The Buildings of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church are currently closed.


Sundays | 10 AM
Wednesdays | 7 PM



We welcome you to the website of St. John in the Wilderness Church in lovely White Bear Lake, Minnesota. We are a vibrant community of people who recognize that we are loved completely and unconditionally by God and, in response, we are committed to walking the Way of Love as demonstrated by Jesus. We understand that ALL are included in God’s love, and we welcome ALL to join us on our journey. Please take a few minutes to explore in the pages of this website the many ways that we are seeking God and God’s Kingdom.


Timelines through 2020


PHASE I (present to May 30):
Strict distancing; Church building closed to all except clergy and essential staff; parishioners needing access to church may call the Rector for permission; most worship & program continues on-line from home; Sunday worship services are pre-recorded.

PHASE II (May 31 to September 12):
Modified distancing; Church building open to staff, clergy, Executive Committee, and Vestry; No groups scheduled to use building; Program continues on-line from home; Worship each Sunday and Wednesday live-streamed from St. John’s with participation by worship leaders only; Outdoor worship services are offered with distancing recommendations followed; Weddings and funerals are postponed if at all possible; Special drive-in fellowship opportunities offered; no food or drink offered at any worship service, post-worship reception, or other event; During this phase, we will continue to learn together about the best practices for sustaining our life of common prayer.

PHASE III (September 13 to November 29):
Modified small groups; Church building open to small groups (defined by CDC guidelines) on a case-by-case basis; Groups over CDC max continue to meet on-line; Worship continues to be live-streamed from Saint John’s with participation by worship leaders and a small group of congregants following distancing and other recommendations.

PHASE IV (November 29 to thereafter):
Large groups, with appropriate precautions; Church building open to both small and large groups, with appropriate precautions taken; return to large group worship & program, with appropriate precautions.

Note: The phases of this timeline may be adjusted in accordance with state and ECMN recommendations.


In a time when we are not able to gather together physically, we still have a desire to connect with the Word and our Community. Click here to find several ways to stay connected!

“If it’s not about love, it’s not about God”
– The Very Reverend Michael Curry


We are a traditional Episcopal Community with a contemporary mission of sharing God’s amazing love. 


While St. John’s is a traditional Episcopal parish, we strive to be a place of welcome, refuge, prayer, learning, service, and challenge for all.


We gather and worship together each Sunday through liturgy and Christian Formation. We welcome you to journey with us.