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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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.

All this, in addition to Bible Studies, and other educational events in the parish... are 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!
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

TUESDAYS until October 31 - 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.

Journey to EqualityJOURNEY 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.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at St. John’s Port Hope, led by Brother Reginald of the Order of the Holy Cross.

See details and poster here »

The St John’s Book Club members select three books during the year. Each book is discussed over two Sunday mornings between services in the Noah’s Ark room. All are welcome!

We presently have 12 people and welcome new members. 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.

This is a list of the books Book Club members have read and discussed.

The Illegal (fiction)
Lawrence Hill
Spring 2017
"I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai
& Christina Lamb
Winter 2017
The End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe
Fall 2016
Indian Horse
Richard Wagamese
Claudia D
Spring 2016
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
Marion H
Winter 2016
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce
Sally R
Fall 2015
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou
Carol J
Spring 2015
The Nine Taylors
Dorothy Sayers
Heather B
Winter 2015
Where is God when it Hurts
Philip Yancey
Stanley I
Fall 2014
Keeping Faith
Jodi Picoult
Catherine L
Spring 2014
And Then There Were Nuns
Jane Christmas
Marilyn J
Winter 2014
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
Diane F
Fall 2013
A Beautiful Mystery
Louise Penny
Sally R
Spring 2013
Kisses for Katie
Katie J Davis
Monica M
Winter 2013
A Year of Living Biblically
AJ Jacobs
Marion H
Fall 2012
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 »
Caring for Each OtherCARING 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.

See details and poster here »

Embracing an Adult FaithADVENT CONFERENCE: 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.

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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 »