St. John's Anglican Church

St. John's Anglican Church

Lenten Thoughts ...

Lent is a 40 day season of preparation for Easter, based on the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and facing temptation in the wilderness.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter (April 15, 2017).  This adds up to 46 days, but the 6 Sundays are not counted because they are always celebrations of Christ’s resurrection, even in Lent. 

The word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Lencten’, which means ‘Spring’.   It is a time for reflection, repentance and renewal that leads to growth in our spiritual lives. Eternal Father, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death and resurrection of your Son.  Help us to hear your Word and obey it so that we become instruments of your redeeming rule in the world today, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

Lenten Prayer ...

Eternal Father, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death and resurrection of your Son.  Help us to hear your Word and obey it so that we become instruments of your redeeming rule in the world today, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

 

New Interim Pastor:

On Tuesday, October 18th,  St. John`s Church welcomed The Reverend Canon Dr. Cathie Crawford Browning as the Interim Pastor.   Cathie brings vitality, a friendly smile and glowing character references. Thank you for making the transition of St. John`s ministry easier for the parishioners.  

 

 

A message from Cathie -   

A couple of people have asked for a bit of info about me, so here it is:   I am married to David, my beloved of 32 years.   We have been blessed with two children: our son Murray who tragically died in March; our daughter Stefanie, who among other things, is the Director of Music at St. John’s, Thorold.   I am crazy about animals (especially our dog, Katie & cat, Annie) and flowers.

After 29 years as parish clergy, David and I retired last Fall.  At that time, I started a gardening/floral business that continues to flourish.  However, I have found that I missed parish ministry and so have accepted the position to serve as the Interim Pastor at St. John’s on a part-time basis.  I am delighted to be here.

 My role is to assume the usual responsibilities of a Rector, including presiding at worship, offering pastoral care, supporting and empowering lay ministries, guiding the parish through the developmental tasks of searching for a new Rector, and other tasks as assigned by the Bishop.

 My appointment is for Sundays plus two days per week.   I plan to be in the parish on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, although those will have to be flexible depending on the week’s demands (e.g. funerals, special events and festivals, diocesan responsibilities, etc.)  If you would like to meet with me, I ask that you please make an appointment so that I can ensure that I will be here and dedicate the time you need.  

You may email me at rector_stjohns@vaxxine.com

 

 

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH:   St. John's was erected in 1841 by Loyalists who had settled in the village of Jordan, on the banks of the Twenty Mile Creek.  It opened for services in May 1842.  The church, a blend of Gothic Revival with classic proportions, designed by John Howard, was built on lands originally granted to Thomas Butler of the Butlers Rangers, and later donated by the Ball family. St. John's was consecrated on May 15th,1854 by Bishop John Strachan, the first bishop of Toronto.  click here for more information 

 

St. John's Public Cemetery, which was also established in 1841, is situated adjacent to the Church and is an accredited member of the Ontario Association of Cemeteries. St. John's Public Cemetery provides traditional ground burial for caskets and cremation urns, a picturesque scattering garden, a natural burial section or beautiful solid granite Columbaria for the interment of cremation urns. 

Click here for the Cemetery website. St. John’s Jordan is a Public Cemetery that offers conventional ground burial, cremation ground burial, columbaria and scattering garden. We also have Niagara’s only Natural Burial Section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services

Upcoming Special Services

Said Eucharist – BAS

Sundays at 9:00 am

Choral Eucharist – BAS

Sundays at 10:30 am

St. John's Choir, led by organist Lawrence Eady, sings every Sunday at the 10:30 Eucharist as well as on special occasions.  There is always a Cantor for the Psalm as well as an Anthem by the ensemble.  There is also a Communion solo or duet for a time of quiet reflection.  The congregation is encouraged to participate with the selected hymns of the day, all with accompaniment of either the piano or the organ.  The Choir practices every Thursday evening in the Church if you would be interested in joining the group. 

 

There is also a children's programme led by Laurie Angle at the 10:30 Eucharist for families with children.  The children are invited to attend the service for their bible story lesson by our interim Pastor Cathie before the first reading after which they go to the Parish Hall for further play related to the liturgical theme of the day.  

 

Cemetery

Ground burial
Columbarium
Scattering garden