St John’s West Toronto Welcomes you
St. John's Anglican Church is an energetic community of faith in West Toronto where you will find a variety of worship experiences and opportunities for learning and socializing. Based on our baptismal vow that "we respect the dignity of every human being", we affirm diversity and embrace inclusiveness.
We have something to offer you and we know we can learn something from you. You're welcome here – let's journey together!
for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 24th at 10am
PARTICIPANTS IN THE LITURGY
Celebrant: Mother Alexandra Stone
Deacon & Preacher: The Reverend Hannah Johnston
Eucharistic Assistant: Carrie Cardwell
Lectors: Susan Rynasko & May Webster
Intercessor: Cheryl Atkins
Piano: Dan Gooch
Vocals: Alie Rutty
Technical Support: Michael Taylor, Chris Rutty & Greg Los
Please join us in person or on Zoom
Meeting ID: 997 9540 2224
Find your local number here.
St. John's Blog: 100th Anniversary +
Join this Reconciliation Walk Series to learn how Black storytellers, poets,
writers, visual artists and musicians use their art forms to expose anti-Black racism and resist oppression.
All session are on Thursdays from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Zoom
The Anglican Church of Canada approves new pastoral liturgical texts that fully embrace transgender and gender non-binary people
General Synod has passed new blessing and liturgies for gender transitions! This marks a happy outcome to work that our former honorary assistant and diocesan Transgender Ambassador, the Reverend Margaret Rodrigues, was deeply involved in. We celebrate the approval of these new liturgies as a step toward greater visibility for trans and gender non-binary people and as a new pastoral resource for the Church.
The CBC ran an article about the development and passing of these new liturgies last Sunday. You can read it here: Anglican Church of Canada introduces pastoral blessing for transgender and gender non-binary parishioners
Social Justice and Advocacy
Urgent Need for Weekly Food Donations
Saturday and Sunday Mornings
9:00 - 11:00 am
Can you share some food with our neighbours?
We continue to collect non-perishable food items, and some long-lasting perishable items (e.g. apples; potatoes), every week to take to Four Villages Health Centre for their emergency food cupboard.
The program completely relies on St. John’s to keep their emergency food cupboards filled with food. The Monday food bank cannot meet the needs of clients because there are too many people to feed and not enough food to feed them.
We are very thankful to everyone who has donated and helped with this important ministry!
Invitation to Centering Prayer
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 10:30 am
Are you drawn to listen more deeply, with ears, eyes, and heart? Are you searching for some way to step outside the noise, the stories, the busyness, and stand in the river of your life without anxiety, without striving, with confidence that the strength enabling you to stand in the flow comes directly from God? If you’ve been longing for deeper spiritual awareness, join us for the practice of Centering Prayer. No experience necessary, no introverted temperament required – only honesty, commitment and a good sense of humour.
Each Sunday during the prayers of the people, we pray for people who are ill or have needs or concerns.
You may send the names of anyone for whom you ask prayers to Deacon Evelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak directly to her or write their names on the prayer request sheet in the Narthex.
Please ensure that you have permission to pray publicly for the person and indicate if the request is for healing or for other needs and concerns.
We pray especially for the the people of Ukraine, and for those dealing with the ongoing impacts of Canada's residential school system.
The crisis in Ukraine continues
Wonder how can you help?
Read more about PWRDF's continuing efforts and how you can support them here: https://pwrdf.org/news/
Praying for peace
Primate Linda Nicholls is inviting Anglicans in Canada to join the world in prayer for the people of Ukraine and for peace.
Read her full message on the Anglican Church of Canada website.
Volunteering and getting involved at St. John's
There are many diverse opportunities to find fulfilment and have fun through volunteering or participating in activities here at St. John's.
Creator, you made all people of every land. It is our responsibility to give thanks and respect to those who first occupied this land we are upon. We give thanks to the Wendat, the Anishinabee, the Mississauga of the Credit and the Haudenosaunee, the first people of this land.
We offer our respect to those ancestors who may be interred on this land. We are also thankful for the gifts of the People of the land. Creator let us be of Good Mind to reconcile the mistreatment of this land and to those who have been displaced.
With thankful and respectful hearts, we pray in Your name, Your son the Peacemaker and the Sacred Spirit. Amen
The Land Acknowledgement is taken from A Liturgy for The National Indigenous Day of Prayer https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/nidp-liturgy.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1oWVCmVyX1tQWadWWfd1e5PoGDl4bf_p77nxkedV50uBflICO4BE2MUa8