St. John’s Church Service


We are a welcoming summer chapel, living out Christ’s love. A beacon to fellow pilgrims, the foundation and traditions of St. John’s inform our spiritual journey. We seek to provide an inclusive, open and dynamic ministry to impact the Fishers Island community across seasons, dedicated to nurturing spiritual life through hospitality and outreach.


Sunday, August 2

In-Person Morning Prayer in the
Meditation Garden
Masks are required**
8:00 AM

Morning Prayer

10:00 AM

Followed by
Coffee & Conversation


The service will broadcast beginning at 10:00 am. Immediately following the service, you are invited to join me for Coffee and Conversation via a Zoom link. Please email me at for the link.

We will continue the practice of welcoming in a virtual choir, this week featuring the choir of Fishers Island School under the direction of Chris Dollar. We hope you can join one of these services and the additional opportunities for connection listed below.

**This Sunday, August 2, weather permitting, we will offer an in-person 8:00 am service on Sunday in the Meditation Garden.

We will have chairs set up, distanced apart. Masks are required. Following the guidelines for the Diocese of Long Island, masks are required, hand sanitizer will be available, we will record who is present for purposes of contact tracing, and anyone over 65 is urged not to attend public worship in order to safeguard health.

Those who attend must also have quarantined for 14 days if they are arriving from a state on the NY State List of those requiring quarantine and individuals who attend must have recorded a negative COVID test.

We will continue the practice of welcoming in a virtual choir, this week featuring the choir of Fishers Island School under the direction of Chris Dollar. We hope you can join one of these services and the additional opportunities for connection listed below.

Scholarships Awarded
Scholarships to Fishers Island High School students were awarded at the graduation ceremony on June 26. The Fishers Island Community Scholarships from St. John’s Church will support almost 22 students this year who will receive almost $66,000 in scholarships which span four years of college education and up to two years of graduate study. Since 1983, we have contributed to and managed these Community Scholarships – they were a signature part of our Capital Campaign over 7 years ago. People from the church and the island community contributed generously. The result is a truly remarkable scholarship program providing assistance for up to six years of higher education This is our most significant outreach effort and a very visible sign of our commitment to our mission: “to impact the Fishers Island community across all seasons.”

Vestry Transitions
Many thanks to Dixon Harvey, Thayer Rogers, and Tina Crowley for their wonderful service on the vestry over the past few years. Thanks to their leadership and support, we were able to continue to strengthen the ministry and engagement of St. John’s on the island. As these three wonderful members of the vestry complete their service, we welcome the three new vestry members elected this past weekend: Lucinda Herrick, Louise Packard, and Emily Talamo. We look forward to their leadership, involvement, and guidance in the years ahead!


The Italian word for “throwing the windows open” is aggiornemento.  That is exactly what we are doing this summer!  Each Wednesday, our organist Dan Moriarty will throw the windows open and offer an open air informal organ recital at 5:00 pm  All are welcome to gather in the meditation garden behind the church to enjoy some beautiful organ music.  Please bring your own chair, maintain physical distance, and wear a mask during this weekly organ offering.  This is available to anyone on the island as part of the ministry of music hospitality on the W. Richard Bingham Memorial Organ, Bigelow Opus 42.  We hope that you can join and enjoy the music. Stay as long as you wish. ALL ARE WELCOME.

We continue to monitor the guidelines from the Diocese of Long Island, the State of New York, and Fishers Island as we consider the possibilities of in-person gatherings at some point in the future. For now, we will continue with online services through the end of July and will update you with more information after the vestry meets at the end of the month.

I also hope that you will take a moment to view our new and improved website with descriptions of the programs and offerings and outreach of St. John’s Church. The links to these offerings and for online worship will also be provided on the website.

In peace,

The Rev. Michael Spencer, Rector



A SUMMER SEASON FOR SPIRITUALITY ~ offered in partnership with Union Chapel this summer.

The protocols on Island this summer will impose a certain amount of “time apart” for all of us. So in that spirit, you are invited to go with the flow and participate in a lightly- structured, contemplative program for individuals focused on our relationship with God in nature (the July module) – and God’s grace to us through different life stages (August).

The modules comprise meditations, reflections, spiritual exercises and prayer to engage with throughout the week, along with podcasts, film and other resources to enrich your exploration in the Spirit. Each module will conclude in a Zoom meeting with Candy Whitman so that we might share our experiences in fellowship. Other zoom meetings during the module are possible.

Please register on the Union Chapel Church website if you wish to participate. Look for that link and more information by June 25. There is no charge, but you will receive materials and links once your name is on the list with your email and answers to some simple questions. The church website is by June 25. I hope you will consider participating as a way of marking this quieter season as one with possibilities for deep spiritual growth.

BOOK GROUP will meet virtually via Zoom beginning on Friday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. This summer we will be reading Listening for God, volume III, edited by Paula Carlson and Peter Hawkins. This collection of short stories in American literature explores the intersection between current culture, the life of faith, theology and the call of discipleship. Reading 1-2 selections each week will provide a manageable, contained opportunity for reflection. You may order your own copy via amazon at THIS LINK.

VESPERS ON THE BEACH, each Thursday evening, begins on July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at South Beach. We will practice social distancing and wear masks at this outdoor gathering offering a service of readings, meditation, and natural beauty. Come as you are: our Founder often wore sandals!

ORGAN CONCERT SERIES on the W. Richard Bingham Memorial Organ will feature a Service of Readings and Music to Celebrate the Nation. In this time of challenge and trial, we will offer this service (via our church YouTube channel) to honor the enduring foundations of freedom and justice which give us hope and promise for the future. This service will premiere on Saturday, July 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Praying for each other continues to be important, and so I invite you to pray for the health and community of the world and to pray with gratitude for those medical caregivers and researchers working to safeguard and protect those who are particularly vulnerable and all those in our human community. While there are many prayers that bring comfort, I commend again the following for our daily practice:

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.

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