue
Suggestion for Personal Action:
Increase plant-based protein in your diet and reduce animal-based protein to lower your impact on the environment. Check out this helpful website: (