Worship & Music

Worship

We gather for worship on Sundays at 9:30 A.M. Our hope is that we can provide a space where you can give yourself to God together with us. Worship is enhanced by a wide variety of music, including adult and children’s choirs, bell choirs, a brass ensemble, and our contemporary musical group, the Joy Messengers. Each Sunday we offer a children’s time for kids from Pre-K through 5th grade. Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month, and all are welcome.

Covid Precautions

During the pandemic we are following special precautions to keep everyone who worships with us as safe as possible:

Hand sanitizer dispensers are located at each entrance into the church building.

Masks are required for all worshippers.

To the extent possible, we maintain spacing by using every other pew in the sanctuary.  When needed, we have overflow seating in Fellowship Hall; the worship service is shown in real time on a video display.

We have air purifiers in operation while the sanctuary is occupied.

During the pandemic on Sundays when we serve communion, we utilize single service packets to avoid passing trays to each other.

For worshippers who choose to remain at home, we livestream the service and post a video for later viewing as well.

Conditions during the pandemic are dynamic, and our offerings can be subject to change on short notice.  If you are not on our mailing list and are concerned that changing conditions might have affected our worship schedule, please check the Latest News on this site or with the church office.

Music

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir sings each Sunday in worship. Throughout the year, the choir sings music of many styles and genres and offers music for special services during Advent and Lent. Talented soloists and instrumentalists also enhance worship during the year. Wonderful fellowship, a shared commitment to praising God through glorious music, and a love of singing make being a part of this group a cherished experience. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:45 – 9:00 PM and would love for you to come!

Devon Brass

The Devon Brass is a brass quartet composed of members of our St. John’s community. They play a repertoire of sacred and classical music regularly during worship and at special events such as the Fall Festival. Rehearsals during the program year are on Thursdays at 7:30 PM following the Chancel Choir rehearsal. If you play a brass instrument, you are always welcome to come and play!

The Joy Messengers

The Joy Messengers are our eclectic contemporary praise group. Their style ranges from folk to gospel and hymns, blending guitar, piano, accordion, flute, and a number of other instruments with beautiful vocal harmonies. They play in worship once a month, but also at special events like the Fall Festival, where they turn it up a little louder and rock a little harder! If you are interested in singing or playing with the Joy Messengers, please contact Nancy Kimmons or John Senior or contact Lara Kennedy at the church office.

Hand Bells

Currently there are two hand bell choirs at St. John’s: an Adult choir and a Youth Choir.
Rehearsals begin in September and typically end in May. Knowledge of music is helpful, but not necessary to participate.

The Devon Chapel Bells (the Adult Hand Bell Choir) rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. They ring six or seven times a year at the regular Sunday morning service.

The Rejoicing Ringers (the Youth Choir) is made up of students in 5th through 12th grades. They rehearse on Sundays from 11:00 AM to Noon, right after worship. They usually ring five times a year, alternating with the adult hand bell choir.

For more information about any of the hand bell choirs, please contact Betsy Miller through the church office at 610-688-5222.

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