St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope
 
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PARISH LIBRARY CATALOGUE ONLINE
Browse the book titles in the parish library online here »

The St. John's "Library Thing" account has cover art, descriptions, book reviews, links to related materials, links to the authors, subject area tags, ...

Questions about the parish library? Contact Fr. Stanley Isherwood, parish librarian.

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR
Please note that there is a sign up sheet posted near the parish hall kitchen for groups (or individuals) to sign up for coffee duties. Please volunteer for coffee duty, so that coffee hour can continue each Sunday.

Compliments for
St. John's
The following is an excerpt from the letter received last month from Bishop Nicholls regarding the 2013 Vestry Report:

"It is always encouraging to see the breadth of the reports of parish life. St. John's shows a good balance between its internal needs for community life and worship (ACW, social activities, youth, Altar Guild, etc) and outreach through the Treasure Trove, Outreach commitments and Green Wood community suppers. I also am pleased to see the commitment to exploring communication alternatives - especially with social media. The church is generally slow to see the potential in these resources and I commend your willingness to experiment and reach out in this way."


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SCREENING IN FAITH
RESPONSIBLE MINISTRY


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DATES TO REMEMBER

1st Sunday of the Month - Food Bank Sunday and the Laying on of Hands with Prayer

1st Wednesday of the Month - Trinity Group (Mission oriented Women’s Group) following 10:00 service

2nd Tuesday of the Month - Corporation meeting

3rd Tuesday of the Month - Advisory Board


St John's on Twitter
https://twitter.com/StJohnsPortHope

FaceBook LIKE! TWEET! EMAIL! - The communications committee has launched a parish Facebook page, called "St. John's Church, Port Hope" - link » . A great way to communicate with our many Facebook users. Thanks to Chandra Reader for managing the page. Like us on Facebook and spread the word. See here » /

Live Twitter feed (right) or follow here » / Sign up for email updates by sending an request to stjohnsweb@bell.net

St John’s is a busy place!! Please remember to book the Parish Hall with the Office for any events or meetings that you will be holding.
SERVICES & ALERTS
  • SUNDAYS 8:30 & 10:30 am - For service information, more »
  • WEDNESDAYS at 10 am - in August at St. Mark's » / In September at St. John's /Fellowship & refreshments follow.
  • OFFICE HOURS: The office will be closed on Friday August 11.
  • VACATION:
    • Fr. Jesse will be on vacation until Sunday August 20, 2017.  Please contact the office for pastoral emergencies - Contact page »
    • Laurie will be on vacation from Monday August 21 until Thursday August 24.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (see below): During August parish announcements will also be sent through the weekly email and, from time to time, may be made in a bulletin insert. If you do not already receive emails from St. John’s, please sign up for our distribution list by sending an email to: stjohns@stjohnschurchph.ca
  • REGIONAL DEAN: The Rev. Jesse Parker has been appointed Regional Dean of Durham & Northumberland Deanery as of July 1, 2017.
FREE ART & MUSIC DAY CAMP
MONDAY, AUGUST 21 - FRIDAY AUGUST 25 2017 - 9am to 12noon - St Mark's will repeat last year's free week-long camp for children ages 7 to 15 involving art and music. Registration is required (Aug. 14 deadline) - please call St Mark's office at 905-885-4071 for info.
FINAL WALK WITH ME
MONDAY AUGUST 21 at 6pm - the final 'Walk with Me' in the series. Our walk is the east beach in Port Hope and we will meet at the pavilion - south on Hope St N - at 6 pm. The Walk will be led by Deb Chapman and Carol Ann Moore-Ede.
MINDFUL MONDAYS
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 following the ‘Walk With Me’ session ~ around 7:15-7:30pm . “Whoever drinks beer is quick to sleep, whoever sleeps long does not sin, whoever does not sin enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” - Martin Luther. Join us for ‘Bible and Brew at the Beamish.’ Whatever your brew (lager, ale, or coffee), please come and enjoy a time of informal, Scripture-based discussion at the Beamish House Pub. All are welcome.
TREASURE TROVE IS OPEN
WEDNESDAYS 6-8 pm; FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 9 am-noon. The Treasure Trove supplies low cost or free clothing to anyone in the community - gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Money raised from Treasure Trove supports many local charities and our local and international outreach activities! more info on Outreach page » Welcome back to our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers!
ST. JOHN'S VARIETY SHOW
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 - This is an idea which originated in an Outreach meeting. It will not, however, be an Outreach project but any money generated will be put towards the “Raise the Roof ” campaign. The plan is to hold a Variety Show in the church with light refreshments to follow in the parish hall. The date chosen for this mega, entertaining, extravaganza is Friday, September 22. If you, a member of your family or a friend would like to sing, tell a joke, play an instrument, dance or otherwise perform in the show please let Keith Pickett know since he has agreed to help in putting the program together. You can also let Laurie, in the church office, know but be sure to give her contact information. Ticket prices will be $10 adults and $5 children under twelve. Keith’s number is: 905-885-2803 and email »
OUR CHURCH LIBRARY
Some interesting new books have recently been added to the Library cart in the Parish Hall. A couple are very appropriate right now: The Case for Easter (a journalist investigates the evidence), and My Little Easter Story, a small picture book for young children. Then there’s “Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned, But...”, which should apply to any of us! Do check us out. See library page here »
PROPERTY COMMITTEE FORMED
A Property Committee is being formed with the objective to facilitate the repair and upkeep of St John’s buildings and property. The members of the committee will participate in minor repairs and upgrades to the buildings and property and function under the direction of the property maintenance warden. If you wish to join this committee, please speak to Steve Wright or contact Laurie by phone (905) 396-4069 or email ».
2019 - 200th ANNIVERSARY YEAR PLANNERS
Would you like to be part of the group planning for our 200th anniversary celebrations? Following the motion at the recent Vestry Meeting a team has begun meeting, and we're sure there are two or three parishioners out there who would like to be involved but just haven't let us know yet. If that sounds like you, please give you name to Shane Watson or Fr. Stanley, or leave a message at the church office (905-885-2171).

