Sunday After Service Lunches
We hope to offer a light and informal (ie. soup, bread, cheese) lunch each Sunday after church as a way to strengthen our community, and generally help us get to know one another, young and old. One way of organizing it might be to have different groups within the church (eg. bible study, Outreach, Official Board, Transition Team, choir, youth group, Christian Development) take turns hosting and preparing food each week.
If you have some ideas and energy to put towards this and would like to think it through with the minister, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corrymeela Pilgrimage 2017
In May 2017, Martha Martin was in Northern Ireland on an 8 day pilgrimage to the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre with a group of pilgrims from St John's United! Martha posted daily updates on her blog The Corrymeela Diaries.
St. John's United Welcomes
The Al-Issou Family to Canada
They have finally arrived!
The Syrian refugee family our congregation sponsored are here!
See the Facebook photos.
St John's United Church Annual Report and Financial Statements for 2016
Annual Report 2016
St John's United Church Annual Meeting is on Sunday March 26, after church.
Read the Letter of Solidarity for Our Muslim Neighbours
from The Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell,
The United Church of Canada
"To all of our Muslim brothers and sisters,
Our hearts overflow with sorrow for the victims of the shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quťbec. Shock and outrage mingle with our tears at this horrific act of terror perpetrated against innocent, faithful people. We are holding you all in our prayers at this most terrible time."
"This heinous violent act and other recent attacks targeting Muslims in Quebec and elsewhere are designed to instill fear and division within and between our communities. We will not let this happen. The United Church of Canada stands with our Muslim neighbours. We share your grief, as we share your determination to stop the forces of hate that seek to divide and destroy us. Trusting in a compassionate and just God, we will resist fear and prejudice with love." Read more
Ray Grantís Lasting Legacy as Minister of Music at St Johnís United Church
Music Director Ray Grant (centre) was recognized on May 3, 2015 for his exemplary leadership and lasting legacy in music ministry for the Congregation and for the broader United Church of Canada. Pictured with Ray are wife Judy Grant and Chair of the Official Board Jim Sharpe.
As a tribute for more than forty years of dedication and service to St Johnís United Church in Halifax, Music Director Ray Grant was recognized on May 3, 2015 for his exemplary leadership and lasting legacy in music ministry for the Congregation and for the broader United Church of Canada. As Minister of Music, Mr. Grant has inspired many individuals and transformed the spiritual life of the Congregation of St Johnís United Church.
On May 3, St. John's United Church also celebrated its 222nd Anniversary. As part of that celebration, the Adult Choir, Handbell Choir and String Orchestra came together under RayĎs direction to harmonize, gloriously, Ode to Joy. Later in the service, the Youth Choir sang for the congregation, an early start to their choral training.
Ray was involved with the church since his early days in Cape Breton. He was baptized at Knox United in Glace Bay and sang in the Youth Choir there. He played the organ at the United Baptist Church while still a high school student. After graduating from the Nova Scotia Teacherís College in 1967, he taught school in Sydney River, Cape Breton for 2 years and was organist at Warden United Church in New Aberdeen.
After completing his studies in Music at Dalhousie University in 1972, Ray taught in the Dartmouth City Schools Music Department, and was Organist/Choir Director and Sunday School Superintendent at Grace United Church in Dartmouth. Ray also sang as bass soloist in three Halifax churches, St Paulís Anglican, First Baptist, and St Johnís United. After Ruth Lawley retired as organist at St Johnís in 1976, Ray was hired to fill her position, and he and his family have been members of St Johnís ever since.
ďI donít think of myself as just the Director of Music at St. John's United, but also as a working member of the congregation. My interest in the life of the congregation has led me to do more than to simply help create a Sunday Morning experience. Fellowship and fundraising events have played a large part of my time here. Cabarets, concerts and dinners have been a source of great pleasure as I try to foster the talent so prevalent in this church community.Ē
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