Holy Week (this year Sunday, April 14 to Saturday April 20) commemorates the last week of Jesus' earthly life. Christians follow him from the triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to his resting in the tomb on Holy Saturday. As we walk with Jesus through the week, we anticipate his victory over death on Easter Sunday. Please join with us for the following special events and worship during the week.
Thursday, April 18 - Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar:
This night we remember how Jesus gave us the Eucharist (the meal of bread and wine) on the night he was arrested by the Roman soldiers. We wash one another's feet as a remembrance of how he served his friends by washing their feet. After the celebration of the meal, the altar is stripped and all decorations in the church are removed. This reminds us of how alone Jesus was as he went out to the garden of Gethsemane.
Friday, April 19 - Good Friday
10:30 a.m. (upper hall) Join us for an Intergenerational Way of the Cross (indoor).
Stations are set up around the room and the participants progress from station to station, learning about the events of Jesus' crucifixion. Simple language, suitable for all ages.
11:30 a.m. Liturgy of Good Friday in the church
A service of word and song and prayer called "My God, O My God". This worship commemorates Jesus' death and pray for all the suffering people of the world.
Saturday, April 20
9:00 a.m. - Morning Vigil Prayer Service
A quiet said service commemorating Jesus' time in the tomb and anticipating the power of the resurrection.
Sunday, April 21 - Easter Day
Celebrate the Resurrection with us!
6:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
A brief service of word and song to welcome the day - outdoors weather permitting. Followed by coffee and muffins.
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion (said service)
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (with music)
11:15 a.m. Children's Easter Egg Hunt in the sanctuary - come join in the excitement!
Lord of life and power, through the mighty resurrection of your Son, you have overcome the old order of sin and death and have made all things new in him. May we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, reign with him in glory, who with you and the Holy Spirit is alive, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language – parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action – helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. It’s about understanding how each of the stories of God’s people connects with the child’s own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God.
Under the leadership of our Music Minister(s) Diane MacLeod and John Greer, our Choir is a dedicated and talented group of singers. The choir participates during our 10am service on Sundays as well as special services throughout the year.
Terrace Hill Cemetery, is located on Kaulbach St. in Truro, and is the parish cemetery of St. John's Anglican Parish. It was established in 1873 with an initial purchase of a parcel of land and enlarged in the early 1900s with a second donation of land. Many stones from the original church cemetery located around the church building on Church St. were transferred to Terrace Hill, but most graves are from the 20th century. The cemetery also contains a number of military graves from the first and second World Wars tended by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.
For information about the current operation of Terrace Hill Cemetery, follow the link below.
St. John’s is a community of faith; disciples of Jesus Christ walking in the Anglican tradition. We are a parish within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Nationally we belong to the Anglican Church of Canada and internationally to the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican way traces its roots to the ancient and undivided Church of the apostles of Jesus and to the first missionary journeys sent to the British Isles as early as the 2 nd century of the Common Era. So our roots are deep and rich, shared with the Roman Catholic Church from which we came, with the Celtic Christianity that flourished for centuries in Britain, and because a separate Anglican identity was forged at the time of the Protestant Reformation, with our brothers and sisters in those churches as well. It has been said that Anglicans straddle the via media, the middle ground, between Roman Catholicism and the Protestant branches of the church. For more on what this historic, yet distinctly current branch of Christianity believes and lives, follow the links below.
The Parish of St. John the Evangelist was officially created in 1821. The current stone building which replaced the original wooden church of 1825, was built in 1881 and is now the oldest continuously used house of worship in Truro. Our history is as old as the community itself.