Educational Groups

Adult Sunday School: Meeting in the parish hall the Faith Forum offers a variety of topics to help people grow in their knowledge and love of the lord. Every Sunday the topic is new so please join us any time. 

Contact: The Reverend Dr. Brad Smith

Growing in Faith Bible Study (Women's Bible Study)

very Tuesday, 10:30am - 11:30am. Meets in the Choir Room. A lay led Bible Study

Morning Prayer, Bible Study & Breakfast: 

Mondays, 7:00am - Chapel and Room 208
The fellowship begins with Morning Prayer in the Chapel.  Next we move to Room 208 to share a light breakfast. Then at 7:15 we share in the study of the Bible and conclude at 8am with prayer.  Some members of the group continue with Centering/Contemplative Prayer from 8:10- 8:30 am in the Parlor. Newcomer friendly!


LIFT Bible Study (Learning in Faith Together): Wednesdays, 11 am - Room 309 LIFT invites all who enjoy sharing different viewpoints, want to pray together and seek faithful engagement with others in their relationship with Jesus Christ.  


Children's Sunday School 
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Children & Youth Sunday School:  Sunday School takes place from 10am until 11am.  During that time, the children and youth are taught God’s Word and how it can be relevant in their daily life.  All of our dedicated teachers are volunteers and we are always happy to add to the ranks! 

Contact: TK - 5th grade: Matt Williams

Confirmation and 6th - 12th grade: Rachel Shelton

Holy Communion Classes:  This four week class allows children to explore the importance and meaning of the sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  It is offered as part of our 2nd/3rd grade Sunday School class, typically in October and November.

Contact: Matt Williams

Youth Confirmation:  St. John’s has made a strong commitment to our young people as they prepare to make an adult Statement of Faith by, through, and in the Sacramental Rite of Confirmation.  St. John's offers a Confirmation Class for youth in the 8th-10th grade during the Sunday school hour.  The class is taught in two ten-week sessions. Youth are given the opportunity to be confirmed should they choose to do so.  Parishioners may serve as a mentor, teacher or class coordinator. The confirmation experience and curriculum have been written by STJE staff members and the class is primarily led by staff or other church leaders. Students and/or parents interested in Youth Confirmation Class need to sign up for the class. This can be done by joining the Youth Confirmation Class 2019-2020 Group in Realm, or by contacting Matt Williams at the church.

Contact: The Rev. Rich Clark



Spirituality Groups

Centering Prayer:  Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.  St. John’s frequently hosts Centering Prayer workshops, follow sessions, and retreats.

To connect to this program online, contact Fr. Brad for an introduction and for the zoom link. 

Contact: The Reverend Dr. Brad Smith


Lectio Divina: Lectio Divina, literally meaning "divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine. To connect to this program online, contact Fr. Brad for an introduction and for the zoom link. 

Contact: The Reverend Dr. Brad Smith

Labyrinth: The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. Walking the Labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body ... Some find answers to questions long asked, some find healing, creativity, a sense of wholeness ... What will you find on your labyrinth journey?  We are planning to have a labyrinth available to St. John’s and the public on regular occasions throughout the year. Please check back for upcoming dates.

Contact: Toni Robinson


Intercessory Prayer Group:  The St. John’s Intercessory Prayer Group is a collection of St. John’s members who volunteer to pray for parishioners of St. John’s and their families and friends.  We also pray for the needs of St. John’s and our clergy.  Each intercessor commits to daily prayer for assigned prayer requests. 

Contact: Kathy Arthur

Evening Prayer and Rosary Group: This group meets each Thursday in the side chapel (5:45-6:16pm) and uses the format for Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer as well as the Anglican Rosary. Visitors and new members are always welcome. No previous experience with the Rosary is necessary. Rosary beads, booklets of prayers and instructions are available for anyone who wishes to attend. The purpose of holding beads during prayer is to help an individual to focus, to become calm and to feel comfort. A collection of prayers, written intentionally for using the Anglican rosary pattern, keeps the group reading together as we pray. The Anglican Rosary (also called Episcopal, Protestant) is a blend of the traditional Roman Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope. It was developed during the 1980’s as a focus for contemplative prayer and meditation.

Contact: Jane Williams


Groups that Serve

Funeral Guild: The Funeral Reception Guild is a community of parishioners whose mission is to honor and support family and friends experiencing grief after the death of a loved one through a reception following the funeral service at St. John’s.  The purpose of the Funeral Reception Guild is to prepare for and host the reception in keeping with the family’s wishes and desires, as deemed appropriate by the clergy.  This involves communication with the Priest assisting the family and other involved staff members, setting up for the reception, serving during the reception, and cleaning up following the reception.  All parishioners are invited to join this special Guild, one committed to offering care and support to bereaved families of St. John’s with compassion, kindness, and sympathy during a difficult time.

