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Welcome

Living in a pandemic for the long haul is challenging.  We are still called to pray, care for one another, and be reminded of God's presence.

St. John's Elora is here to help keep you safe, keep you connected to one another, and keep you spiritually grounded in the Christian faith.

The clergy are available to support you and you can reach them by email here.

We trust that you will discover that St. John's Elora is a church known for an outstanding choral tradition, inspiring preaching and liturgy, generous outreach, and a community that cares for one another

Learn more about the St. John's community and vision from a short video prepared for Vestry 2022.

St. John's is a member of the Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of Niagara. 

Christmas Carollers Come to Your Doorstep

Members of the Parish Choir are assembling in quartets to visit you at your doorstep or in your home to offer 15 minutes of Christmas carols this coming season. Evening times on December 16 and 17 are available on a first come basis, and currently offered to residents living in the Elora and Fergus area.  
If you would like to request carollers for yourself or for someone else, please leave a message at 519-846-5911 and indicate your preferred date. Schedule will follow. A suggested minimum donation to the Parish Choir Fund to cover our costs is $75. Anything above that supports the ongoing activities of the Parish Choir and the music program at St. John’s. Donations are eligible for tax receipts; please mark “Choir Fund - Carols” on your envelope.  Book early so you won’t be disappointed. 

Truth and Reconciliation

Join us on Tuesday evenings on Zoom at 7:30 as we gather to read and reflect on the 94 Calls to Action.

We marked the national Truth and Reconciliation Day on 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

 

Poppy Project

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

Queen Elizabeth II

St John's Elora commemorated the life and witness of Queen Elizabeth II with a Choral Evensong on October 30

Rector's Sermon, "The Glory of the Queen.", Evensong on October 30

Rector's Sermon, "A Monarch: Forever Found", Sunday September 11, 2022.

Order of Service for Sunday September 11, 2022.

Choral Music

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

ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS - Sunday November 27, 4 and 7 p.m

CHRISTMAS LESSONS AND CAROLS - Sunday December 18, 4 and 7 p.m.

Here are some highlights from the Parish Choir in the recent season:

In Flanders Fields, by Canadian Composer Christine Donkin.

COMPLINE: A Vigil for Peace in Ukraine. live-streamed on YouTube.

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.

 

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 treasurer.stjohnselora@gmail.com.   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.

Clergy

(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

Community Meals

St John's provides the kitchen space for a hot meal to be prepared on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.  In compliance with diocesan and public health guidelines the meal is available for pick up outside at the Elora Centre for the Arts. This ministry is taking a sabbath rest during August.