Planning to Visit St. John? Here's some information for you!
Welcome to the Orthodox Church!
If you are new to Orthodoxy, there are many things that may surprise you in our worship. Please know that we welcome all visitors and hope that you will feel comfortable asking any questions you might have.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do we park? There is limited parking available behind the church (Northwest side) and on weekends you can also park in the Smith Cochran and Hicks parking lot across the street (just West of the church). Click here for a parking info photo.
- How long are services? Our Sunday Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 a.m. (and is preceded by the Orthros/Matins service at 9:30 a.m.) and goes for about one hour and fifteen minutes. During the week Divine Liturgy starts at 9:00am.
- Is the church handicap accessible? If you enter through the Northeast door there is a ramp to go up to the church.
- Is there a dress code? While there is no “formal” dress code, Orthodox worshippers tend to dress more formally at services, wearing what might range from business casual to a suit and tie.
- Can non-Orthodox receive Holy Communion? While we welcome everyone to worship with us at all of our services, Holy Communion is considered a sacrament of the church – the very presence of Jesus Christ (“take, eat, this is my body”) – and so is reserved for members of the Orthodox church who have properly prepared themselves to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord. Non Orthodox are invited, at the conclusion of the service, to come forward to receive a piece of the blessed bread (the andidoron).
- Is there Sunday school? From September through May, there is a Sunday school program for grade school through high school. Classes begin immediately after communion.
- Is there childcare provided? In Orthodox worship it is encouraged that children worship with their families. The church does not offer child care services.
Before Your First Visit to an Orthodox Church
The following excerpt is from 12 Things I Wish I’d Known, by Frederica Mathews-Green. The complete article is a helpful breakdown of some key questions you might have on your first visit. To read the full article, click on the “read more” link below.
During the early part of the service the church may seem to be in a hubbub, with people walking up to the front of the church, praying in front of the iconostasis (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing things and lighting candles, even though the service is already going on. In fact, when you came in the service was already going on, although the sign outside clearly said “Divine Liturgy, 9:30.” You felt embarrassed to apparently be late, but these people are even later, and they’re walking all around inside the church. What’s going on here?…read more