ST JOHN'S PORT HOPE
ASSIST WITH WORSHIP SERVICES AT LOCAL NURSING HOMES
We are looking for volunteers to assist with our worship services at local nursing homes. The job description is simple: greet residents as they gather for worship, assist with distributing hymn books and help to find the correct pages, be a friendly presence. This is a vibrant part of our parish’s ministry, and we could use your help. If you are able to participate, please speak to Marion Hodgson or email her at grandmah27@hotmail.com

THE RIVER OF HOPE: REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP

The River of Hope Refugee Committee is looking for volunteer drivers for our Syrian family. If you are able to help please contact Penny Burgess at 905-885-5679 or pburgess3@cogeco.ca.


St. John's Port Hope has joined with St. Mark's and St Paul's Perrytown to sponsor and support a refugee family in Port Hope under the auspices of AURA (Anglican United Refugee Alliance). The steering committee, consisting of representatives from the three churches and the community at large, is working on a settlement plan to assist a family for one year as they make their home in our community.

Tax receipts will be issued for cheques made out to this church with The River of Hope: Refugee Sponsorship on the memo line. The committee welcomes offers of volunteer assistance particularly after our family arrives. Call the church at 905-885-2171 or email. Do a good deed - together, we can each make a difference. Be the Golden Rule!

The River Of Hope: Refugee Sponorship committee is now accepting donations through each church. We are hoping to raise $40,000.00 to support a family for one year. Between all three churches this goal should be easily attainable. We will keep you up to date on our progress and our need for further volunteers.


YOUR LIBRARY (here at St. John's)
Your Library (here at St. John's) is looking for someone with carpentry skills to build a book cart for us. If you could help please talk to Fr. Stanley. No rush, he says, but it would be nice to have for the fall.
PLEASE TAKE ME HOME!
A number of books have been recently added to our Library, some of them by Canadian authors. They sit on the top of the book case, really wishing to go home with you! Have you ever tried rewriting parts of Scripture with your own words and images? James Taylor does that in Everyday Psalms. Psalm 103 - "My heart races; blood rushes to my face. I feel myself glowing for the goodness of God." Reading these Psalms gives new insight into old treasures. In Taking Risks and Keeping Faith, John Bothwell offers this definition of worship: Worship, at its best, "is a meeting of pilgrims, to celebrate victories, to confess mistakes, to focus loyalties, to receive instruction, and to rekindle hope and spirit." Does that work for you? These and other books are there for you. How about borrowing one or two for summer reading?. See Library page here »
NEW EfM GROUP IN COBOURG
A new group is planned for the Cobourg area starting September 2016. Education for Ministry (EfM, www.efmcanada.ca) is an adult learning program consisting of personal reading and reflection, combined with a weekly small-group discussion seminar. Participants will deepen their faith, enlarge their knowledge of the Bible and church history, and discern how to apply their new insights in their personal lay ministry using a process of theological reflection. Each of the four years consists of 36 weekly meetings, each year with different assigned readings and focus; however participants commit to only one year at a time.

