COME AS

You Are

We’re happy to have you visit and learn more about St. John’s! We see ourselves as a diverse group of people who come from different backgrounds, hometowns, experiences, education, and interests who have made the choice to become a family. Many of our members have felt rejected by their former churches or felt no other church aligned with who they are or what they believe. Many come to St. John’s and feel at home immediately because we get them, we see things the same way, and we care for people the way they do. One new member explained why she joined St. John’s:

“I knew I found the right church when I didn’t have to correct my child on the way home. That was my test. After I tried other churches, I had to tell my son “well we don’t believe that or treat people that way.” With St. John’s I didn’t have to make any corrections on the way home. Their beliefs reflect how I want to raise my son.”

We are a group of people with different stories, brought to St. John’s because it feels like home. A place where everyone knows your face, asks how life is, and are happy to see you. A place filled with precious friends, delicious food, and developing memories.

Others come to St. John’s for the music! We offer traditional, high church worship services that feature classical music and hymns, complete with a beautiful Holtkamp organ, a talented chancel choir, and handbells. St. John’s is full of musically inclined and talented members and staff, making it attractive to people who want to raise their children surrounded by music or who simply have a taste for excellence.

People attend and join St. John’s for a variety of reasons. What’s yours? We hope you explore who we are and what we’re all about. Maybe even watch us live online this Sunday. Check us out in person, we’ll have a parking spot saved for you, and we’d be glad to see your face and get to know your story. We’d love to have you join our family.

What We Believe

Besides God, above all, St. John’s believes in openness and understanding. We believe in treating all people with respect and kindness. When we mean “all”, we mean it. We are a reconciling congregation. What does that mean? Bluntly, St. John’s is gay friendly! And we are so happy about it! St. John’s became a reconciling congregation in 1998, and are still the only reconciled congregation in the Northwest Texas Conference. We welcome and accept you, no matter what!

SOCIAL JUSTICE

To our Lubbock Friends and Neighbors:

We, the undersigned members of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX, recognize and lament the image and reputation that the global institutional Church has earned for itself with regard to diversity, inclusion, equity, and oppression. We understand that many could think all churches, even all Christians, share the same perspective regarding the role of holy scripture, our places of worship, and our beliefs about Jesus’ ministry and message to the world.

In the wake of the presidential press conference on June 1, 2020, we are compelled to distinguish our beliefs from the ways in which the president utilized tools of our Christian faith. Immediately following a White House speech in which he threatened military force against states that failed to take “dominating” action, President Trump directed police officers who used tear gas and rubber bullets to move peaceful protesters from the lawn of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. – prior to curfew, so that he could use the church sign and a bible as props for a photo opportunity. We find this repugnant to Christian teaching, manipulative, and offensive.

The bible is sacred text from which we seek wisdom and gather instruction and courage for living lives of justice, compassion, and peace – together, in community, throughout the world. Our churches are holy ground set apart for the community gathered in worship. Holding a bible and taking photos in front of a church as if a threatening posture is supported by the teachings of Jesus is blasphemy. The use of these tools of faith to elicit support for unChrist-like behavior is appalling. It prompted us to speak our truth and to offer a different message and an invitation to a different community.

Our faith calls us to love our neighbor as ourself and so all in-person worship is temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find our online worship services on Facebook and Youtube. Our faith calls us to love our neighbor as ourself and so we’re deeply disturbed by systemic racism and the ongoing oppression, violence, and murder of Black lives. While we value diversity, we acknowledge that the vast majority of our current St. John’s UMC family is White. We are committed to learning more, saying more, and doing more to help build a new human community in which oppressive structures are altogether absent and Black Lives Matter. We look forward to the day when we can return to in-person group gatherings for continuing education and ministry. Until then, we offer these online options for making a difference. We invite you to join us!
Show your support and sign this statement here.

View statement signatures here.

Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think a self-paced online course offered by the United Methodist Church’s General Commission on Religion and Race. Cost is $20
https://www.gcorr.org/online-course-implicit-bias/

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
https://medium.com/…/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-ju…

Anti Racism Resouces
https://docs.google.com/…/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-…/mobilebasic…

Children’s Books
https://www.embracerace.org/…/26-childrens-books-to-support…

The Color of Change
https://colorofchange.org/about/

Justice in June
https://docs.google.com/…/1H-Vxs6jEUByXylMS2Bj…/mobilebasic…

Recommendations Offered by Texas Tech University
https://www.facebook.com/44930080504/posts/10158290914365505/?d=n

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Need help? Send us an email at openminds@stjohnslubbock.org