Welcome to the Church of St. John the Divine

We are so grateful to have you here! Whoever you are, wherever you are in your spiritual journey, we warmly invite you to come and see how lives are being changed at St. John the Divine. You will find a gathering of people who are experiencing God and who are connecting with God's heart.

However you have come here, you probably have questions before you visit us. We hope this page helps answer some of them.


Where are you located?
We are located at 2450 River Oaks Blvd, at the corner of Westheimer St. and River Oaks Blvd, inside Loop 610 in the River Oaks neighborhood. Our traditional worship services are held in the Church (the large building on the corner) and in the Chapel (the smaller building on the circle drive on the River Oaks Blvd side of the campus). Contemporary worship and Awesome Worship services are in the Hall Life Center, inside the administration building.


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You have so many services. How will I pick which one to come to?
We worship at a variety of traditional and contemporary services throughout the day on Sunday. Please see our service descriptions page for details about each service to find worship that speaks to your heart.

Sunday service schedule

7:45 am in the Chapel: Traditional Worship Rite I
9:00 am in the Hall Life Center: Awesome Worship (with band)
9:00 am in the Church: Traditional Worship (with choir)
11:00 am in the Hall Life Center: Contemporary Worship (with band)
11:00 am in the Church: Traditional Worship (with choir)
4:45 pm in the Chapel: Service of Healing Prayer
5:00 pm in the Chapel: Traditional Worship Rite I

7:45
a.m.
Chapel
9:00
a.m.
Church
9:00
a.m.
Life Ctr.
11:00
a.m.
Church
11:00
a.m.
Life Ctr.
5:00
p.m.
Chapel
Communion yes yes yes yes yes yes
Traditional Language* yes   yes yes
Modern Language* yes yes yes
With Band   yes   yes  
With Organ yes yes   yes   yes
With Choir yes   yes
Best for Kids yes yes yes
Nursery Open yes yes yes yes

*Traditional Language: The priest says, 'The Lord be with you,' and the people respond, 'And with thy spirit.'

*Modern Language: The priest says, 'The Lord be with you,' and the people respond, 'And also with you.'

 

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What should I wear?
You will find us in a wide variety of dress, generally more casual in the contemporary services and business casual in the traditional services.

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Where should I park?
We have saved marked parking spaces for our visitors in the lot next to the Church on the Westheimer side of the building. You can also park in the circle drive off River Oaks Blvd, on the street along River Oaks Blvd, and across Westheimer in the Lamar High School parking lot, where a crossing guard is available. There is complementary valet parking in the covered area on the River Oaks Blvd side of the Church. Handicap accessible spaces are available in all parking areas.

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What can I expect when I arrive?
As you enter the Church, for traditional worship, you will be greeted by an usher who will give you a service booklet. The booklet for the traditional services contains the entire service, with explanations of what's happening, so you will feel comfortable following along. In services in the Hall Life Center, you can follow the service on video screens. You will also receive a pamphlet with information about upcoming events and happenings in and around our church.

We hope you will be led to connect with us throughout the week at one of our many Bible studies, outreach opportunities and fellowship events.

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Where do I sit?
In the Church and Chapel there is seating available on the main floor and in the balcony. In the Hall Life Center, seating is on the main floor. You may sit anywhere you feel comfortable. If the service is crowded, the ushers will help you find a seat. In the Church there is a Family Room available with a live video feed of the service if you need to step out for any reason.

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What about Communion?
We celebrate Communion, or the Lord's Supper, at all our Sunday services. All baptized Christians are invited to receive Communion with us. In services in the Church, you will be guided by the ushers to the communion rail, where you may stand or kneel; in the contemporary services you will be directed into a line and will receive Communion while standing. You will first be offered a Communion wafer, then wine. You may sip the wine from a common cup or dip your wafer into a smaller cup. If you would like to receive a blessing instead of Communion, you are invited to come forward with arms crossed over your chest. If you prefer, you may remain in your seat to pray or reflect.

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What do you have for my kids?

You are welcome to have your children with you in any of our services. Awesome Worship at 9:00 am is specially designed for families with younger children. During the sermon in the 11:00 am church service, Children's Ministry takes children to the Parlor for Kid's Corner where they have a mini-lesson and craft. They are returned to the service in time for communion. 


Children's Sunday School

Children's Sunday school classes for children from preschool though 5th grade as well as Sunday school groups for middle schoolers and high schoolers meet from September through May. Learn more about our children's Sunday school programs here. Sunday school for preschoolers and elementary students is offered in The Park on the lower level of the Education building at 9:00 am in parallel with our 9:00 am services and again at 10:00 am. Youth Sunday school meets at 10:00 am in the Upper Room on the second floor of the Education building.

We are delighted to be one of the few area churches ministering to children with special needs and their families through our Wonder-FULLY Made Sunday school class. The Wonder-FULLY Made classroom is staffed by specially trained teachers and is available throughout the morning, year-round.

The nursery is open from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for infants and toddlers so that you will be able to attend the worship service of your choice and Sunday school.

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Where's the coffee?


We'd love to meet you! Join us in Sumners Hall next to the Church for coffee and cookies after the morning services. Our priests are available after each service in case you would like to ask a question, ask for prayer, or just say "hello". Be sure to drop by the Get Connected Center to get more information about our many ministries and programs. We also welcome you have breakfast with us starting at 7:30 am or brunch from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Café Divine in Sumners Hall.

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What if I have questions?

We love to talk about our church! From the time you park your car until you leave our campus, you will find St. John the Divine Ambassadors wearing red name tags ready to answer any question you may have. There is also a Get Connected Center set up in the middle of Sumners Hall (our Fellowship center directly across from the Church) where you will find information about all our services, programs, and events and Ambassadors ready to help you Get Connected at St. John the Divine.

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I'm looking for a church home. What's my next step?
St. John the Divine offers a Discovery Class several times a year. This class is for anyone who is interested in learning more about Christianity in general, and the Episcopal Church in particular. The Discovery Class is also the official path to membership in the Episcopal Church.

If you wish to be baptized or confirmed, or to transfer your membership from another Episcopal parish, we'd love for you to do so. Please contact Kim Jameson, director of membership development, at or 354.297.8703 for more information about our Discovery Class or membership.