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What is an Episcopalian?

An Episcopalian is a member of the Episcopal Church, the American branch of the world-wide Anglican Communion. With over 80 million members, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world. The Episcopal Church was established in America by English colonists and at the time was simply called the Church of England. Today, many people join the Episcopal Church because of its unique preservation of early Christian “catholic” tradition and its embrace of tolerance and reform.

What does the Episcopal Church believe?

We believe in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the early Christian statements of faith. We believe in the Bible as the Word of God, which contains everything necessary for salvation. We believe in God the creator who is made known to the world as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And we believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. For more detailed information please view the Our Beliefs page.

What is it like to worship at St. John’s?

During a typical worship service we will read from scripture, hear the priest give a sermon, and participate in Holy Communion. At our 10:30am service the organist and choir lead the congregation in singing hymns, chanting the Psalm, and they offer special music and anthems. Members of the parish function as readers and servers in the altar party. For our primary Sunday Service we use the service for Holy Eucharist Rite II as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer.

What is the Book of Common Prayer?

The Book of Common Prayer outlines our beliefs and worship services as Episcopalians. It is what we have in common with other Episcopal Churches. It contains the prayers for the Sacraments (such as Baptism and Communion) as well as the other rites of the church such as Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation, burials, and much more.

Do I need to be a member to take Communion?

Communion at St. John’s is open to all baptized Christians, no matter where you were baptized. If you would like begin one of our formation classes to become baptized, please contact our parish office to make an appointment with the Rector.

Do you have Bible studies or Youth Groups?

There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow in our faith at St. John’s. Adult studies frequently discuss why we do what we do through bible studies, topical studies, and book groups. St. John’s also offers a Sunday School program and nursery for your younger members.

Who goes to St. John’s?

Members of St. John’s come from all over the Tri-City area including Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Freeland, Hemlock, and everywhere in between. St. John’s seeks to be a place where all people can come to worship God and and serve their neighbor in Christ’s name. St. John’s remains non-political and allows its members the breathing space to hold to their individual convictions and allow others to do the same.

Is your sanctuary handicap accessible?

St. John’s underwent an extensive restructuring project in 2010 to make our sanctuary accessible while maintaining the historical integrity of the building. We now have lifts and ramps that will accommodate many mobility solutions.  If you are unable to come to the altar but would like to receive Holy Communion, please inform an usher so that the priest can come to you.

How do you help your community?

St. John’s has several outreach ministries, which help feed our community on a regular basis. These include our weekly Lunch Bag Outreach program and our annual Christmas basket ministry.  Our building is also used by several community organizations, such as Major Chords for Minors, as a meeting and rehearsal space.

How do I become a member?

The Episcopal Church sees itself as a part of the greater Body of Christ mentioned in the Scriptures. We believe this includes all baptized Christians. Because of this, baptism is our only requirement for membership. If you have been baptized in another church, contact our parish office to learn about the process of transferring your membership or being officially received into the Episcopal Church.

Can non-members be married at your church?

The clergy of St. John’s will officiate the sacramental rite of marriage for any couples who have been members and attendees of St. John’s for at least one year. Immediate family of members are also eligible to be married.

Can non-members be buried at St. John’s?

Funerals at St. John’s are conducted in accordance with The Book of Common Prayer 1979. Funeral liturgies at St. John’s are reserved for communicants in good standing, and, in some cases, immediate family members. Click the link for more information and a complete funeral planning guide