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  • Writer's pictureJared Cramer

Grand Haven church offers Quiet Day

Below is an article from the March 8, 2015, edition of the Grand Haven Tribune about the ministry of our church.

“The opening up of the Season of Lent to all Christian traditions is one of the great understatements of modern ecumenism,” said the Rev. Jared Cramer, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven. “This is a season when we reflect upon what it means to be a Christian and how God is calling us to change, to live differently, so that we can be more faithful in our daily life and work.”

In order to provide time and space for Christians of all denominations to explore these questions, St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting an Ecumenical Quiet Day on Saturday, March 21. It will take place at the church, 524 Washington Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cramer will be joined for the day by Father James Honeycutt, the new priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Norton Shores.

The day will begin and end with simple morning and evening prayers. Throughout the day, there will be four 30-minute meditations offered by Cramer or Honeycutt. Cramer is leading meditations titled “Divine Healing: The Christian Spiritual Life” and “Private Prayer, Contemplation and the Illuminative Path.” Honeycutt is leading meditations titled “Humanity as Divine Reflection and the Purgative Path” and “Sacraments and Theosis: Relationship Restored.”

Each meditation will be followed by hour-long periods of quiet for contemplation and reflection. During those quiet times, both Cramer and Honeycutt will be available for one-on-one times of spiritual conversation for which people will be invited to sign-up when they arrive.

Before the official start time of Morning Prayer at 9 a.m., a yoga instructor at St. John’s is also offering an 8 a.m. “Yoga Wake-Up” as an optional addition to the Quiet Day.

The day has a suggested donation of $25 to cover costs, as breakfast and lunch are both included. There are scholarships to assist.

Those interested in attending are invited to register online at or by calling the Parish Office at 616-842-6260.

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