Welcome to St. John's

1. What are the Sunday services like?

2. What about my children?

3. What does our church believe?

4. What's the vision of St. John’s?

5. Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way?

6. How do I get to the church?

7. What should I wear?

8. What do you have for junior high and senior high school students?

9. How do I get connected to St. John's?



1. What are the Sunday services like?

Whether you are passing through or looking for a church home, we would be honored by your presence and invite you to celebrate with us.

We are a multigenerational community that strives to serve God through invitation, inclusion, faith and action. We have two services, a simple service at 7:45 AM and a choral service at 10:00 AM. We have children's activites and education starting at 10:00 AM.

At each of our services we have Holy Communion. That is where we share in the bread and wine just as Jesus did with his disciples. We couple this ancient church tradition with activities and sermons that are relevant and engaging.

 

2. What about my children?

Children are welcome at all of our services. We have a coloring activity booklet near the entrance to our church. Kids are welcome to pick them up.

We have an amazing children’s program here at St. John’s. Sunday school starts at 10:00AM. The nursery opens at 9:45AM. Our Sunday school program includes everything from gardening, cooking, drama and crafts used illustrate the day's reflection on God. The Children and Youth join the congregation for communion. To learn more about Sunday School click here. 


3. What does our church believe?

We are a open and welcoming community. We invite everyone to join us at the table each Sunday with the phrase “All are welcome”.

We are an Episcopal church which means we are connected through an episcopate, a church structured through bishops and regions called dioceses. Our worldwide church originates in England but now has communities in countries all over the world connected through the Anglican Communion. 

The foundation of our faith is based upon scripture, tradition and reason. It is how we interpret our faith to be relevant. We welcome questions and if you would like to learn more about what we believe check out the National Episcopal Church’s website or just come and ask! 


4. What's the vision of St. John’s?

Our vision statement is: To Manifest God through Invitation, Inclusion, Faith and Action.

 

5. Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way?

If you are visiting, we do not ask you to give a dime when we pass the offering plate. We will not make you wear a visitor badge or stand up so that everyone can see you. If you would like, we invite you to fill out our guest book near the entrance so that we may formally welcome you.

 

6. How do I get to the church?

We are located at 1707 Gouldin Rd. in Oakland, CA. 

The first time you visit you might be surprised by our location. We are in the midst of some beautiful trees nestled in a neighborhood directly behind an elementary school (Thornhill Elementary). Our driveway leads down to where you can park. The school also opens their grounds for parking. The sanctuary is a few steps from the parkinglot. ADA parking is available at the end of the santuary if steps are difficult.

Come and enjoy our community! Click here for directions.

 

7. What should I wear?

Some people come dressed in jeans and t-shirts while others come dressed in business casual. If you prefer to wear ties or a dress, that's fine too. We want you to feel comfortable.

 

8. What do you have for junior high and senior high school students?

We have a very active youth group. They do fun activities as well as important program work. Our confirmation program, Confirm not Conform, was created for and by our St. John’s community and now is a nationally recognized program in churches all over the United States! To learn more about our junior high and senior high programs click here.

 

9. How do I get connected to St. John's?

St. John’s is an active and engaged community. 

The best way to get connected is to sign up for our weekly emails that list all our events and activities. Click here to sign up.

Wanna get involved beyond Sundays? We have several smaller groups that meet and do activities together. For example our Men’s group meets the third Tuesday of the month and has recently built a garden educational center for a local Oakland school. The 20’s/30’s meets monthly to share a meal and sometimes goes on retreats. Our foyer groups are small groups that have dinners together at members’ houses. Our softball team is also a mellow group that starts in the spring and plays in a relaxed, co-ed league through the summer. We have many, many ministries to get engaged with that range from showcasing our great musical talents, work in local schools tutoring, volunteer at food banks, and advocate for underserved needs in the East Bay.

Come and join us, we are warm and welcoming and we promise to not leave you staring at your shoes, wondering when it will end!