• Welcome

    Welcome

    The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora

    is a member of the Anglican Church of Canada

    in the Diocese of Niagara.


    We belong to the Anglican Communion,

    a global community of 70 million people in 164 countries.

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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.

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

Advent Parish Letter

The Advent season is a call to reflection, simplicity, and spiritual grounding to prepare our hearts to hear and receive the good news of the eternal Word made flesh, the incarnation of God in our midst through the birth of Jesus Christ.

Click HERE to read the Rector's Advent Parish Letter: "Be Steadfast in Faith."

Christmas Services

Registration will be open on December 12 for the all of the following Christmas season services:

  • December 19, 4:00pm Christmas Lessons and Carols
  • December 19, 6:30pm Christmas Lessons and Carols
  • December 24, 4:00pm BAS Christmas Eve Eucharist with Carols
  • December 24, 6:30pm BCP Christmas Eve Communion with Parish Choir
  • December 24, 9:00pm BCP Christmas Eve Communion with Parish Choir
  • December 25, 10:00am BCP Christmas Day Communion with Quartet
  • December 26, 10:00am BCP Boxing Day (Feast of St. Stephen) Choral Matins with Quartet
Online registrations are limited to 50 people at each service, so please REGISTER EARLY.
Click HERE for our 2021 Christmas Service Poster.

Register for a Sunday Service

Please pre-register EARLY each week before Saturday at 6:00pm.  REGISTRATION FOR CHRISTMAS SERVICES WILL BE OPEN ON DECEMBER 12

CLICK HERE to REGISTER to attend a SERVICE THIS SUNDAY MORNING.

SUNDAY

Once you have registered, you should receive a confirmation email (check your junk box). If you have any questions about your registration please contact Thomas at reservations.stjohnselora@gmai.com 

GUIDELINES

According to diocesan guidelines (effective November 1) you are required to wear face masks inside, and keep a 2 meter physical distance from people in other households. 

VACCINES

Effective September 9th, the Bishop requires that all clergy, musicians, singers, readers, greeters, altar guild, flower guild, wardens, and anyone participating in a mid-week event be full vaccinated.  Click HERE for the Diocese of Niagara Vaccine Policy.

Thank you for your patience, co-operation, and your continued responsible behaviours.
 

New Director of Music

After a long and thorough search process, the Wardens are pleased to announce that Patrick Murray has accepted their offer to join our team as the new Director of Music at St. John’s

Patrick Murray is a Canadian choral conductor and composer, presently working as director of the Laurier Singers at Wilfred Laurier University, director of the University of Toronto Scarborough Concert Choir, and Sessional Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Western University. Between 2018-2020, Patrick served as Interim Coordinator of Choral Activities at Western University, directing three choirs and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral literature

He is a graduate of University of Illinois (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and University of Toronto Faculty of Music (BMus). Patrick’s academic research focuses on artistic practices of community collaboration in contemporary American choral music, and between 2018-2021 was supported by a SSHRC doctoral research fellowship

Patrick, originally a native of Kitchener-Waterloo, has experience in the United, Lutheran, and Episcopalian churches.  He is a widely respected choral conductor and composer, whose works have won awards and recordings.  We have experienced him as a person who brings gifts of thoughtfulness, humility, administration, and a deep commitment for creating an experience of choral excellence in the community.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Patrick Murray to St. John’s starting on November 1st.  I trust that you will join me in extending your warm welcome, your support and your prayers to Patrick as he establishes a new chapter in the St. John’s choral tradition. 

Thank you to the members of the search committee: Christina Stelmacovich, Jurgen Petrenko, Michael Cressman, Janelle Santi, Peter Barr and Charlotte Logan for their hard work.  

Poppy Project

We marked the centenary of the POPPY in 2021 with an outdoor installation of over 7,000 poppies.

We are hoping to expand the project in 2022 throughout the village. So start knitting ... Patterns are available by clicking HERE. 

Read the 2021 Poppy Project Brochure by clicking HERE.

Watch a short video about the production and installation of the Poppy Project in 2021 HERE.

This project has been approved by the Elora Legion and the National Poppy Campaign Coordinator.  Please support the work of the Legion by making a donation to the Poppy Fund.

A Vision for St John's

What are we learning in the pandemic and what do we need to engage with as we look towards ministry in the 2030's?  After consulting widely across the parish a team prepared a Vision Paper that summarizes the process, and identifies four areas of ministry that St. John's is looking to invest in. 

