We  are giving food and clothing donations to the  migrant workers, who have begun to arrive.  This is in addition to our Lenten project in which we give monetary donations to the Migrant Worker Ministry. The list of items Rev. Augusto Nunez is asking for is
Non-perishable food: Sugar, Salt, instant coffee, White rice, Tomato paste, whole tomato in the can, quaker oats, cooking oil, Small Water bottles, Bagged beans or can beans:  Black Beans, kidney beans, Black-Eyed Peas, and eggs.
Mexican specific: corn tortillas, bottled whole chili peppers
Caribbean specific: brown rice, cornmeal, corn beef, tinned mackerel, white & whole wheat flour
Hygiene or cleaning supplies: Shampoo, Detergent (small bottles laundry detergent 75 oz or less), toothpaste, bar soap, Gillette gel deodorant, aftershave, shaving razors, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste.
Clothing: Men’s t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, pants, shorts, running shoes, socks, rubber boots, raincoats.
You can bring these items to the church and we will take them to St. Saviour’s in Orono.  Rev. Augusto is at St. Saviour’s every Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00, and you can also take the items there directly during those two hours.  The address is 23 Mill Street in Orono.
Rev. Augusto is also looking for some volunteers to organize and bag the donations on Wednesday April 20th, and some volunteers to drive the donations to the farms and drop them off on Thursday, April 21st.  If you can volunteer for either of those tasks, please contact him.  
Also, they have a new website, which you can check out: 


Grace and peace,
It has been a joy to meet the new people coming to St. John’s even during the pandemic!  
We will be starting a 9-week Inquirer’s Class entitled What Do Anglicans Believe?  This class is designed for 
  1. People who are new to St. John’s, as a way to welcome you and explore together what Anglicans believe and why
  2. Adults and teenagers who would like to explore whether they want to be Confirmed, and adults who would like to explore whether they want Baptism for themselves or their children.  
  3. Long-term members of the congregation as a way to refresh and deepen our own understanding of our faith, and as a way to get to know other parishioners, both new and long-term, in a way that goes beyond small talk.  
The discussions will be based on the Outline of the Faith, which is attached.
The classes will begin after Easter, the week of April 24th, and will go until the week of June 19th.  During the nine weeks, we will have two groups, one group that meets in person and one group that meets on zoom.  You can choose which one you attend.  
If you are interested in attending, please reply to me to let me know whether you prefer the in-person group or the zoom group.  I will get in touch with the people who reply and we will figure out which time and which day of the week is best for the people who are interested.  
I am looking forward to these conversations about our faith and the ways we grow in awareness of God’s love for us, and the ways we grow in love for God and our neighbours.
Grace and peace,

Migrant workers come to Ontario and to this area to work in our fields and orchards every year. They leave their families for many months to earn money here in Canada but also to help provide us with fresh local fruit and vegetables. St. John’s has supported the migrant worker ministry in this area for a number of years now. The Reverend Augusto Nunez, priest at St. Saviour’s Orono, is one of the Anglican clergy who helps the migrant workers with spiritual and practical support. Every summer we have collected food and other items, so that the workers don’t have to take as much money out of their pay cheques for them.

For our Lenten project at St. John’s we have challenged the congregation again this year to raise $500 towards this very worthwhile local ministry. If you have not already make a contribution there is still time! There is a table with donation envelopes in the sanctuary if you would like to give cash or a cheque or you can give online by going to the St. John’s website and mark your donation “Lenten project”. The migrant workers will thank you for helping them in their work of providing us with the many local fruits and vegetables that we enjoy all summer.

Dear St. John’s,

Coffee hour went well on Sunday and we are delighted to announce that we will continue to offer it on future Sundays! 
It will be held in the parish hall right after the 10:30 service. 
Thanks to David Crowe and Williette Gardner for hosting it on the 20th.  We are looking for two volunteers for each Sunday in the future.
1 A muffin volunteer to bring two dozen muffins (either homemade or store-bought, your choice).
2 a set-up volunteer to arrive at 10:00, 
set up chairs & tables for 25-30 people in the parish hall,
start the coffee in the coffee urn and prepare the coffee machine for decaf right before the 10:30 service, 
go to the parish hall right after receiving communion to start the water for tea, put out the cream, sugar, milk, and juice, and serve the coffee & tea. 
The set-up volunteer doesn’t have to bring anything: the church provides the coffee grounds, cream, sugar, milk, juice, serviettes, and other supplies.
We’d like both the muffin volunteer and the set-up volunteer to help with cleanup and putting tables away.
We will write instructions and post them in the kitchen with the specifics, and for the next few weeks David will be there to show new volunteers around.  
This is a wonderful opportunity to help in a ministry of hospitality.  If you would like to volunteer, please reply to me and tell me whether you’d like to bring muffins or do set up, as well as which Sundays you will or won’t be available. 
Grace and peace,

We will have Ash Wednesday services on March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the church and at 7:00 p.m. on zoom this year.

