St. John's Episcopal Church in Medina, New York is the oldest church congregation in Orleans County.
Built of Medina Sandstone, the first service was held in the current building on Christmas Eve 1838, prior to completion of the structure in 1841. The interior of the building has been carefully restored, an ongoing process and work continues to maintain the fine stained glass windows commissioned by families as memorials over the years. In addition, there are two mosaic memorials by Jacob Holzer.
Rite II Sunday Services are held at 10:30 each week, the Reverend Nancy Guenther officiating.
Study classes led by Nancy Guenther are ongoing, with books and materials selected for the appropriate liturgical season. Children's religious education and nursery care are also available. We will read Lent and Holy Week: Bridges to Contemplative Living by Thomas Merton for this year’s Lenten study. Please contact the office for a copy if you are unable to come to services.
Ash Wednesday Service
St. John’s will hold the traditional service and administer ashes at noon on March 6. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Holy Week schedule will be posted here.
Bishop William Franklin Farewell
There will be a number of opportunities to say goodbye to our bishop. The first and closest of these will be a pot luck on March 17th at St. James, Batavia from 3 to 4:30 P.M. located at 405 East Main Street. The gathering is hosted by the Standing Committee and the Deaneries of Genesee, Northern Region, Central Erie and Eastern Erie. Please RSVP rector@firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the Franklin Fund are also being accepted.
Our New Bishop
A Service to Pass the Crozier from Bishop Franklin to Bishop Sean Rowe will be held on Sunday, April 7 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. We will celebrate Bishop Bill’s ministry and formally welcome Bishop Sean as our Bishop Provisional. A reception is scheduled to follow. Sean Rowe will serve for five years under an agreement between the Diocese of Western New York and the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. https://rustbeltepiscopal.org/.
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