What is St. John's like?
Expect to find a warm welcome and an informal atmosphere.
Our 9:30 am Sunday service follows the more contemporary forms of worship and normally uses the Book of Alternative Services, with a blend of both traditional and contemporary music led by our Music Director and other members of the parish with both piano and organ.
What about my children?
Children are always welcome. We offer children's activities and programming during the Sunday Service, and occasionaly we provide activities and space for children in one corner of the worship space if the Sunday School is not offered on a particular day. Children are encouraged to be a part of the service and to join their families to receive Holy Communion.
Can I worship here? I'm from a different church, or, I'm very new to church.
You can absolutely worship here! All are welcome to fully participate in the services at St. John's.
We want you to feel part of the family. You do not need to be baptized to participate in worship, and all are welcome to share in Communion. Ask anyone sitting next to you to help you follow the service.
What about Communion?
During the Eucharist, we receive wine and do use a common cup. You are inited to kneel or stand at the altar to receive the bread or the wine, or both as you prefer. If mobility is an issue, we invite you to speak to one of the ushers or greeters before the service, and the Communion bread and wine will be brought to you at your seat.
What about the Hymns & Songs
We do enjoy singing, and the whole congregation is the choir!
We sing from a wide variety of music sources including "Common Praise" - known as "the blue book"- used throughout the Anglican Church in Canada. We also sing songs and hymns from other sources, and we are always learning new songs. You will usually find that the music selection each Sunday is a blend of "traditional" and "more contemporary"0.
Why all the standing and sitting?
At St. John's we usually stand to sing, when we profess our faith in the Creed, and when we pray after Communion. We sit to hear the Scripture readings, yet do stand when the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed. We also stand during the Eucharistic prayer, because the Eucharist is a celebration.
This all can be very confusing - just follow along with others around you. A good rule of thumb is to do what is most comfortable for you.
What about parking?
There is a large parking lot at the rear of the property with access from 1st Street. There are two ramp accesses to the building - one at the Parish Hall doors off the parking lot, and the other is along First Street. The main entrance is on Jubilee Street.
How do I stay in touch?
As a newcomer you can elect to fill out an Information Card to provide us with your family details, and if you would like to join the Parish List or Roll. Providing an e-mail address will ensure that you receive our weekly announcements update.
What about Giving?
Please know that you are in no way obligated to make an offering or donation. This is between you and God. However, if you would like to make regular contributions, speak to a greeter who will direct you to our "the envelope secretary". Many congregants use donation envelopes, or are enrolled in a system for a pre-authorized remittance - the "Electronic Collection Plate".