We Will Remember Them

Greetings St. John’s Parish Family and Friends,

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

Join us AT ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 20 FLORA STREET, ST THOMAS this Sunday November 11th at 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. for our Remembrance Day Commemorate Service with veterans welcome to wear their metals and those in service, their uniforms.

Our service will include a very special guest, Canadian renowned artist Carl Barnhart displaying and speaking to his nationally acclaimed and commissioned painting “They Gave Us Our Future”.  We are so honoured to have him with us with his wife Wendy, as both our guest preacher/speaker and new parishioners.  

The 10:30 a.m. service will also have the traditional Act of Remembrance, Last Post, Two Minute Silence, Lament, Reveille, Wreath Laying and our National Anthems.  

We will also have a fellowship time in Porter Hall afterwards, with a John Field’s speciality “smoky sweet potato soup with roasted red peppers and caramelized onions (mild!)  and for your sweet tooth, a wonderful birthday cake to celebrate parishioner Cathy Sheldon’s birthday!  

Then you can walk out the back door and in less than 1-minute support our Royal Canadian Legion Branch #42 behind the church at 24 John Street, with live music ” 

BELLS OF PEACE AT ST. JOHN’S 

In 1918, bells rang to celebrate the end of the First World War. St. John’s will be joining churches across the nation this Sunday, Nov. 11th, to remember.

100 rings to mark 100 days, at the setting of the sun, St. John’s Bell Ringer Ben Cookson will commence this ceremony with 10 rings and then the next 80 rings can be from anyone who wishes to toll the bell to remember, and the final 10 will then be Ben Cookson again.

This ceremony begins when the sun goes down at 4:57 p.m. as this was the exact time 100 years ago we rang them for peace after 4 long years of war and some 66,000 Canadian soldiers dead.   The church will be open at 4:30 p.m. to welcome you, no liturgy just a chance to remember by ringing the bells or sitting in the church in a sacred candlelit space, to remember and hear the bell toll.