8 AM Contemplative Service  &  10 AM Service with Music

Worship with Us!

St. John's Episcopal Church

3427 Olney-Laytonsville Road

Olney, MD 20832



St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney, 

perform at a Sunday service.

One of the many reasons that St. John's should be your church too!

Sing to the LORD,

all the earth;

proclaim his salvation

day after day. 

Declare his glory

among the nations,

his marvelous deeds

among all peoples. 

For great is the LORD

and most worthy of praise...

1 Chronicles 16:23-25

St. John's has two  wonderful worship services on Sunday mornings. Both are celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (The Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion) as provided by our historic Book of Common Prayer, a sign of our faith partnership with all those Churches around the world who are part of the Anglican Communion and also the Church universal. The powerful witness of our  common life in Jesus Christ is expressed in our baptismal covenant as seen in this acclamation of our Faith:  "One Lord, one Faith, one God and Father of all."

Our 8 a.m. Sunday service is that of the Holy Eucharist. This service is quiet, reflective and contemplative and does not normally include music. 

By contrast, our 10 a.m. Sunday service is filled with classic and modern music supported by our choir, piano and organ, and Handbell Ringers, and the singing and praise of all who are present.  Since the time of the Biblical Psalms, singing in worship opens our hearts to the poetry and music of beautiful hymns from across the ages, and imbeds their faith language into the deep memory of our hearts. 

The preaching and teaching at these services find ways to draw on Scripture, the deep teaching (Tradition)  from the early  Church, the Reformation as well as more contemporary theological thought.  All of these provide a provocative moment in which to unpack the intersection of a  personal and  also commonly held faith as it intersects the many challenges and questions of life in the 21st century.

Worship Ministries

The Altar Guild is responsible for the care and presentation of all the special vessels, linens, etc., associated with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  These women and men prepare for our worship services by organizing these resources before each service and then cleaning for their next use. Contact:  Altar Guild Chair Crannough Jones  at

Acolytes - Both teens and adults are invited to serve as crucifers, torch bearers,  and servers at the altar.  A modest amount of training is required and team members are then scheduled to serve at the service of their choice (8 or 10 a.m.).  For more info please contact Carl Ridenour, parish Verger at

Our  Ministry of Music is led by our parish musician, Mr. James Kreger.  Contact:

The Adult Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings before the 10 a.m. service.   And our wonderful Handbell Choir includes teens and adults who rehearse on Sundays following the 10 a.m. liturgy.

Eucharistic Ministers assist the parish clergy distributing the Body and Blood of Christ.  Prayer Lectors read appointed Scriptures and lead the Prayers of the People.  Contact the Rector

Prayers for Healing - Our Prayer Team made up of clergy and laity offers this ancient rite of laying on of hands and anointing, following the example of our Lord Jesus who himself went about healing the sick and restoring people to fullness of life.  Following each Sunday liturgy persons may present themselves at the altar rail for this rite.  The special needs or intentions of one's heart do not have to be spoken necessarily.

Pastoral Care
naturally flows out of the sacramental life and witness of the Church.  The members and staff  of St. John's are committed to providing spiritual support to persons and families going through rich times of joy as well as discouraging times of illness, disappointment or loss.  Our Pastoral Care Team is comprised of the priest and others she/he calls to join in this important ministry of prayer and personal support.
Pastoral care is also provided directly by the priest in times of significant stress in one's life, or in the life of one's household.  Such spiritual care is centered in the compassion of our Lord, and in the life of prayer, and is always sheltered by the priest's commitment to complete confidentiality.