IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporary Change of Location
(February 19, 2024) Due to a malfunction of our oil furnace, our church cannot be presently occupied.
We have, however, received a blessing to hold Mass at Lewistown United Methodist Church located at 11032 Hessong Bridge Road, Thurmont (Lewistown), MD, a short distance from our facility.
We will celebrate Mass (no Matins) there this Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, for Septuagesima Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. A potluck dinner will follow in the Social Hall.
Please check back each week for the location and time of our Sunday Mass.
Welcome to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church. For those wishing to visit us, the physical address of our historic chapel is:
11199 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
in the unincorporated village of Lewistown, Maryland (just 10 minutes north of Frederick). We are a Western Rite parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.
We endeavor to bring the ancient Faith of Christ and the Apostles to the people of Frederick County and beyond. Nearly all of our members are former Protestants who have discovered the treasures of Holy Orthodoxy and the richness of a sacramental life in Christ.
Browse our website and learn more about us. And finally, please visit our historic chapel for a Sunday Mass, or for our upcoming special weekday services that are posted on the adjacent calendar. We invite you to discover for yourself why people from all walks of life have found themselves drawn to the Faith that has remained a bastion of unwavering holiness for 2,000 years. In the words of Saint Philip, "Come and see." (John 1:46).
Yours in Christ,
Father James K. Hamrick,
On April 25, 2020, Deacon Stephen Kerr kicked off the inaugural edition of Questions for Father James with five questions regarding the broad and sweeping implications of the Resurrection of our Lord.