We the members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church believe that in response to God's Good News we give God praise in all that we do, especially through worship together, Bible study groups, fellowship and mission outreach. We also believe that we can't always live our faith perfectly. That is why we need the forgiveness of our Savior Jesus.



We are committed to serving you in creative ways that keep you in Christ’s Word and Sacrament in celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection without violating public health guidelines and mandates and without putting people at risk for the coronavirus.  We have some advantages that Luther and his fellow pastors did not have in their time.  Here is some helpful information as you head into Holy Week.


  •  Holy Week mid-day services have been cancelled. 

  •  As the public health guidelines restricting gatherings to less than 10 people have been extended through April 30th, we do not plan to gather in the sanctuary for worship on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Easter Sunday.  However, we plan to provide Word and Sacrament in the following ways. 

  •  The Palm Sunday service will be broadcast live on AM 980 KSGM at 10am and the detailed service bulletin is enclosed with this newsletter.

  • The Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will air on AM 980 KSGM at 7pm.  The worship bulletins for these services are enclosed with this newsletter.

  • There will be one Easter Sunday service at 10am.  This service will be broadcast live at 10am on AM 980 KSGM.  A bulletin for this service is enclosed with this newsletter.  In addition, you are encouraged to come to the St. John parking lots and remain in your vehicles listening to the radio as a way of gathering responsibly without violating precautionary guidelines.  The Chester Police Department also cautions that there only be members of the same household in each vehicle.  Additional bulletins and printouts of the hymns to be sung during the Easter service will be distributed to all who come and have need.  

  •  You are encouraged to come and receive The Lord’s Supper in the St. John Sanctuary.  This will need to be received individually or in family units of less than 10.  Please, call the church office to schedule a time.  We ask that if you know you have been exposed, or you have symptoms, that for your sake and the sake of others you remain in your recommended “shelter” scenario.  The Holy Week Lord’s Supper schedule will be as follows:

    • Saturday April 4th, 10am-2pm

    • Monday April 6th, 9-11am & 4-6pm

    • Thursday April 9th, 9-11-am & 4-6pm

    • Easter Sunday 7-9:30am & 12-3pm


This is a fluid situation and things could change for the better or worse.  We hope that you find these proposed opportunities to be helpful under the current circumstances.

The Lord bless you and keep you in the peace and joy of His death and resurrection now, and even into eternity.


Chester, Illinois 62233

​Tel: 618-826-3545 

​Fax: 618-826-4804


Worship Service times
Saturday Evening 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning 7:45 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Bible Study 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Starts September 10 at 9:00 a.m.
Youth Group
2nd & 4th Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
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