St. John’s: “Investing In The Future”
St. John’s has been part of the Lansdale community since 1876, just 4 years after the town was incorporated in 1872. While our beautiful gothic building might cause one to conclude that we are old fashioned or “traditional”, we are deeply committed to keeping our faith fresh and finding new ways to share the life-giving good news of God’s love. Our desire is to honor and learn from our forebears in the faith, even as we look to the future in anticipation of the new things God has yet in store for us.
In keeping with the denomination of which we are a part ~ the United Church of Christ ~ we seek to be extravagant in our greeting of people from all walks of life, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey.
Our Office Hours are Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We are closed some holidays – check our publications.
St. John’s is known as the “Yes!” church in town – the church that opens it’s doors to many individuals and groups. We say ‘Yes’ to those in need, ‘Yes’ to those wanting to try new projects, and ‘Yes’ to those seeking a place of refuge. Further, we are a church that says ‘Yes’ to what honors God, while saying ‘No’ to that which excludes rather than includes, diminishes people rather than build them up, or passes judgement on those who do not think as we do. Finally, we are a church who says ‘Yes’ to the scripture, seeking to demonstrate God’s Word through our works. Read about the origins as written in 2003 by then-Senior Pastor, the late Rev. Sue Bertolette.
Our activities include: Bible Study, Prayer Chain, mission projects, Women’s Retreat, Girl Scouts, Health Ministries Program, Charitable Gift Market, Stitchers Ministry – and much more!
We embrace a God who is still speaking ~ a God who, through Jesus, showed us that being Christian is about living our faith, serving God by loving our neighbor, generously sharing what has been entrusted to our care, and being good stewards of all creation. We invite you to come and journey with us as we seek to be instruments of God’s love and peace.
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If you are not a member of an area faith community, we invite you to consider becoming a part of St. John’s United Church of Christ. Founded in 1876 as St. John’s German Reformed Church, our current membership is made up of persons from a variety of Christian traditions seeking to live out their faith in ways that make a difference in the lives of individuals and in our world.
St. John’s seeks to be faithful to the spirit and content of scripture and tradition in carrying out ministry, while remaining open to a Still Speaking God who continues to do new things in our midst. As an Open and Affirming faith community, we seek to be intentionally inclusive and extravagant in our hospitality, embracing persons of varying races, nationalities, abilities, economic levels, and sexual orientations. Seeking to practice what we preach, mission and outreach our at the heart of who we are as a body of believers.
Our St. John’s Mission Statement: “As a community of learners and seekers, created in God’s image and called to follow Christ, we the members of St. John’s United Church of Christ: honor our past while looking to the future with hope and living fully in the present; commit ourselves to proclaiming the Good News of Christ through our words and actions, both within this faith community and beyond; seek to reach out to persons from all walks of life, affirming and celebrating diversity as one of God’s finest gifts. as we journey together, we seek to be responsible stewards of God’s creation, keenly aware of our connections to one another and convinced of the grace, mercy and justice of a gentle loving God.”
St. John’s Trivia: It takes 20 steps and 2 landings to get to this place at St. John’s – where is this? Hint: There are 2 different ways to get there!