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Welcome incoming students!

Posted July 31st, 2017

Posted July 31, 2017

Dearest incoming students,

107 years ago, the Episcopal Church commissioned a chaplaincy at the University of Illinois. And since, this chaplaincy and parish have now served the students, faculty, and staff of UIUC, along with the wider Champaign-Urbana community.

To honor our mission as a college chaplaincy, students (and others) gather weekly on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. for worship, a free home cooked meal, lively conversation and friendship.

Like many other campus ministries and chaplaincies around the Episcopal Church, our Wednesday gathering is called "Canterbury." The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Worldwide Anglican Communion which traces its roots to Christianity in Canterbury, England. The name "Canterbury" refers to this ancient faith connection. Because we are part of a living worldwide faith tradition, it also reminds us that we serve not only those from the United States, but people from every part of the world.

The Chapel of Saint John the Divine is also a parish of the Episcopal Church, and we invite you to come and be part of the life of this vibrant parish. We gather as a wider parish community on Sundays at 8 am and 10 am. The 8 am service is quiet and contemplative. The 10 am service is a festive choral celebration of the Eucharist with incense and people of every age group.

Know that this parish and chaplaincy is pleased to warmly invite and welcome you to your new home in Champaign-Urbana and we would be honored by your presence! Come and join us! It won't be the same without you!

Sean+

The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector

Holy Week and Eastertide at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine

Posted April 4th, 2017

Make your pilgrimage to the Cross and experience the Resurrection this Holy Week and Eastertide. Child care will be provided at all evening services and on Easter Day, April 16, 2017.

Stations of the Cross by Marcel Dupré

Posted March 8th, 2017

On Friday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. organist Stephen Buzard will play Le Chemin de la Croix by Marcel Dupré at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, 1101 S. Wright Street in Champaign. Dupré originally improvised this work as a series of meditations on the fourteen stations of the cross interspersed with poetry of Paul Claudel. The result was such a success that he wrote it down, resulting in one of the most profound large-scale pieces of the organ repertoire. It will be performed with its original poetry read in English translation by Carol Symes, Associate Professor of History, Theater, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Choral Evensong March 12

Posted March 6th, 2017

Continue your Lenten journey by attending Evensong on Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. The theme for this month’s service is “God so loved the world,” the appointed lesson for the day. Music will include the evening canticles by Herbert Sumsion, Miserere mei by Antonio Lotti, God so loved the world by Philip W. J. Stopford and Preces and Responses by Richard Ayleward.

Concert by Erik Suter to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Buzard Organ, Opus 7

Posted February 8th, 2017

Former organist at Washington National Cathedral, Erik Wm. Suter will play an organ concert in the Chapel on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Buzard Organ, Opus 7. Music will include Mozart’s ‘Fantasy in F Minor,’ and ‘Passacaglia,’ by Johann Sebastian Bach.

For more information about Erik Suter, please visit: http://www.erikwmsuter.com/

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Posted January 23rd, 2017

This year's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Shrove Tuesday is all about getting rid of the fat in the cupboard in preparation for the Lenten journey. Our Canterbury Association students will prepare the meal. There is no cost to the meal. Please let us know if you are coming by submitting your RSVP via the Sign Up Genius here or contact the parish office via email.

Christmastide

Posted December 15th, 2016

Please join us throughout the twelve days of Christmas at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine. Child care will be provided at both Christmas Eve services on December 24 as well as on Christmas Day, December 25. Please contact the parish office with any questions at 217-344-1924.

Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols

Posted December 7th, 2016

The Canterbury Choir will be presenting its annual FESTIVAL OF ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS on Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. This year's composers will include Palestrina, Ord, Owens, Saylor, Nixon, Langlais and Whitbourn. Following the service, there will be a reception in the lounge of Canterbury House. Please sign up to bring a treat or drink to share here.

Saint Nicholas Feast

Posted November 16th, 2016

We will be having a St. Nicholas celebration on Wednesday, December 7 beginning with the service at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and a special visit by Saint Nicholas himself. Each child will need to bring a shoe (one of their own, not an adult-size shoe) and families are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys to be given to Toys for Tots. Please sign up at http://bit.ly/2eN7OnZ to indicate what food or drink you plan to bring to the potluck chili dinner. We hope you can join us!

