1490 Mark Thomas Drive Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 375-4463


Bible Studies – Wed/Thurs

St. John’s sponsors Bible Studies on Wednesday and Thursday. Both Bible Studies meet in Centennial Hall on the St. John’s campus.

The Wednesday Bible Study is open to all and meets at 1045am (immediately after the Wednesday Morning Eucharist). It is led by Sofia Osborn.

Thursday is a Women’s Bible Study (“Heart to Heart”) which meets from 10am until 1pm. Their purpose is to promote knowledge of God for new Christians and a deeper walk with God. They are currently using the bible and a workbook to study Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. “We begin with prayer and end with prayer for each other.”

Please contact Susan Lowell if you would like more information about this bible Study.

Carmel Hills Care Center -Thursday afternoon Eucharist

Every Thursday, at 2pm, St. John’s leads Holy Communion for the residents, their families and friends, and the staff, of Carmel Hills. We meet in the activities room. The well attended and lively service lasts about 30 minutes and is led by our priest and lay volunteers from St. John’s. We sing several hymns, read the gospel lesson, conduct the communion, and end with prayers for those in need. If you would like to assist, contact Fr. Bob or just come to the service and join in!


The acolytes include men and women, boys and girls. Among their duties they light and extinguish the candles, carry the cross in processions, and assist the priest to set the altar for communion. Acolytes also assist the priest at baptisms and funerals.

If you would like to become an acolyte please contact Jack Jones, Acolyte Warden. All are welcome to serve!

Altar Guild

This ministry is composed of men, women and youth who to prepare the altar and sanctuary for all services including regular Sunday Holy Communion but also the services of baptisms, weddings and funerals.There are currently four teams. Each team serves one week a month. Their work includes arranging flowers, installing the proper color altar hangings, preparing the communion set which literally means “setting the table” and doing the ablutions (cleaning up afterwards).

Please contact Joan Gorry, Altar Guild President, if you would like to join this ministry or if you have any questions.

Benefit Shoppe

For 6 years our attractive Benefit Shoppe has been providing clothing, kitchen supplies, and glassware decorative pieces and much more.Donations of items of the type listed above are always welcome during the time the shoppe is open.The Shoppe is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11am until 3pm and on Sundays following each service. All proceeds go to support local and national charities. We encourage you to come and browse the shop!


Monday Night “Parents with children” AA Group

This group meets in Centennial Hall. It is specially designed for parents who may bring their children with them. Special provision for children is made for the children during the meeting. If you would like more information about this group Please contact the church office at 375-4463

Thursday Night AA Group

This open group of men and women meets every Thursday in the Parish Hall. Please contact the office 375-4463 for information.


 Can you carry a tune? If so, the choir invites you to join our merry group as we lead the music for the congregation.The St. John’s choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays. Rehearsal is every Sunday, at 9:15 a.m. before the service.

Capital Campaign

In 2015 the St. John’s Vestry determined that several significant projects needed to be undertaken to improve and update of grounds and buildings. The first “Capital Campaign” in recent memory began and thanks to the wonderful response of the congregation was a great success.

We continue to make many significant changes and encourage you to join us in improving our church!

ECW (Episcopal Church Women)

The St. John’s Chapter of ECW meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month for at 1130 for lunch with a guest speaker Everyone, women and men, are invited to attend! Our vision for all women of the Episcopal Church is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the Church. We aspire to be a Godspark-shining and sharing the love of Christ.

If you would like more information please contact Margee Bennett, St. John’s ECW President.


These are the members of our parish who are licensed by the Bishop of our diocese to read the lessons and prayers at our worship services. In additional, they lead the Daily Office of Morning Prayer for our Sunday service when our priest is away.

If you are interested in joining this ministry we would love to have you as a member of the team! Please contact Bettina Hohmann, Layreader Director

Movie Night

Join us for monthly movie night when we watch a film on the big screen in Centennial Hall in the comfort of stuffed chairs with surround sound and popcorn, pizza and sodas! All free! We meet at 6pm (usually the last Friday of each month -but 3rd Friday in March and April).

Recent Films Include: The Martian, Bridge of Spies, In the Heart of the Sea, Brooklyn, and many more!


Annie Garland is our nursery care provider. She is experienced and highly respected in child care and has met all the requirements of the state and local government and the diocese, to provide child care including having completed a background check.


Ushers & Greeters

We are probably the first person you will see as you walk through the red front door of the church and who will give you a warm welcome! Our ministry is focused on making your visit to St. John’s comfortable, safe, and meaningful without being intrusive! If you have any questions (such as “Where is the restroom? How long is the service? Who is the priest? How do I follow the service?) Ask us! We are here to help!

Vacation Bible School

We sponsor Vacation Bible School in conjunction with San Pablo Apostle Episcopal Church, Seaside. There is no cost to participate. Reservations can be made starting 90 days before VBS begins either online or at the respective church offices.

The theme for this year has not yet been decided. We typically use one of the formats prepared “Group” famous for their exciting and faithful presentation of Christianity for young people. Last year our theme was “Hometown Nazareth.

Veritas (Adult Ed)

Adult Sunday School, called “Veritas,” is presented every Sunday between the services at 9:15am in the parish hall.

Our current topic is “The Cross and the Crescent; The Gospel and the Challenge of Islam.” This series is team taught. Fr. Bob focuses on the theological issues such as “Do we worship the same God?” What are the differences between Christian and Islamic Theism? Dick Barratt, an Arabic scholar, presents the social and environmental factors of the Middle East to help us understand the Islamic worldview.

Additional programs include:


The Children’s Chapel, Compassion Committee, Rose Garden, Outreach, I-Help for Women, and our One Starfish program.