Please JOIN US Easter Sunday morning at 9 AM in St. John’s Parish Hall for our EASTER POTLUCK BREAKFAST. This is our first one since COVID!
BRING a friend or neighbour and a family sized serving of anything you like to have for breakfast yourself. (muffins, cheese, fruit, yogurt, anything)
We’ll have the coffee ready and a place set for you. See you there!

The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper is back!  It will be held Tuesday February 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 at St. John’s in the Great Hall downstairs.  We are glad that, after a two-year hiatus because of covid, we can gather for this annual tradition of feasting before Lent begins.  
The menu includes pancakes, sausages, syrup (regular or sugar free), salad, and more.  Plus there are friendly folks to socialize with.
Everyone is welcome, so please come and bring a friend. 
There is a flier attached, and you are welcome to post fliers around the community.
We are grateful to David Crowe for organizing it.  We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, cooking, serving, and clean-up.  If you would like to volunteer, please add your name to the sign up sheet in the church hallway, or email David. It is fun to volunteer as well as attend.

 

Our Ash Wednesday services will be held in person at the church this year at 10:00 in the morning and at 7:00 in the evening on February 22nd.  All are welcome.
While it may seem odd, I’m grateful we have the experience of Ash Wednesday and Lent.  I love the festive, joyful, celebratory seasons too, of course. Still, if we have a sense that we’re supposed to be happy All The Time, that can get exhausting.  It comes as a relief to have some time set aside to bring to God our sadnesses, our griefs over the loss of other people, and our awareness of our own frailty, both the ways in which our bodies are subject to illness and injury and and decline and mortality, and the ways in which our hearts and souls are subject to pain and loss and weakness of various kinds.  Ash Wednesday is a day in which we experience God’s embrace of us when we are not always strong, not always healthy, not always holy, not always a ray of sunshine.  
In the middle of a culture of excess, Lent is a time to simplify, to return to what is essential.  I find there is something restful about it.  Overstimulation, or even overhelping others, or overdoing our attention to other people’s problems, often turn out to be ways of trying to avoid our own pain.  So instead of trying to constantly distract ourselves from our own pain or our own problems, Lent gives us the opportunity to bring them out and look at them honestly, as we remember that God looks at them with mercy and compassion.
I am grateful for the sense of rhythm of the seasons of the church year, that there is a time for high-energy exuberant rejoicing and there is a time for a quieter reflection on the things we regret and the things we mourn, all in the context of the love of God for us in every aspect of our lives.  
There are various ways we experience this.  For example, flowers are beautiful, and yet they are not essential to our worship, so we worship in the simplicity of the church without flowers during Lent, and then enjoy the flowers’ splendour even more when they return for our Easter celebrations.  And each of us can choose how we as an  individual want to participate in Lent.  If there is something that feels like excess in our lives, the tradition of giving it up for Lent or fasting from it for Lent may be beneficial.  Or if there is a practice of prayer or reading scripture that would draw us closer to God, choosing to commit to it for the 40 days of Lent is often what makes it do-able.  You may choose to participate with others in the book discussion Rev. Carol is leading on zoom for a deeper relationship with scripture. There is also a long tradition of taking on a Lenten practice of regularly giving to the poor or helping those in need, so we may choose a way to be a blessing in the lives of others.  Or there may be some other creative way God is leading you this Lent.
As the Ash Wednesday invitation in our service book says, 
“I invite you, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent,
by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, 
and by reading and meditating on the word of God.”
In the time before spring, seeds start quietly growing in the darkness underground, and Lent is often a time of germination in our souls.
May you be aware of God’s love for you this Ash Wednesday and this Lent.
Grace and peace,
Lucia

Carol Langley is inviting you to join her on Zoom for a group discussion on the book, “Lent in Plain Sight: a Devotion through Ten Objects” by Jill Duffield. In this devotion for the season of Lent, Duffield draws readers’ attention to 10 ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns and stones. In each object, readers will find meaning in the biblical account of Jesus final days. Each week, from Ash Wednesday to Easter, readers encounter a new object to consider through Scripture, prayer, and reflection. Duffield’s intent is to show that God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. It is through the ordinary that we hear God’s quiet voice.

