St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope
 
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Anglican Cycle of Prayers
MORNING PRAYER
at St. John's

Start your day praying in common with Christians and the Church worldwide, using a variety of orders of service suited to personal and group prayer. Thursday mornings 8:00-8:45 am - see here »

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.

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Treasure Trove

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St Johns on YouTube!

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


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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.

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SERVICES & ALERTS
  • SUNDAYS 8:30 & 10:30 am - Service details here »
  • WEDNESDAYS at 10 am - in October at St. Mark's ». / in November at St. John's / Fellowship & refreshments follow.
  • THURSDAY MORNINGS 8-8:30 am - Morning Prayer at St. John’s. Start your day praying in common with Christians and the Church worldwide, using a variety of orders of service suited to personal and group prayer (BCP, BAS and others).
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (below): To receive the bulletin & parish announcements, sign up for our weekly email distribution list. Simply send a request to stjohns@stjohnschurchph.ca
  • JAM FacebookJAM & KIDS CLUB - Children and youth are always welcome at services, and resume their program of worship and learning on Sunday, September 9. Visit Kids Club/Jam on their own Facebook here »
CHOIR
The Choir will rehearse on Thursday, October 25 at 7:15 pm
ANNUAL LUNCHEON FOR THE BENEVOLENT FUND
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 - the Outreach Committee will be having our annual luncheon to raise money for the Benevolent Fund. It will be held directly after the 10:30 church service. This fund helps those in our own community who need food vouchers. Hope to see you Saturday @ St Johnsthere. More about Outreach here »
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY TRAINING
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 @ 7:00pm - If you are currently in a ministry position requiring a police background check, please attend this session on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. More about sexual misconduct here »
TRENT-DURHAM DEANERY EDUCATION TEAM - UPCOMING PROGRAMS
  • Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture: Confronting Today’s “Pharaohs” - Pilot Program starting Tuesdays 10am-12 noon - until October 23 at St John’s Bowmanville, $20 participant workbook fee - see map & contact info here »
  • Advent Conference: Moving Towards Hope - Finding God in Today’s World - December 1, 2018: 9am-4pm $40. Includes lunch, led by Rev. Yme Woensdregt
2019 CHURCH CALENDARS HAVE ARRIVED!2019 Church Calendars
The Trinity Group is once again selling 2019 Church Calendars as a fundraiser. The price is $6.00 per calendar. Please see Marion Hodgson or the office to purchase a calendar. See Trinity Group here »
ST. JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 28 & NOVEMBER 4, 2018 - between services in the Nosh’s Ark Room to discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. (– From the publisher.) All are welcome. Looking ahead, our Winter selection is The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka and our Spring selection is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
ST. JOHN'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Saturday @ St JohnsSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018 from 10am-2pm
with lunch served starting at 11:30 for the low cost of $10
  • Bake table: cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, squares, fudge and candy plus assorted plates
  • Silent auction of good quality items: pictures, mirrors, sets of dishes, silverware
  • Jewellery, crafts, and knitting;
  • Purse table - leather and designer purses in good condtion
  • Pots with soil and roots
  • This is one of the largest fundraisers for St. John's and our outreach programs »
  • We continue to look for items to sell. The parish hall will be open Thursday Nov. 8 from 9 to 12noon and Friday Nov. 9 from 9 to 7pm for you to bring in your items. Contact: Betty Curtis 905 885-5304 - see poster and contact information here »
LIVE FOR TODAY, PLAN FOR TOMORROW, LEAVE THE LEGACY YOU WANT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 10am-noon in the parish hall - St. John’s will be hosting a legacy planning workshop to provide an opportunity to begin to think about death from a Christian perspective; and in an intentional way consider how our affairs will be settled. The workshop will include informative presentations about powers of attorney, funeral planning, funeral liturgy, wills and legacy giving. Everyone is welcome.
TREASURE TROVE
The Treasure Trove is open for the season! 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! For hours and more info - see here »
OUR CHURCH LIBRARY
Check out our Library Cart for some newly added books. Thanks to parishioners downsizing their own libraries we’ll be adding more over the next few weeks. Most recent donors include Helen Bhual and Darlene Robertson. Newly added titles include, If God is in Control, Why is my Life such a Mess? and The Illustrated Guide to the Bible. Books are so easy to borrow - just add your name, the name of the book and the date, in the Sign-Out Scribbler! See library page here »
THIS ANGLICAN CHURCH OF OURS
This Anglican Church of Ours by Patricia Bays - Obtain your personal copy of This Anglican Church of Ours by Patricia Bays. This well-written book is a concise introduction to the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition. Whether you are a long-time Anglican or new to our church, you will find this book not only informative but also a joy to read. Copies are available in the church office to purchase for $20. and a copy will be added to the church library.
Rectory DeckNEW RECTORY DECK IN PROGRESS
Parishioners come together to volunteer their skills!
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 »
 
 
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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 »