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

Spoken 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 is coming, 19 August! As usual, our little church is the center of activity.  Claudia West will talk on "Designing with Native Plants" at 11:30. Our church will sponsor a lunchtime salad bar at the foot of the hill.  Diedre Bollinger plays The Last Flapper at 2 pm in the church. We have Jazz Vespers at 4:30.  Enjoy the famous Beef Barbecue at 5:30 and we will close with folk music around the campfire.

Kids can enjoy a bounce house, craft activities, pony rides, and a scavenger hunt! Many more events and activities are planned, including garden tours, farmers' market and demonstrations, sheep shearing, a raffle, and much more. See complete schedule.

 Healing a Woman's Soul annual retreat entitled I'm OK and I'm on the way September 8th - 9th, will explore God's vision for healing the broken-hearted. Women with a need to heal from emotional abuse will find help here. Brochure.

June Edition of Voice in the Wilderness has been published. Brian Boom presents Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's letter empathizing our care and concern for the environment. Despite the withdrawal of the United States from a leadership role in the efforts to limit climate change, he says "the work goes on". Rebecca Garrard, of our Social Justice Committee, is looking for persons to help support an immigrant student. Contact her at  garrar26@gmail.com or call 845-797-9210

Three of our own, Lucy Eldridge, Amanda Clark, and Richard Peck, are exhibiting their original paintings and prints in Burke Hall through the Summer. Come and appreciate our parishioners' artwork while enjoying your coffee!

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.

You may know St John in the Wilderness was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Noted architect Richard Upjohn and our role in local history are cited as distinctive features. Read the NRHP application (PDF).

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: Put Wednesdays at 3 pm on your calendar and gather with us in the rectory for the Divine Reading/Centering Prayer Group.  This meditative approach to scripture will bring peace to your soul.

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When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Galatians 4:4-7
External Resources:

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