St. John’s is an EMERGENT CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY and has been Petaluma’s parish of the Episcopal Church since 1856. Our worship services combine the ancient traditions of our Anglican heritage with the best in contemporary liturgy.
The first church structure on the site of St. John’s at 5th and C streets in historic downtown Petaluma was a small wooden one. This early structure burned in a fire. The HISTORIC CHURCH you see today was designed by the noted architect Ernest Coxhead. The dedication of this building was held on April 5, 1891. Coxhead designed twenty-four churches in California. St. John’s may be the last of the shingle styled churches that remains virtually intact with only minor alterations over the years. Some of the details of interest in the building are a Romanesque entrance arch, a quatrefoil window over the door, the interior’s open beam ceiling with Elizabethan style truss-work, and glorious Gothic-shaped stained glass windows.
St. John’s is pastored by PRIEST-IN-CHARGE, Fr. Daniel Green. Daniel received a M.Div. degree from the Divinity School of the Pacific and was ordained a priest in 2005. He was called as Assistant Priest at All Saints, Carmel, and in August 2010 he came to St. John’s, Petaluma, as Priest-in-Charge.
St. John’s has several outreach initiatives. Every month on the second Thursday, volunteers from St. John’s and the United Methodist Church meet to distribute free food to needy families as part of the INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY.
St. John’s collaborates with COTS (COMMITTEE ON THE SHELTERLESS) in several fundraising activities throughout the year. Monies raised help support COTS’ FOOD BOX PROGRAM which provides weekly boxes of food to individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless.
On the first Friday of each month, St. John’s holds a FIRST FRIDAY TAIZE service in its sanctuary. Open to all the community, Taize is a contemplative service of prayers and chants. Taize began in a small French village during World War II when a swiss theologian, Brother Roger, established an ecumenical community of people of all faith backgrounds who came together to worship and pray. Taize services are offered at St. John’s to give seekers of spirituality a comfortable place to worship no matter what their creed or dogma.
St. John’s also has several offerings to enrich the spiritual lives of its church family. Called JULIAN'S WAY, a group of parishioners gather each Sunday morning to have a conversation with the scripture of the day in the context of their own life experiences. On Wednesday mornings, a LECTIO DIVINA small group meets in the church library. Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of reading scripture and letting it speak directly to you.
Finally, when someone in the congregation is in particular need of prayers, the PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY provides a hand-crafted quilt that is brought to the congregation for finish work. As each square is tied down and knotted, a prayer for the person in need is said or thought. The completed quilt is then given to the recipient.
St. John’s is rooted in the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, the ancient teachings of the church, and the Anglican Communion which connects us with sisters and brothers throughout the world. We at St. John’s are on a JOURNEY OF DISCOVER as we follow the living Spirit through an era of uncertainty and epochal change. We welcome individual and families of diverse faith backgrounds, ages, interest, and experience to join us on this exciting adventure. We honor personal freedom and responsibility and the divine image in everyone.
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