Advent is the season of preparation before Christmas. A short season of just four weeks, this year Advent begins on Dec. 3 and finishes on Dec. 24 in the morning. The colour of this season is purple or blue, which represents our penitence, prayer and preparation for the coming of the child Jesus. Many churches feature an Advent wreath. The circle of evergreen reminds us of the everlasting life promised to us through Jesus. Four candles circle the wreath; one for each Sunday in the season. The candles represent hope, peace, joy and love - the gifts Jesus brings into the world. A large central white candle is lighted on Christmas Eve/Day to represent Christ and his birth. Anglican churches traditionally are bare of any Christmas decoration during Advent, underlining the importance of patient waiting and prayer before the all out joy of the Christmas season. Another important aspect of Advent is the emphasis on reaching out in love to the world, so many Anglican churches make extra effort to sponsor outreach and charitable programs during this time.
Almighty God, who sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare your people to welcome the Messiah, inspire us, the ministers and stewards of your truth, to turn our disobedient hearts to you, that when the Christ shall come again to be our judge, we may stand with confidence before his glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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 Lester Settle, 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.