Contact: Charlotte Pfeiffer

EYC Advisors:  There is a wonderful team of adults who give their love, talent, and energy to making youth ministry possible at St. John’s.  This group of EYC advisors engages in the relational ministry necessary to build meaningful relationships with youth.  They also help with the logistical needs of the youth program (driving, chaperoning, etc.).  If you have a heart for working with teenagers, enjoy serving in a dynamic and fun ministry, and want to help shape the next generation of Christians, consider becoming a youth advisor at St. John’s.

Contact: Rachel Shelton

The Parish Shop:  The St. John’s bookstore, located on the second floor near the Nave, has a wide assortment of books, cards, crosses, silver jewelry and gift items.  Volunteers staff the bookstore on Sunday mornings from 8:30am to 12:30pm, 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings 5:45-7:30pm, and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm. 

Contact: Samantha Farnham

Receptionists:  Volunteers answer the phone, assist the staff and act as receptionist during office hours: mornings, Monday through Friday (9-12:30) and afternoons Monday through Thursday (12:30-4:00).

Contact: Kerry Johnson

Greeters Ministry: Welcoming guests is an important part of parish life at St. John’s. Greeters make our guests feel like they are a welcome addition to our fellowship and help all parishioners feel good about being at St. John’s by extending a smile and a handshake, or helping them find their way around the campus. If you believe growing our church is what God is calling you to do, this ministry is for you!

Contact: Laura Pruitt

Kitchen Kabinet:  If you enjoy cooking and have always wanted to spend time in a big commercial kitchen, St. John’s has a wonderful opportunity for you to have fun and serve others at the same time.  Volunteers are always needed, and appreciated, to help cook, serve and clean up for the many parish occasions when we share meals and fellowship.  The Sunday morning breakfast team hopes to grow its ranks.  From 6 to 7:30 am you can be a ‘Prep Cook’, at 7:30 to 9:30 am you can cook and serve or help in the dish room and with clean-up.  On Wednesday evenings during the school year, you may volunteer from 6 to 7:30 pm in the dish room or help with cleaning up the Parish Hall and kitchen.


Periodic deep cleaning of the kitchen is done several times each year, and helping hands are needed to scrub, wipe down, and make the kitchen clean and fresh.  As well, many parishioners have given beautiful silverware to St. John’s, and help is needed to polish it periodically.  No special training needed for any of these activities, just time and patience.

Contact: Janie Wooten

Fellowship Groups

SJE Women’s Group: This group, arranges monthly events for women of all ages at St. John’s to gather together and do Christ’s ministry through our church community.  Together they offer a variety of day and evening programs.  Come and learn from speakers, participate in outreach activities, walk and observe through tours, or join us for good conversation over a meal.  Participating in any of these events  provides opportunities for fellowship, ministry, and spiritual growth.  

Contact:  Suzanne Meeker

Young Families:  A group of families of young children ages 0-5 and beyond who gathers for social events, learning opportunities, outreach activities, and much much more. Contact:  Jen Walker

Foyer Groups:  In these informal gatherings, parishioners come together over meals in one another’s homes. A multi-generational ministry, Foyer Group ministry often produces life-long friendships and is a wonderful way to get to know folks that you might not interact with otherwise. It’s never too late to  join a group.  Just call to get involved!

Contact: Meredith McGough

Wednesday Night Book Club: The Wednesday Night Book Club is open to any reader who enjoys talking about books.  Whether you are new to book clubs or participate in several others, we hope you join us to meet new people, establish new friendships, and enjoy great conversations.  We meet on Wednesdays from September through June from 6:15-7:15pm. 

Contact: Matt Williams

Yoga:  Join us on Thursday mornings for this wonderful offering. This class beginners class is designed for the beginner or those who want a fresh start.  God made human beings from the earth in his image; he breathed his life into us.  Our class takes us back to our beginnings; connecting to the earth, becoming grounded.  Then we breathe; the breath is the bridge between the mind and the body.  The body is the temple for our spirit.  These 2 connections take us into our practice. Click Here for more information.

Contact: Nancy Armstrong.

Wednesday Night Suppers

During the school year St. John’s provides a Wednesday night program that is primarily a time of fellowship. We offer a wonderful meal, reasonably priced, prepared by loving volunteers in our own kitchen. We gather in the Parish Hall that we convert to “Jo’s Bistro” and break bread together. Young children eat from a child-friendly buffet.