United Thank Offering

Posted October 13th, 2016

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church that was started in 1889 for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO men, women and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. The offerings gathered through UTO support the mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church in the United States and in the developing world. Please pick up a blue UTO box from the narthex on Sunday to gather your loose change (or dollars!) over the coming weeks. Bring your box on Sunday November 6 when we will have an ingathering or empty your box into a UTO envelope, available in your service leaflet.

St. Francis of Assisi with the Blessing of the Animals

Posted September 21st, 2016

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the Blessing of the Animals will be held on Sunday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. We hope you will make plans to bring your pets and your entire family for this special annual event to celebrate God’s creation of the animals that share our homes, our lives, and our love. Please be sure that they are properly restrained with leashes or crates to prevent any accidents or escapes! If your pet is just too unwieldy, or if you are student and your pet lives far away, you are welcome to bring a photo of your pet.

9/11 Solemn Evensong

Posted September 7th, 2016

Remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks of 09/11/01, our Canterbury Choir will lead us in a celebration of a solemn evensong on September 11, 2016. While this event will be a traditional evensong, we are making a special effort as a parish to invite and include in this service those of other Christian traditions as well as those of other faiths. The service itself will begin at 5:15 pm and we invite you to join us and bring others with you.

Addendum: the 9/11 Evensong was covered by Brian Moline, WILL Radio Host. Click here to listen to an "audio postcard" of the event.

Welcome Incoming Students!

Posted August 17th, 2016

Dearest incoming students,

106 years ago, the Episcopal Church commissioned a chaplaincy at the University of Illinois. And since, this chaplaincy and parish have now served the students, faculty, and staff of UIUC, along with the wider Champaign-Urbana community.

To honor our mission as a college chaplaincy, students (and others) gather weekly on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. for worship, a free home cooked meal, lively conversation and friendship.

Like many other campus ministries and chaplaincies around the Episcopal Church, our Wednesday gathering is called "Canterbury." The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Worldwide Anglican Communion which traces its roots to Christianity in Canterbury, England. The name "Canterbury" refers to this ancient faith connection. Because we are part of a living worldwide faith tradition, it also reminds us that we serve not only those from the United States, but people from every part of the world.

The Chapel of Saint John the Divine is also a parish of the Episcopal Church, and we invite you to come and be part of the life of this vibrant parish. We gather as a wider parish community on Sundays at 8 am and 10 am. The 8 am service is quiet and contemplative. The 10 am service is a festive choral celebration of the Eucharist with incense and people of every age group.

Know that this parish and chaplaincy is pleased to warmly invite and welcome you to your new home in Champaign-Urbana and we would be honored by your presence! Come and join us! It won't be the same without you!

Sean+

The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector

Join Us for Cookies on Quad Day

Posted August 10th, 2016

Fall semester at UIUC is quickly approaching! This year our goal is to distribute 500 cookies to students on Quad Day. We are seeking 21 volunteers to bake and bring two dozen cookies on Sunday, August 21. Both gluten and gluten-free cookies are needed. Together, we will enjoy lemonade, iced tea and refreshments after the 10:00 a.m. service on the lawn in front of the Canterbury House as we reach out to the student community. Please sign up to bring cookies here or call the parish office at 344-1924 to sign up. Join us as we celebrate the beginning of fall semester! Contact Amy Weber with any questions at: ameliaweber@gmail.com.

Lemonade on the Lawn

Posted May 24th, 2016

On Sunday, July 24th after the 10:00 a.m. service coffee hour will move outdoors (weather permitting) to the Quad across the street where we will enjoy lemonade, iced tea and refreshments. Please join us!

Choral Evensong

Posted May 11th, 2016

On Sunday, May 15 beginning at 5:00 p.m. the Canterbury Choir will be doing a choral evensong for Pentecost in the Chapel. Please join us!

