established 1797

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Essex, CT

Giving Grace in God’s World

 Sundays: Services: 8:00 AM, 10:15 AM & 5 PM 


Welcome to St. John’s Episcopal Church

We are delighted to welcome you! Our community celebrates worship, outreach, learning, and fellowship.

  3 Cross Street, Essex, CT 06426
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Worship services are held each Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM and the 10:15 AM service is broadcast online on our YouTube channel. We also offer a service in the evening called, “Come As You Are” Eucharist at 5:00 PM in the church. On Wednesday mornings at 10 AM, we have a service of Morning Prayer and the first Wednesday of each month, we celebrate Holy Eucharist. 


Sunday mornings at 10:15 AM

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Bible Study with The Saint John’s bible

Tuesdays | 10:30-11:300 AM 

Join us as we study scripture and journey through the illuminations of The Saint John’s Bible. 

Lenten evening prayer

Thursdays | 6:00 PM (March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) 

The season of Lent is a time of introspection and preparation. These five Thursday evenings are an opportunity for prayer and calm reflection.

Evening Prayer takes place in the church with candlelight. The service is led by members of the parish presiding and preaching. The service ends with a favorite Lenten hymn.

Lenten Quiet day

Saturday, March 18 | 9:00-2:00 PM

St. John’s will open our doors to those seeking a peaceful, spiritual respite. We will begin with a brief service of Morning Prayer. The highlight of the day will be a reading of the entire Gospel of Mark from The Saint John’s Bible led by volunteers in attendance. Following the approximate two hours of the reading, there will be several opportunities for you to continue reflection or prayerful meditation. In a quiet space, a light lunch will be provided and, to that end, we request that you consider a donation of $10 to help defray our costs. The day will end with a Celebration of the Eucharist at 1:00 PM.

Please RSVP to Chelsea DiDonato at

stewardship appeal 2023

Because of your generosity, St. John’s has been able to continue to pursue the mission and ministry of God as we seek to give grace in God’s world. Because of your generosity during a difficult time, we have been able to not only survive as a church during COVID, but thrive.

Stewardship and giving are a natural outpouring of thanksgiving, a continuation of our spiritual practice as Christians. Stewardship helps all of us understand the tangible way we are connected to caring for each other at St. John’s and for our neighbors. A way to step into this prayerful and intentional stewardship of our personal money is to make an annual pledge of some amount to St. John’s. 

Ingathering Sunday is November 13th, 2022 this year. That is the day we hope to gather the congregation’s pledges and prayers for the coming year. If you wish to make a pledge in advance of that date, you may do so below. Thank you for your support of St. John’s. 

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