Living in a pandemic for the long haul is challenging. We are still called to pray, care for one another, and be reminded of God's presence.
St. John's Elora is here to help keep you safe, keep you connected to one another, and keep you spiritually grounded in the Christian faith.
The clergy are available to support you and you can reach them by email here.
We trust that you will discover that St. John's Elora is a church known for an outstanding choral tradition, inspiring preaching and liturgy, generous outreach, and a community that cares for one another.
We know it's a long haul and you are tired. Stay home as much as possible, particularly if you are vulnerable because of age, an underlying health condition, or a compromised immune system.
You can help by:
As of November 22 we have suspended in-person attendance at our liturgies. We are live-streaming our Sunday morning liturgy at 11am, which you can find at St. John' Elora YouTube Channel.
Here are resources to support you:
The Parish Choir has assembled a limited production recording called "This is Your Figgy Pudding 2020." It is a collection of the choral music that members of the Parish Choir have recorded from their homes for the Advent and Christmas seasons in 2020. For a donation to the Parish Choir Fund, we would be happy to make arrangements to get you a copy of a CD or SoundCloud link. You can make your donation at through E-transfer (identify "Choir Fund" in the comment box; and provide your contact information if you are not a regular donor).
St John’s Elora YouTube Channel - Sunday's live-stream service and a Wednesday mid week liturgy.
Diocese of Niagara YouTube Channel - Sunday service with Bishop Susan Bell
Pray at home - resources from the Anglican Church of Canada.
Daily Home Prayer - resources from the Church of England
Please contact one of the clergy if you have a loved one who is in need of our prayers this week.
Thank you for your intentional generosity to sustain our ministry both short term and long term.
There are several ways for you to give:
1. HAND DELIVER - Through the MAIL SLOT of the door on the Geddes Street side (east side) of the Parish Centre.
2. CANADA POST - 36 Henderson Street, Elora, N0B 1S0.
3. E-TRANSFER - to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. CREDIT CARD at the following link through the Diocese of Niagara (identify "Elora-St John's" as the parish)
Thank you for your financial support. Your generosity makes a difference in peoples lives.
A music program exists for many reasons, but a principle one is to fill in blanks that our daily existence leaves unsatisfied. Our spiritual beings need nourishment, and music is an important way we do it. It often can escape notice how music and sound occupy an integral place in our lives. We attach special significance to the call of songbirds in the morning, the sound of the wind and rain, the rocking of waves. We need natural beauty, and vocal music is one of those sounds that helps us connect to it.
Vocal music carries something special with it – text and meaning. At St. John’s, our music program strikes a balance that we hope is sustaining for those at all stages of their journey. We hope our music will offer comfort to those in distress, solace to those who need shelter, inspiration to those who are uncertain, and encouragement to those who need hope. I really believe it to be true. The music program at St. John’s burns bright for those who need it. The reasons behind those needs are as myriad as the number of listeners.
For instance: A certain young musician, in his third year as a Director of Music, turned to recordings made by this program here in St. John’s for inspiration at moments of doubt. The music making of the group helped him feel more conviction and assertiveness, and he was encouraged to soldier on. The music that inspired still has the power to do so.
The hand-picked singers at St. John’s, in its uniquely intimate space, offer an active listening experience that has stood the test of time. Thanks to the support of a wider community our ensemble can put its efforts towards creating the timeless, meaningful and poignant music that can change a listener’s day. We are offering what words alone cannot.
- John Wiens, Director of Music
St John's is working with St. James' in Fergus to provide hot meals on Monday to Friday. During the pandemic, the MEALS TO GO program partners with local restaurants and caterers to deliver hot meals to people in the community. If you want to help with this program by being a DRIVER, MEAL PACKER, or CLEAN UP TEAM please send an email to email@example.com. This ministry is carried out in strict compliance with public health guidelines and protocols.