About Us

BELONGING

We are so glad you found us...

Our hope is that you will more fully experience the presence of God in your life as you worship with us and continue your spiritual journey at St. John's. You are invited to participate fully in the life of this community: worship, music, study, altar services, weekly events and missions that serve others.  Join us any day of the week!

We want to meet you...

Newcomers: If you are new to St. John's or to the Episcopal Church, we are delighted that you have chosen to continue your spiritual journey with us and hope that you have found a spiritual home here.

Please join us for Sunday Service (9:15am Sunday) and meet our Rector, Father Craig Hacker. Father Craig is happy to help you learn more about this parish, and to answer any questions you may have.

At Coffee Hour (10:20am Sunday), we would love the opportunity to welcome you personally and to know you better in a low-key setting. 

Friday Supper Club is another way to get acquainted in an informal setting. We gather on Fridays to share a casual meal together. We have some amazing farms in our area, and there's always lots of food, so please join us!

Getting involved...

There are so many ways to get involved at St. John's, and you are welcome to do as much or as little as you wish. Just know that we host an esteemed Choir, Morning Prayer & Silent Prayer Services, Bible Studies, Christian Meditation, Community & Church Potlucks, Prayer Retreats, a Veteran's support group and numerous volunteer and outreach opportunities at the Church, in the community and around the world. Our Wardens, Dick Perez and Carole Harsh are happy to explore the possibilities with you. stjohnsessexny@gmail.com

Being an Episcopal Church means...

St. John's is more than the people who worship at the corner of Church and Elm Streets. As Episcopaleans, we have a unique connection and fellowship with other Anglican and Epicopal Christians throughout the world. As a Parish, we recognize and welcome individuals of the LGBTQ community, and we support their rights to marriage or civil union.

Our Church is part of the Diocese of Albany, which is one of the oldest dioceses (est. 1868) in the United States, and hosts New York's oldest Anglican parish. (St. Peter's Church of Albany was established in 1708.) Our Albany Diocese includes 112 congregations and 14,000 people in upstate New York who connect with Christ and reach out to others.

Recently, St. John’s Vestry and the Parish community elected to request Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) from the Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont.  DEPO was granted in 2012 and St. John’s continues under that arrangement today. We are in the unique position of belonging to both the Albany and Vermont Dioceses.

Our Vermont Diocese was founded in 1830 at St. Paul's Church in Burlington. It includes 46 congregations and 7000 members throughout the state of Vermont, called to share in God's loving, liberating and life-giving mission.  

Albany Episcopal Diocese's website:   Albany Episcopal Diocese

Bishop Love's address to the Albany Diocese's 150th Convention (transcript) 

Vermont Episcopal Diocese's website:   Vermont Episcopal Diocese  

The Episcopal Church is a fellowship of 2.2 million Christians throughout the United States, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Micronesia, Taiwan and the Convocation of American Churches in Europe. 

We Episcopaleans believe in a loving, liberating and life-giving God:  Father, Son and Holy Spriit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of (and partners with) the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church. (A global fellowship of 73 million Christians and the 3rd largest group of Christians in the world.)

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby.  While he is sometimes compared to a pope, a more accurate description of his role is that he is "first among equals" alongside his brother and sister bishops throughout the Anglican Communion. 

United States Episcopal Church's website:  United States Episcopal Church  

The Revised Common Lectionary website:   Lectionary Library 

 

You are a child of God; there is great love for you here...

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death and resurrection continue to guide us. 

We have a legacy of inclusion, and we aspire to exemplify God's love for every human being. Women and men serve as bishops, priests and deacons in our church.  Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church.  Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

 

United States Presiding Bishop Michael Curry...

Our United States Presiding Bishop is the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. Bishop Curry (previously the Bishop of North Carolina) was elected during the 78th General Convention in June, 2015.  

He is dynamic and inspiring! And, TWO BILLION people across our planet watched Bishop Curry preach Christ's message of love at the Royal Wedding.  

(Check out the links below...more highlights of Bishop Curry's sermons and speeches can be found on YouTube.)

 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's General Convention Sermon  (July 7, 2018) 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Prayer Vigil for Family Unity (June 20, 2018) 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Message on World Refugee Day (June 20, 2018) 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry - Reclaiming Jesus  (May 24, 2018) 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on MSNBC: Jesus said "Welcome the Stranger" 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Address to Albany Diocese's 150th Convention (June 10, 2018)

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on "Good Morning America" 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the "Today Show" 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on "The View"

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry shares Message of Joy from England

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Full Sermon at Royal Wedding

Presiding Bishop Curry's Invitation to Join the #PrayFastAct #ForSuchATime Campaign

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Easter 2018 Message

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Invites You to Join the Jesus Movement

 

Join us any day of the week!

 

St. John’s Church...providing a spiritual haven, a safe space within which to explore and nurture our relationship with God, each other, and our neighbors.”

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