On June 15 a Special Vestry approved the four areas of ministry and a "Statement of Intent and Purpose" to provide a compass direction for us to move in over the coming years.  

We have already started to fill this vision, and this fall we look forward to fleshing out some of these areas of ministry with more activity.

COVID-19

You can help reduce the rates of transmission and the impact of the Coronavirus on our health care system by:

  1. Getting your vaccination.
  2. Getting a COVID test if you are concerned about symptoms.  
  3. Follow the COVID-19 Awareness Toolkit from the Government of Canada.
  4. Praying and monitoring your mental health. 
Visit Diocese of Niagara at a COVID-19 resource hub here.
If you are in need of pastoral care please contact the Rector or the Curate by telephone at the Parish Office (519-846-5911or by email which you can find here.

Resources

According to diocesan guidelines we continue to offer resources online to support you. You can find services live-streamed at St. John' Elora YouTube Channel.

Here is a typical weekly schedule of things for you to access online:

  • Sunday - Livestream service at 11am on YouTube
  • Sunday - "Coffee Time" at 1:30pm on Zoom
  • Wednesday - Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer on YouTube and Facebook
  • Wednesday - Knitters and Quilters on Zoom
  • Friday - Pastoral Letter from the Rector
  • Monthly - Speaker Series on Zoom
  • Seasonally - Book Study Series 

Contact us for the Zoom links or follow St. John's Elora on YouTube or Facebook or Instagram.

Parish Choir

Even during a pandemic our PARISH CHOIR, one of Canada's only fully professional church choirs, continues to seek ways to provide you with the rich choral experience that you have always been inspired by at St. John's.  We know it's not the same, but we do our best to create music to the glory of God and the strengthening of our faith. 

Subscribe to the St. John's Elora YouTube Channel to hear the Parish Choir participate in live-stream services on Sunday mornings, or special seasonal services of the year

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT of the Parish Choir is a concrete way to express your thanks and to ensure that our singers are supported during this challenging time. You can give 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 to this ministry.

For more information on the music program at St. John's CLICK HERE.

Keep in Touch

To receive the WEEKLY PASTORAL LETTER from the Rector through Email, please contact Linda Coultes (look for "PARISH OFFICE").  
Follow ST JOHN'S ELORA on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date posts, photos, messages and events.

Prayer

St John’s Elora YouTube Channel - Sunday's live-stream service and a Wednesday mid week liturgy.

Diocese of Niagara YouTube Channel - Sunday service with Bishop Susan Bell

Pray at home - resources from the Anglican Church of Canada.

Daily Home Prayer - resources from the Church of England

Please contact one of the clergy if you have a loved one who is in need of our prayers this week.

Clergy

(send them an Email by clicking on the name)

Rector: Reverend Canon Paul J. Walker 

Assistant Curate: Reverend Judy Steers 

Rector Emeritus: Reverend Canon Robert Hulse

Honorary Assistant:  Reverend John Lockyer 

Giving

There are several ways for you to give financially to St. John's:

1. HAND DELIVER - Through the MAIL SLOT of the door on the Geddes Street side (east side) of the Parish Centre.

2. CANADA POST - 36 Henderson Street, Elora, N0B 1S0.

3. E-TRANSFER - to treasurer.stjohnselora@gmail.com.

4 PRE-AUTHORIZED GIVING. Email our Givings Secretary - Steve Hornett, for more information.  You can also complete and mail this form to St John's Church, 36 Henderson Street, Elora, ON, NOB 1S0.

5. CREDIT CARD at the following link through the Diocese of Niagara (identify "Elora-St John's" as the parish)

Thank you for your financial support.  Your generosity makes a difference in peoples lives.

Worship

All of our worship services are offered online through our Facebook Page, and on our YouTube Channel.  Our live-streamed services are created within diocesan guidelines and public health guidelines

Meals to Go

St John's works with St. James' in Fergus to deliver hot meals to people on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  If you want to access these meals or you want to participate in helping pack or deliver the meals to people, please send an email to cwmealstogo@gmail.com or call 519-843-2141. This ministry is carried out in strict compliance with public health guidelines and protocols.

Pandemic Donation

You are invited to support those most vulnerable in our diocese and around the world with a donation to the Diocesan Pandemic Fund, or PWRDF Covid-19 Fund.