For more details or the RSVP, please contact either of the following:
JAM & KIDS' CLUB
As Penny Burgess and Karen Watson are coming to the end of a three-year term JAM and Kid’s Club is looking for new leaders. If you would like to take on a leadership role within Children and Youth Ministry then this is the position for you. If you are interested in learning more about what’s involved please speak to Penny, Karen or Fr. Jesse.
SERVICES AT NURSING HOMES
Our team that provides Services at Nursing Homes in Port Hope is in need of more volunteers. They now visit 6 homes and have only 4 leaders. If you are interested in the important ministry, please contact the church office at 905-885-2171.
GREEN WOOD COALITION DINNERS
WEDNESDAYS - St. John’s Parish Hall is the venue for the Green Wood Coalition weekly dinners. The dinners take place every Wednesday evening. There are many dedicated volunteers from St. John’s and other churches who assist with the preparation and presentation of the dinners. We are pleased to be able to provide our Hall to help facilitate this outreach program. Volunteers needed please! If you would like to be on a team that helps to prepare a meal once every 3 months, to help out a couple of our teams who have lost people, it would be greatly appreciated. For more details, please contact Deb Chapman 905-885-7158. Thanks! See Coalition's Facebook » / webpage »
CHOIR
THURSDAYS - Choir practices are Thursdays at 7:30 pm See a choir video on our YouTube channel here »
 
 
BEST KEPT SECRET IN TOWN ...
Did you know that you can support FaithWorks through the United Way? Our Charities Registration Number is 107505059 RR001. Just write in that number in the space provided on your United Way Pledge Form under the Donor Choice Option. It’s that simple! Questions? Contact Susan McCulloch, FaithWorks Campaign Manager at 416-363-6021 ext. 244, 1-800-668- 8932, or smcculloch@toronto.anglican.ca. FaithWorks is the Anglican Diocese of Toronto outreach that connects parishes with FaithWorks Ministry Partners to provide help and hope to thousands of individuals and families caught up in the seemingly overwhelming challenges of homelessness, domestic violence, terminal illness, or the enormous pressures facing today’s youth. Services are provided to everyone in need, regardless of church affiliation - see website »
ACCESSIBLE AREA
An accessible area has been established in the church near the baptismal font. It can accommodate a person with a motorized scooter and the person's care giver. Please keep this area clear so that it is always available for use.
PARKING SPOTS
Some of our congregation is more physically mobile than others, yet we only have a couple of designated accessible parking spots. Therefore we ask if you are physically mobile, please park a little further away from the Church on Sundays. That way you are helping everyone enjoy St. John's on Sundays. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.
EYEGLASSES
If you have any eyeglasses or parts that you no longer need, you can donate them to the Lion’s Club for distribution in underdeveloped countries. These donated glasses give the gift of vision to people who otherwise are unable to afford glasses. There is a donation box at the back of the church. St. John’s received a heartfelt thank you letter from the Lions Club for their donations in 2014.
THE SISTERHOOD OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE (SSJD)
SSJD is an Anglican monastic community near Bayview & Cummer (North York) - The Guest House is a silent residence. Join the sisters for chapel services, meals (eaten in silence) with time for personal reflection, reading (there are 2 libraries), walking and prayer. You can book a spiritual guidance session with one of the sisters. See SSJD website here »
DEANERY-WIDE LENTEN DAY 2017 AT ST. JOHN'S
St John's Spiritual Development Committee will once again be hosting Lenten Day as a Deanery-wide event as we did successfully this year and last. Lenten Day date will be March 25, 2017 Our Speaker will be Suzanne Lawson. See Spiritual Development Page »
     


St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church • 33 Pine Street North • Port Hope, Ontario, Canada L1A 3G5
Phone: 905-885-2171 • Fax: 905-885-7592 • stjohns@stjohnschurchph.calocation map here »