History & Values

St. John's Episcopal Church

Our Beginnings

St. John’s Church, Fort Worth, was founded October, 1924.  The membership of St. John’s Church believe strongly on historic faith of Anglican Christianity and the liturgical customs and traditions of the historic Book of Common Prayer.  St. John’s is driven by a love for Jesus Christ and fidelity to Holy Scripture, to sacred Tradition where the historic faith was birthed and formed and to the continual pursuit of Truth. 

In the last several generations, the Episcopal Church, like many churches, came to openly embrace false teachings and practices. In 2008 our Diocese separated from the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and has been actively involved in establishing a new Province of the worldwide Anglican Communion for North America. The fruit of realignment is the Anglican Church in North America. ACNA has grown to over 1,000 plus congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. We worship using the Book of Common Prayer.

The Prayer Book outlines the “Anglican way” for proper Christian conversion and spiritual growth. The “Anglican way” draws its strength from four key sources: 1. Holy Scripture, 2. Daily prayer, 3. Virtuous living, and 4. Sacramental life.  The celebration of the Holy Eucharist each week recalls the mystery of our conversion and redemption in Christ, to lay hold of our new way of life, enter into communion with our Lord, so we may daily live with faith in the glorified Christ.

St. John’s seeks to draw people into the “Anglican way” so our way of life may become your way of life. We pray that our ministry will always be found faithful in reaching this goal.

Using the Book of Common Prayer 1928 and 2019, and traditional Anglican hymnody, we utilize the best of historic Anglicanism to celebrate the Mystery of the saving work of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the source of eternal Life.  Our ministry provides the rich tools of orthodox Anglicanism to connect the seeker to Jesus Christ.  You can download a copy of our parish history here Welcome Booklet and History of Saint John’s Church and Historical Facts about Saint John’s.

Core Values

We organize our parish life around the following Core Values. They are: reverent worship, spiritual formation, healing ministry, support of traditional family values, life ministries and Pro-Life activities, an active community outreach and global mission and the care of our property.

Our Parish “Rule” of Life”

We encourage every parishioner to develop a “Rule of Life.” The clergy are available to help you in this endeavor. The spiritual rhythm of St. John’s is structured around:

  • Holy Eucharist
  • Daily Prayer
  • Regular study for spiritual formation and education
  • Active Fellowship
  • A meaningful commitment of time, talent and treasure

Ministry of Prayer

St. John’s, Fort Worth exists to worship Almighty God through adoration, praise and prayer.  Anglicans believe in the power of prayer.  Our liturgy that guides our public and private prayers since 1549 is called “The Book of Common Prayer.”

One of the most important lessons in the New Testament is that Jesus prayed.  He needed prayer, which is communion with His heavenly Father.  We need prayer as well.  Prayer is conversation with God.  The five ingredients of prayer are adoration, penitence, petition, thanksgiving and dedication.  The last component being dedication is the perfect way to end one’s prayer time.  By dedication we mean that one is resolved to follow Christ more closely.

The Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful tool to help anyone come to know Christ and be drawn into a deeper relationship with Him on a daily basis.  By baptism we are each a part of the body of Christ.  Jesus is in Heaven interceding for each one of us.  When we pray we get caught up in Christ’s unceasing prayer and are united to His saving efforts.

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Worship Schedule

Sunday Morning
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, 1928 BCP
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist, 2019 BCP
11:15 am  Holy Eucharist, 2019 & 1928 BCP
This service is live-streamed every Sunday.

Saturday Afternoon Vigil Mass
6:00 pm  Holy Eucharist, 1928 BCP

Wednesday Morning Mass
7:30 am  Holy Eucharist, 1928 BCP


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