Serve In This Place

Ministry opportunities at st john’s

St. John’s Tillsonburg is an active parish. We have opportunities for service in a broad number of areas, both within the church and in the community. Below you can find some general information about how we engage in acts of service, both here in the church and in our community and how you might choose to get involved in the future. Please have a look and see if there are any that call to you.


The ministry of Fellowship at St John’s includes:

  • Saturday morning fellowship breakfasts held the first Saturday of the month
  • dinners held throughout the year for special celebrations, such as the Pancake Supper and Autumn Feast dinner
  • hospitality with coffee, tea and goodies with conversation before and after Sunday worship services
  • hospitality and refreshments to members and visitors after other special services or events
  • the annual Parish picnic at St Charles
  • annual Pancake Supper hosted by the Congregational Council
  • teas held throughout the year for fellowship and fund-raising
  • maintenance of a welcoming and attractive building, grounds and signage


The Outreach ministry at St John’s provides direct help to our community and the world through the following:

  • support for the work of the Anglican Church of Canada in the community, the diocese, across Canada and around the world, largely through FaithWorks and through the parish Outreach Committee;
  • services and ministry at the Maple Manor Retirement Home;
  • provision of meeting space for a variety of community groups;
  • support for local outreach projects such as the Community Kitchen
  • donations and service to Camp Wendake and Huron Church Camp
  • “Food of the month” collection drives for donations to our local Food Bank
  • refreshments and hospitality for funeral services
  • driving ministry to bring those unable to drive to Sunday 10:30am service

Our prayer: Give us, O God, a vision for our world as your love would make it – where the weak are protected and none goes hungry or poor; where goods of this life are shared and everyone can enjoy them; where different nations, races, and cultures live with tolerance and mutual respect; where peace is built with justice and justice is guided by love; and give us the courage and inspiration to build it. Amen.

Pastoral Care

Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly.” 1 Peter 5:2 (NRSV-A)

Pastoral care at St John’s provides:

  • visits and Holy Communion to the sick, infirm, and bereaved by clergy and lay team members in hospital, retirement homes, or at home
  • pastoral counseling, help and guidance in times of spiritual need and crisis
  • phone call ministry to the shut-in or infirm
  • coordination of Prayers of the People requests

Worship And Music

The Worship and Music ministry culminates in the creation of a warm, welcoming and spiritually nurturing space for worship. There are many areas where you can get involved in the ministry of Worship and Music:

  • Bellringers – ringing the bell to call the congregation into Sunday worship
  • Sidespersons and Greeters – ensure that all are welcomed warmly, given a bulletin for the service and assist with any special needs of the congregation, such as supplying equipment for the hearing impaired or large print books. Sidespersons also take the collection during the offertory hymn.
  • Servers – leading with the cross at the beginning of services and at the end of worship
  • Lay Readers – assisting the priest with the administration of the liturgy and Holy Communion
  • Scripture readers – participating in reading the lessons during worship
  • Choir members – providing choral music and musical leadership during worship
  • Chancel Guild members – coordinating worship supplies, including setting up of the wine and bread, cleaning robes and altar cloths and cleaning the vessels after service

Evangelism and Church Expansion

The ministry of Evangelism and Church Growth strives to:

  • support a thriving and financially self-sufficient parish
  • be empowered through ongoing Christian education for children, youth and adults
  • ensure that all liturgies, baptismal and confirmation classes are alive, relevant and transformative
  • welcome all new members and families and encourage their involvement in the community of Christ

Many groups support this area of our community, and welcome you to get involved and participate. Supporting our growth and well-being:

Congregational Council:
The clergy and wardens meet monthly with congregational council members to discuss ongoing ministry and the financial matters of the parish. Congregational council members are elected or appointed at the annual vestry meeting.

Finance Committee:
The finance committee meet regularly to review the financial status of the parish and offer recommendations to the wardens. The committee reviews and produces the parish budget annually.

Communications Ministry:
The mission statement of the communications ministry team is to effectively communicate to all segments of our parish; our current parish family, the Diocese and the Tillsonburg community at large. To effectively promote the activities and programs at St. John’s which are in place to promote goodwill and fellowship and help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Nominating Committee:
The nominating committee searches for nominees to fill various administrative volunteer vacancies as they come available and for the annual vestry meeting.

Property Committee:
The property committee assists the parish in all matters pertaining to church property: inspecting and assessing the need for repairs; obtaining cost estimates; and making recommendations and performing and/or overseeing the work that gets done. The mission of this group is to ensure St. John’s is a healthy and safe place for worship.

Volunteer Screening:
In order to ensure a safe environment for all participating in events and programs, volunteers and staff are screened to current Diocesan standards.

Want to Get Involved?

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Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. John 12:26 (NRSV)