We invite you to join us in our worship, which begins at 11 a.m. You can download the worship bulletin using the link at the bottom of this page.
We will gather beginning at 10:30 for a virtual coffee hour and check-in time. We will livestream the worship on both Zoom and Facebook (the St. John's Facebook page). If you would like instructions for joining us on Zoom, please contact us using the "contact us" link on this site. If you would like to join us on Facebook, we invite you to search for the St. John's Facebook group and click the "join" link. We will be very happy to have you join.
While the State of Texas and local authorities are beginning to lift stay at home orders and businesses are resuming on-site operations, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas has developed a well-researched and reasoned plan for re-opening our congregations for on-site worship and gatherings. It will not happen immediately and will be phased in at different paces across the diocese. What works for Houston and Austin may not work for Silsbee.
We have some planning to undertake at the local level before we can resume on-site activities. Details of that planning will be shared with the congregation in coming days and weeks. It is based on doing everything we can to ensure we don't adversely impact the region's recovery from the pandemic and, more importantly, to keep vulnerable populations as safe as possible.
We will continue our online worship even after we resume our on-site activities, both as a way to reach those who are separated by distance and to ensure our more vulnerable members (and those who might not be feeling well on a given Sunday) can worship with us.
Jesus asked, "Who was the man's neighbor?" We want to answer that question, "We are the neighbor." Whether you live next door or across town, we understand ourselves to be your neighbor and we seek to live into our baptismal pledge to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself. It's how we understand our identity as Christians. We invite you to join us in this holy work.