American Boychoir Concert at the Chapel

Posted April 14th, 2016

America's most widely touring and frequently performing ensemble, the American Boychoir, will present a concert in the Chapel on Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 standard; $5 student (cash only, please).

Holy Week & Eastertide at the Chapel

Posted March 8th, 2016

Make your pilgrimage to the Cross and experience the Resurrection this Holy Week and Easter tide at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2016

Posted February 2nd, 2016

The Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Shrove Tuesday is all about getting rid of the fat in the cupboard in preparation for the Lenten journey. Our Canterbury Association students will prepare the meal. There is no cost to the meal. Please let us know if you are coming by submitting your RSVP via the Sign Up Genius or email the parish office at stjohns@chapelsjd.org.

Christmastide 2015 at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine

Posted December 10th, 2015

Join us throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. Our Christmas schedule includes a Family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist, Hymns and Christingles at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. At 10:00 p.m. that evening we will have a Solemn Holy Eucharist - "The Christ Mass" - with Choral Prelude. Childcare will be provided at both Christmas Eve services.

On Sunday, December 27 - the First Sunday After Christmas we will have a Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols at 10:00 a.m.

Please note, we will not have a service on Christmas Day - December 25 - however, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church will have a 9:00 a.m. service on Christmas morning.

Please contact the parish office with any questions at 217-344-1924. We wish you and yours a happy advent and Christmas season!

Advent Lessons & Carols

Posted December 2nd, 2015

The Canterbury Choir will be presenting its annual FESTIVAL OF ADVENT LESSONS & CAROLS on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Advent Carol Services arose in England at King's College Chapel where it is not possible to celebrate Christmas during term-time. The service consists of a series of nine lessons outlining the prophetic foretelling of the coming of Christ. Interspersed are hymns and carols which reflect upon themes of the season.

This year's service will include music by Palestrina, Livengood, Poston, Peerson, Lehman, Eccard and Victoria. Following the service, there will be a reception in the lounge of Canterbury House. Please sign up to bring a treat or drink to share here.

Organ Recital in Chapel

Posted November 4th, 2015

Chapel choirmaster and organist, Linda Buzard, will be giving an organ recital at the Chapel on Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 p.m. She will be playing the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by J. S. Bach and the Grand Piece Symphonique by Cesar Franck. Linda will be playing this recital at the St. Thomas Church in New York following Evensong on November 22.

A warm welcome to University of Illinois Students!

Posted June 8th, 2015

We are happy to kick off our 105th year as a college chaplaincy of The Episcopal Church. For over 100 years, we have served the students, faculty, and wider Champaign-Urbana community. Students and the wider university community gather on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. for worship, a free home cooked meal and lively conversation and friendship. We also invite you to participate in our weekly Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am.

Like many other campus ministries and chaplaincies around the Episcopal Church, this gathering is called "Canterbury." The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Worldwide Anglican Communion which traces its roots to Christianity in Canterbury, England, and so the name "Canterbury" refers to this ancient faith connection. It also reminds us that we serve not only Americans, but students from every part of the world, as we are a but a small part of a living worldwide faith tradition. All are always invited and welcomed at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine.

Know that this parish and chaplaincy is pleased to warmly invite and welcome you to the life and worship of the Chapel of Saint John the Divine! Come and join us! It won't be the same without you!

Sean+

The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector

Rogation Sunday and the Blessing of the Plots

Posted May 7th, 2015

The Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 10 this year - is known as Rogation Sunday in our church calendar. A long-standing tradition at the Chapel includes processing to and the blessing of the Morrow Plots across the quad. Established in 1876, the Morrow Plots are the oldest agronomic experiment fields in the United States. The procession begins with the final hymn at the 10:00 a.m. service. We invite you to join us in this very special tradition!

Read our newsletter to learn more about the origins of Rogation Sunday.

Choral Evensong & Organ Recital

Posted May 4th, 2015

On Sunday, May 17 beginning at 4:00 p.m. the Canterbury Choir will be doing a choral evensong. It will be preceded by an organ recital by our fellow parishioner Michael Keeley. Please join us!

