Spiritual Life Groups

St. John’s Spiritual Life Groups nurture the spirit in intentional communities who gather regularly for companionship in our faith journey.

Book Group​

Every first and third Thursday of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room or on Zoom. 
St. John’s Book Group votes on books that challenge, affirm, and deepen our spiritual lives. Join us as we delve into a broad range of literary genres, including history, novels, theology, psychology, poetry, anthropology, biographies, and much, much more. Email [email protected] for more information.

LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group​

Saint John the Evangelist is a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We celebrate and affirm people of all sexualities and all genders, and welcome them in all areas of our life together: worshipping in our pews, getting married in our church, participating in our ministries, and serving as lay leaders, staff, and clergy. If you are seeking further education on LGBTQ+ identities, you can explore our dedicated page on this here.

To learn more about St. John’s LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group, contact Nathan Black.

For more informatiion on Men's Breakfast, email Jim Johnson

Men’s Breakfast​

Second Saturdays of the month at 9am on Zoom. 
Join the Men of Saint John’s for their monthly breakfast, always a good time for conversation and the sharing of hospitality. During the pandemic the group has been meeting primarily via Zoom. However, as case rates drop there is a chance the group will return to the Gym Kitchen for breakfast in person. For current plans you can reach out to Jim Johnson.

Men’s Gathering

Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. 
Join with other men of the church for conversation, libations, and a spirit filled time of camaraderie and fun. On the second Tuesday of every month, the men meet in the Fireside Room (the Holly Garden when weather is warm) to discuss an article, share a beer or soda, and pray with one another. For more information, please reach out to the Rev’d Jered Weber-Johnson.

Older, Wiser, Laity (OWLS)​

OWLs – Older, Wiser, Laity are for those who self-identify as being part of this group.  This ministry has changed a lot since the pandemic — for the most up-to-date information on happenings with OWLs, you can check out our parish calendar or contact Rev. Ernie Ashcroft for details.

Spiritual Life in the Episcopal Homes Pub 
First Tuesdays at 5pm at Watter’s Pub (Episcopal Church Homes: 1879 Feronia Avenue, St. Paul).  

Join us for fun and fellowship with St. John’s Episcopal Homes residents in the Watters Pub! We share our joys, struggles, and gratitudes as a community bound together in Christ’s love. The Watters Pub is located in Midway Village, the newest addition to the Episcopal Homes campus.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Group

Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 1pm in the Saint John’s Fireside Room.
Please join us as we knit our prayers into a garment of care for those needing prayer and comfort in and outside of our faith community. All knitting abilities are welcome, we can help teach you the stitches and you’ll have the guidance of skilled knitters and crocheters at your disposal. Saint John’s Prayer Shawls are delivered by Saint John’s Circle of Care pastoral care team and clergy to individuals recovering from illness, following the birth of a child, experiencing grief, or after a significant life transition and are a tangible reminder of the love, care, and support of this faith community.

"Queen of Heaven", by Pauline Williamson and used with permission. This piece is the cover art for Wilda Gafney's "A Women's Lectionary for the Whole Church"

Women’s Group

First Tuesdays from 7-8:30 PM in the Fireside Room and via Zoom.  
We come together as a group to share our faith, our concerns and joys, our ideas and energy. All who identify as women are invited.

The 2024 St John’s Women’s Spring Brunch will be Saturday, April 27, 9:30 – 12 in the gym.  This is potluck, so please bring a breakfast casserole, salad or pastries.  Come at 9:30 for coffee/tea and conversation.  The meal will follow.  Photos from the 2023 brunch below.

Click here to register.

The Philadelphia Eleven documentary.  Our own Rev Karen Mosso attended the Ordination Ceremony for these courageous women in 1974.  Below she has provided scanned copies of the original bulletin, along with “A Chronology of Events Concerning Women in Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church”, and “Women Who Made History in the Diocese of Minnesota”. Click the images below to open.





Please note our 2024 Women’s Autumn Retreat, Saturday, September 14 from 8:30 AM to 1 PM, led by Dr. Christine Luna Munger of the Episcopal House of Prayer.  Come for coffee 8:30 – 9, with the retreat to follow.  Registration for the event will be available in August.

Young(ish) Adults

This Spiritual Life group is looking for a new coordinator to plan and facilitate group meetings!

The young (20- and 30-something) adults of St. John’s gather regularly for food, fellowship, and various fun activities. They get together at least one weeknight of the month, some times just for food and drinks, other times for activities like mini-golf, trivia, or a Minnesota United match.

There’s no expectation that you’ve been involved in St. John’s at all before. Anyone who identifies as a Young(ish) Adult is welcome to show up and hang out!


StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Listen to members of the Saint John’s community share their faith story on this wonderful storytelling medium!

StoryCorps founder David Isay emphasizes the importance of giving people a chance to be listened to. Click here to read StoryCorps Founder David Isay on the Importance of Human Connection from MPR.

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