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8:30 AM Rite I Eucharist

9:15 AM - Coffee Hour & Brief Bible Study

10 AM Rite II Eucharist with Music & Sunday School

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Visit our virtual worship page for the Sunday Bulletin

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Green Team Workshop Sunday, February 25 @ 11:15 AM

in the Battin Room

Presentation on Lenten Roses/ Hellebores and how they provide early food for pollinators. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to transplant and take home a plant.

Upcoming Events @ St. John's:

See Sunday's Lectionary here.

Lenten Rose Flower Forum

Sunday, 2/25 @ 11:15 AM

Youth Group

Sunday, 2/25 @ 4 PM

Lenten Meal & The Chosen

in the Sanctuary

Wednesday, 2/28 @ 6 PM

Parkinson's Support Group

Wednesday, 3/6 @ 1:30 PM

Lenten Meal & The Chosen

Wednesday, 3/6 @ 6 PM

St. John's is renting our Parish Hall building Wednesday, February 28-Friday, March 1 to a TV production company while they are filming in the area. Since TV crews will be using many of our rooms for costuming and catering needs, there will be limited parking available during the day. Any church meetings will be held in the sanctuary, including our Lenten program on The Chosen on Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm. While this is certainly an exciting opportunity, please refrain from coming to campus unless you are here for a meeting. All questions can be directed to Rev Jill.


Lenten Program: The Chosen

Wednesday evenings

6pm (meal)

6:30pm (program)

Enjoy a simple meal as we watch Season 1 of The Chosen, a beautifully made TV series based on the life of Jesus.

After, we will discuss what we’ve learned, and end with the service of Compline.

Sign up to bring something for our meals.

Catch up and watch episode 1 of the first season (free on YouTube).

40 Days of Lent

Mite Box Devotional

Reflecting on our Blessings: Donations benefit our sister parish San Andres Guatemala and their sustainability Chicken Ministry.

Download your calendar here or pick one up at church.

Stations of the Cross Retreat

Lenten Retreat: Saturday, March 16 8:30-11:30am

Enter into the mystery of Jesus’s last days and imagine what you’d see and hear if you were there.

We invite you to take part in a special Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 16. We will gather in the Parish Hall for breakfast and learn about the history of the Stations of the Cross (a series of 14 images and prayers that mark the last hours of Jesus’s life).


The rest of the morning will be spent in small groups or as individuals who will create something for our Stations of the Cross Walk on Good Friday, March 29. Pick the Station that means the most to you and show us how you feel. Use your imagination as you create a unique object or item; it can be a craft, poetry, painting, or writing prayers for St. John’s. We’ll provide supplies – paint, pictures, paper, etc. – and you will get the chance to show what the Station you choose means to you.


This is a whole church project partnered with Sunday School and Youth Group. This is a great way to connect and share what the season of Lent means to you, as well as learn about our individual faith journeys and our journey as a church.We hope to see you there!


Date: Saturday, March 16

Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am


If you don’t finish your piece during the retreat you can take it home to finish. If you can’t make it to the retreat – don’t let that stop you! Create something at home and bring it to the office by Thursday, March 28th. Let your imagination soar!


RSVPs are helpful for planning purposes but not required.

Read our Lenten E-news to see all that is happening at St. John's this Lent.

Go Deeper This Lent


Brief Bible Study 2024: Genesis

Sunday mornings at 9:30

We are studying the second half of Genesis Sundays at 9:30 AM. Read: Genesis 25:19-28:9 where Jacob deceives his father Isaac and cheats his brother Esau – please join us! Find the full Bible study schedule here.


Looking for Volunteers for Chester Eastside's 'Open Table'

Orientation: Thursday, March 7th or Friday, March 8th at 9:30 at CEI (carpool from St John's at 9:00) [Please note corrected dates]

In partnership with Chester Eastside, Rev Jill and interested volunteers will go to Chester once a month to serve a hot meal to those who gather at CEI's Open Table. Time commitment: 4 hours.

Open Table's mission is to provide a full, healthy meal to anyone seeking to take part, without cost, questions, or requirements. Volunteers serve an already-prepared hot dish, prepare salad, and serve dessert; others act as host and companion to our guests. Everyone agrees to create and maintain an environment that is inclusive, diverse, respectful of every person, and creates peace. At CEI we aspire to feed not only bodies, but hearts and spirits.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rev Jill.

Please Take our Green Team Survey Here

OnGoing Collections at the Welcome Center

Saint Mary’s Food Bank – non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the church anytime the building is open. Please bag your donations in plastic or cloth.

Soda Tab Collection – benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

More information on the program hereSee Tracey Payne with questions. Thank you!

Click below to access the worship team schedules for both services.

Worship Team Volunteer Schedules

Diversity & Scout Pancake Breakfast

Discussions in Diversity

Wed. Feb. 28 at 7 pm at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Houston Room

8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia

Free and open to all. Community dinner will take place in the Parish Hall at 6 pm each Wednesday. Vegetarian options will be available.

Each Wednesday in February, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philadelphia will host prominent local BIPOC creators and artists to discuss their work, lives, careers, aspirations, and concerns as People of Color in 2024. Each artist will present for 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. Selected to represent a range of ages, backgrounds, and media, we hope to highlight Black Excellence by showcasing the work they strive for throughout the year. More info here.

St. John's Episcopal Church

Usual Office Hours

Monday - Friday

9 AM - 1 PM


The Rev. Jill LaRoche Wikel, Rector

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