Our Traditions


This is a BIG month in and around St. John Baptist parish. Elsewhere in this web source, you will find descriptions of the many events that will take place. St. John’s is a diverse church that welcomes people from many backgrounds and experiences both spiritual and otherwise.

We hope that you might find a spiritual home here.

Most of the month of December finds us in the liturgical season of Advent.

The word “Advent” means “coming.” This relatively short season (about 4 weeks) helps us to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. The season is marked by for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day on December 25.

When you come into the church, you will notice a large suspended wreath with three purple candles and one rose candle. Those candles will be lighted by the acolytes on each succeeding Sunday in the season of Advent. This custom has been called a countdown, though it’s actually a count up. Each Sunday has its own theme of scripture lessons and preaching. John the Baptist is featured often during this season. John was a cousin of Jesus, and showed by his teaching and manner how can prepare our spirits for Jesus.

This may be the time that you will return to church after a seasonal (or longer) absence. This may be a time in your life that you will seek, and find, solace and encouragement through excellent music, worship, and preaching. This may also be the time that you will choose to seek a new spiritual path in a church whose tradition welcomes diversity.

Look elsewhere in this web page to see the services of our pageant featuring the children of our parish, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It’s a lovely time. Take some time away from the rush of family and commercial late December and join this church family in a time of joy and gratitude.