As week 1 begins on Ash Wednesday, and week 2 begins the next Sunday on Lent 1, I’m suggesting we do this study on Monday’s from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. beginning Monday February 27th.

The book is available on Amazon for $18.00 and a download onto Kindle for $7.50.

If you are interested, please contact Carol directly at cdlangley@sympatico.ca or 905-697-3206.

Grace to you,

Carol

 

Planning for how a lifetime of dreams, hopes and memories is properly distributed following our passing is an important part of the legacy we leave behind.  Our estates, properly planned and distributed, can generously provide for the next generation of families, friends, the Church, and people in need who we may never have met. Join us on Sunday for a Legacy Giving Seminar and learn how your estate can help transform ministry at St. John.. All those in attendance will receive a free Estate Planning Workbook.
We will have a soup lunch and legacy giving seminar with Peter Misiaszek after church this  Sunday, January 29th, and even if you haven’t signed up in advance, you’re welcome to attend.
Grace and peace,
Lucia
We are delighted to share the announcement that our theological student Paige has received official approval to move to the next stage of the process toward ordination, which is that she has moved from being a postulant to being an ordinand.  Her email to the clergy and wardens is below.  
Grace and peace,
Lucia

My dear friends,

It is with a full heart that I share with you that I am now an Ordinand in the Diocese of Toronto. I have received concurrence to be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon. The ordination will take place at St. James Cathedral on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 30 at 4:00 pm. 
I am so deeply grateful for the support and love that I have received from each of you and from the entire St. John’s community. It has been one of the most blessed times in my life to be with you and to learn from you. Thank you!
Your prayers have helped to sustain me over this past year. Please continue to pray for me during the coming months of preparation. There is much work to do.
I give thanks to God for all of you!
Blessings,
Paige

 

For over a decade St. John’s has supported The Gathering Place, a charitable
organization that prepares a dinner for people in our community who often
struggle. It’s held the 2 nd Friday of every month [except July and August] at
St Paul’s United Church in Bowmanville.
This January 13 th it’s our turn to host this dinner and we need some help
from the parishioners of St. John’s; we need twelve servers who’ll deliver
the meal from the kitchen to our patrons. If you haven’t done this before
you’re in for a treat, it’s a fun atmosphere. And the help get fed too!
If you wish to help out please email the church.  It’s
Friday, January 13th
St. Paul’s United Church

It’s that time of year when we are readying our Christmas Hampers for distribution. This year we are preparing 24 full Hampers for 24 Community Families.  In addition, we are providing bread, eggs, apples and more for 64 families that have passed through Bethesda House in recent months. $75 supplies a full Hamper but any amount is gratefully received.

Donations, clearly marked “Hampers”, can be made via cash, cheques made out to St. John’s, the donate now button on our church website, or ETransfer.  Please also include your contact information for a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for prayerfully considering how you will support this important St. John’s outreach. Be sure and take a look at our display in the Sanctuary.

Merry Christmas from the Hamper Committee Jen, Cathie, Mavis, Sheila, Vivien, Erica and Sharon K.

December 24

3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve in-person family friendly service with music

7:00 Carol Sing in-person

7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve in-person candlelight service with music

Christmas Eve service on YouTube livestreamed at 7:30

December 25

8:00 a.m. Christmas Sunday Eucharist in person with Book of Common Prayer

9:00 a.m. Christmas Sunday service on Zoom

10:30 a.m. Christmas Sunday Eucharist in person with Book of Alternative Services

 

Every Sunday

Our early service at 8:00 a.m. (Book of Common Prayer)

Our service on zoom at 9:00 a.m.

Our main service with music at 10:30 a.m.