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YOU are welcome here, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex, national origin, marital status, family makeup, socioeconomic status, or political persuasion.  St. John’s Episcopal Church is a community of people who gather to acknowledge our need for divine and human love, and to respect our common humanity.  At St. John's, ALL ARE WELCOME.  

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Sunday Services

8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist - contemplative spoken service, without music

10:00 AM - Holy Eucharist - traditional worship with music, infant care, children's ministry

Wednesday Service

12:00 PM - Holy Eucharist - contemplative worship in an intimate setting in the chancel area of our sanctuary 




St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 405 N. Saginaw Road, between St. Andrew's Rd. and Hillcrest Rd. The main entrance for worship is through the gates closest to St. Andrew's Rd.  The main entrance for parish offices is in the Griswold Ministry Center, closer to Hillcrest Rd.  Ramp and railing are present at both entrances, with option to use an automatic-opening door to enter and exit the Griswold Ministry Center.

Handicap and First Time Visitor parking spaces are marked near the entrance to the Griswold Ministry Center, closer to the north end of our parking lot and Hillcrest Rd. 

If you need physical assistance, please let our greeters and ushers know.




We regularly offer nursery care during 10am worship and have privacy rocking chairs and worship bags for in-church activity for the youngest ages.  In school months, we offer formation classes and creative outreach activities for children of all ages. 




What Can You Expect?

A warm welcome! 

We try to lead worship in a way that is true to our inherited traditions while exploring new expressions of our faith.  Some of our members come to church in suits and dresses, others in jeans and t-shirts.  *Children are always welcome in church but for those parents who prefer, infant and toddler care is provided every Sunday beginning at 9:00am. *Visit our Children & Youth Formation page to learn more. 

Please fill out and return the "Welcome/Connect" card you'll find in our pews; share whatever and whenever you're comfortable.   



Global Outreach

Below are global outreach efforts to which St. John's has committed resources of all kinds. 

livingwaters-1.jpgLiving Waters for the World

A message from SJEC parishioner Lowell Youngquist, Moderator of the SE Mexico LWW Network 

To All Donors who contributed towards the purchase of a pick-up truck for the SE Mexico Anglican Diocese and LWW (Living Waters for the World): 

A Big Thank You for your generous support in providing the funds of $24,000 (US) for Eigner and Bishop

Benito to be able to purchase a 2017, 4 door, Ranger Pick-up Truck.  This truck will provide for much needed upgraded practical transportation for the SE Mexico Anglican Diocese and LWW Water Network Ministries to visit parishes and water systems over a variety of terrain and distances.  The remaining funds will be used to support the sustainability of the truck. 


Also, I want to personally thank St. John's Episcopal Endowment Committee to provide the initial matching grant of $12,000 to get the ball rolling.  Here are (4) power point slides highlighting the Truck, the physical location of SE Mexico Anglican Diocese and LWW Water Network Ministries, and donation sources.

Between 2008 and mid-2014, in support of the Living Waters for the World (LWW) mission and ministry efforts in the SE Mexico region, St. John’s Endowment Committee and parish members made generous contributions ($65,000 and $12,000 respectively). 

Lowell Youngquist, SJEC parishioner and co-moderator of the SE Mexico Living Waters for the World Network (States of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Veracruz), reports they have 10 to 12 active systems.  The network’s purpose is to get existing water systems to sustaining levels (producing 200 five-gallon bottles per week of potable water).  This weekly level of production, per system, provides 125 families with water needs like drinking and food preparation.  Presently, there are three systems at a sustainable level.  

Living Waters is associated with the U.S. Presbyterian Church’s Living Waters Synod.  SJEC’s Living Waters past participants, as well as the communities helped by this clean water ministry, thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration toward supporting this outreach effort. 

The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015.  Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.  Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return. Learn more: water.org/water-crisis

ACT Uganda 

act-logo.jpgBackground:  Agape Community Transformation is an organization of people in the Muko region of southwest Uganda and in Michigan, USA dedicated to improve the spiritual, physical and economic conditions of their communities.

This effort is an ecumenical one, with people from multiple faiths and backgrounds working together on both sides of the world.   In May 2013, a six-member team traveled to Muko Subcounty for two weeks to work with our A.C.T. friends in Uganda and the 90 sponsored orphans of this program.  While in Uganda, this team focused on building a music program for the orphans, strengthening the development of a sustainable agricultural program and helping our Ugandan partners improve facilities and organizational infrastructure matters.

In October 2013, St. John's Endowment Committee approved a grant for ACT Uganda to use space at 503 S. Saginaw Rd. for storage and sales of items handcrafted by African women - part of the Muko Empowerment Program.  More about this venture may be found on page 7 of our newsletter.  You may also read about the grand opening of Uniquely Uganda in John Kennett's Midland Daily News article (11/15/13).

To learn more about A.C.T., please visit: www.actuganda.org

La Iglesia Episcopal San Pablo y San Lucasmatt--bill--jerry-on-construction-duty-in-dr.jpg

Our then rector's trip to Santo Domingo in April 2013 provided information about direct and substantial outreach opportunities in which St. John's could engage and grow closer with an Episcopal congregation in the Dominican Republic.  The congregation with whom we've partnered is La Iglesia San Pablo y San Lucas (Church of St. Paul and St. Luke) in San Isidro, located on the south shore of the island between Santo Domingo and Boca Chica.

The keystone of this global outreach partnership is the construction of a physical church home for this church community.  Since our first team's trip in July 2013, we have worked with others from St. John's and Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Indian River, MI to more deeply engage members of our congregations, raise the money needed to complete the church construction in San Isidro and organize trips for future teams.  Three additional mission trips were completed in April and June 2014 - assisting with construction, painting, furniture building and preparations for the church's dedication celebration on June 28.  For more information and pictures regarding this global outreach ministry, please visit our Dominican Republic Mission page and St. John's Facebook page

To learn more about the church in the Dominican Republic and about the Dominican Development Group, follow these links:

Diocese of the Dominican Republic

Dominican Development Group


Compass Rose Society

anglican-rose.pngThe Compass Rose Society is a group of international Anglicans/Episcopalians who seek to support the ministry of the Archbishop of Canterbury within our Anglican Communion.  Compass Rose contributes significantly to the work of the Anglican Consultative Council, particularly in communications. They also support international mission work, contributing over $7 million as of 2013.   St. John's Episcopal Church recently made a significant gift toward the Compass Rose Society's website.  For more information, you may visit the Compass Rose Society website.


Past Global Ministry Work

MI Tri-Diocesan & Dominican Republic Mission Project http://michigan-dominican.org/