St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope
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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.

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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Treasure Trove

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St Johns on YouTube!




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

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

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.
  • SUNDAYS 8:30 & 10:30 am - For service information, more »
  • WEDNESDAYS at 10 am - In September at St. John's /in October at St. Mark's » / Fellowship & refreshments follow.
  • ANNOUNCEMENTS (see below): To receive the bulletin and all parish announcements, please sign up for our weekly email distribution list. Simply send a request to
  • REGIONAL DEAN: The Rev. Jesse Parker was appointed Regional Dean of Durham & Northumberland Deanery as of July 1, 2017.
The choir will rehearse on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm.
Painting the StarsPAINTING THE STARS: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith
When I have a terrible need of – dare I say, 'religion'? –
then I go outside at night and paint the stars.” - Vincent Van Gogh

STARTING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at St.Peter's Cobourg - Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. The 7-session series features DVDs of over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers. Each session includes conversation around the assigned readings, a video presentation and guided discussion. Open to those curious about their faith and eager to delve more deeply. “A superb series for everyone, Christians and doubters. We were all richly challenged and left each session wishing for more. A must for your calendar.” - Stan Squires and Edith Hopkins,St. Saviour’s, Orono

  • Details, registration etc: view and/or poster here »
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 - Calling all performers! St. John’s Variety Night promises to be an enjoyable and fun evening of performances. Can you sing a song, play an instrument, tell a story or a joke, do a magic trick, or share another special talent? If so, please let Keith Pickett know, no later than September 15 ( or 905-885-2803).
THE THINGS YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW, but never got around to asking.”
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 at the 8:30 and 10:30 Eucharists - A question-and-answer sermon. Fr. Jesse will answer questions submitted by parishioners. Got a question about God, the Church, the liturgy, vestments, Christian symbols, social issues, something else…? Please consider submitting a question, you may do so anonymously, if you wish. There is a box at the back of the church. You can also send an email to Be sure to put “Question” in the subject line.
JAM FacebookJAM and Kids' Club meet Sundays @ 10:30am in the Parish Hall - Anyone wishing to help out this year please see me (Karen Watson).There are very simple things you can do to help that don't even require you to join us on Sunday! - Visit Kids Club/Jam on Facebook here »
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017 @ 10 am St. John’s will celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving on October 1, one week before national Thanksgiving. We will be collecting donations of fresh produce for Fare Share food bank. If you are able, please consider making a donation of food, which may be delivered to the church any time between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon on Thursday, September 28, Friday, September 29, or Saturday, September 30. We will also accept food donations on October 1.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017 @ 10 am - We will meet as usual in October – Tuesday, October 10th, at 10:00 am. More about Trinity Group here »
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!
It’s time to think about your fall activities. There are several opportunities for learning available to people at St. John’s this fall. While you will hear more detail about all of them in the near future, there are some exciting things happening for you to consider.

The Deanery Education Committee offers:

  • Painting the Stars, Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith, starting September 19 see above or here »
  • Journey to Equality: Seeing the Face of God in Everyone. A one-day event looking at racism and how we can work to change it in ourselves and others, will be on Saturday, October 21 at St. John’s Port Hope, led by Brother Reginald of the Order of the Holy Cross.
  • Caring for Each Other: Explore the Healing Ministry of Lay Pastoral Visiting. Saturday, November 4 at St. John’s, Port Hope. Canon Douglas Graydon will provide good information and approaches if you feel you might wish to be considered for a role in pastoral visiting. And it may also be a good refresher for current lay pastoral visitors across the Deanery. St. John’s Port Hope will host this.
  • Embracing an Adult Faith. This is the theme for our annual Advent Conference at St. Peter’s, moving to a one day event this year on December 2. This will be quite different from previous conferences in that we will be building on a very good DVD presentation by Marcus Borg, a well-respected theologian.

All this, in addition to Bible Studies, and other educational events in the parish … a rich array from which to choose. We are called always to deepen our relationship with Jesus as we journey through our lives. One of these courses or events will be just right for you. See also spiritual development here »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 , 2017 we will be hosting our annual benefit lunch for the Benevolent Fund. This fund helps needy people in Port Hope with food vouchers. Most churches in Port Hope contribute to the Benevolent Fund. Donations will be taken at the door or you may put a cheque on the offering plate (payable to St. John’s Church with ‘Benevolent Fund’ in the memo line.)
SUNDAYS OCTOBER 29 & NOVEMBER 5 between Sunday services - The Book Club’s Fall selection is Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Published in 2015, written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird). Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour, and effortless precision - a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. (Excerpt from the publisher) The discussion dates will be October 29 and November 5 between services in the Upper Parish Hall. All are welcome. More about Book Club here »
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 »
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 ».
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).

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


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

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.
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 »
A new group is planned for the Cobourg area starting September 2016. Education for Ministry (EfM, 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:
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.
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.
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 »
THURSDAYS - Choir practices are Thursdays at 7:30 pm See a choir video on our YouTube channel here »
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 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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »