Our Ministries and Fellowship

ANNUAL VESTRY

This gathering celebrates the many ministries of our parish. We will also approve reviewed financial statements, vote on the proposed 2018 budget, elect a warden and parish council members.
Vestry will take place Sunday February 18 immediately following our 10.00 service. A light lunch will be served.

Pancake Supper – Shrove Tuesday

A fantastic evening with meat, fruit, desserts, and unlimited pancakes! Tuesday Feb 13, 5-7pm. Suggested DOnation $10 adults, $5 children

ASH WEDNESDAY

A solemn service to commence the season of Lent, with imposition of ashes. Wednesday Feb 14, 7.00pm

Bible Study

Bible Study takes place Mondays at 1:30 to 2:30 pm in the Russell Room (upstairs). All are welcome! Bring a Bible and a discerning heart.

Anglican 101

Anglican 101 is an investigation of the history and theology that informs and supports our faith. Our study takes place in the Russell Room (upstairs) on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  Currently, we are studying Marcus Borg’s “The Heart of Christianity”.

Sunday School and Nursery

After children’s time at the beginning of worship, our younger friends are provided age-appropriate bible-based programs 10 months of the year. Lessons are enhanced by the participation of some of our musically talented parishioners. Our well-equipped nursery room is available for little ones year round.

Prayer Shawls

A dedicated group of knitters who prepare these comforting wraps for anyone in need – either physically, mentally or emotionally. These are blessed during our regular worship services and then delivered to grateful recipients. Small “pocket prayer shawls” are also available.

St. John’s Caring Circle

This group of St. John’s ladies show the church’s support and caring for members who are unwell or have gone through bereavement.

Cemetery Board

An experienced group of volunteers see to the operation and maintenance of our cemetery, taking care to adhere to governmental guidelines.

Property Committee

A group of talented volunteers who share their skills and enthusiasm to keep our church and grounds in good repair.

Gardeners

Not afraid to get their hands dirty, these volunteers keep our flower beds in good shape and plant decorative pots to add to the natural beauty of our grounds.

Coffee Hour

A group of dedicated volunteers provides opportunity for fellowship after every 10.00 service on Sundays, providing tea, coffee, juice and goodies for all.

FUN and fundraising initiatives

A group of hardworking parishioners organize and run several fund raising events throughout the year such as Taste of the Town, Pub Night, Peach Festival etc. These social events help to build community while supporting the expenses of such a large vibrant church.

Women’s Group

The monthly meetings offer fellowship, fund raising, guest speakers and organize outreach to the community through a number of opportunities. They provide the catering for receptions following funeral and other services as requested.  In addition to the monthly meetings, a few members gather to loom knit for Start Me Up Niagara, Bethlehem Place, and Women’s Place.

Men’s Fellowship Brunch

An opportunity for men to gather in fellowship, faith, and food (usually at a restaurant, letting others do the cooking and washing up!). Next gathering is Saturday February 24, 11.00am, at Angel’s

Christmas Bazaar – “Comfort and Joy Festival”

This event involves every member of the parish and invites the broader community to celebrate with us as we prepare for the Christmas season.  In 2018, the festival will be held on Saturday, December 1st.

 

OUTREACH

The parish supports a number of outreach ministries, including (but not limited to):

Dignity Kits: An initiative of 3 local Anglican parishes, creating kits of personal care products for the most vulnerable in our community.

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund: Canadian Anglican agency for relief and development.

St George’s Breakfast Program: A local initiative feeding 70+ people every day of the year.

RAFT: Innovative support for regional youth.

Community Care: Food resources for our neighbours who are most in need.

Start Me Up Niagara: Working with individuals facing significant life challenges.

Gillian’s Place: Empowering abused women of Niagara.

Brain Injury Association of Niagara: Support for people with brain injury and their loved ones.

Alcoholics Anonymous: St. John’s provides a safe meeting space for the local chapter of AA.

Bethlehem Housing and Support Services:  support services and stable housing for individuals and families in Niagara