St. J’s Worship on FB & YouTube!

Join Mtr. Megan for brief weekday Morning Prayer services, M-F @ 9:30 am, and on Sunday mornings @10:30 for MP w/ hymns and homily. All services are archived if you can’t make the livestream! Service links here: YouTube and Facebook.

As a pre- or postlude, Listen to our Chancel Choir singing Lenten anthems. And you can sing along with Lutkin’s setting of a well-loved Benediction,

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. Amen. [Numbers 6:24-26]

Confirmation Classes

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 16 @ 2pm, we will offer a weekly class for all who wish to be confirmed, be received officially into the Episcopal Church, make an adult affirmation of their baptism, or otherwise brush up on their Episcopalian knowledge. The class will be appropriate for all ages. Topics below; contact  Mtr. Megan for more details.

February 16: Introductions/ Stuff We Believe: Creed, Part 1 – How we got the Nicene Creed, how it changed over the years, what it means for us for us to say it.

February 23: Stuff We Believe: Creed, Part 2 – What is in the Creed, what’s not in there, what it all means

March 1: Bible 101 –  How the Bible was written (more or less), how the Bible has been read through the ages, how the Episcopal Church reads the Bible.

March 8: Bible 101 continued – What’s in the Bible, and how not to be intimidated by it.

March 15: Book of Common Prayer – What that prayer book is all about: how we got it and what we do with it.

March 22: Church History – Early Church Excitement, where Christianity came from, how our traditions and concepts developed

March 29: Church History: Anglican Awesomeness , emergence of the Anglican Communion and our particular corner of the globe

April 5: Palm Sunday—No Class
April 12: Easter—No Class

April 19: Who’s Who, and Who Decides What – How decisions get made in the Episcopal Church—locally, nationally, and globally.

April 26: Daily Faith in Practice- How average Episcopalians live out their faith in daily life, through prayer, service, Bible study, etc.

May 3: Wrap-Up/Left-Overs

Further Reading
Walk in Love—The Revs. Scott Gunn and Melody Shobe
Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church—The Rev.Megan Castellan
The Path—The Revs. Scott Gunn and Melody Shobe
The Story of the Episcopal Church —The Rev. Tom Ferguson

St. John’s has a podcast now!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our podcast, “Weekly Sermons from St. John’s Episcopal Church”! Now you can listen to weekly sermons from us any time you like! Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or on ANY podcast outlet or mobile app you use to listen to podcasts. If you like, please like, subscribe, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

Don’t have a podcast app? No problem! If you listen primarily on your PC, go to to get every recording.

Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard & Samaritan Center

St. John’s Mission Committee has designated the 1st Sunday of the month as non-perishable food item donation week, and the 3rd Sunday as personal hygiene donation week, to help address needs of the  Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard and the Catholic Charities of Tompkins Tioga (CCTT) Samaritan Center, the Your assistance is needed and appreciated!

If you have questions or concerns contact any of the Mission Team membersFlorianna Blanton, Marcia Baum, John Jackson, Margaret Johnson and Cora Yao.

3rd Sundays – Personal Hygiene Items

1st Sunday: Non-Perishable Foods

  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Stews
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Salmon
  • Soups
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Lentils
  • Dried Peas
  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Baby Foods
  • Baby Formula (Powdered)

The Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard provides 3 days of emergency food to local families in need daily, every week. Over 7,000 people yearly are fed. St. John’s needs two volunteers to join our team, to help distribute food from 1–3 on Fridays, every third week. Generally, volunteers serve once every 2–3 months. If you can assist, please use the form at Contact Us; enter “Kitchen Cupboard” in the “Subject” field. For more information, contact the church office at 273-6532.

Advent Adult Forum

Our Adult Forum concludes on Dec. 22 as we continue to discuss “Light of the World: A Beginners Guide to Advent,” by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Join us  @ 9:15 in the parish hall. The book can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore, or purchased in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon.












Volunteer to help at Loaves and Fishes

Regular volunteer help is urgently needed at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County for two or more hours every Monday or Friday from 9 am – 2:30 pm.

This is a great opportunity for seniors or recently retired people to engage in our community in a meaningful and very helpful way or for people wishing to gain experience in the hospitality industry.

If interested, please simply come to our back kitchen door at the St. John’s Church on the corner of Buffalo and N.Cayuga Streets or call 272-5457 or email

Our New Rector – Megan Castellan!

Mother Megan’s first Sunday with us was Palm Sunday, 2018! (See Clergy Corner for more information.) On Sept. 24th the entire parish celebrated her new ministry at St. John’s Church in a Festive Choral Eucharist with Bishop DeDe, area clergy, friends, family and guests.  (The full installation service can be seen on Facebook, and the program for the liturgy is here.) We give thanks to God for this joyous outcome and officially welcome The Rev. Megan Castellan as our new Rector.

New Hymnals!

Our “Lift Every Voice & Sing” (LEVAS) hymnals were dedicated Oct. 1st. Which hymns would you like included in upcoming services? Click below for a table of contents, and look for your favorites!  Send your suggestions to

Full Table of Contents (with some music) – Here

The LEVAS hymnal is used widely by Episcopal congregations across the country. It contains 280 musical pieces from the African American, Folk, Evangelical, and Gospel traditions compiled under the supervision of the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

This new cultural resource supplements our Hymnal 1982 and enriches the ongoing worship life of St. John’s Episcopal Church, broadening the musical experience for all members, friends and visitors.

Fr. Margrave’s prayer over the hymnals: O Lord, before whose throne trumpets sound, and saints and angels sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb: Accept these Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnals for the worship of your temple, that with the voice of music, we may proclaim your praise and tell it abroad; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.