Wednesday evening is also choir rehearsal for children, the Shepherd choir, and rehearsals for choirs of bell and chime.

Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and to set up the games and decorations in the Parish Hall.

Contact:  Janie Wooten

Fly Fishing Group: Enjoying connection with the Divine majesty of nature, the St. John’s Fly Fishers serve Christ and further the Kingdom through a welcoming community of adult women and men (16 years or older) who share a passion for fly fishing. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Contact: The Reverend Dr. Brad Smith

Young Adults:  Young adults of faith between the ages of 20 and 30-something play and celebrate the lives they lead and the lives that lie ahead, exploring what God might have in store. 

Contacts: Matt Williams

Golf Fellowship: Attention all women and men! Want to have fun with fellow members of St. John’s who share your passion for golf? This is the opportunity for you! Click Here to sign up for this exciting fellowship which will include opportunities for 9 hole, 18 hole, weekday/weekend, and even occasional overnighters throughout the year at beautiful courses in our region.

Contact: Roddey Player

Tai Chi Class:  St. John's welcomes Sifu David Block (of "The Phoenix and Dragon: Tai Chi & Kung Fu School"), instructor in the ancient martial art of Tai Chi, a unique form of “moving meditation” that calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of Tai Chi is practiced slowly and gently, and is ideal for people of all ages and health conditions. All are welcome.Every Tuesday 6:00-7:00pmFee: $15.00/person/class(cash/check to: (The Phoenix and Dragon) due at the door)St. John's Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)

Contact The Reverend Dr. Brad Smith



Groups for Children and Youth


EpiscoPALS (4th and 5th grades) is a wonderful ministry for young Episcopalians to come together for fun and fellowship, with a bit of Christian devotion and some introduction to Christian service. The emphasis is on learning how to be in Christian community and on having fun! 
Contact: Matt Williams

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC): Youth ministry at St. John’s exists to spark and nurture the spiritual development of young people during their teen years (6th grade through 12th grade).  Because of differing levels of maturity and challenges, there are two major divisions within the Youth Ministry program: Juniors’ programming is for students in 6th through 8th grade, Seniors’ programming is for students in 9th through 12th grade. For both Juniors and Seniors, there are a variety of opportunities.
   EYC activities are planned and executed by teams of youth, with the guidance and support of adult youth workers. EYC meets on Sunday evenings through the academic year for fellowship, programs, and worship.  In addition to the regular meetings we also offer:
Weekend retreats in the fall, winter, and spring;
Wednesday evening program during the Parish Supper
Service opportunities and mission trips, including the Soup Kitchen and Room in the Inn; Special events, like Fill the Bowl and the Lenten Prayer Friend Project; and
Diocesan events, including Happening and Youth Conferences
Contact: Rachel Shelton CLICK HERE for more.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is for children 4 years old through rising 6th grade.  7th graders and older are Youth Helpers and college students through all ages are invited as teachers.  During the week we make great crafts, play fun games, sing songs, eat wonderful food and most importantly hear stories that teach us about Jesus’ Abundant Love for each of us.  This is a fantastic way to meet other parishioners and everyone is encouraged to participate!

Contact: Matt Williams


Committees of the Church

All committees of the church are open to visitors in their meetings. Dates and times for meetings vary within each committee. CLICK HERE to check the church calendar.

The Vestry of the church is the group of elected parishioners, headed by the rector, who acts as the canonical authority of the parish and oversees the finances, vision, and committees of the parish. The committees appointed by the vestry or rector are listed below:

The Preschool Committee oversees the needs and offers advice to our preschool. See Jenny Taylor for more information.

The Property Committee oversees the property of the church including the buildings and grounds. See David Dwyer for more information.

The Finance Committee oversees the finances of the church and makes recommendations to the vestry regarding budgeting and investing. See Merrill Gowdy for more information.

The Endowment Board is not a committee of the vestry but is a separate entity whos members are appointed by the vestry. This board oversees the church endowment. See George Shield for more information.

The Garden Committee manages, cares for, and oversees the memorial garden of the church. See Shelley Bonnin for more information. 

The Personnel Committee provided advice to the rector regarding the parish staff. See Peter Floyd for more information.

The Columbarium Committee oversees the needs of the church columbarium. See Don Lassiter for more information.

The Outreach Committee oversees the outreach ministries of the church, and with the vestry's oversight, manages its budget. See Brian Emigh for more information.

The Fellowship Committee oversees various fellowship events. See Jamey Graves for more information.

The Worship Committee oversees the needs of our various worship services. See Peter Floyd for more information.