The Episcopal Church of St John the Baptist in Aptos, CA serving Santa Cruz County



Welcome to St. John’s

We invite you to get to know us and discover your place here among us. We are a  community that looks to the life and ministry of Jesus to better understand and enter into the heart of God. Jesus spoke out against injustice and poverty, Jesus healed friend and foe, Jesus broke bread with the rich and poor, Jesus points to the wideness of God’s compassion.  Our membership and leadership is comprised of the young and the old, the old-timer and the newcomer, married, partnered and single, gay and straight, rich and poor.   We celebrate the wonderful diversity of human kind and we seek to do that in faithfulness to the baptismal command to respect the dignity of every human being.   We strive to include a place for everyone around God’s table and believe there should be no outcasts in the Episcopal Church


Easter Season

Easter Season is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.

It is celebrated as a single joyful feast, indeed as the “great Lord’s Day”. Each Sunday of the season is treated as a Sunday of Easter, and, after the Sunday of the Resurrection they are named Second Sunday of Easter, Third Sunday of Easter, etc. up to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, while the whole fifty-day period concludes with Pentecost Sunday.

The color of the season is white and all liturgies are jubilant & inspiring.



  • Rector’s Reflections April 2015

    Alleluia, Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

    The Paschal Mystery, we call it. Ending, grief, new life.  Jesus’ faithfulness to the end, “There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.”The despair of those who loved him. Beyond hope, encountering him again, himself, in a new mode that gave to them an entirely new way of being in the world.  The true pattern of the universe God creates.

    He encouraged them in the most literal and fundamental sense of the word.  People who had been so ordinary became something . . . → Read More: Rector’s Reflections April 2015