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

What to expect when you worship with us

All are welcome at God’s Table. You’ll hear this invitation often when you worship at St. John’s.

God’s Table is where we are all invited to bring our whole selves, perfectly imperfect and deeply beloved by God. Regular worship is a significant part of formation in the Christian faith. At St. John’s you will find a warm, welcoming community who come together every week to learn more about who we are called to be as we celebrate God’s abundant love for all creation.

Sundays at 8:00 am

Most Sundays, we offer a quieter, more intimate worship at 8:00 am. This group meets in the Quire where we celebrate a Rite I Eucharistic service together. This service is not offered on major feast days or in the summer months of July and August. 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. This service is followed immediately by a Social Hour in our Parish Hall where you can get to know 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 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 children where we offer right-sized chairs, carpeting, and soft toys.

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 geared toward including our younger members more intentionally in worship. 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.

Other notes about worshipping at St. John’s

Our worship pattern comes directly out of the Book of Common Prayer. Some prayers come from Enriching Our Worship. Our music can be found in several hymnals authorized for use in the Episcopal Church. If you want to learn more, visit our Christian Formation Resources page.

Receiving Communion: All are welcome to receive communion. If you would like to discuss baptism, please speak directly with Rev. Michelle. There is more information about baptism on our Belonging and Baptism pages.

Gluten-free: At our 10:00 am service, all bread is gluten free. If you’re coming to worship at 8:00 am, please let Rev. Michelle know before worship that you need a gluten-free wafer.

Parking: There is street parking available. Most people choose to park in the parking lot behind the church and enter the building via the ramp (visible from the parking lot).

Accessibility: If you have mobility concerns, be sure to park in the lot behind the church building, where we have plenty of handicapped spaces, and use the entrance ramp. An usher can help you find a place where you’ll have space for your movement aids. At communion, if the steps to the altar are a concern for you, we will bring communion to you at your seat.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!