St. John’s Episcopal Church
207 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Sunday Worship

Sundays at 8:00 am

Most Sundays, we offer a quieter, more intimate worship service at 8:00 am. This small group meets in the quire where we celebrate a Rite I spoken Eucharistic service together. The Rite I service in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) offers worship in more “traditional” language, reflecting the piety of the English Elizabethan era and the first BCP.

There are days when we do not worship at 8:00 am. On major feast days, we want the full community to worship as one at the 10:00 am worship service where we renew our baptismal vows together. In the summer months of July and August, when many parishioners go on vacation, we all worship at 10:00 am in the air-conditioned parish hall. Please check the Event Calendar if you’re wondering whether we have an 8:00 am worship service on a particular day.

Sundays at 10:00 am

Every Sunday throughout the year we worship at 10:00 am as our principle weekly service. We celebrate a Rite II Eucharist together, listen to God’s Word, sing hymns, and pray for one another and for the world in which we live. All are welcome to worship and to receive communion.

The Rite II worship service in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer reflects modern theology and scholarship and strives to offer more inclusive images of God in contemporary language. As such, there is a wider variety of prayers and hymns available for use in this worship service.

Every third Sunday, we offer healing prayers and anointing during communion. And our Lay Eucharistic visitors take communion from our Table nearly every week to those who are homebound or hospitalized.

This service is followed immediately by a Social Hour in our Parish Hall hosted by members of the St. John’s community. We have a lot happening on Sundays so for a complete schedule of Sunday events/meetings, please visit our Event Calendar.

Kids Worship at St. John’s

Young people are always welcome at our 10:00 am worship service. We know young children sometimes make spontaneous sound and we celebrate all their exclamations and noises. We have a special area set aside just for families with smaller chairs and soft toys for the kids.

We know that parents and youth have a lot going on, so we hope you’ll make a point in your calendar to target the first and third Sundays every month.

  • On first Sundays, we offer All Ages Worship, a celebration constructed to be more inclusive of our younger members. Some of our youth help to lead different parts and we tell a story in place of preaching a sermon. People are invited to gather around the Eucharistic Table for a better view. Come early at 9:45 and Rev. Michelle will help orient your children to what we do in worship. Visit our Children and Youth page for more details about this intergenerational worship service.
  • On third Sundays, we offer Godly Play in our Sunday school room. Our trained Godly Play teachers will prepare a lesson designed to engage the imagination of young children. Class begins at 9:45. Please visit our Formation for Children and Youth page for more information.

For more details about Sunday Worship, visit the page, What to expect when you worship with us.