Holy Week 2015

Posted March 9th, 2015

The Chapel of Saint John the Divine will host a myriad of services during Holy Week. We invite you to join us in our pilgrimage to the Cross and Resurrection.

Sunday, March 29 - Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with simple Palm Procession
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with Palm Procession

Wednesday, April 1 - Wednesday in Holy Week
5:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursday, April 2 - Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II with the Washing of Feet
and the Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 3 - Good Friday
12:00 p.m. The Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. The Proper Liturgy for Good Friday

Saturday, April 4 - Holy Saturday
9:00 a.m. The Holy Saturday Office
7:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Baptism

Sunday, April 5 - Easter Day
10:00 a.m. Solemn Holy Eucharist Rite II
with the Flowering of the Cross
11:30 a.m. Reception and Easter Egg Hunt

Theology on Tap

Posted February 26th, 2015

Join other members of the Chapel for a monthly meeting of food, fellowship, and discussion of Marcus Borg's Speaking Christian. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 13 at 6:00pm upstairs at Crane Alley (115 W. Main in Urbana). We will be discussing chapters 3-4. Even if it's your first time or you haven't read, please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Emily Knox at emilyknox@gmail.com.

Rector's Annual Address 2015

Posted January 21st, 2015

Attached file: 

“Seeing the star, the magi were wildly happy.” And they came in the house, and they opened their treasures, and they worshiped the infant Jesus, “the one born king of the Jews.” Where did they get this “exceedingly great joy”? I think that they were joyful because they were on a journey, a search. They were joyful because, looking at the baby Jesus, the magi knew that they were at a long awaited destination. Presumably, most of their fellow magi stayed home, took no journeys toward the east, refused to go off on some wild camel ride to see a baby on the basis of nothing more than a star. These magi were the sort of people who were looking for something, willing to risk a journey, brave enough to venture forth on the search. And when they got to the goal of their search, they felt joy.

I know people who would rather get a root canal done than take a trip. Kiezha’s grandfather is like that. He served overseas in the Korean War, and ever since, he claims to have seen as much of the world that he wants to see.
People like Kiezha’s grandfather love home and its comforts. Every trip is a risk. Every baby is a risk, too. The birth of Jesus set a whole train of difficult, bloody events in motion. Remember, the baby that the magi discovered was not the end of the journey, but the beginning, as Christ always tends to be for those who follow him.

Remember, we don’t just “believe” that Jesus is the Messiah; we follow him as Messiah. Christ takes us places that we wouldn’t have gone if not for his leading. I believe this is true not only for us as individuals, but as a parish as we venture forth, following after Jesus.

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Christmastide 2014 at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine

Posted December 16th, 2014


Christmastide at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine

Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist
with Choir and Christingles

10:00 p.m. Solemn Holy Eucharist - “The Christ Mass”
with Choral Prelude

Sunday, December 28 - The First Sunday After Christmas
10:00 a.m. A Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, January 4 - The Second Sunday After Christmas
8:00 a.m, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Sunday, January 11 - The First Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Holy Baptism

Sunday, January 18 - The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Epiphany Pageant
12:00 p.m. Annual Parish Meeting

A Warm Welcome to University of Illinois Students!

Posted September 3rd, 2014

We are happy to kick off our 103rd year as a college chaplaincy of The Episcopal Church. For over 100 years, we have served the students, faculty, and wider Champaign-Urbana community. Students and the wider university community gather on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. for worship, a free home cooked meal and lively conversation and friendship.

Like many other campus ministries and chaplaincies around the Episcopal Church, this gathering is called "Canterbury." The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Worldwide Anglican Communion which traces its roots to Christianity in Canterbury, England, and so the name "Canterbury" refers to this ancient faith connection. It also reminds us that we serve not only Americans, but students from every part of the world, as we are a but a small part of a living worldwide faith tradition. All are always invited and welcomed at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine.

Know that this parish and chaplaincy is pleased to warmly invite and welcome you to the life and worship of the Chapel of Saint John the Divine! Come and join us! It won't be the same without you!

Sean+

The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector