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8:30 AM Rite I Eucharist

9:00 AM - Pancake Breakfast

10 AM Rite II Eucharist with Music & Sunday School

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2023 Unsung Heroes: Tech Team members Phil Thompsen, Gerry Tierney, Will D., Ron Hammer, Evan Willoughby, Patti Doyle, and Glenn Wikel. View more Annual Meeting photos here.

Read the 2023 Annual Report Here.

Upcoming Events @ St. John's:

See Sunday's Lectionary here.

Men's Breakfast

Saturday, 2/10 @ 8:30 AM

Green Team Meeting

Sunday, 2/11 @ 11 AM

Literary Ladies

Sunday, 2/11 @ 12:30 PM

WWJB? Beer: Stouts

Tuesday, 2/13 @ 6:30 PM

Ash Wednesday Eucharist Wednesday, 2/14 @ Noon & 6:30 PM

Ashes to Go Wednesday 2/14 @ 3-5 PM

Shrove Sunday Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, Feb 11 9:00-10:15 AM

Support our Youth Group at their Shrove Sunday pancake breakfast!

Includes juice, sausage,

and fruit salad to go

with your flapjacks.

Suggested donation amount: $7/person or

$25 for a family of 4.

Saturday, February 10th at 8:30am

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm

Join us on Fat Tuesday!


Why pancakes? And what does 'shrove' mean?

Ash Wednesday is the solemn day that begins a season of fasting and repentance, known as Lent. In England (where the Episcopal Church has its roots), the faithful would go to confession on the day before and be 'shriven' (forgiven or absolved) of their sins. Hence, the day before Ash Wednesday is called 'Shrove Tuesday.'

Many Christian communities mark the days leading up to Lent with a time of feasting and celebration. While Carnivale and Mardi Gras are famous for some outrageous costumes and revelry, other Christians mark the final day before a season of fasting by eating as much sugary goodness as they can.

In England, Anglicans would use up their eggs and butter by making batches of pancakes, topping them with syrup. This tradition is centuries old, and includes a story of a woman, in the middle of making pancakes, who heard the bell marking the start of confession and then ran through the town towards church, flipping her pancake in a frying pan! This story lives on today, where there is a Pancake Day Race of women flipping pancakes as they run through the streets of Olney, England.

At St. John's, we've moved our pancake day to "Shrove Sunday" - which is this coming Sunday.

Come out and support our Youth Group as they flip flapjacks for you!

Ash Wednesday: February 14

 Begin your Lenten devotion by attending one of these opportunities

to receive the imposition of ashes:

Imposition of Ashes and

Holy Communion:

12pm & 6:30pm

Ashes To Go: 3 – 5pm

Lenten Program: The Chosen

Wednesday evenings:

6pm (meal) & 6:30pm (program)

Wednesday evenings beginning on February 21, enjoy a simple meal as we watch Season 1 of The Chosen, a beautifully made TV series based on the life of Jesus. Following each viewing, we will discussion what we’ve learned, and end with the service of Compline. Meeting in the Battin Room.


February 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. Learn how to help them thrive. Following the presentation each participant will have an opportunity to transplant and take home a plant. This shade loving plant, in future years, will give you blooms between December and April. (They are deer resistant.)


Green Team Collection

We need your toilet paper and paper towel rolls! Please bring these to church and put them in the ‘Green Team’ bin in the Welcome Center. The Green Team will use these to transplant seedlings in our upcoming plant forums (the first forum on Lenten Roses is Sunday, Feb 25th at 11:15).

View our upcoming free programs 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. Thank you!

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 & Suicide Prevention

Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Blessed Absalom Jones

Sat. Feb. 17 from 10 am to 2 pm

Episcopal Academy Chapel

1785 Bishop White Drive, Newtown Square

Free and open to all.

Advanced registration is required.

Registration for the gathering and Eucharist service ends Thu. Feb. 15. More information and registration here.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer): Suicide Prevention Training


5 – 6:30PM

Virtual or In-Person

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 

QPR is a nationally recognized suicide prevention training researched and developed by Paul Quinnett, PhD, a clinical psychologist and founder of the QPRInstitute, The program was created for every-day citizens, and requires no clinical training or education. More info here.

Discussions in Diversity

Wed. Feb. 21 and 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, except Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14), 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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