St. John's United Church of Christ 

285 West National Drive ● Newark, Ohio 43055 ● (740) 323-2407

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Pastor's Message

Streaming Prayer Services

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Live from St. John's UCC Chapel. Join us for our Streaming Prayer Services:

Live streamed on St. John's YouTube channel:

  • Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

    A time to worship and to share your prayers and concerns.



Special Services and Holidays

    Please go to Calendar of Events

Radio Services

  • The River 89.3FM
  • WCLT 98.7FM

Holy Communion

    See our calendar

All Sunday School Classes & Childcare

  • Youth Sunday School - during the 11:00 a.m. service
  • Adult Classes - 10:00 a.m.
  • Childcare - Childcare is available at 10:45 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. service.

Office Hours (by appointment only)
~Call and leave a message at 740-323-2407~

Anita Chirdon, Administrative Assistant

Dear members and friends of St. John’s:

Back in the 1980s, I served four yoked churches in the Pocono Mountains. One is Grace UCC, in Tannersville. It is located at the base of Big Pocono. Some call it Camelback Mountain because of the shape of its summit. Sometimes I drove up to the top to put finishing touches on a sermon.

Salem UCC is in Pocono Pines near Long Pond, the site of an International Raceway that holds NASCAR and Indy Car events. St. Paul’s is in Swiftwater, home to the Pocono Cheesecake factory and the biggest flu vaccine plant in the United States.

St Mark’s Lutheran Church, in Appenzell, is close to the little farmhouse tucked away in a valley, that was our home. During my time as pastor it was a union church, housing Lutheran and UCC congregations. Each one had their own worship service, with a combined Sunday School program. And it was thriving because the members worked together to make it a success.

It’s a challenge for churches to share pastors and teachers like that. Fortunately, we were blessed with an Associate Pastor, a retired teacher named Gerry. He covered two churches, and I covered the other two. Then we switched up the next Sunday.

Besides giving you a history lesson of my early years in the ministry, my point is that it takes accommodation and cooperation to grow a church. As summer turns to fall, and fall to winter, it is our intention to give you every opportunity to attend worship services and Sunday school.

Our staff and church council will continue to seek ways to provide indoor, outdoor and virtual options. St John’s has always been known for its spirit of hospitality. We want you to feel both welcome and comfortable during these challenging and difficult times in which we live.

Let me take a moment to lift up Julie Kroah, our C.E. Director and the Christian Education Committee. Our version of Sunday School includes an adult class and a confirmation class that currently meets at 9 AM.

The Bible Discovery Zone is offered for children of all ages during the 11:00 service (after the children’s moment). And the nursery offers a Bible lesson too. In addition, there will be monthly meetings for youth, after the 11:00 service, to plan mission activities.

This schedule will remain in place through the end of October, at which time our Fall/Winter schedule will be introduced. In the meantime, Julie and I would love to have your ideas and input as to how to proceed TOGETHER. That is the key word.

Working together with God’s help and a Spirit of cooperation, we truly believe that our Sunday ministries at St. John’s will continue to thrive both now and in the future!

In Christ’s love,

Rev. Mark.

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