St. John's Episcopal Church
Serving the Community of Gloucester for Over 150 Years
FOR NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.
For 150 Years Saint John’s Episcopal Church has quietly glorified God by serving Gloucester and the surrounding area. As Episcopalians, we trace our identity back to the Roman Catholic Church, from which our spiritual ancestors were separated due to the politics of 16th-century England. Today, while our faith remains rooted in Scripture and the Creeds, we enjoy debating issues that lie beyond those core principles. At Saint John’s we are proud to welcome everyone to the fullness of sacramental worship and parish life.
We are also proud to glorify God with our beautiful services and with our many ministries to the community. We have lively programs for youth in both Cape Ann Choir School (Thursdays 4:30-5:30, September – May) and Cape Ann Arts Alive (August 20–24). And of course, children are welcome at all of our services. We have a Thrift Shop that sustains our other ministries while providing clothing and shoes for anyone in the Cape Ann community. Every week we host Our Place, Harvest Meals, Learn to Cope, three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and two art classes. We host or partner with Action, Inc., Sorellanza, the League of Women Voters, and the Coalition to Prevent Domestic Abuse. And, most simply, we open the Middle Street doors of our gorgeous church on Monday through Thursday mornings, so that anyone who needs a moment of rest, prayer, or inspiration may find one “in the beauty of holiness.”
Please join us for worship at 8:00am or 10:30am on a Sunday morning, or for any of our scheduled events.
MEET OUR STAFF
The Rev. LISE HILEBRANDT
Pastor Lise is a priest who is happiest living in and making connections between different disciplines and worlds, especially between our life with God and everything else. She is a musician, bread-baker, transportation cyclist, martial artist, and activist and serves as co-convener of the Creation Care Justice Network for the diocese. She received an MDiv from Yale and a Master’s of Public Health from BU. She has two delightful adult daughters and lives in a Quaker-based community in Arlington.
MARK EDWARD NELSON
Mark has been leading music at St. John's Episcopal Church since 2001. He enthusiastically educates, encourages, and cajoles people to sing, both in the choirs and the congregation. He's passionate about educating young singers in the great legacy of sacred music. He provides guidance and suggestions to people planning weddings and funerals.
Born in Minnesota, and a cradle Lutheran, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield MN. His first church job was playing the organ for St. Luke's Episcopal in his home town. He came to Cape Ann in 1979 to work for CB Fisk organ builders. He worked for 31 years in all phases of organ construction and service. He's a creative cook, gardener, and woodworker.
A life-long resident of Gloucester, MA, Marge worked as a salesperson at Woolworth’s in Gloucester from 1954-57. She was a Tupperware Manager for 15 years and in 1982 came to St. John’s to do some volunteer work, which, eventually turned into becoming a sexton, then administrator and now church assistant combined.
Her interests include God, Family, St. John’s Church and The Boston Bruins.
Originally hailing from Arlington, Virginia, Elizabeth now lives in Georgetown. Hobbies include: reading with her grade-school age daughter, baking cookies, camping, and drinking coffee. She has a collection of books about country music and loves really good french fries. Assists the rector with administrative matters and maintains church accounts under the direction of the Treasurer.