In keeping with our theme that EVERYONE is welcome at St. John’s UCC, we are proud to offer an accessible facility to accommodate those with special needs to make you feel at home at St. John’s.
Entering St. John’s
During the week, our rear parking lot is set up with several handicapped-only parking spaces. On Sunday mornings, much of the parking lot by the back door ramp is designated as handicapped-only parking to accommodate not only those with special needs but persons who have difficulty walking farther distances. Watch for the special signs directing you where to park along the back of the building. This parking lot can be accessed by turning on to Richardson Ave. from Main Street (Rt. 63) and turning right into the lot.
There is a wide ramp just off the sidewalk that leads into the building. On Sunday mornings our “Umbrella Ministry” team is there starting about 9:45 am to greet you, open the door for everyone, and to provide assistance if needed.
If you enter from the front courtyard, the sidewalk leads to a glass-enclosed porch and our elevator, which can take you to any floor of the building.
Inside St. John’s
If you enter from the back door ramp entrance there is a short, wide hallway that takes you to our front glass-enclosed porch, which leads into the sanctuary. Just inside the porch is the elevator, which can take you downstairs to our Assembly Hall where we have refreshments and fellowship after worship, and special dinners and events are held. Also on that downstairs level are fully-equipped handicapped-accessible restrooms. The elevator also goes to our 3rd floor where some Sunday School and VBS classes meet.
In the sanctuary, there are several special pews with a ‘cut-out’ sections on the outside aisles to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers and seating for persons with you in the adjacent pew. Please speak with an usher to direct you to one of them.
St. John’s also has some walkers and wheelchairs available should you need them while worshiping with us – please ask an usher for assistance.
Audio devices are available in the back of the sanctuary if you have difficulty hearing the service. Please ask an usher if you would like to use one during the service. If you are unable to attend worship or heard something in worship you’d like to hear again, a CD of the service can be mailed or held in the office for you – contact the church office. You can also listen to the sermon each week right here on our website – go to the tab “About Us”, then Audio – Sermons. The sermons remain posted on the website for about 9 months.
Worship bulletins and hymns are available in large print – please ask an usher for this, or they can be found on the table by the center rear door and the front side door to the sanctuary.
St. John’s Health Ministry
Should a medical need or emergency ever arise during worship, we have a dedicated group of nurses & health professionals organized within the congregation to assist anyone in need. They also provide services like monthly blood pressure screenings after worship. We also have available a first aid kit and an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) in the Narthex. A collection is taken each year in early February (‘heart’ month) to pay for its yearly maintenance. Our Health Ministry offers flu shots in the Fall.