We're restoring more than a building

We are a traditional Episcopal Church

Although we are currently reformatting for different style services, services at St. John's Chapel have been conducted in the traditional Rite 1 & 11 styles. At the same time, St. John's Chapel believes in diversity, and welcomes all.

Two services are usually held on the 1st Sunday, is a Rite I at 8 a.m. , Intimate Chapel and at 10:30 a.m. is Rite II with music, in the historic church. For most of the year, beginning in March 2012, Mercy Seat Services will also be held on 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the historical church building. All services include the Holy Communion in which all "baptized" persons, adults and children, are welcome to participate.

Sunday school is usually held at 9 a.m. in the Intimate Chapel and children's instruction will be held, beginning February 2012 in the 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room. The children's instruction will be conducted in such a manner that the children can go upstairs and join the service during the Peace, in time for the communion.

At each service, there are three readings from the Holy Bible. A lesson from the Old Testament and a lesson from the New Testament are read by lay readers who are volunteers. A lesson from one of the four Gospels is then read by the deacon or the priest. The readings are specified in a Lectionary or Insert, which is to be found in the Book of Common Prayer or our Sunday Bulletin. The Lectionary for Sundays is arranged in a three-year cycle, in such a way that by the end of the cycle, the most significant parts of all the books in the Bible will have been covered. The Holy Bible and the Book of Common Prayer are the basic documents of the Episcopal Church. Versions written in modern English are used. The Book of Common Prayer contains the Outline of the Faith, or Catechism, and the 39 Articles of Religion.

The principal events in the Church calendar are the season of Advent, leading up to Christmas; the Epiphany, on January 6, when Christ was made manifest to the Wise Men; and then the season of Lent, commencing with Ash Wednesday and leading up to Palm Sunday. This marks the beginning of Holy Week, which runs through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Easter Day, the day of the resurrection. Ascension Day falls some six weeks after Easter, while the eighth Sunday after Easter is Whitsunday or the Day of Pentecost. Then following is the season of Pentecost.

We're now two (2) years old… renewed in our spirits, in a restored church (ca 1839), and re-dedicated to … "uncomplicated worship"…


St. John's Chapel
(Established 1839)

18 Hanover Street
Charleston, SC 29403-5515

P.O. Box 21832
Charleston, SC 29413

Telephone: 843-720-3603
Facsimile: 843-720-3602
Temporary Email:

The Rev. Dr. Dallas H. Wilson, Jr., Vicar

Weekly Services

Sunday, 9 a.m.: Koinonia (2nd Floor - Multipurpose Room)

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: Gospel Rite II in the historical Church Building

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Public Healing and Prayer Services, Intimate Prayer Chapel, 1st Floor AAFCBD Building

Various Bible Studies

Call (843) 720-3600 or email:
vicarstjohns@bellsouth.net for a complete schedule of services.

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