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

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!

All are welcome to Supper and Ecumenical Worship Service on Wednesday 24 January  at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church. We celebrate the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity. Simple Supper at 6 pm, Ecumenical Worship at 7.

With the arrival of the Maji, we enter the season of Epiphany, or God made manifest among us. As the days lengthen and Winter begins to lose its hold on the world, let us be open  to God in the fullness of Creation.

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. "If you wish to drink, that's your business. If you wish to quit, that's our business." 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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John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

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