About the United Church of Christ
Members and friends join for casual fellowship and refreshing meals. This is a great time to get to know one another outside of worship.
First Friday Hop
During the months of April through December, we are open on the First Friday of each month for those wishing to appreciate our beautiful sanctuary. We often have art exhibits in the Narthex, or musical guests in the Sanctuary, and on our grounds. Our hosts are eager to share our history and answer any questions visitors may have.
From May through September, our fellowship continues after worship each Sunday, weather permitting, as we gather in the Courtyard to share cookies and lemonade.
Shakespeare in the Park
We gather annually in Old Louisville’s Central Park to picnic and enjoy a fabulous performance of the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States.
Operation Brightside is a division of the City of Louisville focusing on sustainability through beautification. Participants from St. John gather annually on a designated Saturday morning to clean up our campus, streets, and surrounding neighborhood. We also manage to include fun and fellowship!
The Book Group
The Book Group includes both members and friends of St. John. They meet in the Parish House parlor one morning each month to discuss themes and opinions about the book they are currently reading. Fellowship often extends into lunch afterward.
Annual Fish Fry
During the Lenten season, we traditionally share a meal at our annual Fish Fry. It is one of many meals after worship we enjoy in the Parish Hall throughout the year.
Annual Pancake Breakfast
On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, St. John hosts our Annual Pancake Breakfast. It is our last ecclesiastical indulgence before the beginning of Lent.
Embracing our neighborhood, we open our doors for the annual NuLu Festival each September. Visit our booth to learn more about St. John, the United Church of Christ, and the availability of our campus as a wedding venue. The sanctuary is open for you to appreciate the artistry of our stained-glass, the architecture, and to learn a bit of our 170-year history.
We begin our Easter celebrations with our annual Easter Breakfast in the Parish Hall, which is followed by a Easter egg hunt in the Courtyard and grounds. This usually features a certain ‘special visitor.’ Our most capable Organist-Choirmaster expands our Holy Communion Service with an inspiring Easter Concert Prelude – each year surpassing the past one.
Following one of Kentucky’s longest traditions, and as part of Louisville’s largest festival, Hat Sunday falls on the Sunday after the Kentucky Derby. Women and men both are encouraged to join in the celebration.
Wear Red Sunday
In observance of the long tradition of representing the Holy Spirit with the liturgical color red, we enjoy wearing red on Pentecost Sunday.
Thunder Over Louisville
Three weeks before the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Over Louisville kicks off the Derby Festival with the largest annual fireworks show in the country. Coupled with a major air show, it draws well over one hundred thousand to Louisville’s waterfront parks. Cars are parked in our lot as an annual fundraiser for the church.
Whether it’s hamburgers or brats, German or American potato salad, cakes or pies, you can find it at our annual Summer Picnic. Each August we gather after worship for a cookout, a potluck, and good company.
Blessing of the Animals Service
Our four-legged, furry, feathered, and scaled family members can all be blessed at the Blessing of the Animals Services held on the first Sunday of October in the Courtyard. Church members, friends, and neighbors all share in the service.
Every Sunday before Thanksgiving we gather after worship in the Parish Hall in gratitude and fellowship for our Thanksgiving dinner with each other. Everyone contributes a covered dish to brighten the traditional fare.
Children-Youth Christmas Pageant
As Christmas approaches we depart from our traditional service and turn to a form with Medieval roots. With the children all dressed in their part, readings of the Bible alternate with familiar carols as the children act out the Christmas Story. It is a favorite service of some.
Brooklawn/Uspiritus Christmas Wish List
Originally named the German Protestant Orphan’s Asylum when it was founded in 1852 by German immigrants, it would bear several titles [Protestant Orphan Home (1940’s), Brooklawn Children’s Home (1960’s)] before its merger with Bellewood Home for Children in 2012 to form Uspiritus. St. John contributes spiritually, materially, and financially to their efforts. Christmas time brings special needs that beg to be filled.