Bishop's Visitation this Sunday, November 29!
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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.
We will be conducting our Stewardship Campaign by mail. If you are on our mailing list, you have received an update on how we have weathered 2020, and a pledge card for you to make your commitment to support St. John’s for 2021.
Thank you for your support in 2020! We have been able to manage these uncertain times through the generosity of our members.
You can make your commitment to St. John's by returning your pledge card.
You can also pledge online by clicking below:
Support St. John's Outreach!
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
Bishop's Visit this Sunday!
This Sunday we will have our visitation from Bishop Alan Gates of the diocese of Massachusetts. Bishop Gates will preach at our online worship at 10 AM on Sunday. Click on the "Watch Service Live" button to join us at 10 AM on Sunday. You can also download the worship bulletin.
Bishop Gates will also join us for an Online Coffee Hour and Bishop's Forum at 10:40 AM on Sunday. Click on the button below to join us for a Zoom online coffee hour with the bishop.
Watch the video below to show you how to setup Zoom on your computer, phone, or tablet:
You can watch our worship services at any time on our YouTube Channel.
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.
The Christmas Shop is Open!
In place of our usual Christmas Fair, we are instead having a season Christmas Shop located at 161 Main Street, in the location of our old Thrift Shop.
The Christmas Shop will be open 10AM-4PM, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Shop will have Christmas gift items, a few raffle baskets and silent auction items, and other items for sale. All proceeds will go to support the mission, ministry, and outreach of St. John's Church.
If you are interested in donating any items to the Christmas Shop, or in volunteering to help staff the Shop during operating hours, please call 508.888.2828.
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 open Tuesday through Friday from 9AM - 2 PM. Masks must be worn while inside the Parish Offices.
Parish Office Phone:
2020 Christmas Pageant:
The Diocese of Massachusetts is strongly recommending the suspension of in-person worship activities through December 31. We're planning on making the best of this, and planning different set of Christmas services for this year!
We will be doing a Virtual Christmas Pageant! We are looking for volunteers from our Sunday School and Youth Group Programs to record parts for the Christmas Pageant at home, which we will edit together, adding music, lessons, and sermon. If you are interested, please be in touch with Susan Sharpe in the church office. 508.888.2828 or by email email@example.com.
Sunday School Lesson for Fall 2020
We will be doing At-Home Sunday School for Fall 2020.
The Lesson for this Sunday can be downloaded by clicking on the button below.
This is a one-page lesson which has the Sunday reading, notes on having a discussion on that reading, and a simple activity to do to help reinforce that message.
One side is for Elementary school aged children (K-6), the other side for Middle and High School age (7-12).
Loving God, Loving Neighbor: Outreach 2020
We partner 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.
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/
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/)
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