ALL in person activities at St. John's Church suspended until further notice.
Continue to check here for updates. Scroll down for details on our online, streaming worship services.
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.
Online Bible Study
For the Easter season, we will be offering an Online Bible Study on Thursdays at 11 AM. The link for the Online Bible study may be found below. You will need a password to join. The password was sent out through the parish email newsletter, you may also email the Rector directly at rector @ sjchurchsandwich.org if interested.
You can use Zoom from your computer, iPad or tablet, or smart phone. For your iPad or tablet, you'll need to download the app first. For your computer, you will be prompted to download something as well the first time you use it.
Calling All Sewing Groups:
The Upper Cape Women's Coalition is coordinating the collection of hand-sewn masks to assist medical personnel. Here are the guidelines:
Please be sure to pre-wash all fabric in HOT water prior to cutting and sewing fabrics.
Follow these packaging procedures:
Place masks in either a ziplock bag or paper bag
Write a note on the outside of the bag that has your name and total number of masks. On plastic bags, use a permanent marker to write a note or write a paper note and use tape to affix it the bag. Please do not put the note inside of the bag – that’s important.
You can drop the masks off at St. John's, we will have a collection box outside on the porch. Please leave bags in the containers. Please don’t leave bags on the ground next to them.
Please send an email to email@example.com telling us how many masks you left and at what location.
They will collect the masks.
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
Guidelines for Regathering
The bishop of Massachusetts has extended the suspension of in-person worship through July 1, and that suspension is still in effect. The diocese of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts have issued guidelines for congregations to regather for Sunday worship. Those guidelines may be found below. Continue to check back here for updates.
Worship Online @ 10 AM on Sundays
We will stream our worship this Sunday @ 10 AM! We are using a new broadcast format which will allow us to bring in our lectors, worship assistants, and musicians remotely to be part of the service. You can watch online at Facebook live by clicking here at 10 AM on Sunday
All of our services can also be found on our YouTube Channel. We will also be having Online Coffee hour this Sunday through Zoom. The password for Online Coffee hour was sent out in the parish email newsletter...and is the same for all of our online gatherings!
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.
Online Evening Prayer
We will have Evening Prayer on Tuesdays at 7 PM through Zoom. The link for the Online Bible study may be found below. You will need a password to join. The password was sent out through the parish email newsletter, you may also email the Rector directly at rector @ sjchurchsandwich.org if interested.
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.
Parish Office Hours:
The parish office is not currently open regular hours.
Parish Office Phone:
Loving God, Loving Neighbor: Outreach 2020
We are partnering with the Cape Cod Council of Churches to help broaden and expand our outreach to our community for 2020! Each month we will be collecting a different items in support of the Council's programs.
For the month of March, we will gratefully accept donations of socks, the number one item needed by our homeless neighbors. Socks that are clean, dry, and undamaged are vital to comfort, good health, and the ability to walk, an activity which the homeless population spends hours engaged in on a daily basis. Every size is needed, but adult socks are especially in demand. There are baskets in the narthex of the Church and the meeting room in the office in which you can leave your donations
The Council’s mission is “to serve God by serving others” through their six central programs:
• Hospital Chaplaincy: providing chaplains to local hospitals;
• A Baby Center, offering assistance to families with young children;
• Faith Family Kitchen, serving three free meals per week in Hyannis;
• Covenant to Care for Foster Families, giving support to families that foster children by helping provide for those things state assistance does not cover;
• Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center, for those experiencing food insecurity on the Cape and Islands; and
• Youth StreetReach Homeless Ministry, offering services and outreach for homeless teens in Hyannis.
You can find out more about the Cape Cod Council and its ministries here: https://capecodcouncilofchurches.org/
Sunday School Open Enrollment Continues
We conduct Sunday school each week at the 10:00 am service and we are always welcoming new families to come and join us. We have classrooms for Pre-K/K, 1st grade through 4th grade, and 5th grade and up.
You can read more about the different Sunday school curriculums on our Church School page.
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: (https://www.sustain.ucla.edu/out-initiatives/food-systems/the-case-for-plant-based/)
Listen to Father Tom's Sermons
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