Church of St. John in the Wilderness
The Episcopal Church in Copake Falls, NY
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PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517
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Welcome to all!
Please join us

Service Schedule


Holy Eucharist,  8 am
Choral Eucharist, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Good News, Everyone!

COPAKE FALLS DAY -- 18 August, 2018!  Events include: 8 am,  5K walk/run to support the BackPack program.  At 11 am, hear a lecture by Lee Reich on fruit espaliers and visit the Hidden Gardens of Copake Falls - including Margaret Roach's very special garden. At 2 pm, Taconic Stage Company presents Lillian, a one-woman play about Lillian Hellman. Great Artists of Copake Falls - all day at the Taconic Wayside Inn. Salad bar and lunch at the foot of the hill and fabulous BBQ under the tent. Also, Kids' activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and much more!

As usual, our Church is a center of activity, especially for our lunchtime salad bar. Mibs Zelley calls on persons to bring salads to Burke Hall.

Winds in the Wilderness will perform Classical and Jazz music at the Church of St John in the Wilderness at 5:30 on Wednesday, 29 August. See poster for details.

Our Bishop, William Love is making his visit Sunday, 16 September. This is a special opportunity for baptism, confirmation, and reception under the hands of an apostolic successor to St Peter. Please see Fr John if you're interested in one of these sacraments.

Dale and Louise Peterson have published the May edition of Voice in the Wilderness. Fr John reflects on the Holy Spirit at Pentecost bringing us together and reminding us to be open to the myriad gifts of the Spirit. Karen Flynn, Senior Warden, looks forward to the Sparkling Summer Soirée and other fun to be had this summer.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

Church of St John in the Wilderness is located in a park-like setting, Taconic State Park! We're on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and Bash-Bish Falls is just up the road. Come, enjoy!

We made a list of the many Good Causes supported by St John in the Wilderness. Can you add to this list?

Divine Reading & Contemplative Prayer Group: Gather with us Wednesdays at 3 pm in the rectory for the Divine Reading & Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. "Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion;" AA calendar.

Our Ministries:
Site Resources:
"Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
"You that are simple, turn in here!"
To those without sense she says,
"Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight."

Proverbs 9:1-6
External Resources:

Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org