The service in the church will include the imposition of ashes, Holy Communion, and music as well as the Ash Wednesday scriptures, sermon, and prayers.
Thank you for the replies to my question about which Ash Wednesday services you would be likely to attend, which showed clear preferences for those two services, and were very helpful.  
Since the YouTube option got only one reply, instead of livestreaming this service we will be directing people to either 
the YouTube of last year’s Ash Wednesday service 



or to the Ash Wednesday Choral Eucharist at St. James Cathedral which will be livestreamed at 6:30 on the 

Diocesan YouTube channel

We hope you will participate in the way that is best for you at this holy time of year.
Grace and peace,

Dear St. John’s,

Next Sunday, February 6th, we will be returning to in-person worship at St. John’s in addition to continuing to worship on zoom and with the livestream on YouTube.  Our Sunday worship schedule will return to what it was in December:
8:00 Eucharist with the Book of Common Prayer, without singing
9:00 Morning Prayer with sermon on Zoom
10:30 Eucharist with the Book of Alternative Services, with singing
The 10:30 service will be livestreamed and available on YouTube as well.
We will continue with our protocols of masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing at the in person services.  
We welcome you to participate in whichever form of worship is best for you and your circumstances
The announcement from our bishops giving each parish the option to return to in-person worship if they choose to do so is below.
Feel free to let me know if you have questions.
Grace and peace,

Dear Friends:

Three weeks ago, we made the difficult decision to shut down all in-person worship in the Diocese of Toronto for the remainder of January in response to the unprecedented number of Omicron infections in Ontario. This action was taken in solidarity with the rest of society, including other essential services such as schools, to help stem the rate of infection and protect our fragile health-care system from being overwhelmed. We’re grateful for your understanding and participation as we have worshipped online over the past few weeks.

After prayerful deliberation and consultation, we have determined that as of February 1, 2022, the Diocese of Toronto will return to the “local option”: those parishes who wish to re-open for in-person worship may do so using our Amber Stage Guidelines. Those parishes who wish to continue worshipping online are commended for making that safe and responsible choice.

If your parish would like to re-open, please inform your Regional Dean before doing so. Please note:

Under our most recent Amber Stage Guidelines, updated just before Christmas, all persons present must be masked, regardless of role.
Attendance is limited to that which can be accommodated with physical distancing, up to 50% of total capacity.
It is highly recommended that singing be kept to a minimum.
There can be no vaccine mandate for regularly scheduled Sunday morning services. Additional services, including weddings and funerals, may impose restricted access for attendance if it is pastorally appropriate or desired by the family involved.
Absolutely no one is obliged to re-open or to attend in-person worship if they don’t feel it’s safe to do so. This includes our clergy. If you are a priest or deacon who is feeling pressure to act against your better judgement or in a way that feels unsafe, speak to your bishop. We will support you.

We’re all tired of the revolving door of opening and closing restrictions. As a Church, we want to slowly build back up to a place of full strength, and to that end we’re making our decisions cautiously and prudently. We know that local leaders are facing these same challenges. We can draw comfort from the experience of the early Church, whose members knew that gathering together carried an element of risk, yet believed that it was a worthwhile risk – not a foolish risk. We take this risk with utmost caution and care, confident in God’s great love and providence for the Church as we seek to serve and worship the crucified and risen Christ.

We as your bishops will be praying for each and every parish as you make choices that are right for your community. We are available to consult if you wish to speak with us on these matters.

Yours in Christ,
The College of Bishops

Dear St. John’s,

Canon Susan and Rev. Carol had a wonderful idea which I am delighted to invite you to:

Susan Sheen and Carol Langley have found joining Dean Robert’s morning prayer at Canterbury Cathedral (www.canterbury-cathedral.org) both interesting and inspiring during our months of pandemic disruptions. More than 10,000 people around the world join him on Zoom every day. This is what the Dean calls ‘his garden congregation’. Dean Robert’s morning prayer service includes a reflection on scripture, and prayer in the context of what has happened and is happening in history. We’d like to invite you, too, to watch one or more of the Dean’s delightful services, and then join Susan and Carol for an informal Zoom chat once a week to share what inspired or cheered you. If you are interested, please contact Carol or Susan. Let us know what day/time of day is good for you to gather on Zoom and then we will choose a day and a time that suits most people. Blessings, Carol

Here’s where you can find it on the website.
When you get to 


 scroll down to the “Worship” section, 

then click on “Online worship, including Morning Prayer”
then click on “Morning Prayer with Dean Robert”. 
You can go to the website each day on your own, or click on the option “to receive notifications when new videos are available please subscribe to our YouTube channel”
Grace and peace,
Dear St. John’s,
I am very excited that Paige Souter, a theological student, will be doing an internship with us!  The first Sunday of her internship will be this Sunday, January 9th in which she’ll be participating in our worship on zoom and in the livestreamed YouTube service.  Her internship will be 20 hours a week for 24 weeks, so her final Sunday with us will be June 19th.  She will be preaching at least 4 times, and her first sermon here will be January 23rd.  She will be participating in a variety of other ministries with me, as well as leading a faith formation program and other projects.  Here is her bio:

Paige Souter is passionate about building inclusive, compassionate and sustainable communities within which faith communities are missionally focused. With a background in urban planning, community development, peace and ecotheology, caring for creation and the ‘least of these’ are integral parts of her faith and ministry. She has been active in justice, peace and care for creation work for over ten years, including serving on the Bishop’s Care for Creation Committee and serving as Chair of Faith and the Common Good. Paige is a Postulant in the Diocese of Toronto, a Master of Divinity Student at Trinity College, and worships at Holy Trinity Guildwood. She lives in southeast Scarborough with her husband; they have three adult children.


Greetings St. John’s! Each Christmas, we are privileged to support our community by supplying 20, $75.00, generously packed Hampers to families in need. They include items for a full turkey dinner as well as things for extra meals like oatmeal, pasta and sauce, coffee, tea, cheese, bread, eggs etc.
In addition, we provide 15 $25.00 FreshCo gift certificates for women in need who have passed through Bethesda House.
This Christmas, please prayerfully consider how God would have you support this incredibly worthy community outreach. Any amount you choose to give is greatly appreciated and you can give any way you like, cheque, cash or e transfer. Please clearly identify yourself for tax purposes and designate your donations, “Hampers”.
Merry Christmas and may God Bless you as you represent Him in our community at this very special time of year.
Jen, Cathie, Sheila, Mavis and Sharon
 Your Hamper Committee