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 ( 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


Dear St. John’s,
The YouTube video of the service is here

Thanks to our Church team. I am excited that thanks to the efforts of our technology volunteers, we are now livestreaming our services so people can watch them on Sunday mornings!
A written copy of the sermon is attached.
As always, feel free to forward.
Grace and peace,

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Dear St. John’s,

You can watch the YouTube video of Bishop Andrew’s Charge to Synod here:

Highlights of Diocesan Synod Day 1 and Day 2 are here:
Day 1
Day 2
They are also available on the diocesan website.
Grace and peace,

Dear St. John’s,

It is with great joy that I announce splendid news to our Parish.

Bishop Riscylla Shaw has appointed the Reverend Lucia Lloyd as Incumbent of St. John’s. Please join me, and your wardens, in congratulating Lucia in her new position! You may email her at

Reverend Lucia’s appointment to our church on May 1, 2019, was as Priest-in-Charge for two years. During the past month, the Bishop has held meetings with Reverend Lucia, and also with your wardens, to discuss the next step of Lucia becoming our Incumbent, a position that has no end date. I am delighted to say that everyone has been in agreement, and Reverend Lucia has accepted her new appointment from Bishop Shaw.

I am truly thankful that Reverend Lucia has accepted this position of Incumbent. Her meaningful ministry has been inspiring to me and to my family. I have seen how Lucia’s ministry has encouraged many others in our church, how she has kept our parish together during the pandemic, and how she desires to make Jesus known to those around her.

Please pray for Reverend Lucia:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing your daughter Lucia to St. John’s. We thank you for your love for her, and for her love for all of us. Protect, guide and care for Lucia all her days, and inspire her ministry according to your will. Help her to know that you walk beside her with each and every step she takes. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

I look forward to experiencing how God will lead us throughout Reverend Lucia’s ministry this year and in the future.