Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Eve Eucharist, Dec. 24, 7pm

We welcome all people to celebrate the coming of Christ on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7:00 pm. We offer a candlelight service of Bible readings, prayers, traditional Christmas songs, and Communion. At St. John's (as in all Episcopal churches) any baptized Christian is invited to receive Communion. 

Organist Todd Gorski and choir members from Church of the Epiphany, Southbury, will lead the Christmas music.

We're looking forward to sharing our celebration of Jesus' birth with you!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dec. 6 Study with Fr. Mark-The Liturgy of the Word

Father Mark gave a little more detail on the next two study sessions. They will be based on the Holy Eucharist. The December 6 session will be about the first part of our worship, the Word of God, with a special focus on the Creed. The following session will be on the Holy Communion.

So plan to stay after church on the first Sunday of the month for some enlightening and engaging learning about the Christian faith as expressed in the Episcopal Church.

Newsletter Advent & Christmas (December) 2009

At last, the current issue, still in pdf format.

Newsletter Late Pentecost (October - November) 2009

Read it in pdf format.

Newsletter Mid-Pentecost (August - September) 2009

Read it in pdf format.

Pentecost Newsletter (May-June-July) 2009

Read it in pdf format.

Newsletter Holy Week & Easter 2009

Read it in pdf format.

Newsletter Lent 2009

Read it in pdf format.

This is the first of a series of newsletter posts to catch us up to the current issue.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Identity of the Episcopal Church, Dec. 6

Following the service, the second adult study groups will take place, led by Father Mark Moore.  The overall study is "The Identity of the Episcopal Church."  This next meeting will focus on the Creed.  Three more study groups will follow in January, February, and March.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bishop-Elect Ian T. Douglas

Learn more about our new bishop-elect here.
And read about the election and diocesan convention here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Learn about the Episcopal Church

Starting Sunday, November 1, All Saints Day, Father Mark Moore will be leading an educational series about the Identity of the Episcopal Church.  The first session will be devoted to the history of the church.  These classes are for anyone new, experienced in the church, or just curious about what we believe and do.  Father Moore is an interesting and engaging speaker; he guarantees that everyone will learn something they didn't know before.  Meet downstairs at 11:00 am, after church.

Follow Diocesan Convention

There's a "twub" - Twitter hub - where you can follow live updates from the Connecticut Diocesan Convention today and tomorrow.
#epct is the hashtag to follow Convention in social media.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. John's on YouTube

Thanks to Eliza Hallabeck of the Newtown Bee, there is now a video of our donut stop on YouTube, which accompanies her excellent article that can be found at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Donut Stop a Success

St. John's parishioners served over 500 donuts last Saturday.  Threatening weather forced the event indoors, where we had a warm, dry place with the delicious scent of Cheryl and Bruce's apple-flavored donuts.  Steve created a beautiful poster to welcome guests to St. John's and briefly describe our worship and community activities.  Thanks not only to those who worked at the event, but especially to all our guests who enjoyed donuts and beverages, plus waited so patiently and graciously on line.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Donut Stop Oct. 3

St. John’s Church will celebrate the Fall season by holding a Donut Stop at the church on Washington Ave. on Sat. Oct. 3, from 9AM-Noon. We will offer our famous freshly made cake style donuts with a seasonal twist. Apple Cider Donuts. Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Orange Juice will be served. Our Donut Stop will be walk-up style on the church grounds with plenty of parking behind the church. CafĂ© tables will be available if you wish to sit and enjoy your selection. The Donut Stop will be held rain or shine.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Return of the Farmers' Market

The Sandy Hook Organic Farmers' Market is back at St. John's, Tuesdays from 2pm until 6pm. Stop by and get some delicious produce, baked goods, and other organic products.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Organic Farmers' Market Starts Tuesday 6/23, NEW LOCATION

The Sandy Hook Organic Farmers' Market will start this Tuesday, June 23, and be open from 2pm - 6 pm. This year the market is moving to a larger location closer to Newtown's shopping area. It will be on the grounds of Lexington Gardens on Church Hill Road.

Here's a map, courtesy of Google Maps.

Friday, May 29, 2009

St Johns Donut Day 2009 - street view

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St Johns Donut Day 2009 - adding sugar

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St Johns Donut Day 2009 - making the donuts

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Bruce, Ann, and JoAnn at the fryer


Thanks to all who came to our donut booth at last weekend's Duck Race. There was no more dough left by 11:15, and American Artisan Bakery was doing a great business with Andy's delicious scones and desserts (including the parish blogger's favorite, Chocolate Hockey Pucks). Thanks also to Bruce, Cheryl, JoAnn, Ann, Steve, Christopher, and Sam for all their good work on the donut booth. Having an active booth, the banner, and the new sign let the larger community know what an active place St. John's really is.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Holy Week & Easter 2009 Newsletter

Read our print newsletter. There will be a new one published soon. If you'd prefer to have our newsletters mailed to you, please e-mail or write to the church with your mailing address.

Signs of Life

Spring is finally here and the plant life around St. John's is showing the change in seasons. Starting with snowdrops, then hyacinths and daffodils, now azaleas and irises, there is color amid the greening of the churchyard.

Another new color is blue - the new blue sign welcoming all to St. John's. Unfortunately, our previous white hand-painted sign that we all loved was no longer repairable. Bruce did the legwork to find a replacement and the vestry agreed on a design in keeping with the original. We especially like the additional sign for "Home of F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry." The sign was installed sometime last week. It's good to have growing, flowering plants and a shiny new sign to reflect the renewal of life that's happening in our parish.

Welcome, Teagan Rose!

The newest Christian in the St. John's community, Teagan Rose, was baptized on April 26. We welcome Teagan, her big brother and parents, and their extended family and friends. Thank you all for making St. John's part of this important time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Palm Crosses

Cleo was kind enough to make palm crosses for anyone who wanted one last Sunday.

Holy Week

A blog post that I discovered. Oscar Romero's prayer is especially encouraging as we in our small church celebrate the great events of Holy Week.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

February 2009 Newsletter

Read our print newsletter. Just figured out how to post it online, so backdated the post to keep it below the current news.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lent and Easter Worship

Please join us for special worship services to mark the seasons of Lent and Easter:
  • Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 25th at 7:00 PM
  • Good Friday service, April 10th at 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday Eucharist April 12th at 9:30 AM

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sandy Hook, CT will hold our 52nd Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, on Tuesday, February 24th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM in the church hall at 5 Washington Ave. Our Traditional meal of pancakes with Homestyle Corned Beef Hash, Country Sausage, Applesauce & Beverage will be served. Father Mark Moore will be in attendance to meet the public. Ample parking is available behind the church. Take-out orders are available. Donation is $8.00 Adult, $4.00 Children 3-10, and Children 2 and under are served free. For additional information you may contact Bruce or Cheryl Moulthrop at 426-3112.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Christmas Thanks

There are lots of people to thank for our beautiful Christmas Eve service. Thanks to:

· Todd Gorski for plating organ for us, in between the two Christmas Eve services at his regular church
· Mary and Anne and Steve for decorating the church so beautifully
· JoAnn, Bruce, and Cheryl for so much of the coordination that goes into a service like this
· Mary for the ad in the Bee that stood out on the page and looked so great
· Father Mark for his excellent leadership, preaching, and kind, friendly presence
· All the readers of the gospel reading
· Everyone who came and celebrated Christ’s birth with us at St. John’s

And the parish blogger’s apologies to anyone left out.