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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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!

Our Annual Soirée is coming up on Saturday, 13 July at 5:30 pm. This gala evening will support our mission and our ministries.  Hope you can come and party in the great outdoors with music by Jim Wann and Friends and fine food and drink! Poster is attached. Please come, invite your friends and spread the word!  Online tickets available here.

Louise and Dale have published the June VoiceFr John preaches for sane gun laws and cites God's call to be peacemakers.  Marjorie Hoog explains why she tries to use woman professionals and businesses owned by women.  With the headwinds that they face, it's only fair.  Lucy Eldridge reviews some of the Spring happenings, including the Easter Egg Hunt and the show, Flight: Birds of the Hudson Valley.

An exciting interfaith series, Exploring Pilgrimage, will be introduced here at St. John on Saturday, 22 June from 2 to 3:30 pm.  Hear about openings of Spirit, both inward and outward.  See the poster (pdf).

Winds in the Wilderness
, our chamber music ensemble, offers an eclectic program, featuring classical (and fake-classical!), jazz, and more.  Fun starts at 3 pm on 23 June, here at St John.  Suggested donation $15.  Reception follows the concert.  Read the invitation from Sharon Powers.

St John the Baptist, whose nativity we celebrate 24 June, was a nazerite, a kind of ascetic man of God.  He is the one, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."  Scary charisma is given to him, our patron, and he baptizes JesusSalome dances so well, she is given John's head, "brought in upon a platter."  His origin is to the right.

A big Earth Day push paid off for the Episcopal Church’s Creation Care Pledge, which met its goal of 1,000 pledges – and counting.  It is not too late to add your name to the growing list.

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. "We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us."   AA calendar.

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The time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.” They said to her, “None of your relatives has this name.” Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbors, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

Luke 1:57:66
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Church of St John in the Wilderness, PO Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517  mailto:info@stjohnw.org