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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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!

All are welcome at the ecumenical Memorial Day service at St John in the Wilderness on Monday, 28 May at 9:30 am.

Invite your friends to – "Odd Song", Multimedia Vespers (Evensong Remixed) at St John in the Wilderness on Saturday, 2 June at 5 pm -- With Meditation, Readings, Music, Live Media, & Incense. See the Press Release.

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.

Our own Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, preached a stirring sermon at the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. He called on Spirituals and Jesuits as he spoke from the heart on the power of love.

Visit our exhibit, Quilts from Community Collections, held in  Burke Hall, from 4 March – 3 June. Enjoy a wide array of quiltmaking traditions including coverlets, crib quilts, and wall hangings. They exhibit pieced, embroidered, & applique techniques, with several from the late 19th century to mid-1940’s. Samples from the Gallery.

A gala Sparkling Summer Soirée to benefit St John in the Wilderness will be held 14 July at 5:30 pm on the grounds of our beautiful historic church. Our evening will have a festive French theme in celebration of Bastille DayMore.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops who call for an assault weapons ban, as well as prayers of lamentation. This is a response to the latest in a long list of school shootings.

Our Capital Campaign is underway! We  want to prioritize those projects most important to many people. Rectory porch repair and landscaping the church grounds made the list.  Make your preferences known with the Priority Survey.

You may now subscribe to a digital edition of our church newsletter, A Voice in the Wilderness. Sign up here to receive future editions by email, saving money and trees. 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. "Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path."
AA calendar.

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But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

`In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.

Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "

Acts 2:14-21
External Resources:

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