Updated Worship Guidelines: 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.
Weekly Zoom Prayer Group
On Wednesdays at 7 PM we have an online interactive Prayer Group through the Zoom platform.
Click on the button above to join the Zoom service! You will need a password for the service, please call the office or email Fr. Tom for the password.
You can click directly here for the Zoom link:
Christmas Fair Returns!
This year's Christmas Fair is taking December 4th and 5th in 161 Main Street. We will be selling our hand-made wreaths and serving Captain Parker's clam chowder on the front porch!
Inside you will find a huge bake sale full of delicious goodies, our famous 'Slightly Used Christmas' room, and two big rooms full of hand-made Christmas crafts and gifts. You will also be able to buy raffle tickets for the lottery tree!
Schedule of Events:
Between Now and Dec 3rd:
--Donate hand-made crafts, gifts, slightly used Christmas items. Drop off at your convenience:
During church office hours;
At church services in the Narthex
At the fair location Friday, Dec 3rd between 10am and 2pm;
At the fair location, Saturday, Dec 4th between 8 and 9 am.
Spread the word!
Invite your friends and family!
Post on social media!
Wednesday - Dec 1st
Wreath making in the parish hall
Saturday Dec 4th and Sunday Dec 5th
Stop by the fair and support St John's
Volunteer to help!
We are looking for volunteers, sign-up coming soon!
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
We will hold indoor, in-person worship this weekend:
Saturday at 5 PM, Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM
St. John's Church has modified our Covid-19 worship restrictions!
The bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts have updated worship guidelines for all congregations.
Masks are now required for all indoor gatherings.
The bishops are also requiring social distance between people from different households. Please only sit in designated areas.
We will be serving only the consecrated bread in Holy Communion
We will continue to livestream our 10 AM service.
We will continue to live-stream out 10 AM worship service for people who are not able to join us for in-person worship. You can watch our services on our Facebook page or YouTube Channel by clicking the buttons on the right, or by going to our website, www.sjchurchsandwich.org.
You can download out worship service bulletin here:
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.
2022 Stewardship Campaign
We hold hold our annual Stewardship Campaign from October 1-November 7. We rely on the support and generosity of our members for our mission and ministry! Please look for information from St. John's about our Steward Campaign, here on our website, on our Facebook page, and sent through our mailing lists.
We will hold our annual Stewardship Ingathering on November 6-7, as part of our All Saints Day worship.
Sunday School Returns!
In-person Sunday School return on Sunday, September 26, during our 10 AM service. Sunday School will be facilitated by our priest associate, the Rev. Barbara Peterson. You can register for Sunday School by clicking on the button below.
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.
Parish Office Phone:
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Care for Creation: Archbishop’s Joint Statement
In early September 2021, for the first time ever, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion issued A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation. They warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby urge everyone to play their part in ‘choosing life’ for the future of the planet. They have issued this appeal in advance of the November, 2021UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland to address the climate crisis.
Part of their call is for each of us to do what we are able. For the next several weeks we shall quote from their joint statement and pair it with simple, practical steps each of us can take to care for God’s creation.
Excerpt from the Joint Message for your Meditation
“Tomorrow could be worse. Today’s children and teenagers will face catastrophic consequences unless we take responsibility now, as ‘fellow workers with God’ (Gn 2.4–7), to sustain our world. We frequently hear from young people who understand that their futures are under threat. For their sake, we must choose to eat, travel, spend, invest and live differently, thinking not only of immediate interest and gains but also of future benefits. We repent of our generation’s sins. We stand alongside our younger sisters and brothers throughout the world in committed prayer and dedicated action for a future which corresponds ever more to the promises of God.
“Over the course of the pandemic, we have learned how vulnerable we are. Our social systems frayed, and we found that we cannot control everything. We must acknowledge that the ways we use money and organize our societies have not benefited everyone. We find ourselves weak and anxious, submersed in a series of crises; health, environmental, food, economic and social, which are all deeply interconnected.”
Suggestions for Personal Action
Unable to go solar? Your current electric company is required by law to provide you with alternative sources of electricity that include suppliers that are 100% renewable (solar, wind, hydro). Go to this link (www.energyswitchma.gov). It will inform you of your options to switch to an electric supplier who can increase your support for and use of renewable energy.