Mission & Ministry
There are many opportunities at St John's, in the Diocese, and in our community, for serving one another, using the unique gifts we each have.
Spiritual Friends Adult Education
Sessions will be held in the Parish Hall following the Sunday service, at approximately 11.30 am:
26 May - topic: Community and Fellowship
9 June - topic: Personal Discussions
23 June - topic: Active Listening
The subject of Spiritual Friends developed from our 4-part Deanery workshops in November 2018 to March 2019, which were devoted to encouraging parishes to develop lay pastoral care and visiting teams. We talked about Pastoral Care and visiting as traditional institutional ministry to persons in hospitals and seniors homes.
The topics on Spiritual Friends grew out of reflections on Pastoral Care as an every-member ministry. As such, Pastoral Care is not something only done by a priest. It is not something only done in hospitals and seniors homes. As the body of Christ, we are called to engage one another in spiritual friendship every day, wherever we are.
Spiritual Friendship is embodied Christian living. The theses (statements or claims) that follow develop some of the theology, psychology, and practical aspects behind this claim. At each session there will be a separate handout that develops a few theses.
The goal of these sessions is to prime the pump of our spiritual imaginations, encourage our faint hearts, and edify the whole body in its upward call in Jesus Christ.
St John's Altar Guild
Members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar, altar linens, sanctuary hangings and other fixtures (e.g. candles) for every service. Members typically perform these duties for at least one month, with all members sharing the duties for December. The Guild also polishes the brass and silver. Linens in particular can be delicate due to their age and the exquisite embroidery, and repairs and maintenance are always ongoing. The Guild also makes or purchases beeswax candles and purchases the wafers and wine for Holy Communion.
The Guild meets every Monday morning in the Parish Hall at 9.00 am. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please join us on a Monday, or speak to one of the Wardens.
St John's Choir
We typically have a small choir of between 5 and 7 singers, but would love to have more! If you are a singer, please join us - speak to our Music Director, i.e. the organist, or one of the Wardens. At Easter and Christmas we usually do special music (2 or 3 part), and we start practicing this music after church around 6 weeks prior. Our choir is particularly highlighted during the Lessons & Carols service in December, which features a lot of music in addition to the scripture readings. The choir may also be asked to be present at parish funerals, if members are available.
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
St John's ACW continues to be active and useful despite an aging population. All Anglican women of ALL ages are ALL welcome! Monthly meetings are held at 1.30 pm in the Parish Hall on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. The ACW also traditionally looks after refreshments at church funerals or other church events, when asked to do so. The activities in our year typically are:
Spring Rummage Sale - last Saturday in May - bring out all those unwanted treasures that may appeal to someone else. We usually give the proceeds to St John's, but this can vary.
Lunch at PaSu Farm - mid-June - instead of a June meeting we usually gather at PaSu Farm for a served lunch. A nice afternoon out.
Tea at Long-Term Care - September - available members go to Long-Term Care at the Olds Hospital to serve tea, coffee and ice cream and provide some music for the residents.
Election of Officers - September - our ACW "year" begins in September with the election of officers for the year: President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer.
Fall Tea & Bazaar - last Saturday in October - an elegant come-and-go affair where we serve tea in actual china tea cups and eat crustless finger sandwiches and dainties. For sale are baked goods, garden produce and preserves, hand-made items, and a Cookie mix-and-match table. We usually distribute the proceeds among several charities, but this can vary.
Christmas Potluck Dinner - second Sunday in December - a nice evening of celebration for all the parish that includes music, entertainment, and a potluck meal.
Other Parish Ministry Opportunities
For contact information, please talk to one of the Wardens.
Parish Council (elected at AGM annually)
Meals on Wheels
Calgary School for
Mission & Ministry (CMM)
Southern Alberta has its share of schools – grade schools and trade schools; charter schools and barber schools; business schools, bible schools and more – but the Anglican Diocese of Calgary has discerned a call to develop a new kind of school to help our churches to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.
Lay leaders play an increasingly vital role in Anglican parishes today – and the Calgary School for Mission and Ministry is designed to equip them to lead, preach, teach and administer sacraments, under the Diocese’s new Licensed Lay Ministry Program.
The school’s story began four years ago, with the Bishop’s Committee on Ministry (BCOM) – a demographically diverse group of clergy and laity from across the Diocese. They began by noticing what kind of ministries were being offered by Licensed Lay Readers and lay leaders across the Diocese. They soon realized that incredibly faithful and dedicated lay people all across the Diocese were offering vital ministries in their parishes – yet there were few systems or resources to support them...
to read the rest of the story and much more, open the complete newsletter below!
Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP)
The roots of the AFP are within the Anglican Church. As Christians, we believe that a key element that holds us together is prayer--not only in our corporate worship, but in prayer throughout the week, wherever we are. Praying together in fellowship enriches the lives of both the individual and the community of faith. In the 1940s and 1950s, Helen Shoemaker (wife of the Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker) developed a ministry of group prayer at Calvary Episcopal Church, New York (with the help of Polly Wiley) and continued it when her husband was called to Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh. Bishop Austin Pardue suggested the name "Anglican Fellowship of Prayer" in 1958 and his friend Bishop Cuthbert Bardsley of England taught at one of the first international conferences. Prayer groups and prayer retreats and conferences are all encouraged by the AFP. We currently have chapters in Canada and in the Caribbean, as well as in the United States.
Why do we pray?
Because we are told to (I Thess. 5:17)! Because human experience teaches us that prayer a source of understanding and strength, a unifying force and a means of growth. Because by it we can help others (II Cor. 1:6), and because it is a way to the healing of minds, bodies, human relationships and the inner self. In prayer the center of living is shifted from ourselves to God.
For more information on the AFP in Canada, visit anglicanprayer.org.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
"Faith seeking understanding" - EfM is a small group study for laypeople seeking to undergird their lifelong ministries as baptized Christians with a greater understanding of Scripture, church history, and theological reflection. Participants commit to independent study, weekly seminars (Sept to June), and mutually-respectful engagement with the deep convictions of others...but there are no essays or exams. To learn more, click here to visit the EfM website.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief. Through the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to partners around the world working to improve health, food security, and livelihoods for vulnerable people.
As an instrument of faith, PWRDF connects Anglicans in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance sustainable development, to respond to emergencies, to assist refugees, and to act for positive change. PWRDF is committed to working in diverse communities and does not proselytize in its work.
You can find out more about the history of PWRDF and the many initiatives it undertakes by visiting the website at pwrdf.org.
The Diocese of Calgary is a member of PWRDF and our Diocesan Coordinator is Alison Longson. She can provide information and resources for your parish and can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 403-243-5478.
Calgary Cursillo Movement
The Calgary Anglican Cursillo (pronounced ker-SEE-oh) Movement is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study, and action and enabled to share God's love and grace with everyone.
Check out the official website here.