School Strike Day Youth Program

St John's will provide a no-cost day of programming for all elementary school-aged children on Friday, February 21st, 2020.  Details are still being worked out, but we expect to provide lunch and snacks, activities, and some instruction. Children should come with clothing suitable for going outdoors (if the weather permits) for "recess". It may be possible to provide supervised care for younger children if their siblings are attending.

Volunteers who are comfortable working with children are invited to contact Jen, the Director of Family Ministries, by email or by leaving a message on Rev. Brad's voicemail (705-745-7624 x 34).

In the event the strike is cancelled, we will not run the program. A special email will be sent to the parish email list and anyone registered next week with details once they are worked out.

Please download the registration form in fillable PDF linked below.  It can be printed and filled in by hand, then brought with you on the day of the program, or filled out on your computer, saved and emailed to Jen.  Please complete one form per child.


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 youth group 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 One Roof 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.

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

Book and Bible studies happen throughout the year and especially in the seasons of Lent and Advent.  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.

Ash Wednesday Youth Program

Every year on the first Wednesday in Lent 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