Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist - York, PA


The people of St. John's welcome you to our parish website. If you are a visitor, we hope you will spend some time browsing our parish site; if you are a member, please feel free to share our site with your friends and neighbors.


"We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation."
  -- For the Beauty of the Earth, p. 840, Book of Common Prayer

   Click here to check out more info on St. John's Concert Series

Refreshments after each concert are provided by a group of volunteers called Encore. 
Please stop by our parish hall after each concert to greet the performers, meet new people and enjoy the wonderful food and beverages. 

Upcoming Events at ST. JOHN


~ March 26, 6:30 PM - Palm Cross Making for area nursing homes

 ~ March 27, 6:30 PM – Palm Cross Making for area nursing homes with a dinner planned on the 27th  Please bring a side dish, salad, bread or dessert to share, the Associate Vestry will prepare the main course - there will be activities for kids

Sunday of the Passion; Palm Sunday    March 29

At the 8 and 10 AM services we begin with the blessing and distribution of palms.  The service includes the reading of the Passion Narrative.  At the 10 AM service we begin outside if the weather permits or in the Parish Hall if the weather is inclement.  

Wednesday in Holy Week                      April 1

10 AM     Holy Eucharist with Holy Unction in the Chapel

 This service offers an opportunity midweek to pause and be renewed.  Prayers for healing and reconciliation are part of the service as we observe Holy Week.  

 Maundy Thursday                                   April 2

6:30 PM   Holy Eucharist set in the context of a simple meal

 We begin with a simple meal set in the context of a Eucharistic celebration. The meal is a traditional meal prepared for this holy observance.  After the meal is completed we move to the church for the Stripping of the Altar and preparation of the church for Good Friday. 

 Good Friday                                            April 3

Noon       Proper Liturgy for Good Friday

2 PM        Stations of the Cross

 The liturgy for Good Friday provides an opportunity to meditate on the last day of our Lord's life.  The Prayer Book liturgy allows for little music and the reading of the passion narrative with a pause at the mention of Jesus' death.  Stations of the Cross is a service of meditation based on the custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem. There are fourteen stations associated with our Lord's passion and death. 

 The Day of the Resurrection                  April 5

8 AM       Holy Eucharist with Hymns

10 AM     Festival Choral Eucharist with both St. John's choirs and special music

Easter and the celebration of Christ's resurrection is at the center of our faith.  At all of the Easter Sunday celebrations we shall enjoy special music as we lift our voices in praise to God. 

 Community Easter Luncheon begins at 12:30 PM in the Parish Hall

We serve lunch to community service personnel, those in shelters, the homeless and those living alone.  We need volunteers to assist with this meal and your help to spread the word to those we want to serve.





Next Great Step of Faith
Building & Campaign Update

Progress continues on our plans to improve on our church campus.   The building committee continues to work with our architect in finalizing plans.   Permits are being worked on with the city and contruction will begin in the coming months.

Financially, we have begun the second phase of our funding campaign.    Letters have gone out to parish members and we are looking to continue to work towards our goal.

You may click here for further information on the project and the campaign.




Thank you for visiting the web page of St. John Episcopal Church. We hope that after looking over the wealth of information posted on this site, that you will join us for worship services. St. John's is a faith community seeking deeper relationship with God and with one another through worship, education, outreach, and discipleship./p>

On this web page you will find information about our common life together as followers of Jesus Christ. Everything we do at St. John's--our worship, education, and outreach--is about the work of forming disciples of Jesus Christ. Who we are as a people of God is informed by a story. It is the story of God's people and the wonderful relationship to which we are called as we live into our Christian identity.

If you are seeking a faith community in which to journey toward greater relationship with God, please know that you are always welcomed at St. John's. If you would like more information about any aspect of our parish life, or would like to discuss your own spiritual journey, please do not hesitate to call (717) 848-1862 or e-mail.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. David W. Lovelace



St. John Episcopal Church
140 North Beaver Street
York, Pennsylvania  17401
(717) 848-1862


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