Who We Are
Welcome to Saint John’s! We are an affirming and inclusive Christian community seeking to provide an opportunity for our neighbors and ourselves to grow as members and encourage you to participate in every aspect of our worship and parish life. No matter where you are on your journey of faith, and whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered, we welcome everyone warmly to this house of prayer and fellowship. We encourage you to participate in every aspect of our worship and parish life, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic condition, physical or mental ability. We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we! All persons who desire to receive Holy Communion with us are invited to do so.
Whether you are here as a newcomer, visitor or inquirer, or are returning to St. John’s, we urge you to “sign in” at the contact link, so we may greet you by name and get to know you. This is Jesus’ home, and we are delighted that you found your way here!
Saint John the Apostle Episcopal Church started to worship together in 1836 in peoples’ homes. We were officially organized in February 1841, and we erected our first church building, in the city of Ionia, to house our congregation in the same year. The original church, now our parish house, is the oldest Episcopal building in the State of Michigan. The present church was built in 1882 and consecrated in 1884.
The Episcopal Church
We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.
We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.
We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.
Upcoming Special Services:
Ash Wednesday, February 26th at 6:00 PM
Maundy Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 PM
Sunday Worship is 10 am
Children's Church is offered on the second Sunday of every month during the service and the fourth Sunday of every month is a children's service when the service is less formal and the homily is geared towards young people.