The Episcopal Church of St John the Baptist in Aptos, CA serving Santa Cruz County

 


Welcome to St. John’s

We invite you to get to know us and discover your place here among us. We are a  community that looks to the life and ministry of Jesus to better understand and enter into the heart of God. Jesus spoke out against injustice and poverty, Jesus healed friend and foe, Jesus broke bread with the rich and poor, Jesus points to the wideness of God’s compassion. We celebrate the wonderful diversity of human kind and we seek to do that in faithfulness to the baptismal command to respect the dignity of every human being. We strive to include a place for everyone around God’s table and believe there should be no outcasts in the Episcopal Church. Our campus is completely accessible and barrier free.


 St. John’s has called a new rector


Season of Epiphany

6 January is known as The Epiphany or Feast of the Epiphany.  The word means “Manifestation” or “to make known.”  Epiphany remembers the coming of the Magi or wise men-The Three Kings-bringing gifts (Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh) to visit the Christ child, who by so doing “reveal” Jesus to the world as Lord and King.  Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Magi from the East and Christ’s revelation to the gentiles – to the world. The colors for the Feast Day are white and gold.

Epiphany is also a season of the Church lasting until Ash Wednesday on 10 February. The Epiphany season is when we focus on Mission; bringing the light of Christ to the world. The colors of Epiphany are green, the colors growth.

Epiphany closes the season of Christmas (the Twelve Days of Christmas), celebrating the incredible gift of the incarnation (God among us) and invites us to explore the Epiphany. Contemplate what this story says to the people in Matthew’s time and what it says to us today (Matthew 2: 1-12). Epiphany is also celebrated in the hymn “We Three Kings” (Hymnal 1982 # 128)

 

 


  • The Interim Time in a Parish August 2015

    Dear Friends,

    The interim time in a parish offers an opportunity for the community to discover its passion for the mission Christ gives to us. It is a time full of promise and possibility. Traveling with you in this interim journey is my joy and privilege. As we make the interim journey the community will have ample opportunity to remember the amazing gifts of grace that have been part of the congregation’s life and to envision the future mission of the St. John’s community.

    In this interim journey all of us will have ministries to carry out. I will serve . . . → Read More: The Interim Time in a Parish August 2015