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About Us

We are a small, progressive Christian community challenged by the cross to live maturing lives of faith. We are young and old; gay and straight; families and singles. We come together, with our different understandings and our different challenges, to enrich ourselves and to nurture each other. We believe that, being a part of the body of Christ — as individuals and as a church — we each have a role to play in manifesting the kingdom of God in our place and time.

What We Believe

At St. John’s, we are bound together by covenant rather than by creeds or doctrines. We respect the diversity of beliefs our members hold. While we are dedicated to the Christian tradition and we celebrate the Christian sacraments, our communion table is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.

We take the Bible seriously, but not necessarily literally. We understand Scripture as a conversation, and, therefore, inexhaustible in meaning. It is as responsive to our concerns as we allow ourselves to challenge, and be challenged by, our encounters with it.

Worship at St. John’s blends traditional and modern forms as we seek to relate Christian faith to the concerns and challenges of twenty-first-century life.

We are a community of faith seeking to live Christ’s invitation to love one another as much in our prayer and our community life as in our work for peace, justice, and the integrity of the creation.

Personal spiritual growth and our growth as a community are fostered at St. John’s through creative and social activities; small group study and discussion; and community outreach and social justice programs.

Our Location

St. John’s United Church of Christ is located in the heart of the Forest Hill district of San Francisco, at 501 Laguna Honda Boulevard in San Francisco. We are one block from the Forest Hill MUNI Station at the corner of Laguna Honda & Woodside. The K, L, M and T MUNI lines serve Forest Hill Station, as do the 36, 43, 44, and 52 bus lines. Street parking in the area around the church is readily available.

Our church is wheelchair-accessible. To enter the sanctuary, use the sidewalk entrance on Woodside Avenue. Follow the sidewalk to the south side of the church and enter through the brown doors. If the door is not open, ring the doorbell to the right of the door.