St. John's Church

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St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church,
a summer mission of Holy Cross Parish and a lovely, historic church, was established in 1862 by Brother William West Skiles, Episcopal deacon and member of the monastic community founded in Valle Crucis in the mid nineteenth century.   Holy Eucharist is celebrated at St. John's in the summer months at 9 a.m.



The priest in charge of Holy Cross has always exercised responsibility and oversight of St. John’s as well.  Worship services are held on Sunday mornings from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Occasionally, services of Compline or Evensong are offered. Directions to St. John's can be found here. Those who participate include members of Holy Cross who enjoy the change-of-pace of a less formal worship experience in the summer.  Others are seasonal residents of Valle Crucis or visitors to the area, and some are folks who have little or no church affiliation but find St. John‘s to be a welcoming, safe place to ask questions of faith.





 The beauty of St. John’s architecture and setting has lured many artists and photographers to choose it as their subject. It has also become a popular site for weddings.  Some who married here return for a visit on a summer Sunday. There’s no heating system nor piano, but a "new" antique organ was recently installed.  The church’s wooden walls provide marvelous acoustics for worship music which might include flute, fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, bass, keyboard or voice. 

The St. John's Summer Concerts are held the first Sunday of each summer month, beginning in June.  Concerts are at 5 p.m. and cost $5.00 per person. Children's admission is free.  All are welcome.

This summer's remaining concerts are:
July 2 - The Good Vibes Trio - swing, bossanova & torch songs
August 6th - Corde Contanti Duo - 19th century & Renaissance through modern Celtic & folk songs
September 3 - American Rogues - An exciting performance of Celtic music as you have never heard it before.