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At St. John’s we try to offer church experience that everyone can enjoy, as well as fellowship with coffee and doughnuts served between services so groups from every service can have fellowship.

Traditional services at St. John's

8:00 – Traditional Worship

This traditional format early bird service has a loyal group of folks who enjoy having the chance to attend worship early enough in the day that other Sunday activities are possible.

Contemporary Worship at St. John's

9:15 – Contemporary Worship

This contemporary worship service is less formal than traditional formats. Music is provided (on the first and third Sundays) by “Common Lot,” the St. John praise band. This group includes several vocalists as well as guitar, percussion, and keyboard.

On the second and fourth Sundays, music is provided by an eclectic mix of recorded songs from popular and contemporary Christian artists as well as a smaller combo featuring drums, piano, and bass guitar. Scriptures are read in contemporary, easy to understand translations, and the message is shared in a way that invites those attending worship to participate.

Since the St. John Sunday School program also meets at this same time, busy parents can get their children off for classes and stay for worship.

Last Service


Lent 2024

Lent 2024 “In the Name of Love” February 14, Ash Wednesday (New Athens) Revelation 2: 1-7, “Abandoning Love” February 21 (New Athens) Genesis 34, “Dinah and Shechem” February 28 (Darmstadt)…

Hello Friends and Members!! We invite you to escape the heat this Sunday morning and join us for Worship and Sunday School! Traditional Worship 8:00amSunday School 3yrs-5th grade 9:00amContemporary Worship 9:15This Saturday New Beginnings Daycare- New Athens Farmers Market! In the St John Parking lot 8am-12pmYou've Got Mail!! Please look in your mailbox, located in the foyer for Summer Visitor! If you have any questions, please contact the church office. June 30th- 5th Sunday worship and potluck 1 service 10:00am followed by a potluck in the dining hallNew Beginnings Daycare will hold a "Mom Prom" to raise money for the Playground Project July 20thThe Nurture Committee is sponsoring a lunch out at Bunker's in Okawville after worship July 21. Sign up in the foyer. Vacation Bible School will be July 22-25th. You can sign up online or the first night! Please contact the church office if you would like to volunteer or have questions. ... See MoreSee Less
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A little throwback to June 1999.An article in the Journal-Messenger highlighting a new type of worship at St John UCC. In October 1998 St John started our new "come as you are, contemporary service" a service for all ages, featuring Common Lot members!"Don Mueth provides leadership for the group and is joined by Paul Bickle, Amy and Tom Drake, Scott Gallagher, Cathy Koch, Jeff Lehr, Connie Park, Steve Reuss, Clyde Scherle, Dave Vogler and Scott Vogler. Their occupations include teachers, operations manager, bank teller, correctional officer, group leader, farmer, butcher, carpenter, and student. What they share is a love of music and the desire to use their talents leading worship" ... See MoreSee Less
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