St. John Armenian Apostolic Church of San Francisco offers a variety of social and community events to enrich our spiritual lives, and to share in the history and traditions of our Church. There are several ways to become involved in our parish community, from volunteering for God pleasing projects, to bible study, to folk. We also have several social organizations were faithful can forge new friendships and grow in fellowship.
Our mission is to practice Christian values through impactful service in the community & environment and to inspire the next generation of Armenian church leaders
The Serount Initiative is about empowering a new generation of young leaders to fulfill the mission of the Armenian Church within the context of our contemporary lives, just as generations of our ancestors have done in their own time.
Armenian Language classes are held every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. San Francisco Bay Area Community members are welcome to join this class, free of charge and learn how to read, write and speak Armenian. This class is an opportunity to gain knowledge about Armenian culture, such as poetry.
The Garden Ministry is an innovative program at St. John Armenian Church that uses gardening, an important part of Armenian identity, to sustainably grow not just food, which will be used by our parish and local charities, but also grow our community and the faithful's relationship with Christ.
On the 4th Saturday of every month, we join up with a group of volunteers who feed the poor at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality. This monthly effort is organized by sDn. Arto Bedikian and is made possible in part by our support. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, but more importantly serve those who are less fortunate.
Youth Ministry is the cornerstone of our parish. We serve our children and youth through our Sunday School program and Armenian Church Youth Organization. We also train our young ones to become crucial parts of the worship life of the church through choir training and alter service.
The Ladies Society is the heart and soul of St. John Armenian Church. Ladies Society is group, which not only serves the parish through the volunteerism, but also cultivates fellowship, and an appreciation of Armenian culture and heritage.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Being a true Christian means being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Being a disciple means embarking on a life-long journey to know and understand Christ's teachings, and to engage and a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, through His Church.
St. John Karoon Dance Ensemble was created for the purpose of promoting the name of St. John Armenian Church and Armenian Culture in both Armenian and Non-Armenian circles of the greater Bay Area.
The St. John Choir has a rich history in the Bay Area Armenian community, and every Sunday they join their voices together to sing the hymns of our forefathers unto God during the Divine Liturgy. Beginners are always welcome, and can sing at any level they feel comfortable.
For more information please call the Choir Director Linda Lester 415-648-3540 or the organist Naiyry Sarkiss 415-661-1142.