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Worship

Worship is our most important time together. It’s the time when we come together as a community to revel in the spirit of the one in whose name we gather. It’s the time when we share our joys, our concerns, and our sorrows. It’s a time when we celebrate the traditional Christian sacraments, and when we explore more contemporary expressions of faith.

Your First Time Worshipping with Us?

If you’ve never visited us on Sunday mornings, please come as you are. We are an Open and Affirming church in the United Church of Christ. That means that we welcome and affirm all people. We value the diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation, family, and physical abilities that make up our community. We cherish all people as children of God.

We encourage everyone attending worship to wear a name tag so that we can greet you by name. The usher will also invite you to fill out a Visitor Information Card so that we can keep in touch with you. If you provide your email address, we will email you our weekly St. John’s eNews to let you know about upcoming events and periodic announcements about new programs. We also publish a monthly newsletter, Let’s Chat, which includes articles about St. John’s, our denomination, our faith, and about making a difference in our community. If you would like to meet with one of our pastors, you can request a call on your Visitor Card. Please let us know if you prefer email and postal mail communications.

We come from a part of the Protestant tradition that upholds the priesthood of all believers. So, you will find both lay people and clergy participating in our worship services. We are a community of believers … with the emphasis on community.

Music is an important element in our worship. We have an extraordinary choir that sings two Sundays every month and at special events at St. John’s throughout the year. Our music director enriches our worship experience with a broad range of musical styles, from classical to contemporary.

You will find Bibles and hymnals in the pew racks in front on you, along with Visitor Cards. Literature about St. John’s, the United Church of Christ, and our partners in various projects is displayed behind the ushers in the lobby outside of our sanctuary. Please feel free to take any literature that interests you.

Infant and Toddler Care

You are welcome to keep your infants and toddlers (newborns to 6 years) with you during worship, or you can leave them in our Childcare Center, which is staffed with experienced children-care adults who provide loving caring and age-appropriate activities for your children while you are in worship. Our childcare center is on the first floor of the building. Ask an usher for directions.

Children’s Sunday School

After a Stories for All Ages time in the service, children from 6 years to 6th grade are usually invited to attend Sunday School. Our children’s Sunday School program is approach to religious education that teaches our kids about our Christian heritage, as well as fostering an appreciation for other religious traditions.

Ushers and Greeters

As you enter the Sanctuary, you will be greeted by one of our ushers, who will offer you a program for the service and answer any questions you have. The program includes an outline of the service, the songs we will be singing, and words to the prayers we pray together. You will also find announcements and a list of events for the church during the following week. If you have small children, the ushers will give you activity sheets, crayons, and other materials appropriate for them.

Communion Sundays

We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month, and everyone is invited to participate. We perform this sacrament in different ways; the presiding pastor will give instructions on the celebration for the day.

Fellowship After Worship

After each worship service, we all head downstairs to Diehl Hall for refreshments. It’s a time to get to know one another, chatting over a snack. Everyone is welcome to this fellowship time. We hope you find it to be a rejuvenating start to your week.

Getting Here

We are located at 501 Laguna Honda Boulevard, in the heart of the Forest Hill District of San Francisco, at the corner of Woodside Avenue and Laguna Honda Boulevard. If you are driving, you can park in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the church. If you are taking MUNI, we are one block from the Forest Hill MUNI station. (The K, L, M and T MUNI lines serve Forest Hill Station, as do the 36, 43, 44, and 52 bus lines.)

From the Woodside Avenue side of the church building, you enter the sanctuary by walking up the stairs on the right side of the building as you are facing it … or enter the door on the left side of the building and immediately go up the stairs on your left. To use our wheelchair-accessible entrance, park on Laguna Honda Boulevard and proceed down the walkway on the left side of the building as you’re facing it. There are blue signs pointing the way.