St. John’s is a part of a larger community of Episcopal churches and people, The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. We center our worship around The Book of Common Prayer, the Holy Bible and our Episcopal Hymnal. Baptisms and other life-event liturgies are regularly celebrated. All are invited to receive Holy Communion. Children are always welcome in worship.

Worship During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sunday Morning Worship –  Our in-person Holy Eucharist is currently at 9:00am on Sunday mornings.  Due to Covid Protocols, we are limiting the number of people for in-person worship to 95 attendees.  This number changes frequently as we follow the guidelines of the CDC and our Bishop.  If you would like to attend our in-person worship, please contact Barbara in the church office barbara@stjohnswf.com.  We stream our worship services so you can also participate live on Zoom (registration required), or live on our YouTube Channel, or watch the service recording later on YouTube.

Morning Prayer – Morning Prayer takes place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:30 am via Zoom. You can join by clicking this link.

Wednesday Holy Eucharist – Due to the recent rise in Covid-19 infections as well as the new virus strain, Wednesday Holy Eucharist will be on hiatus for approximately 5-6 weeks.  Please check your weekly eNews (subscribe here) for further updates.

Worship Schedule

Sunday Mornings:

  • 9:00 am – Worship in person or watch our LIVE service via Zoom or YouTube.

Mondays:

  • 7:30 am – Morning Prayer via Zoom

Wednesdays:

  • 7:30 am – Morning Prayer via Zoom
  • 11:00 am – Holy Eucharist (on hiatus due to Covid Protocols)

Fridays:

  • 7:30 am – Morning Prayer via Zoom

 

Sacraments & Rites

Our tradition recognizes sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 857)

Holy Baptism and the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church.

Holy Eucharist (Communion)

Our Sunday morning services are liturgies of Holy Eucharist (Communion).  Eucharist takes each Sunday at 9:00 am.  Due to Covid Protocols, our Wednesday service is currently on hiatus.

Children are invited to share in Communion as soon as they express interest. Please don’t worry if they don’t fully understand what it means at the start. Their understanding will grow, especially if they participate in Godly Play (our program for Children’s Formation) and our half-day Children’s Holy Communion Retreat each spring.

Marriage

We are delighted to assist couples as they explore the covenant of Christian marriage.

We assist all couples without regard to the gender identities of those who wish to marry.

Pre-marital counseling is required, and we recommend beginning this process at least nine months before your preferred wedding date.

A Counseling Fee of $500 and a Wedding Fee of $1000 are charged to non-members. There is no Counseling or Wedding Fee for those who have been members of St. John’s for more than one year.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a rite celebrating the public, adult profession of Episcopal baptismal vows.

We recommend the earliest one begin to prepare for Confirmation is 14 years old.

St. John’s offers both Youth Confirmation and Adult Confirmation courses at least once per year.

Memorials, Funerals, and Burials

St. John’s is honored to extend care to parishioners and others in the Wake Forest community when a loved one has died. Please contact us to make arrangements.

St. John’s maintains a Columbarium on our church campus for the interment of ashes or memorializing a loved one with a brass plaque. Please contact us to inquire about purchasing a niche or plaque in the Columbarium.

Baptism

In the Episcopal Church, we baptize children or adults of any age after suitable preparation with a priest.

We do not celebrate private baptisms, but if you would like an accommodation for special needs or simply prefer a small, quiet service for your baptism, please let us know.

We celebrate baptism during congregational worship on several traditional days during the church year, and other Sundays upon consultation with our Rector:

1st Sunday after the Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord (early January)

The Easter Vigil (night before Easter Sunday; adults only as this is a late evening service)

Day of Pentecost (May/June)

All Saints Day (early November)

Serving in Worship

Altar Guild

Serve on a team to prepare the altar for Sunday worship and special services. Average rotation is once per six weeks.

Flower Guild

Arrange flowers and other elements for worship on a rotating basis. Average rotation is once per six weeks.

Vergers

Assist the clergy by recruiting and training worship servers. Coordinate logistical details before services, then lead the procession into worship and assist on the altar with any needs that may arise.

Acolytes

Light candles on the altar, carry the processional cross and torches into worship, assist with the offering and setting the table for Communion. Children 8 years and up as well as adults may serve as acolytes.

Chalice Bearers

Serve the consecrated wine during Holy Communion.

Readers

Read scripture lessons during worship services.

Ushers

Distribute bulletins, assist with seating, assist families with children as needed, receive the Offering, and assist with Communion.