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



Internet Church, 9 am
Zoom Address

Outdoor Church, 10 am

Study Groups

Wednesdays, 3 pm
Divine Reading &
Contemplative Prayer

Church is open daily for prayer and meditation.  Please observe pandemic protocols.


The Very Rev John P Thompson, Rector 

Liturgical Calendar
Troubled Times, Everyone!

Your Reopening Team, following advice of Columbia County, plans Outdoor Church, starting Sunday 19 July at 10 am.  We will gather on the slope behind the church.  We will use masks and maintain distance.  Please bring a lawn chair if possible, our supply is limited.  Read Fr John's invitationPieces of the service.

For the next several weeks, we will also continue Zoom Church now at 9 am.  Elen Freeston will take over the producer role that Charley Musselman has performed since Palm Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 admitted we were powerless over alcohol and that our lives had become unmanageable."  
AA calendar.

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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.

Gallatians 4:4-7
External Resources:

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