Upcoming Events at St. John's:

The Wisdom of the Desert: The Recovered Stories of Early Christianity
The Gospel of Thomas

A 4 week seminar

"If you bring forth what is inside,
What is inside of you will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is inside of you,
What is inside of you will destroy you"

-The Gospel of Thomas (c. 50 AD)

Wisdom of the Desert: The Recovered Stories of Early Christianity

Wednesday Evenings in May at 7 pm

May 2 : The Gospel of Thomas
May 9: The Hymn of the Pearl
May 16: The Gospel of Mary
May 23: The Gospel of Philip



Celtic Evensong 

Sunday, April 15
5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Classical music, contemplative poetry and silent meditation with guest musician Ruth Ann Lane, cellist with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet, performing the Cellos Suite No. 1 of Bach with the poetry of John O'Donohue and Mary Oliver.

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.



Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, April 18
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Parish Hall

No partners or experience needed.The circle is your partner and all dances are simple and taught first. Music comes from around the world. A donation is requested.



Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

Friday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

The Living Word/Creative Spirit Poetry Circle is on the third Friday of each month from September thru June.



Light and Dark | Balance and Progress

Saturday, April 21 - in Norm Cram Hall

1:30 p.m. - Opening, Movement & Speech
2:00 p.m. - Drawing Exercises & Watercolor Painting
3:15 p.m. - Conversation & Refreshments
4:00 p.m. - Singing with Heartsong Lyre Choir

$15 - $25 donation to St. John's

For information or to register, call Larry Temple at 707-628-9870


Great Grands: A Workshop for Grandparents

Thursday, April 26
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In the Library

Register with Mary Davies at mary@olympus.net or (206) 547-5264

Yay! You're a grandparent, and you're loving it.

Whether you see the grandkids daily or just a few times a year, whether you're feeling challenged or just want to make these times the very best, Positive Discipline Parent Educator Mary Davies loves to share what she learned herself as a grandma and professional nanny.

Come have some fun while learning new tools to build your grandchild's confidence, self-discipline, problem solving, and essential life skill that will last.

You'll learn how to:

  • Talk less an dlaugh more
  • Reduce power struggles
  • Be kind and firm at the same time
  • Do less and encourage more
  • Teach social skills and have fun practicing
  • Develop routines and family meetings together to connect more deeply

In advance: $40/individual; $60 couple.
At the door, $50individual; $75/couple.

Guaranteed to help, or your money back!



St. John's Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, April 28
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (Note new day and time)
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues with Laurie Warren and members of the Benedictine Study Group leading the office of Morning Prayer with simple Taize chanting in the church sanctuary. We go to the library for fellowship; study of chapter one of “Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict” (see below); Lectio Divina; discussion of Benedictine Spirituality; and closing prayers.

Join Benedictine Study Group members in studying “Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict,” by Esther de Waal, described as “an excellent primer on incorporating contemplation and prayer into everyday life.” More information on it can be found on our diocesan website: http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/seasonalresources. Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website: www.benedictfriend.org/the-rule.html.

Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren: lauriew.sjecp@gmail.com.




Friday, May 4
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

St. John’s has been hosting Taize services in Petaluma on the first Friday of the month since 2009. These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no doctrine, just a calm environment for meditation and for song led by a cantor to the melodious tones of piano and cello.

A donation of $10 is requested, but not mandatory.


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, May 6
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Beginner's Lesson at 6:00 p.m.
In Cram Hall

Band: The Crabapples: Teresa Fife (bass), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, doumbek), Norm Cotton (piano)

Caller: Kelsey Hartman
Sound: Marty Brenneis

Prices: $10 NBCDS/CDSS-affiliate members; $12 non-members; $5 under 30, FT students w/ID, and financial hardship; $2 ages 6-17

Please note the dance is in the St. John’s Social Hall on C St. between 5th and 6th Streets by the parking lot.


Pentecost Celebration:
Celtic Evensong followed by a Labyrinth Walk 

Sunday, May 20
5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary followed by the Walk in Cram Hall

Join Kayleen Asbo and friends for a contemplative evening of poetry, Medieval music, Taize chant and meditation on the theme of compassion. Music will include pieces by Hildegard of Bingen, world chant and pilgrim music from the Camino Santiago; poetry of John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Naomi Shahib Nye and Rumi.

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.