St. John’s Episcopal Church has been on the banks of beautiful Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, Louisiana,
for over 175 years. We are one of the oldest Episcopal Churches west of the Mississippi River. It is “The
Remarkably Neat Church in the Village of Thibodaux.” Our serenely beautiful campus is surrounded by
150-year-old Oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Our 175-year-old church and our historic cemetery
are both on the National Historic Register.


The St John church family may be small in number, but is well known throughout the Bayou Lafourche
area for a ministry of giving. The St John family is a diverse group of people who enjoy working together,
with energy and enthusiasm to spread God’s message through actions and offerings.

The St. John Church parish hall is where many members of the community enjoy our Lenten Gumbo.
Every Monday in Lent we serve people of all faiths a large bowl of delicious chicken sausage gumbo for a
nominal fee. Our ECW uses the funds raised from the gumbo to donate to the Good Samaritan Food
Bank and other local charities.


Our English Tea, our Sights and Sounds of Christmas and the Christmas toy drive, are some of the other
ministries that we sponsor or participate in that are enjoyed by people of all faiths in our community.
Our church building, because of its uniquely fine acoustics, is used by the Thibodaux Music Club for its
concerts year-round, and by the Nicholls State University Music department for its student recitals and
concerts.
The ongoing restoration work in our cemetery is funded by the Saint John’s Historic Cemetery Association which has members throughout the country. The National Park Service conducts regular tours of the cemetery grounds.

We have survived the Civil War, the Spanish Flu in the early 1900s, malaria, numerous hurricanes, and
are now working through the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout all of these adversities the strong faith
that thrives within the St John family continues to keep us moving as a positive force in the Thibodaux
community.

We are now in search of a rector who will give us guidance into a challenging but enlightening future.

For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Shannon Manning, Canon to the Ordinary, at smanning@edola.org or (504) 895-6634.

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