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

All Gatherings Cancelled


Internet Church, 10 am
Zoom Address

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
Anxious Times, Everyone!

In a Voice for troubled times, Fr John reflects on the hardships of many and the burden of uncertainty.   Wendy Langlois describes our turn to Internet church.   Dale Peterson reports on the upgrades to the sacristy and undercroft.

Longing for the day when we again gather, we offer Trinity Sunday service on Zoom. Read Fr John's invitationSupporting Material.

Right Rev Mariann Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, was outraged at President Trump using St John's Episcopal Church as a prop for a photo opportunity.  Bishops from seven New England dioceses have issued a statement in response, calling the President's actions "cynical".  

Sadly, we are forced to cancel this year's Summer Gala.  Fr John expresses our disappointment.

We forward communications from our Bishop Love and Governor Cuomo.  In summary, we open the church when it's safe to do so.  Gov Cuomo offers aid, also.

Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell has issued a series of COVID-19 briefings concerning face masks, testing, contact tracing, and others.  This list of useful resources is from the office of the County Sheriff.  Please be mindful of social distancing protocols and pray for those infected.

This is a hard time for our community.  Fr John is calling all parishioners personally and lining up others to make phone calls, too.  If you are willing to phone your neighbor, please drop us a note.

Marya and Bob Dodd thank everyone who left food at the church for the food pantry.  Please bag your donations and know that you are helping your neighbor.

Brian Boom and Lucy Eldridge of our Capital Campaign Committee have put together a compelling brochure, Capital Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining People, Place, and Peace, 2019-2022. Please take a look and decide how you might contribute to the future vitality of our church.  Supporting material.

Lucy Eldridge has curated a quilt exhibition, The Art of Appliqué, that opens in Burke Hall on Saturday 8 August.  Quilts include Mibs Zelley's designs for her grandkids and quilts for sale by local artists, featuring naturalistic images.  Announcement.

This year’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend is August 8-9.   We hope we will all be able to participate.

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 Zoom Internet Space for Divine Reading & Centering Prayer.  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 came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."  
AA calendar.

Our Ministries:
Site Resources: In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, "Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, "Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it." And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Genesis 1:1-13

External Resources:

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