St. John's Episcopal Church

1 North Hanover Street,
Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 243-4220

St. John's Episcopal Church is located at the northeast corner of the square in downtown Carlisle. Today the church is home to more than 900 members, making it one of the 200 largest congregations of the Episcopal Church in the country.

An original building stood here in 1751 that was used as a temporary court room and church. In 1762 a small stone church was built on this location and services were suspended during 1776 due to backlash from Revolutionaries aimed at an "English" church. The building of the present church began in 1826.

Today, St. John’s of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, a part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. 

Historic Marker: An on-site marker for Episcopal Square reads "This square was set apart by the Penns in 1751 for the Church of England; in continuous use since that time by St. John's Episcopal Church. In 1752, the first church building was erected."

Worship Services: 


  • 8:00AM - Traditional Rite | Eucharist
  • 9:15AM - Church School (Sept-May)
    • Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade - in the Lloyd Center upstairs
    • Sixth grade through twelfth grade - Downstairs
  • 9:15AM - Adult Forum - an opportunity for parishioners of all ages to engage in Christian learning and reflection (Sept-May).
  • 10:15AM - Holy Eucharist Rite II with music
  • 10:15AM - Children's Chapel (A service especially for families with children six years of age or younger), in the Lloyd Center upstairs. 
Wedding Information:  "Christian Marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the Canons of the Church." Book of Common Prayer, 1979
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