Welcome to Saint John's?

Really...we mean that.

You are welcome here.  

St. John's is a 200+ year old Lutheran congregation that is proudly rooted in the traditions and legacy of our past, while we progressively push forward to meet the spiritual needs of today.  


Here's a quote from our 2016 Mission and Vision declaration:

We, Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, are disciples of Jesus Christ; a community of faithful people who, by God’s gift of grace alone, are free to orient our lives around Jesus’ commandment to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind; and to love our neighbors as ourselves.


Centered on God’s love for all people we endeavor for our church to be a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven where imperfect people are perfectly loved, welcomed and where all people matter to God.  In consort with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are doing God’s Work with Our Hands.  


Put simply...

We worship. We learn. We serve. We care.

That's it!  That's our mission!

Young or Old, Poor or Rich, Abled or Disabled, LGBTQ or Straight, Republican or Democrat, Saint or Sinner...all are welcome to join us in this mission.  

Join us!




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Greetings from Pastor Rich

Dear friend,


Grace and peace to you.


Nearly 500 years ago, a small-town priest disrupted the entire religious, economic and political landscape of the world. The founder of our faith, Martin Luther, believed in a living Word of God, a daring confidence in God’s grace, and the rest is history.


For us, as members of the ELCA here at Saint John’s in Sinking Spring, God’s Word is just as alive, and empowers us with the same daring confidence in God’s grace. This grants us the freedom to orient our lives around Jesus’ command to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. In short, God’s grace frees us to worship, learn, care and serve.


Saint John's has a lot of work to do as we grow into this mission and vision.  The good news is, it's along the journey of a life constantly interrupted by faith where we encounter God's grace and love for us most profoundly.  I believe Christians can accomplish far more together than we ever could alone. So, consider joining us in this journey.  


Together, Christ’s love will continue to strengthen our faith to face the perils of life as we worship, learn, serve and care.   With God’s living Word freeing us to a daring confidence in God’s grace we will be around to reach out to the world with God’s love for the next 500 years!


In God’s abundant grace,


Pastor Rich

Email me directly: pastor@saintjohnss.com

Where to find us.

We are located at 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Video Tour

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are our services like?

We worship joyfully. With roots in out Lutheran tradition, we are made new in our experience of God's presence among us in music, preaching, prayer, communion and baptism. All are welcome!


How long do our services last?

Our services last approximately one hour.


What is our style of worship?

Worship: A foundation of faith for everything we do (from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)


For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith. It grounds us in our Christian and Lutheran roots, while demonstrating practical relevance for today’s world.While some of the approaches to worship may differ from one ELCA congregation to another, we hold certain things in common. Central to our worship life is the presence of God through word and sacrament. The word proclaimed and the sacraments —both Holy Baptism and Holy Communion — are called the means of grace. We believe that Jesus Christ is present in these means through the power of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we describe worship as a “gathering around the means of grace.”There is also a basic pattern for worship among Lutherans. We gather. We encounter God’s word. We share a meal at the Lord’s table. And we are sent into the world. But we do not think about worship so much in terms of what we do. Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s action. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


What is the typical attire?

Come as you are! Dress is a personal matter and can be formal or casual, in any style you dress out of love for God.


Children and Youth Amenities?

There is a comfortable nursery with toys and a changing area that may be used by families during services. This room features audio of the main sanctuary so you can listen to the service. We have a Youth room with pool table, computer, games, a lounge, a children's library, and much more. A Children's Sermon is offered by Pastor Rich at every worship service.Church For Kids and About Kids! Ages Pre-K to 3rd Grade are welcome to join us. We will be worshiping...KID STYLE! Learning how to include Jesus in our daily lives.Kids' Church will be offered the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 10:30 AM. Kids will be dismissed after the children's sermon for 30 minutes of activities related to the Gospel lesson. Structured games, activities, crafts and music will all be part of the fun.


Don't forget to bring your friends!


Refreshment and Fellowship?

The Welcoming Place is designed for members and non-members to socialize between church services—it is located just outside our Fellowship Hall on the middle level of the church. We encourage you to stay late after the 8:00 AM service, or come early before the 10:30 AM service, or stop in before or after Sunday School to enjoy social time with others. There is self-serve coffee, other drinks and snacks available to enjoy every Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you there!!Walking impaired, reserved parking is available. We have ramps, an elevator, and large print bulletins and hymnals.


Parking and drop off?

We have two convenient parking lots and a drop off location for each level of the church.


How do I become a member?

Please let the church office know you are interested in membership by calling 610-678-1088.Prior to membership, we welcome you to participate in all activities at St. John's. Contact the church office to get your name on the mailing list for the newsletter.Please check out our opportunities to serve under "calendar"