What We Do

Worship

We worship by celebrating at God’s table — singing, praying, and hearing thoughtful, challenging sermons. Worship brings us together each Sunday.

St. John’s has the most exquisite music. Whether it’s beautiful choral music, Dixieland, brass and tympani, or a children’s concert, St. John’s is renowned for its music and celebrated for its sermons. 

Education

Teaching that sustains the search for faith is a hallmark of life at St. John’s.

There is something for everybody.  Godly Play, Pizza Club, Youth Group, Aptos Youth Retreat, Women’s and Men’s Retreats, Confirm not Conform (CnC), Adult Education and Faith Formation, discernment (Congregational Vocations Commission, or CVC) and mission trips expand hearts and minds of children, youth and grown-ups alike. Small groups engender thoughtful study; friendships flourish as we learn together.

Care

Our community of caring grows when we realize that together we are strengthened.

St. John’s has a strong Pastoral Care Team is composed of our priests and trained lay leaders which facilitates Eucharistic visitors, hospital visits, and memorial services. The Casserole Brigade brings food to those in transition (families in need) or struggling with illness, injury or grief. The Healing Team, Lay Eucharistic Ministers and our prayers for the special needs and concerns of our congregation provide a safety net of loving support when it’s needed most.

Our Church Home

St. John’s unique grounds provide a center for active service and a special place to share with the community.

  • an environmentally sensitive facility powered by solar energy
  • a meditation garden
  • a place to remember, honor, pray and worship
  • grounds that invite and nurture
  • history and heritage linked together
  • a place for children to meet, play and pray

Communication

Offering an updated, people friendly and interactive website, calling for prayer in times of crisis, publishing our Friday Emails, posting on our Facebook page, creating the monthly MOUSE newsletter, posting bulletin boards, posters and banners, sending letters and making personal telephone calls — in short, communicating by every possible means — connects and equips us to share our good news with others.

Outreach

We seek to serve Christ in all people through service and seeking justice in our city and beyond. 

We support food pantries, Rebuilding Together Oakland, The Faith Network (mentoring program in public schools), Sacred Space (bringing food and prayer to the homeless in Oakland), youth mission trips, and two ongoing efforts in Africa ministering to AIDS orphans.  St. John's also co-founded Genesis, a community organizing effort that seeks justice in our region.