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Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, September 30
Noon in the Courtyard

Animals of all sizes are welcome. We ask that animals not be brought into the church, due to the tight spaces and the carpeting. They are welcome on the grounds, however, before, during, and after the Sunday services. 


Benedictine Study Group

Saturday, September 29
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Start 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: Interested in learning more about Benedictine Spirituality or Rule? Visit the Friends of St. Benedict website:

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



Sunday, September 30
5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuar

Fall Schedule:

  • October 21 - Grace and Goodness, Teresa of Avila and St. Francis
  • November 11 - Gratitude
  • December 9 - Advent and Saying Yes to Life

Monthly Labyrinth Walks

Sunday, October 28
5:00 p.m.
In Norm Cram Hall

Monthly Labyrinth Walks will be offered on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in Norm Cram Hall beginning on October 28. These walks are the result of a new partnership between Veriditas and St. John's. Veriditas is an organization founded in 1955 to support the world-wide rebirth of the use of the labyrinth as a tool for spiritual practice.


Petaluma Contra Dance

Sunday, October 7
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.


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

Friday, October 19
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.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, October 17
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.



Friday, October 5
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.



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