St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope
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We are a Christian community dedicated knowing God's love in our lives through worship, learning, and caring for others.

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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.

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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Holy Land Pilgrimage videos

Treasure Trove

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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 »

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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.
  • SUNDAYS 8:30 & 10:30 am - Service details here »
  • WEDNESDAYS at 10 am - in January at St. Mark's, Port Hope » / In February at St. John's / Fellowship & refreshments follow.
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  • JAM & KIDS CLUB 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 »
MINDFUL MONDAYS - Bible and Brew at the Beamish
MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 @ 6:00pm - Please join us as we continue our casual Christian conversation series at the Beamish House Pub (27 John St, Port Hope). This session will focus on Jesus’ invitation to his first followers: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” All are welcome. Invite a friend! This is a great opportunity to engage our community in informal and open conversation about the faith.
NO REHEARSAL this week (Thursday, January 25).
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1018 @ 6:00pm - Five cooks will provide a variety of Chili for you to enjoy together with a delicious salad and bread rolls followed by dessert and a variety of entertainment provided by members of our church family. Tickets are available from any member of the outreach committee (Penny Burgess, John LeCain, Pat Honey, Carol Heaven, Keith Pickett) and from Laurie in the Church office. Cost will be: Adult - $12; Child (under 12 years) - $5; and family of four - $25. The event will be held in the Parish Hall and the meal will be served at 6:00 pm.
Catch up on an important part of your Christian life that somehow slipped past you! Join other adults “in the same boat” from across Durham Northumberland who are considering being confirmed, re-affirmed, or received into the Anglican Church of Canada from other denominations. Tuesday nights February 20-May 22, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm - See here for details »
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018 after the 10:30am Eucharist in the Parish Hall.
  • The reports of parish groups and organizations for the Vestry Annual Report are due by February 11, 2018. Reports submitted electronically make Laurie’s job much easier.
  • The Vestry List is posted at the back of the church on the bulletin board. It contains the list of people eligible to vote at Vestry meetings in 2018.
  • Please check the list and report any discrepancies to Heather Burnet, our Parish Tribunal.

  • “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk 23:34)
  • “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Lk 23:43)
  • “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.” (Jn 19:26–27)
  • “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34)
  • “I thirst.” (Jn 19:28)
  • “It is finished.” (Jn 19:30)
  • “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Lk 23:46)

As the gospels relate, Jesus made each of these statements as he hung upon the cross.
Each utterance gives a picture of who Jesus is and the friendship he offers us.
Jesus shows solidarity with us in all the sufferings of life,
and offers a path of hope to walk even when hope seems impossible.

This year’s Lenten Day will be led by Fr. Jesse Parker.
Incorporating personal and theological reflections
with the music of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ,
we will be invited to ponder more deeply who Jesus is,
and what he can be for us today.

Sign up by calling the church office or send an email to

St John's BowmanvilleFr. Tim Foley has begun a new, one-year appointment as Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s, Bowmanville. Please keep Fr. Tim and God’s people in Bowmanville in your prayers as they bear witness to the Gospel during a time of transition. Visit the parish website here »
One thing that almost all of us do all of the time is live as Christians, some times more successfully than others! So it's not surprising that among the new books added recently to our church library are a number on living the Christian Life. There's a shelf labelled "Newest" on the Library Cart in the Parish Hall. Please check it out. See library page here »
TREASURE TROVE closed for the winter season
The Treasure Trove is closed for the winter, and will reopen for spring, summer & fall. 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 »

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 »