St. John the Evangelist, Leamington, is Anglican by denomination. We often call ourselves The Middle Way. We share teachings and practice, but our style of worship can vary from plain and unadorned to high mass with all the trimmings. The service is in English, and it uses two books: one with prayer, one with hymns. your neighbour will happily journey with you. All churches share a common 'Liturgy' - prayer, scripture, sermon, hymns, ours is on the more formal side in construction, but friendly in presentation. We have a 500 year history that is ever evolving, more that we can put here! There are very few formal rules, and we encourage questions and differences of opinions, though that must come with respect and a smile. This church evolves, and it will do so as we engage with each other and ask Where is God taking us?
Anglicans are active in ministry throughout the world and share 5 common marks of mission, or expressions of that ministry.
* We proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. * We teach, Baptise and nurture new believers. * We respond to human need by loving service. * We seek to transform unjust structures of society. * We strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
At St. John's we endeavour to do all of these things. We also pursue God's truth and love using the tools of scripture, reason, and tradition. We value patience, kindness, and acceptance and we are open to discussion, conversation and questions of all sorts. We encourage faithfulness and generosity in all things. As we do all this, we do it with a sense of humour and fun.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not an Anglican, can I come to your Church?
All are welcome. Regardless of age, background, religion, gender, ethnicity, all are welcome.
Can I attend church with my small children?
All are welcome. St. John's is a family friendly church and we are delighted for your children to remain in church with you, or they may come to the front where we have age appropriate activities. Children who move or ask questions are normal and a delight, I have been asked many important and meaningful questions at the altar and during the service.
How do I become a member?
By being here at any point of the week. We will add you to our parish list on request so you may receive both our mailings and the Huron church News. To be a voting member, some attendance and financial offering are required.
Do I need to be baptised to receive communion?
Simple: yes. if you receive communion at your home church, you are free to receive communion here. You are always welcome at the Lord's Table to receive Bread, Wine, both, either or a blessing.
How can I be baptised?
Just ask. Approach the rector and ask about being baptised. The rector will be responsible for ensuring that you are appropriately prepared for baptism and the rector will preside at the baptism service when the time comes.
Can I get married in your church? Every Anglican parish has their own requirements for weddings. We welcome those who wish to be married at St. John's. We require at least 3 months notice prior to a wedding, and at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian. Marriage preparation is required by the canons (church laws) of the Anglican Church of Canada.
What about Funerals?
It is best to talk to your family about what you want: it is not morbid, it is important. Death is a stressful time, and there are so many details to consider when one is not in the thinking mood. The service can be in the church or at a funeral home or simply graveside. It can be long with Eucharist and Hymns, or small and intimate. A funeral is about what God is doing through the Resurection, and though we remember a life well lived, God, through Jesus Christ has priority.We focus on who Christ is and why we are Christian.
As you get to know me, you will eventually find out I spent twenty years as an engineer in the automotive business. This will be immediately followed by the question,
“Why the change?”
Because I found something far, far better living my life wholly in Jesus.
Because my life is more fulfilling, more rich in what matters. Because it is far more intellectually challenging and encourages rational exploration of who we are and how things work – there is room for science and theology, ask Sir Isaac Newton. At St John’s, I found a place where I could serve so many people.
Partnered with Mill Street ES with a homework club and other help
Messy Church (new!)
Retirement home visits and worship services
The hospital and hospice
Other churches work together
We feed around one-hundred people per week
We clothe nearly one-hundred per month. We now offer professional attire
Meaningful worship with challenging and timely sermons
After service community that refuses to end, always with coffee, tea and snacks
An ear to listen, a heart to care whether it is from stress or loss
Education beginning with the Bible
Need I go on? We are always finding new ways to serve others, you will need to look at our ‘news’ section to see the goings on. Please do not hesitate to call me on my cell 519-324-2478 or email me through our office for a slower but guaranteed response.
A bit about me: My wife and I are both from the Niagara region, but I do have family roots in Leamington. Four kids and a dog: I love food (this is the perfect area), science (I wore a path to Detroit) and rock and roll (the edgy kind). I am always seeking to learn something new, whether it is about God, technology, but most especially about you.
"...there are deacons who, in addition to assisting
bishops and priests in all this work, have a special responsibility to minister in Christ’s name to the poor, the sick, the suffering, and the helpless." BAS p631
The Reverend Debbie has lived in the area for thirty years. She is very well connected to the needs of Leamington. Under her careful guidance, our outreach ministries help hundreds every month. From our Angel Cupboard for clothing, Pantry, weekly meal and advocating on people's behalf, Debbie is connected to Leamington's heart and spirit. She also leads Contemplative Prayer.
John will be retiring as our Organist at the end of this year. Come join us in celebrating his Ministry December 22 at 10:30 am for Lessons and Carols.
After a long and distinguished career of both teaching and engineering, Music is John's Ministry. Our choir has grown under his leadership. Our choir is made of people with many different experiences from simply joyful singing to participating in other local choirs.
Choir meets before service and practice occurs September through May, Thursdays at 7pm in the church with our haunting Casavant organ.
When not playing or singing, John can be found at home with his wife Diane and dog Sandy, working on any number of projects, or perhaps relaxing at their cottage.