St John’s in the Village has been a notable and distinct (Episcopal) Christian presence in Greenwich Village since the 1850s. We are a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community of faith known for hospitality, dignified liturgy, beautiful music, intelligent preaching, care for the needy, and engagement with the arts and our local community.
Worship is at the heart of all we are and do. The Eucharist is celebrated thrice weekly and the daily ‘offices’ of Morning and Evening Prayer are prayed publicaly through the week. As a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and thus part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, our faith and practice are grounded in Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, with the Book of Common Prayer as the foundation of our worship. Confidently in the Anglo-Catholic tradition within Anglicanism we seek to ‘worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness’ using vestment, iconography, hymnody, choral music, silence, incense, and gesture to express our adoration of God in Word, in Sacrament, and in the gathered brothers and sisters of Christ.
Our professional choir enriches the liturgy with a wide range of sacred music: from plainsong, through Renaissance polyphony, the baroque, classical, and romantic periods, to choral music of the 20th and 21stcenturies. Our children’s choir of St John’s Choristers (from September to May/June) offers both girls and boys not only the opportunity to sing great choral music alongside professional adult singers, but also contains a strong after-school music-education program teaching young people music theory, sight-reading, vocal technique, and the social skills involved in ensemble singing.
From our worship of God in the liturgy arises our service of his children in the world. We offer welcome and counsel and ‘a meal on us’ to those who know various kinds of hunger; four twelve-step programs weekly to those who suffer the unhealthy forces of addiction or dependence; professional counselling in our Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute; a monthly book group for those who wish to deepen and extend their spiritual or theological reading; and, most distinctively, a beautiful and inviting space where the artistic endeavors of Green Village’s diverse community can find expression and growth. St John’s fine acoustic makes the church an ideal space for concerts and recitals of sacred and other music. Home to the Greenwich Village Chorale, the Stonewall Chorale, and other ensembles, we present a series of high-quality concerts throughout the year. Our resident theater company, Rattlestick Theater, adds drama and dance to our arts repertoire.
Tucked away behind our 11th Street and Waverly Place historic facades nests St Benedict’s Courtyard, a ‘hidden garden’ in the heart of the Village. Its peace and tranquility provide an oasis of calm in this busy part of the city. Each Sunday, following the Sung Eucharist, it is open for refreshments, conversation, and simple stillness. We invite you to join us.
The Reverend Graeme Napier MA MPhil (Oxon) ARCM KSJ
St John’s in the Village