Worship at Saint John’s
Welcome to Saint John’s, Concord! Worship is at the heart of all we do at Saint John’s. We have been worshipping at this place for 315 years, and we have a sense that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. The early settlers in “Concord” began holding worship in 1697 in the home of John and Margary Hannun, a quarter mile up the hill, and in 1702 they built a log cabin, the first church, 200 yards from the current building. In 1707, the church was stable enough that Queen Anne gave us a pewter chalice and patten for Holy Communion, inscribed “Concord Church.” After adding on to the log cabin twice, in 1844 we built the current church and we’ve been worshipping here ever since.
Our Current worship schedule is crafted for two large seasons: Summer and Program Year. Each Season has its own schedule, and after some adjusting it works for the ebb and flow of the life of the People of Saint John’s. For example, we have fewer worship srvices in the summer because about one third less people attend church in the summer. And the two service schedule is more relaxed, fitting the practice most of us have to hoping for some re-creation of our lives during the summer time. We hope that you, the reader of this article, will find God here, come to know Jesus here, find spiritual fulfilment here at Saint John’s Church, Concord.
The Summer Schedule: During the Summer, we worship at 8 am and 10 am every Sunday. Summer is defined for us as beginning on Memorial Day Weekend, and ending after Labor Day Weekend. So, from the Sunday after Memorial Day through the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, we worship in the church at 8 and 10 am. 8 am is a quiet worship service, using more “traditional” languate of the Rite I liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. Future link for live worship?
The Program Year Schedule: The Program year is patterned after the school year, and begins on the Sunday after Labor Day, and Ends on the Sunday before Memorial Day. During the School Year, Saint John’s becomes a busier, bustling place. The kids are back to school, Sunday School and Adult Education begins, and various church activities and programs start up. We also see It as part of our mission to welcome children and their families as well as middle aged and elders in our midst, so we have fine tuned our worship services during the Program year to more effectively minister to giving children and their parents a comfortable worship experience where bustling children don’t feel out of place, as well as accommodating those who want a more serene worship experience. To do this, we have worship services during the program year at 8 am, 9:15 and 11 am.
Inter-mixed with Program Year Sunday worship are educational and fellowship activities and two coffee hours. The two hubs of activity during this time are the Church and the Parish Hall. All worship happens in the Church; the Parish Hall houses education, fellowship, food and the bathroom facilities! During the Program Year, the Sunday Schedule looks like this:
8:00 am: Rite I Eucharist (spoken)
8:50 am: Coffee Hour
9:15 am Rite II Family Eucharist with Music
9:25 The Children leave for Children’s Chapel During Adult Sermon time, and return
10:15 The worship ends, Children and teachers go to Sunday School, and adults attend Coffee Hour Fellowship or an adult education offering.
10:30 The Choir gathers in the Choir room for rehearsal.
10:55 The bell sounds, signaling the end of Sunday School; parents retrieve their children
11:00 am Holy Communion Rite II liturgy begins, with choir.
Noon The third worship service ends at noon, or soon after
12:15 The Choir gathers for rehearsal in the Church or the Music Room. Some parishioners gather for an impromptu coffee hour in the parish hall.
Special Seasons, Services and Sacred Holidays. It should be noted that the above schedule does have its occasional exceptions, notably around Christmas and Easter. Christmas is a movable holiday, falling on a different week day each year, and that can effect the Sunday Schedule immediately before as well as after Easter. For example, in 2017, Christmas Eve, December 24 is a Sunday, meaning that we will NOT offer a full Sunday Morning Schedule on the same day that we will also offer four Christmas Eve Services at 3, 5, 7:30 and 10:30 pm! So in 2017, we will only offer the 8 am said Eucharist. The Sunday after Christmas, we will only offer worship at 8 & 10 am. The best way to keep up with this is to check the on-line google calendar through the link on this web site.
Our 8:00 a.m. Eucharist is a traditional Rite 1 liturgy focusing on the spoken word
and the quiet contemplation of how the Holy Spirit moves us and guides us in our daily
Our 9:15 a.m. Eucharist is a family oriented Rite II liturgy with a mix of contemporary
and traditional music styles. A Children’s Chapel during sermon time is a special feature
that gives parents their own spiritual time.
The Education Hour is nestled between the 9:15 and 11 o’clock services and
provides fellowship and learning for all those who attend. Children attend Sunday School
while adults can choose to attend an educational offering, enjoy fellowship at coffee hour, teach Sunday school or join choir practice, help prepare for worship with the Altar Guild or as a reader, or take a turn in preparing coffee hour for the parish.
Our 11:00 a.m. Eucharist is a more traditional Rite II liturgy full of music and song.
This service features a full choir, congregational singing and inspirational preaching.
We hope that you are spiritually nourished here at Saint John’s, Please see one of the clergy or a parish leader if you need help making our way at Saint John’s.