St. John's Episcopal Church

Diverse church following Christ through liturgy, education, & outreach. Grand Haven, MI
St. John's Episcopal Church

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Services

Address
524 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Phone
616.842.6260

Website

Directions
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Who We Are

Welcome to St. John's Episcopal Church, a community of faith. Our parish has a diverse membership in age, race, education, vocation and talents. Some of us have grown up in the parish while others are new to the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church historically welcomes a variety of attitudes and lifestyles, which reflect the diversity of God’s creation.

If you are visiting our area, we hope you will come and worship with us. If you are seeking a church to call "home," we pray for God's guidance in directing your path to one of our services.

About Us

Vibe
Traditional Liturgy, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Historic, Progressive, Multigenerational

Programs
Social Justice, Community Service, Children's Ministry, Choir, Missions, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Music
Chanting, Traditional Hymns, Organ

Denomination
Episcopal

Size
Medium

Language
English

Founded
1866

Contact

Address
524 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Phone
616.842.6260

Website

Directions
Get directions on Google Maps

Our Services

What are services like?
Our Parish celebrates Holy Eucharist at least three times every week. During the Fall & Winter, those services are as follows: • Sunday mornings at 8:30am is a said Eucharist, once a month there is music. Normally it is Rite II (contemporary) language. However, during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Eastertide it is Rite I (traditional) language. • Sunday mornings at 10:45am is also a said Eucharist with the organ, hymns, and usually a musical anthem. It is always Rite II (contemporary) language. During certain Advent, Christmas, and Eastertide it is a sung Eucharist. • Wednesdays at 12noon is a said Eucharist with those attending invited to sit either up in the chancel or in the nave. We celebrate whichever feast falls within that week, particularly Major Feasts, and also offer the sacrament of unction (laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing of body, mind, and spirit). • We have special sung Eucharist with incense on Principal Feasts (Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’ Day, Christmas and the Epiphany). That service is generally at 6:30pm, with the exception of Christmas and the Great Vigil of Easter. Each of these feasts also always has alternative times to celebrate for those who prefer not to be around incense. Contact the Parish Office for more information.

What is the community like?
We are a diverse Christian congregation of 250 families set in a resort community with deeply religious roots and a strong manufacturing and agricultural base. Our congregation covers a broad spectrum of age and economic means. While many of us are lifelong Episcopalians, some members have come from other faith communities, finding St. John's a welcoming family. Our Sunday attendance averages 140, with many snowbirds migrating south in the winter and returning when the resort season begins. We have numerous summer visitors, including some cottage owners who return to St. John's annually. We also draw from the larger population of Ottawa County and other nearby counties.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are always welcome to come to any of our services, regardless of who you are or where you come from. If you are not a baptized Christian, you are still welcome to participate fully in the worship service. The only difference is that when you come forward during Communion, you would simply cross your arms at your chest to receive a blessing instead of the Sacrament.

Leadership

The Very Rev. Jared C.  Cramer

The Very Rev. Jared C. Cramer

Father Cramer was raised in the Churches of Christ, and worked in several ministry positions in that tradition before moving into the Episcopal Church while completing his Master of Divinity at the Graduate School of Theology of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He then received his Anglican training through the completion of a Master of Sacred Theology at the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Father served his first cure as a priest in the Lilly-endowed Foundations for Spiritual Leadership Program at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA. After two years there, our parish, with the Bishop's consent, called him to come to St. John's to serve as our Rector Father is active in the Episcopal Church at many levels. He is the Dean of the Lakeshore Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. He is a part of the Episcopal Church's ecumenical relationship with the Faith & Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. He is a member of the Society of Catholic Priests in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, where he serves on the Provincial Council. He has also written a book, Safeguarded by Glory: Michael Ramsey's Ecclesiology and the Struggles of Contemporary Anglicanism, available on Amazon.com. He resides in Grand Haven with his wife, Bethany, and their dog, Cappadocian. His reflections can be found on his personal blog: carewiththecure.blogspot.com

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