Deciding

Welcome to St. John's, Tower Grove!

We invite you to join us for worship at 10:30 am or 5:00 pm, as well as our many opportunities for fellowship, prayer, study, and service & advocacy.

St. John’s Tower Grove is an urban congregation in the Episcopal tradition. We are a proud member of the Believe Out Loud network. We are an open and accepting community to all people from all walks and stages of life. Our acceptance is rooted in Galatians 3:28: No longer is there rich or poor, native or alien, male or female, with or without priviledge, for we are all one in Christ. Join us in your Sunday best or your ratty old jeans. We would just like to meet you in this community of faith.

Deciding whether or not to join a community - even a welcoming Christian community - is not an easy decision. It requires a leap of faith. It requires courage. May Holy Wisdom bless you and guide you on your journey.

Our Mission: Together, we're moving forward in ministry for the Life of the World! (John 6:33)
  • Deciding to Grow
  • Worshiping God in Christ
  • Nurturing our Faith
  • Serving our Neighbors in Tower Grove and the Wider World

Belonging

Belonging to St. John's is pretty straightforward. We expect each other to worship at St. John's on a regular basis and to contribute our time, talent, and/or money to build up the church, the Body of Christ. Contributing our gifts of time, talent, and/or money acknowledges that everything is a gift from God and that, as Christians, we are called to share our gifts with others, in order to glorify God and to make Jesus Christ known in the world.

Truly belonging to any Christian community, including St. John's, requires Baptism. Baptism is a sacrament that was instituted by Jesus Christ. A sacrament is "an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace" (from the Catechism, or Outline of Faith). Becoming a baptized Christian is an act of faith, commitment, and courage.

Baptized Christians promise to have faith in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ and to strive to live as Jesus Christ lived. Specifically, we promise to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; to persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord; to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to love our neighbors as ourselves; and to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. We promise to do these things with God's help. (Book of Common Prayer, 304).

Confirmation, Membership, and Baptism

Confirmation is not required to belong to the Episcopal Church or to fully participate in the Ministries of St. John's, Tower Grove. Confirmation, reception, or the formal transfer of membership from another Episcopal Church are still required (1) to serve on the vestry or serve as a delegate representing St. John's, Tower Grove, and (2) for those seeking ordination as a deacon or a priest. See Bylaws.

These changes reflect our renewed focus on Holy Baptism as "full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church" and our belief that "the bond that God establishes in baptism is indissoluble." (BCP, 298) Confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows are all formal ways to make a renewed, mature commitment to living a Christian life, as an Episcopalian. However, they are not necessary to belong to an Episcopal Church. Once you are baptized, you are God's own forever. Period.