St. John's Elora is a community of Christian faith in the Anglican tradition known for outstanding choral work, inspiring preaching and liturgy, and generous outreach. Our four priorities are to proclaim the love of Christ, engage and involve people, musical outreach and open doors. You can read more about our Vision here.
St. John's is a member of the Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of Niagara.
SUNDAY MAY 28, 4:00 p.m
CORONATION EVENSONG. A special thanksgiving service of Evensong to give thanks for the Coronation and pray for the King, and for our dedication to service and community. Followed by a Garden Tea outside on the lawn. This is a community event, so everyone is welcome, and Royal Garden Tea attire, hats and fascinators are encouraged if you have them.
Admission by donation; no tickets required.
Friday June 16, 5:00pm
Kid's Pop-Up Choir. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to participate in this one off event to learn two songs under the direction of Kate Wright, have some pizza, and then sing in the concert on Sunday afternoon with the Parish Choir. (see below). Please register before hand by calling or emailing the Director of Music.
Sunday, June 18, 3:30pm
"I Carry Your Heart: A Choral Celebration". Hear the Parish Choir come out from behind the choir stalls to sing some favourite anthems of the past year and some fun songs that they usually don't get to sing.
Friday, June 23, 7:30pm
“And then I knew it ‘twas wind”: Music for flute, viola and harp
Laurel Swinden, Elizabeth Reid and Noël Wan.
National Day for Indigenous Peoples of Canada is June 21. Come to pray as we seek to grow in an awareness of what reconciliation means.
National Truth and Reconciliation Day is September 30. This year we are preparing an art installation of orange feathers. Let us know if you are interested to make one. Last year we marked the day with a service of prayers and readings, and a litany of remembrance and healing. Click HERE for the Order of Service.
Here are some more things to help you at St. John's as you learn about truth and reconciliation in Canada
2022 was the second year for the St John's Poppy Project, and marked the 150th Anniversary since the birth of John McCrae
Watch "In Flanders Fields" performed by St. John's Parish Choir, and written by Canadian Composer Christine Donkin.
Poppy installations appeared in libraries, on lampposts, at the Wellington County Museum, nursing homes and in retail shops throughout Elora and Fergus. Our thanks to the Canadian Legion Elora Branch 229 for their support.
2021 marked the centenary of the POPPY with over 6,000 poppies; and this year we received over 3,000 more poppies. Read about the 2022 Poppy Project in the Wellington Advertiser.
POPPY PROJECT DISPLAY BLOSSOMS.
Start your own community poppy project or contribute to our project for 2023 by using the knitted or crocheted POPPY PATTERNS by clicking HERE.
For more information on Poppy Project 2022 click HERE.
Learn about the Knitters and Quilters which meet on Wednesday mornings at St. John's.
Learn more about how you can support the humanitarian relief work for the millions of refugees who have fled the Ukraine
Read the latest work supported by a grant from PWRDF to provide medical supplies for injured civilians and first responders.
The Parish Choir participates in the services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
EVENSONG - The last Sunday of the month (excluding July, August and December) at 4pm.
COMPLINE - The Tuesday of the first full week of the month (excluding January, July and August) at 8pm. If you want to participate in the Compline Choir, contact Patrick Murray and plan to come to the rehearsal at 6:30 p.m
BACH MEDITATION SERIES 2023 - APRIL 16 at 3:15 p.m.
RECITAL SERIES 2023 - Sunday February 19, 3:00 p.m. "THE MUSIC THAT MAKES US" with Christina Stelmacovich and Michael Cressman. Admission by donation.
Here are some highlights from the Parish Choir in the recent season:
In Flanders Fields, by Canadian Composer Christine Donkin
Miserere mei, Deus ("Have mercy on me, O God”). Listen to this original composition by Raphaella Allotti (c.1570 - c.1649)
"Ave verum corpus" (Mozart) sung by the Parish Choir available on YouTube.
"Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden" (Felix Mendelssohn) sung by the Parish Choir.
The St. John's Elora Parish Choir has a long legacy of upholding a strong Anglican choral tradition that has gained an international reputation. Through musical outreach we look for ways to inspire you to enjoy beauty through choral work. You are invited to enjoy the Parish Choir in-person or online on Sunday morning, at a monthly Evensong, or a seasonal service of Lessons and Carols.
Subscribe to the St. John's Elora YouTube Channel to hear the Parish Choir every week.
This is only possible through YOUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the Parish Choir. You are invited to support this work through E-TRANSFER to firstname.lastname@example.org. Identify "Parish Choir" and your address in the comment box and we can issue you a donation receipt. Thank you for your generous commitment.
For more information on the music program at St. John's CLICK HERE.
(send them an Email by clicking on the name)
Rector: Reverend Canon Paul J. Walker
Honorary Assistant: Reverend John Lockyer
Honorary Assistant: Reverend Judy Steers
Rector Emeritus: Reverend Canon Robert Hulse
St John's supports a hot meal program served on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. You can participate with food donations, as a server, or on the clean up team. The location of the meal is hosted at different locations throughout Elora. Let us know how you would like to participate. All are welcome to enjoy the meal.