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St. John’s Episcopal Church
La Iglesia Episcopal de San Juan

Dover, New Jersey
The Rev. Rod Perez-Vega, Rector

En Español

Join us on Sundays at 10:00 am
11 S. Bergen Street, Dover, NJ 07801

About St. John’s

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St. John’s Episcopal Church is a small but growing, diverse, multilingual community of God’s people, serving the communities of Dover, Wharton, Mine Hill, Randolph, Rockaway and surrounding areas in the hills of northern New Jersey. We serve both the English- and Spanish-speaking communities as well as a small ministry for the deaf. Our congregation includes people proudly born in the U.S.A., Belarus, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Liberia.

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Our members range in age from a few months to over 90 years.

The parish of St. John’s was formed in 1852. We worship in a historic sanctuary, consecrated in 1871, the oldest standing church in Dover. Our traditional building features a variety of beautiful stained-glass windows. We maintain a sanctuary dedicated to God, built and maintained by seven generations of Episcopalians.

Our traditions go back to the Cornish miners and iron-workers who formed the backbone of our local economy as far back as Colonial America. The area grew in the 19th and early 20th centuries with the railroads and the Morris Canal, which crossed in central Dover. In the 1950s and 60s, the neighborhood of the church was transformed by an influx of Puerto Ricans, creating a vibrant, commercial Spanish-speaking community in a business district of Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Later, immigrants from other Latin American countries found the area attractive as well, making the community widely bi-lingual.

The church also hosts a wide variety of community and health organizations. These include headquarters of the Diocese-wide support organization, North Porch, that offers pre-natal care and supplies for young mothers and infants. We host lunches, twice a week, by the Morris County Nutrition Center. We also host chapters of AA, SA and NA, and a community food pantry.

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Worship with Us

St John's Church

We invite you to join us to continue our spiritual journey.

Our weekly Sunday service is at 10:00 am
11 S. Bergen Street
Dover, NJ 07801

St. John’s is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. People of all faiths are welcome to join us in Holy Communion.

Sunday School

St. John’s Church recently reinstituted its Sunday School program as the result of an increased number of young couples and children. Students exit the church at the beginning of the service for Sunday School and return before communion to be with their families for the Eucharist. We are building our teams of teachers to alternate classes.

Coffee Hour Hosts

Coffee Hour

After the service, all are invited to join us at our coffee-hour in the Parish Hall for food and fellowship.


The church is easy to locate, right next to the Dover train station, at the intersection of South Bergen and West Blackwell Streets in Dover, 3 blocks south of U.S. 46 and accessible from Routes 10 and 15 and Interstate 80. We are easy to recognize with the only block-wide lawn in downtown Dover. (See Google Maps.)


St. John’s parking lot, for members and visitors, is accessible from S. Bergen Street. Curbside parking is also available for free, but is time-restricted during the week. The Dover train station, behind the church, offers some space on Sunday, but is restricted during the week.

From our parking lot you may use the office entrance by the Parish Hall or take the short path to the main doors of the church sanctuary. To avoid steps, use the street-level entrance on Essex Street (on the west side of the church).

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St. John’s Leadership

Rev. Rod Perez-Vega

The Vestry


The Rev. Deacon Sheila Shuford
For information on Rev. Shuford’s support services for the deaf, please see our Support Page.

George Williams with Pascal Candle

Lay Leaders

Counseling Services

The Rev. Rod Perez-Vega also offers spiritual, emotional and other counseling services. See our Support Page.


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Pasty Sales

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For over 75 years, members of St. John’s have celebrated our Cornish miner heritage with sales of our own fresh-baked Cornish Pasties, a meat, potato and onion mix in a pastry shell. These are based on the pasties which miners would take into the local iron mines for their meal break. These sales are a major fund-raiser for the congregation, held six times per year.

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Sales are on the first Saturday of the month:

Pickup is from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm.

We also take orders by phone at 973-366-2772 during office hours (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8:30 am until 11:30 am). You may also leave a message other times.

Patrons must pick up orders. Sorry, no deliveries.

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Upcoming Events

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Event Calendar
Sunday, March 18, 10 amLent V – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, March 18, 11:30 amVestry Meeting
Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pmJoint Lent Eucharist & Bible Study at Trinity Lutheran Church
Sunday, March 25, 10:00 amPalm Sunday – The Sunday of the Passion & Holy Eucharist
Monday, March 26, 5:30 pmHoly Rosary
Tuesday, March 27, 5:30 pmStations of the Cross
Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 pm to 6:30  pmReconciliation of the Penitent (half-hour intervals)
Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 pmTenebrae “Service of the Shadows”
Thursday, March 29, 5:00 pmAGAPE Supper
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pmMaundy Thursday “Washing of the Feet” – Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
Friday, March 30, 9:00 amChurch Opens for Individual Devotions
Friday, March 30, 9:00 am to 10:30 am AND 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Reconciliation of the Penitent (in half hour intervals)
Friday, March 30, 11:00 amThe Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
Friday, March 30, 1:00 pmTown-wide Stations of the Cross
Friday, March 30, 4:30 pmThe Church Door Closes
Saturday, March 31, 7:00 pmThe Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 1, 10:00 amEaster Day Service – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, April 7, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Pasty Sale (see more above)
Sunday, April 8, 10:00 amEaster II – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 8, 11:30 amConversations with Fr. Rod (at Coffee Hour)
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pmBible Study
Sunday, April 15, 10:00 amEaster III – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 15, 11:30 amVestry Meeting
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 amEaster IV – Service of Healing & Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 22, 11:30 amSt. John’s Baby Shower Benefitting North Porch
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pmBible Study
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 amEaster V – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, May 5, 5:00 pmSt. John’s Fellowship Dinner
Sunday, May 6, 10:00 amEaster VI – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, May 12, 9 am tp 4 pmLawn Sale (Rain date: May 19)
Sunday, May 13, 10 amEaster VII – Holy Eucharist
Saturday, May 19 10:00 amSpecial Convention to Elect a New Bishop (in Newark)
Sunday, May 20, 10:00 amPentecost – Holy Eucharist
Sunday, May 20, 11:30 amVestry Meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 pmBible Study
Sunday, May 27, 9:45 amRaising of the Flag – Memorial Day Remembrance (weather permitting)
Sunday, May 27, 10:00 amTrinity Sunday – Service of Healing & Holy Eucharist

For a more complete list of Episcopal celebrations, see the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar link below.


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Credits & Links

This site is Copyright ©2016-2017 by St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dover, NJ

Andrew Brandt is webmaster and designer of this site. You are welcome to visit his personal websites, Frugal Guidance 2 and Brandt’s Woodwind Quintet Site.

Photography is by Andrew Brandt and Michelle Perez-Vega.

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We thank the Diocese of Newark and Nina Nicholson, Director of Communications & Technology, for hosting this website.

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St. John's West Window
The west window of St. John’s Church