If You're a Visitor

This page is for a deeper look at how Saint John's thinks about the Christian journey, and steps to find your path for newcomers and anyone else interested. For first time visit information, please head to the visitor page under SERVICES.

Finding Your Way to God pt. 1

At Saint John's, we believe that God is seeking each of us, and he is constantly reaching out for us to join him. You don't have look under a rock or around the corner to find God. Rather, you need to find a quiet space where you can be still and listen to God's voice. Even this simple opening of yourself is prayer. Listen to a brief word from our retired Deacon Emma Connolly about God reaching out to us in our weakness and fear.

Emma_On_God_Finding_Us.mp3

Learning to create that space and remain open to the words of the Spirit can require practice and time, and Saint John's recognizes that we are not all coming from the same place. That's why we encourage you to find the way forward that feels right for you. To help figure that out, we developed a process of deepening your faith that we call SOULWorks, with three distinct places to start: Piety, Study, and Action.

They are not sequential. You should feel free to start in whichever way you feel called.

  1. Piety (Spending Time With God): Engage in spiritual practices (Look at the Ancient Practices)
  2. Study: Gain intimate familiarity with the Bible. A regular infusion of scripture into your thoughts will echo throughout your day. (Look at The Great Bible Challenge)
  3. Action: Know and be accountable to each other (Consider SOUL Suppers or Servant Ministry opportunities)

Twice a year, new and experienced Christians alike join as pilgrims in the SOULWorks Spiritual Weekend. This "crash course" in Christianity teaches participants about beginning a routine of Piety, Study and Action over three days and builds relationships with other pilgrims who are also "on the way." It is a great way to make a serious next step in your journey within Saint John's community.

The graph below shows how each piece flows into the next as part of a lifelong cycle of action, piety, and study that are the three pillars of our Episcopal faith. Consider learning more concrete steps on the subpage listed in the ribbon on your left (5 steps to Christian Growth).

Each of these areas offer an entry point into an ongoing journey of spiritual growth and maturity. These activities are not sequential.  You should feel free to start  where you feel called. Whether your first step is to take up Bible reading, explore fasting, or venture into the SOULWorks Weekend, God is ready to meet you where you are.

We encourage you to follow the links above to explore the parts of this process and find the best place for you to start. You are also invited to schedule time for a discussion with a member of the clergy to help you get started (or re-started). Use the contact info on our staff page.

If you're looking for more about Christian Education, Children's Ministry, or outreach opportunities for you and your family, please use the links on the left side of this page to get started.

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