Welcome to Worship at St. John’s Lutheran Church! We are delighted that you are joining us. We hope that you have an inspiring experience in the presence of the Lord during worship.
When are the services held?
Services are held at 8 am and 10:30 am on Sunday, and special services are held during certain times of the year. Please see the Church Calendar for an updated schedule.The 10:30 am service includes a children’s sermon and often performances by the choir or a handbell concert.
When is Sunday School held?
Sunday School is held for both adults and children at 9:15 am on Sunday. See our Learn and Grow page for more information.
Where are the services held?
St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at the corner of 7th and Market Streets in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. The 8 am service is held in the church’s small chapel, which is air-conditioned. The 10:30 am service is usually held in the chancel (main vestibule of the church), which is not air-conditioned. Sometimes due to weather conditions, the 10:30 am service is held in the small chapel — signs will be posted on the doors when this is the case.
Where can I park?
There is parking behind the church and around the church in the street.
What should visitors do when arriving at the church and during the service?
You will see greeters at the interior entrance to the chancel or chapel. Please tell the greeters that you are visiting. We have some welcome information for you and a guest book to sign.
The greeter will hand you a church bulletin. It contains the order of worship, as well as church announcements. Hymns are indicated with LBW and a number, which is the number of the hymn in the green book on the bookshelf in each pew, the Lutheran Book of Worship, or WOV and a number, which is the number of the hymn in the small blue book, With One Voice. Sometimes hymns are printed completely in the bulletin.
Please sit anywhere in the chapel at the 8 am service and anywhere in the 10:30 am service except the first three rows — these are often used by the choirs.
At the side of each pew facing the center aisle, there is a small clipboard used as the Attendance Register. Please write your information in the notebook and pass it to the person next to you. At the 8 am service, the last person completing their information leaves the register the pew seat. At the 10:30 am service, the person at the outermost side of each pew places the register on top of the pew back after everyone in your pew finishes writing their information. These are collected after the 8 am service and during the 10:30 am service when the Hymn of the Day is sung.
There are envelopes in the shelves on the pews that can be used to place your offering in, if you wish.
During the section of the service labelled “Peace,” after the minister shares the peace, congregation members share God’s Peace by greeting one another. Feel free to meet and greet congregation members.
Can I partake in Communion?
The table is the Lord’s; Jesus is the host. All who are baptized and believe in the real presence of Jesus CHrist in the elements of bread an wine are invited to receive the Sacrament. If you do not wish to receive the elements, but would like a blessing, please come forward with your bulletin in hand. Children are encouraged to come forward for a blessing.
What provisions are there for children?
Children’s activity bags are available in the Narthex for children to use during the service. Please return the bags to the Narthex before leaving.
St. John’s has a nursery for children ages 5 and under during the 10:30 am service. The nursery is located on the lower level in the Fellowship Hall on the opposite end from the stage. Please ask an usher and they will be happy to help you find it. Parents must sign-in all children on an attendance sheet; please be sure to let the nursery volunteers know if there are any special instructions for the care of your child, who has permission to pick them up, and what you would like to do in case a diaper change is needed.
How can I find out more about joining the Church?
Please contact Pastor Mark Combs — see contact info on our Welcome page. He will be happy to discuss membership.