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.
Read what we believe in the Episcopal Church.
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 (program currently on hold) and Cape Ann Arts Alive (late August). 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. We are always happy to partner with other organizations, such as AA and art classes, to host gatherings that support the community. The "in-person" events we once welcomed came to a halt during the time of Covid. We look forward to welcoming them back in the future: Our Place, Harvest Meals, Learn to Cope, Action, Inc., Sorellanza, the League of Women Voters, the Coalition to Prevent Domestic Abuse and others. We hope that we can once again open the Middle Street doors of our beautiful 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 9:30am on Sunday mornings. The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 9 am until noon. The sanctuary is open for prayer, meditation or reflection Monday through Thursday, 9 am until noon. For more information, please see our calendar. The Thrift Shop and Regal Rummage are open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am until 2 pm.
St. John’s has always worked for the protection of children, teens and minors, and vulnerable adult. SAFE CHURCH TRAINING is required of all clergy, diocesan employees and congregational employees. For more information, please read St. John’s official policies on these at the links below.
MEET OUR STAFF
The Rev. MARYA DeCARLEN
With over forty years of ministry experience, Marya has been actively involved in the Diocese of Massachusetts with clergy support groups, as a volunteer chaplain at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, and as a member of the Merrimack and North Shore Deanery. Rev. DeCarlen holds an MDiv from Episcopal Divinity School. She has two college-aged sons, Michael and Jacob, and a four-year-old rescue Labrador named Frankie.
Interim Music Director
Joe graduated from Oberlin in 1994 with a Bachelor of Music in music education, with organ as his principal instrument. He currently teaches music to grades 4-6 at Marblehead Public Schools. He was previously the organist and choir director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salem, Nahant Village Church (UCC) in Nahant, and most recently at UCC Burlington.
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. Her interests include God, Family, St. John’s Church and The Boston Bruins.
Elizabeth lives in Georgetown. Hobbies include: very long walks, reading and drinking coffee. She is also the author of the novel The Ocean in Winter. Assists the rector with administrative matters and maintains church accounts under the direction of the Treasurer.
Thrift Shop Assistant
I waltzed into St. John’s Thrift Store for a potato masher and I came out as My Girl Friday. I have mentioned in more than one (seventeen or so) conversations that I am in the right place at exactly the right time and delighted to be here. I have the gift of gab and the ladies have to rein me in sometimes. Last thing! If you want a story I have one.