Visiting St. John's

Can I just show up on a Sunday?

Yes. Our 10:30 service has a weekly bulletin that contains everything you'll see, do and say during the entire service. The ushers will give you one when you come in, so you don't have to "study up" beforehand.

Our 8:30 service is mostly conducted directly from the Book of Common Prayer, but you'll be given an outline with page numbers so that you know where to turn.

Can I take communion at your church?

All baptized Christians are welcome to take communion at an Episcopal church. Anyone who feels that they cannot are invited to come forward during communion to receive a blessing (commonly indicated by crossing your arms over your chest when you reach the priest). Please notify an usher if you would like communion, but are physically unable to come forward. Our communion elements are gluten-free, allowing everyone to share in the same bread.

I have other questions!

Keep reading; there might be answers below! The Diocese of Ohio also has an excellent FAQ that may answer your question. If neither works, feel free to call the church office we'll be happy to help!

Times and places

Weekend Worship

Sundays

  • 8:30 am - Worship in Chapel
  • 10:30 am - Worship in Sanctuary (fellowship in Undercroft after)
  • Christian education between the 8:30 and 10:30 services
    • 9:30 am - Adult Formation in Library
    • 9:45 am - Sunday School (Children) on Top Floor

During the Week

  • *Tuesday Book Club - Tuesdays at 1:30pm
  • *Morning Prayer and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 9:30 in the Library
  • Good Book Club - Thursdays at 11am in the Undercroft

*Resumes the week of 2/24/2020

Finding us

We are located at the corner of Portage Trail and 2nd St in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The address is

2220 2nd Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221

Parking is in the public lot on 2nd Street, across from the Church.

The handicapped entrance is accessible from Portage Trail. Turn down the driveway to the left of the church and follow it around to the back.

A valet service is offered before the 10:30 service for those who would prefer not to cross 2nd Street. Simply pull up to the handicapped entrance and members of the church will be waiting to park your car for you.

This map will give you some idea of where things are. Open it in a new tab for a better view.

What a Sunday is like...

St. John's is a part of the Episcopal Church, which represents the American branch of the Anglican Communion. We are part of a Christian tradition originating from Great Britain that [we believe] draws upon the best of what our Catholic and Protestant heritage has to offer.

Corporate Episcopal worship is structured according to the Book of Common Prayer. We do have special services for certain times of the year, but most Sundays you'll see one of two types of services:

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer draws upon monastic traditions of worship, and consists of the readings from Scripture recommended by the Revised Common Lectionary. Hymns will also be sung, as are passages from Scripture that lend themselves to song. Several prayers will be said together (some also sung). One of those leading the service will deliver a homily (sermon) with some reflection on the day's readings.

Holy Eucharist

Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper and commanded his disciples to do likewise in remembrance of Him. The service starts with a streamlined version of Morning Prayer (Scripture, hymns, sermon, prayer). The remainder of the service mixes prayers of thanksgiving with a retelling of salvation history, from our creation and turning away from God to Jesus's intervention into the world and sacrifice on the Cross. Bread and wine are consecrated, and all Christians are invited to come to the altar and partake. Those who feel unable to share Communion are invited to come forward with everyone else for a blessing (simply make an X with your arms across your chest).

Comparisons

Episcopal worship will feel familiar to those with experience in another liturgical tradition.

Those accustomed to Evangelical and/or Reformed traditions of worship will notice more differences:

  • Scripture readings usually include four passages, one each from the Old Testament, Psalms, the New Testament, and the Gospels.
  • A large portion of the service is devoted to corporate prayer. Most of the prayers are prepared in advance (from the Book of Common Prayer), rather than extemporaneous.
  • Two to four hymns are usually sung during an entire service, though portions of the liturgy are frequently sung.
  • Sermons at St. John's usually run between 10-15 minutes long.
  • Communion is celebrated multiple times a month, if possible.
  • Episcopal churches follow a liturgical calendar, which gives Biblical themes to different periods of the year, especially from December (Advent) to May (Pentecost).