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COVID-19 VIDEO UPDATE: Bishop Provenzano Message and Prayer


The Rev. Pauline A. Samuel

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


As you are aware we are in a serious health crisis with the number of cases of COVID-19 in New York increasing day by day. The best measures to slow the rate of infection is to avoid large gatherings and events. In his video to the diocese, Bishop Provenzano stated that "...the science is clear that the one way we can begin to thwart the aggressive progression of this virus is by social distancing--that is for us to be physically apart although we can be together in prayer and in our support and encouragement of one another."


This means that beginning March 14th through Thursday, March 26th all public liturgies will be suspended in all churches within the Diocese of Long Island. At St. John’s mass will not be held this Sunday nor on March 22nd, Noonday Prayer and bible study will not meet, nor will there be Stations of the Cross. The Jamaica Deanery Lenten service is canceled as well.


This is not an easy time for any of us as we figure out how to navigate life in the midst of a pandemic. Social distancing while it endeavors to keep us safe and uninfected also adds the burden of isolation to our college students who can no longer remain on campus, many of the working community who must now do so from home, and many of our elderly and homebound members who are recovering from surgeries. We must remember that we are a family and family means we check on one another and pray with and for one another.


This hiatus from public worship means that we also have to think outside the box of praying as a community. While we are unable to gather physically in the building that is St. John's it does not mean that we cease praying. The diocese is providing liturgies for people to use at home with loved ones and we will be working on ways to use modern technology to facilitate group prayer.


I ask that we be diligent in adhering to what the CDC is advising, washing our hands, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting surfaces and avoiding large crowds and gatherings. I also ask that we be diligent in being faithful to the God we serve and love. As we take these necessary precautions, we do so remembering Paul's words to Timothy, "God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind." We must remain positive and faithful, knowing that God is still in charge, 


Continue to check the website and our social media pages for further updates.


Please know that I hold all of you in love and prayer. Stay faithful and prayerful!


Peace & blessings,

Mother Samuel+



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The priest, wardens, vestry and members of St. John's ex­tend to you a warm welcome in the name of  Jesus Christ. If you are without a church family, please consider St. John's as your new home. You will be affirmed by the people of God and spiritually nurtured by our shared ministry of love and service.



The Rev. Pauline Samuel is a proud graduate of Yale Divinity School where she earned her Masters of Divinity. While in seminary she served as Vice President of the Yale Black Seminarians and also served as Co-Chair of the Annual Class Gift Campaign. Mother Samuel is excited to be serving as our Priest-in-Charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield Gardens. Mother Samuel is a Brooklyn native of Caribbean decent. She has a great love for books, is a self-proclaimed foodie and is an avid football fan.

ECW Ministry Bus Trip!

ECW Annual Women's Luncheon

ECW Queen Esther Annual Trip July 25 202

In lieu of the growing number of infected persons and deaths due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have decided to postpone the ECW Luncheon until a possible date in May 2020. It is our goal/duty to ensure the safety of our parishioners, family and friends. Thanks for understanding, we will continue to keep you all updated. Be safe🙏🏽

Bishop Franklin's Triennial Visit

Warden & Vestry Election Results

On Sunday, Feb 2, 2020, we installed the newest members to the offices of Warden and Vestry. Please congratulate Ms. Yolanda Peters (c) -Warden. Mr. Oswald Henry (L) and Ms. Edolla Prince (R) for Vestry. We are blessed to have you in service!


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137-67 Belknap Street

Springfield Gardens

New York 11413-2619



Office: (718) 525-1444

Rectory: (516) 341-2233




Any additional services

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notice board and on our website.


Every Sunday at 9:00 am

Holy Eucharist

Wednesdays - 12 Noon

(Postponed during Lenten Season)

Bible Study

Wednesdays - 1 pm & 7 pm

(Postponed during Lenten Season)




What’s Happening @ St. John’s



Baptism at the Easter Vigil – Saturday, 4/11

​​​​ECW Annual Bus Trip - Saturday 7/25

Vacation Bible School (VBS) – July 24 -31

Disciples of Christ loving and serving God and God’s people .

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