Serve In This Place
Ministry opportunities at st john’s
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
The nominating committee searches for nominees to fill various administrative volunteer vacancies as they come available and for the annual vestry meeting.
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.
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?
let us know where you feel called!