Frequently Asked Questions

We are ready to answer any questions you have about our worship services, ways to connect and learn in community, and opportunities to serve both in the church and in the city. Simply call our friendly receptionist at 713.622.3600 and she will answer your question or connect you with someone who can.

Like all Episcopal churches, St. John the Divine worships in the “liturgical style,” which means we follow a relatively common order of service found in our worship book, The Book of Common Prayer. In our traditional services, you will receive a worship booklet to help you follow along. In the modern services, you can follow along with worship on the screens in the front of the room. Our Sunday services usually include singing, Bible readings, prayers for ourselves and others, a sermon, and Holy Communion.

Our worship services

What to expect on Sunday

You can sign up through our online form or come to the lower level of the Administration Building on Sunday morning where one of our children’s ministry staff or volunteers will be glad to assist you in signing up.

Sign up for Sunday School

Yes! We warmly welcome people from other church backgrounds and denominations. The Episcopal Church offers a balanced faith that brings together the best of many Christian traditions. Anyone who desires to follow Christ can worship and fully participate in an Episcopal congregation.

Baptized Christians of all ages are welcome to receive communion in the Episcopal Church. If you have not been baptized, you may come forward, cross your arms across your chest, and receive a blessing from the clergy.

Find out more

Our main Sunday morning adult class is a great way to dig deep into the Bible and meet new friends in conversation groups. This class meets at 10:15 am on Sunday mornings in the Hall Life Center. Additionally, a five-week Discovery class that explores the history of St. John the Divine and Episcopal Church is held twice a year.

Happening this Sunday

To begin your process, contact our life events coordinator, Sally Lehmberg. Sally will coordinate your date and time with the church calendar. Once you have approval, you may contact the Director of Music Ministries, Steven Newberry. There are general guidelines you will be expected to observe, which provide guidance on such things as the decoration of the worship spaces and the use of music, photography, videography, etc. Please do not make any firm plans until you have met with a priest, consulted with both the Wedding Coordinator and Director of Music, and read the booklet.

Weddings at St. John the Divine

There are two main paths to membership — baptism and confirmation. If you are already baptized, you can become a member by transferring from another church or requesting to be added as a member.

How to become a member

Our clergy, staff, and prayer ministry team members are dedicated to praying for whatever needs you may have – large or small. Confidentially. There are multiple ways to request and receive prayer at SJD. Email us at, ask a prayer minister to pray for you during church services after communion, or complete a prayer request card at any church service. Please let us know how we can pray for you today!

More about our prayer ministry

We believe Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s body, the Church. We baptize people infants through adults. To schedule a baptism for yourself or your child, contact Life Events Coordinator Sally Lehmberg.

Baptism at St. John the Divine

Our events calendar is conveniently found in the main menu or visit

Church events

Happening on our campus

Children are admitted to First Steps Montessori School on a first-come, first-admitted basis. You are invited to place your child on the waiting list at birth. Please call 713.354.2267 to request an application.

More about First Steps

SJD Campus

2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX 77019 Map

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