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.

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Treasure Trove

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SCREENING IN FAITH
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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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Rectory Deck

NEW RECTORY DECK IN PROGRESS
Parishioners come together to volunteer their skills!
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 - Service details here »
  • HOLIDAY HOURS - The office will be closed from May 18, 2018 to May 22, 2018. If this message is urgent, please call 905-885-2171 to leave a voice message.
  • WEDNESDAYS at 10 am - In May at St. John's / in June at St. Mark's ». Fellowship & refreshments follow.
  • 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 JAM and Kids' Club meet Sundays for worship and learning. All children are welcome to join them in the parish hall at 10:30am in the Parish Hall - Visit Kids Club/Jam on Facebook here »
ECLIPSING EMPIRE: Paul, Rome & the Kingdom of God
WEDNESDAYS until May 30, 2-4pm - A Study from Living the Questions in DVD Travelogue Format Facilitated by Val Whalley & Marion Huffman. Join scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul's footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. Explore fresh insights into Paul's message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle's radical relevance for today. Hosted by St. Paul's Anglican Church, Perrytown. See poster for more details »
Saturday @ St JohnsSATURDAY @ ST JOHN'S
May 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm - A fresh worship experience for all ages. Saturday at St. John’s gathers our community for a celebration of the Holy Eucharist (with a dramatic presentation of the gospel story and contemporary music), followed by a meal. We especially want our young people to be involved. If you know a child or teenager who might wish to participate in this ministry, please be in touch with Fr. Jesse at therevjesseparker@gmail.com
ST JOHN'S BOOK CLUB
SUNDAYS MAY 27 & JUNE 3, 2018 - t John’s Book Club will meet between services in the Noah’s Ark Room on May 27 and June 3 for Book Talks and planning for the next Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions
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 »

ARCHBISHOP COLIN JOHNSON TO VISIT ST. JOHN'S

SUNDAY JUNE 3, 2018 - Mark you calendars for Sunday, June 3. Archbishop Colin Johnson will be presiding and preaching at our 10:30 am Eucharist. As you know, the Archbishop is retiring at the end of 2018. This will be his last visit to St. John’s as Bishop of Toronto. We will have a special coffee hour after the service, to celebrate the Archbishop’s ministry and to raise funds for FaithWorks.
DIOCESE OF TORONTO ELECTORAL SYNOD: Meet the Nominees
Synod members in the Diocese of Toronto will meet June 9 to elect a Co-adjutor bishop (A Coadjutor Bishop is elected by Synod to assist and ultimately succeed a Diocesan Bishop. A Coadjutor has the Right of Succession, i.e., when the Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Diocesan Bishop of Toronto, retires on December 31, 2018, the Coadjutor will assume the office of Diocesan Bishop on January 1, 2019 without the need for a further election by Synod.)
  • Read more about the election of the bishop here »
  • Watch a YouTube video of each nominee responding to questions - 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.
TREASURE TROVE
The Treasure Trove will reopen for spring, summer & fall date TBA. 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 »
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 »