We Are Regathering!
Church offices reopen July 1.
Worship Outdoors at 10 AM Beginning July 5.
We will continue to stream worship online.
Scroll down for important 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.
Urgent 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:
--Similac and/or Enfamil baby formula;
--13 gallon trash bags;
--Donations of Pasta, Sauce, and canned goods.
There will be someone in the church offices from 10:30 AM - 12 noon on Monday through Wednesday of this week if you would like to drop off any donations. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
REGATHERING FOR WORSHIP @ 10 AM JULY 5
We have received approval from the Diocese of Massachusetts to hold an in-person outdoor worship service at 10 AM. We will begin this Sunday, July 5. We will also continue to stream worship online through our Facebook page, and all of our worship services are available on our YouTube Channel.
IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP:
You will need to RSVP for the outdoor service. The link to RSVP online went out in our Tuesday and Friday email updates. You may also RSVP by calling the office at 508-888-2828 and leaving a message.
A mask that covers your mouth and nose is required. We will have masks available in all age sizes that are yours to keep if you do not have one.
You may bring your own lawn chairs or blanket, or we will have chairs available.
We will have additional restrictions: there will be no congregational singing, and we are not permitted to celebrate or distribute Holy Communion at this time.
According to guidelines from the Diocese of Massachusetts, persons who are at high risk as defined by the Centers for Disease Control should strongly consider not returning to in-person worship. High-risk factors include: over age 60, a history of lung problems like pneumonia or asthma, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
Beginning July 2, church offices will reopen from 9am-12noon, Tuesday through Friday. Masks will need to be worn when in the church offices.
No other groups are meeting in person, and any requests for building use should go to the Rector. The Thrift Shop is closed until at least August 1.
For complete information on the regathering process in the diocese of Massachusetts and St. John's Church, please consult our complete Regathering Guidelines.
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 this week at 7 PM on Tuesday through Zoom. The link 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:
Beginning July 1, the Parish Office will be open Tuesday-Friday from 9AM - 12 Noon. Masks must be worn while inside the Parish Offices.
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
From September-June 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/)
Click on Amazon Smile and for everything you purchase, they will donate an amount to St. John’s Episcopal Church to support our ministries.
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