Ash Wednesday Youth Program


In its place, we offer a Lenten session of Messy Church at
our St Barnabas' location, 1040 Hilliard St,
on Friday, February 9th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Please contact Deacon Deb Wilson (email) for more information.

Every year on the first Wednesday in Lent (February 14th, 2018) youth aged 5 to 18 are invited to participate in St John's Ash Wednesday Youth Program.  The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Youth can be dropped off at the Brock St entrance starting at 8:00 a.m. and supervision is provided until 4:00 p.m.  All youth are welcome to attend, especially those raised in the Anglican or Lutheran traditions.

The program includes music, a craft/creative time, time for prayer and conversation, a scavenger hunt around the parish buildings, and participation in the Ash Wednesday Liturgy with the adult congregation at 10:00 a.m.  Healthy snacks and lunch are provided.  There is no cost for the day.

To register, please download the registration form below.  It may be completed on your computer and emailed to the office or printed and completed and returned by hand.

If your child requires a letter explaining their absence from school, the Rector has written one indicating that this is a legitimate absence for religious instruction.  You can download the letter below, print it, and fill in your child's name in the space provided.

Download:          REGISTRATION FORM                    LETTER OF EXPLANATION

Trent-Durham Area Day

This annual learning experience held on the first Saturday of March every year is a great opportunity to attend workshops built around a particular theme and then to return to the parish to share what was learned.  The Area Day also provides occasion to worship and converse with fellow Anglicans from across the Trent-Durham episcopal area.

More information can be found on the Area Day website, including descriptions of the workshops, the Area Day brochure (which can also be downloaded and printed), and how to register.  You can register and pay online from the Register Now! tab on the Area Day website.

Click here to visit the Area Day Website.

Youth Learning

Nursery:  Very young children are welcome to join our Early Childhood Education-certified nursery staff member Cherry on Sundays during the 10:00 services.  St John's Nursery is a clean and secure environment that encourages play.  There are toys and the children are able to listen to and sing Sunday school songs.  There is a change table in the nursery for those who require it.

Sunday School:  During the academic year, St John's offers Sunday School during the 10:00 services to children who are of school age.  The curriculum is based on the Revised Common Lectionary, which matches the readings that are read and interpreted in the worship service.  Most Sundays, the children will hear the story, discuss it, learn and sing songs, and do a craft.  In the 10:00 Nave service, the children remain with their family until after the Collect of the Day, when the presider will call them to the front for a brief talk then send them to Sunday School.  They return to their families to receive Holy Communion.

Youth Group:  St John's is very fortunate to be a training place for youth ministry interns who are supervised by our deacon, Christian Harvey, and provided by the Trent-Durham Episcopal Area.  The interns supervise our youth group, which meets most Sundays after the 10:00 services in the Library.  Lunch is provided and there is a time for discussion, some games, and from time to time an outing (e.g. a movie or hike).

St. John's Tutoring Programme

The St. John's Tutoring programme is an outreach providing literacy opportunities for those attending the Lighthouse Community Centre. Our mission is to provide this basic education to those in need so they can feel better about themselves and hope to take steps toward overcoming their poverty, conducting their daily affairs with confidence. We are always looking for new tutors and students. Tutor applications can be found here. Student applications can be found here. For more information, please contact the church office.

Other Adult Learning Opportunities

Programs of Bible Study and spiritual growth are ongoing in the parish throughout the year. Whether it is an intimate small study group or larger learning events, St. John’s has groups for all adults.

The Every Other Monday Night Bible Study. Contact Bruce Pond 705-740-9458 for more details.

Young Adult Book Study - This meets every other Tuesday night. Contact Christian Harvey for more details.

The Peterborough Anglican-Lutheran Covenant also provides learning opportunities to members of all five of the churches in the Covenant.

Check the Bulletin for current offerings.


The library is a comfortable place to browse and relax. Christian literature and videos are available for all ages. Parishioners may borrow material for personal enjoyment, recreation, education or guidance.