You are invited to be inspired by music, supported by community, and engaged to learn more about the Christian faith at the historic Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora.
St. John's is known for its outstanding choral tradition, local outreach, and a community that cares for one another.
Rector: Rev'd Paul J. Walker
Rector Emeritus: The Rev’d Canon Robert Hulse
Honorary Assistant: The Rev'd David Mulholland (Toronto)
Honorary Assistant: The Rev'd John Lockyer (Toronto)
We read two books this year as part of our Faith Formation series:
"Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer" by Rowan Williams, is the book we used to prepare for Confirmation, Reaffirmation or Reception into the Anglican Communion.
"The Book of Forgiving" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, was the Bishop's 2019 Lenten book.
Consider these as two excellent books for learning and growth in the Christian faith.
John Wiens is our new Director of Music at St. John's since May 15th. John comes to us from Winnipeg, where he continues to hold the roles of artistic director of Polycoro Chamber Choir and conductor of Camerata Nova, and was the past Director of Music for the Church of St. Michael and All Angels. John holds degrees in Violin, Voice, and Conducting from CMU, McGill, and the University of Sherbrooke respectively. John is a thoughtful, warm and respectful person of faith, and a gifted musician who is keen to offer those gifts to inspire others in the work and mission of the church.
For details on worship times and special upcoming services, click here.
Liturgies are offered in the Book of Common Prayer (Sundays at 8am and 11am; Wednesdays at 10:30am) and in the Book of Alternative Services (Sundays at 9am).
When you arrive for worship, you will receive an order of service to guide you through the liturgy, and possibly a hymn book and a prayer book. If you are new or visiting with us, please sign our guest book in the front foyer, or complete one of the visitor cards in the pews. Following worship, there is usually a time for greeting one another over some refreshments served downstairs or outside.
St. John's seeks to respond to the needs of our local and international community. On a local level St. John's is involved in the Centre Wellington Food Bank, and a residential addiction rehabilitation program called Portage. Portage residents are trained to participate in Sunday liturgies as Acolytes, and parishioners offer Bible Studies at Portage. On an international level St. John's is active with the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) and providing clean water projects in Uganda through ACTS. St. John's also actively supports students in theological education.
The life of Christian faith begins with Baptism, which is offered for any age person who desires to follow the way of Christ. It is often followed with Confirmation, when you confirm your baptismal vows as an adult. If you come from another tradition which offers baptism and confirmation, you may wish to be Received into the Anglican Communion by the Bishop; or you may have discovered a renewed life of faith, and you want to Reaffirm your Faith. All of these public rites are significant benchmarks to uphold your ongoing journey of faith.
Throughout the year there are opportunities for learning and growing in your understanding of the Christian faith, or preparing to participate for any of these rites. Click here for upcoming opportunities; or contact any one of the Clergy to enquire further.