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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Christmas Services

Christmas Eve
24 December, 7 pm Carols, 7:30 Service

Christmas Day
25 December,  10 am

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!

Christmas Services at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Sunday 24 December at 7 pm Carols, 7:30 pm Service (This annual celebration is not to be missed!)

Christmas Day Service: Monday, 25 December at 10 am.

Wendy Langlois invites everybody to our first Community Christmas Pageant at St John in the Wilderness,  Saturday 16 December at 11 am.  There will be refreshments following the pageant. 

We have a new Voice in the Wilderness for Thanksgiving and Advent. Fr John reflects on quiet meditation and truth seeking. Warden Brian Boom writes movingly on his first experience of a St John's Christmas. Wendy Langlois makes an appealing pitch for Sunday School. Also, see photos of the baptism of Caroline Aurelia Mae Crawford, Harvest Fest,  and the Jacob Stickle Memorial 5K run/walk.

Last summer, all the flowers decorating the alter and window sills were grown by parishioners. Meanwhile, vegetables grown by the Sunday School children have added to coffee hour bounty.

We welcome Fr John back from a spiritual journey to the sacred islands of Iona and Lindisfarne, where Bishops Columba and Aidan laid the foundation for a distinctly English Christianity.

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.

Our little church hosts meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous twice a week, on Friday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. Carved into their log are the hopeful words, "You are not alone." AA calendar.

 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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This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

External Resources:

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