Plan for Reconvening


Due to the Covid pandemic, we are currently offering the following ways to participate in worship at St. John in the Wilderness.


Sunday Worship


We have resumed in-person worship in a limited capacity. We are holding services at 8:45, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. in the church. The 10:00 a.m. service is a simplified Eucharist with very limited music that lasts about 30 minutes.


We will continue to offer the 8:45 Service on Facebook Live and YouTube (later in the day) for those who would like to worship from home.


We are asking you to RSVP so we can keep our capacity at 25 persons. You can sign up below as space allows. We have already subtracted out those helping to set up and lead worship. If you are leading worship then we do not need you to sign up.


Please remember the following protocols for safety.


  • Enter through the Carriage Entrance only and exit through the Tower door.


  • An usher will take your temperature as you come in. If you have a fever, we will kindly ask that you worship with us on a different Sunday and that you check in with your physician.


  • Wear your mask at all times, except when taking Communion. Make sure your mask covers your nose also.


  • Please keep six feet distance from people who are not in your family.


  • We will have bulletins for you. You may bring your own Book of Common Prayer if you would prefer, but there will not be Books of Common Prayer or Hymnals in the pews. Please either take your bulletin home to reflect deeper on the readings and prayers or place them in the recycling bin after the service.


  • The updated guidelines from our diocese say that we may speak songs or sing softly behind our masks, but we should not be singing very loudly or with typical choral breathing. Please join in with some restraint.


Though we cannot guarantee safety, we have made many efforts to be safer, including investing in the latest air filtration technology for our church HVAC system and taking the steps outlined above. We will also do our best to air out the church between services and we are encouraged by the large number of parishioners who have been vaccinated. Let us continue to look towards the needs of others, to welcome all graciously even in tense times, and live into the Eucharistic spirit of thankfulness for all of God's gifts, including one another.

Worship During the Week


Morning Prayer is being offered Monday through Thursday at 9:00 a.m. online. Join in online here. Evening Prayer is being offered in-person in the Wilderness Room on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Please bring your mask and Book of Common Prayer.

Other Ways of Staying Connected


Ministry Meetings: We are encouraging all ministries to apply our Plan for Reconvening to their work. Contact Fr. Josh to discuss how to meet online or in-person.


Offering: You can make donations to the parish and pay your pledge online here.


Sermons: Sermons will be available on the website on Monday of each week. You can access them here.


Prayer List: We are praying for those on our prayer list each week. If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, you can do so here.

Study Groups: Women's Bible Study and Men's Bible Study are meeting. For more information on Women's Bible Study, contact Joyce Beschta, and for Men's Bible Study contact Dr. E.R. Haire, Jr.

St. John in the Wilderness


Street address: 1895 Greenville Highway

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 185

Flat Rock, NC  28731

Office hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                       Monday through Friday

St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, Established 1836