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!

Important Update!  Corrected Schedule.

On 25 June, we note the 165th anniversary of St John in the Wilderness! Please, come celebrate with us!
 8:30 Coffee & doughnuts! at Copake Iron Works
 9:00 Parade to church! Walk or ride in vintage cars
 9:50 followed by a Blessing at Pomeroy Gravesite
10:00 Church Service! Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:15 Community Picnic! In and around Burke Hall,
with Live Music! with the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band!
 See the poster  Elen Freeston  prepared.
On 28 May, we dedicated the Art and Pauline Royal Memorial Railing. We thank Pauline for contributing this sturdy and comforting support on the walk to Burke Hall. Photos.

For April, the Voice offers Fr John's sermon on Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. It calls for relaxed barriers and widening community. Senior Warden Brian Boom looks at church programs to address hunger, local and global.

Three of our own, Lucy Eldridge, Amanda Clark, and Richard Peck, are exhibiting their original paintings and prints in Burke Hall through the Spring. 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.

If you would like to receive occasional emails from Fr John on church activities, request a subscription at info@stjohnw.org.

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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?"

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