Annual Letters

In the summer of 1927, St. John’s “Priest-in-Charge,” the Rev. Kenneth Ripley Forbes, wrote a letter to summer residents of the Lake Winnipesaukee islands.  The letter explained the mission of St. John’s-on-the-Lake and announced the schedule for formal dedication of the Chapel.

“This church has been placed where it is in order to minister to every sort of person who makes this beautiful region a vacation spot, either for long or short periods. Regardless of what your religious affiliation at home may be, we hope that you will join each Sunday with us at this community centre of worship.”

Over the decades the welcoming legacy of the “summer letter” has been continued by the St. John’s-on-the-Lake Association through the annual Association Letter.

These annual letters are traditionally sent in the Spring  and provide Chapel news and information on visiting clergy for the coming Summer.   In 2007 the  Association also began the tradition of a Christmas letter-card sent to friends of St. John’s-on-the-Lake.

Reviewing the annual Letters that have been sent over the decades by the St. John’s-on-the-Lake Association provide an historical snapshot of important events in the Chapel’s history.   The letters have been authored by members of the Association board and in most cases its President.  No less important, the letters  underscore the contributions of the many volunteers who over  the decades have labored selflessly to maintain the Chapel and provide opportunities for worship during the summer months.

Copies of the Association’s Letters since 1955 are included below.  (Click on the individual dates below to find the link to each.)

1955 Letter  1956 Letter

1964 Letter  1967 Letter  1968 Letter  1969 Letter  

1970 Letter  1971 Letter  1972 Letter  1973 Letter  1974 Letter  1975 Letter   1976 Letter   1977 Letter

1982 Letter  1984 Letter  1985 Letter   1986 Letter  1987 Letter  1988 Letter  1989 Letter

1990 Letter  1991 Letter  1992 Letter  1993 Letter  1994 Letter  1995 Letter  1998 Letter 1999 Letter  

2000 Letter  2001_Letter  2002_Letter  2003_Letter  2004_Letter  2005_Letter   2006 Letter  2007 Letter  2007 Christmas Letter  2008 Letter  2009_Letter 

2010 Letter  2011 Letter 2012 Letter  2013 Letter  2014 Letter  2015 Letter  2016 Letter 2017 Letter 2017 Fall Letter 2018 Letter2019 Letter

Annual Worship Schedules

For years 1927 – 1954 St. John’s was operated under the direct sponsorship and supervision of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Since 1955 the St. John’s-on-the-Lake Association has sponsored and organized religious services for the diverse and scattered summer islands population of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Association went dormant in 1960, and the Chapel was closed from 1960-1961.  During this two year period extensive vandalism occurred.  Coupled by neglected repairs, the existence of the Chapel was in crisis.  In 1962 the Association was revitalized. The leadership was reorganized and over the next two years extensive repairs and renovations were made to the sanctuary and tower.  This was also the period when the organ was acquired and a replacement bell was installed in the tower.

The robust schedule of services held in the summers of 1962 and 1963 are described in detail in a memorandum prepared by John Ripley Forbes, then President of the St. John’s-on-the-Lake Association.  The document was prepared for the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire as a summary of the Association’s reorganization,  fundraising and restoration activities.   It is noteworthy that in 1962 only three of the eight Sunday services of worship were Episcopal. (Click on the individual dates below to find the link to each.)

Report of the Association – 1962-1963

1963  1966  1967  1968  1969

1970  1971  1972  1973  1974  1975  1976  1977  1978  1979

1980  1981   1982  1983   1987  1989

1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999

2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009

2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015 2016 2017 2018




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