Thinking about visiting St. John’s? Great! We’d love to have you join us for the Divine Service.
Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect. If you’d like additional information before visiting, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our staff members.
- Service times
- Services are held Sundays at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Communion is typically offered at each service, with a couple of exceptions. Services with communion (the Divine Service) run around an hour and 15 minutes; without communion (Matins), about an hour.
- Parking is easy to find around St. John’s. There are two main parking lots, one north of 9th Street and one east of Fillmore (next to the Topeka High parking lot). There are also a number of spaces surrounding the church on both the 9th Street and Fillmore sides.
- St. John’s has several entrances. If you’d like to go directly to the sanctuary, enter the large double doors on the Fillmore side or the north door off 9th Street. If you need to find a bathroom or hang a coat or just want to look around, the south entrance on the Fillmore side is your best bet. The church also has an accessible entrance with a ramp to the left of the main double doors.
- Bathrooms on the main floor are located in the hallway to the south of the central courtyard and near Luther Hall in our new addition on the south end of the building.
- We love having children in church and encourage you to bring them. If they get a little restless during the service and need a change of scenery, we have a nursery across the hall from the bathrooms located in the hallway south of the courtyard.
- Unless you see a “reserved” sign on a pew (typically up front for events like baptisms), you’re free to sit anywhere.
- There’s no dress code at St. John’s; whatever you wear to church will be just fine. The pictures on this site should give you a good idea of what to expect.
- The Divine Service
- St. John’s uses the historic liturgy, a traditional form of worship that unites believers throughout the ages. The liturgy, printed in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB), guides worshippers through confession & absolution, God’s word (readings and the sermon), prayer, song, and communion. You can expect to use both the worship bulletin (available from the ushers) and LSB (located under the pews) throughout the service.
For more about worship at St. John’s, click here.
- Visitor cards
- After the sermon, we ask everyone—members and visitors—to fill out a worship attendance card, located at the ends of the pews. The ushers make one trip up the aisles to collect the offering and a second trip to collect the cards. (If you put the card in the offering plate, no worries. It will get to the right place.)
- After the offering and prayers, we typically celebrate communion. St. John’s follows the historic practice of closed communion, limiting participation to those whom the pastor knows have been fully instructed and who share a common confession of faith (i.e., members of St. John’s + visitors from other LCMS churches). In order to ensure the proper administration of the sacrament, we ask that all visitors interested in taking communion notify the pastor before attending the Divine Service.
- Wednesday Evening Service
- There is a service on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.. It can be coupled with classes for various ages and a light dinner, running from 5 p.m. till 8:45 p.m.. We call it Sound Words Academy, and you can read the details here.
- Coffee, Bible Study, and Sunday School
- Between services, coffee is available in the center courtyard. At 9:45, we offer Bible classes for adults (usually two choices), Sunday School for children from pre-school to grade 8 (pre-school to grade 5 held in the classrooms on second floor; grades 6-8 in the basement), and youth Bible study for teens (held in the youth room in the basement). If you need directions to any of these places, just ask!
- Membership inquiries
- If you’re interested in becoming a member of St. John’s, please contact one of our pastors. Adult instruction classes are available for those who are new to confessional Lutheranism and would like to learn more.