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Nov 28 - Sanctuary Workshop
St. Peter, Campbell River
Safe Church Education replaced with "Sanctuary Program".  FMI including workshop dates & locations nearby please click HERE.
Nov 29 - First Sunday in Advent

Sunday Services:
8:30 am (spoken) Book of Alternative Service (BAS)
10:00 am (choir and Sunday School) Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

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Nov 29 - Cut-off date for Poinsettia/Wreath Fundraiser

Poinsettia Fundraiser: choice of red, pink or white, $15 each or wreaths $30 each. Orders and payment deadline November 29. Order will be ready for pickup on December 12.

Contact Rhonda thru the parish office at 250-334-4331.

Thank you for your support!
Dec  1 - Prayer,Theology,Coffee
with Fr. Michael
3 to 4 PM
Small Hall

Dec  2 - Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga
Wednesday, 11:15 am
Parish Hall
Drop in fee of $5.00
Dec  3 - Anglicanism


with Fr. Anthony
Thursday, December 3
Small Hall

Dec  5 - Holly Tea & Bake Sale

The ACW Annual
Holly Tea & Bake Sale

Saturday, December 5
2 - 4 PM in the parish hall

Come join us for tea & purchase some home baked goods to take home or share in the hall. Read more about the many activities of St. John's Anglican Church Women.

Dec  8 - Prayer,Theology,Coffee
with Fr. Michael
3 to 4 PM
Small Hall
Dec  9 - Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga
11:15 am
Parish Hall
Drop in fee of $5.00
Dec 10 - Lectio Divina
led by Alastair Hunting
Thursday, 3 pm
Small Hall
Dec 11 - Blue Christmas


Friday December 11th, 7 pm led by Alastair Hunting

For those who are finding it hard to celebrate Christmas due to a terminal illness or loss of a loved one or a job.

Dec 12 - Celtic Evening Prayer

led by Jane Clelland
Saturday, 4 pm

Saturday, December 12th, 4 pm led by Jane Clelland. Join us for an ecumenical festive Celtic Advent Evensong, featuring harp, piano and soloists on Saturday December 12th at 7 pm.  Door prize and donations for the local resettlement of Syrian refugees.

Dec 12 - Poinsettia/Wreath pick-up date

Orders will be ready for pickup on December 12.

Contact Rhonda thru the parish office at 250-334-4331.

Thank you for your support!
Dec 15 - Prayer,Theology,Coffee
with Fr. Michael
3 to 4 PM
Small Hall
Dec 16 - Chair Yoga
Chair Yoga
11:15 am
Parish Hall
Drop in fee of $5.00
Dec 18 - Office closed
The parish office will be closed Friday, Dec. 18 due to Christmas Holidays. Office will reopen Monday, January 4th, 2016.
Dec 20 - Whole Congregation Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 20th we would like to invite you to share in an old fashioned Christmas pageant, one in which we will all take part by wearing costumes. It will be held during the 10 am service and includes holy communion.

Dec 22 - Worship Consultation Group Meeting
Tuesday, 3 pm in the small hall.
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Services


DEC. 24

- 3:00 pm, Holy Communion
- 4:15 pm, Christmas Carols &   Candle Light Service
- 11:00 pm, Midnight Service -   Holy Communion


Dec 25 - Christmas Day Service

DEC. 25

- 11:00 am, Holy Communion

Dec 25 - Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 25th, 3:00 pm This is open to all parishioners, their families and invited guests.  We hope to have a visit from Santa and some carol singing.  We need people to pre-register by Dec 20th so we can plan accordingly.  Please register by calling Marion Edmondson at 250-334-3385 or by adding your name to the registration sheets in St Mary’s Hall.

Jan 01 - New Year's Day Service


JAN. 1

- 10:00 am - Holy Communion

Jan 04 - Office will reopen
On Monday, January 4th, 2016 the office will reopen after the Christmas holidays.
Jan 18 - Estate Planning Seminars

We will be holding Estate Planning Seminars on January 18th.  There will be two time slots:  1:00 in the afternoon or 7:00 in the evening.  This is an informational seminar and will touch on many aspects of Estate Planning.  There is no cost and registration sheets will be available in January.  This is open to all parishioners as estate planning is something that is applicable to all ages. 

This will be run by Marion Edmondson who had 25 years of experience with estate planning before retiring in 2013.

Jan 23 - Sanctuary Workshop
St. Peter, Comox
Safe Church Education replaced with "Sanctuary Program".  FMI including workshop dates & locations nearby please click HERE.


Worship Services

Sunday Bulletin
November 29, 2015

Daily Prayer

"The Divine Herald
December 2015

Outreach Ministries

Community Outreach
offered by St. John's on
Sunday, Nov. 22
Parish Hall on 5th St.

On November 22, we welcomed Christmas parade watchers to drop in for a hot beverage and a chance to warm up. The downtown Annual Courtenay Christmas Parade traveled along fifth street in front of our church. To view highlights of the parade please click here.
(Please click the link above to view the slide show. Photos taken by Ginny Alliston).


"Thanks to the generosity of St. John's parishioners we collected 50 Christmas boxes for needy children this year! May God's love continue to shine in our hearts."

Operation Christmas Child Program at St. John the Divine 2015

(Please click link above to view photos taken by OCC Parish Coordinator - Linda Hughes)

Samaritan's Purse

NEW Outreach Ministry at St. John's Church: Syrian Refugee Support Committee.

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100 Years of Ministry in the Comox Valley
1915 - 2015

All Are Welcome ... Come As You Are

"We proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in our lives and in the loving service we offer our community."

Rector's Christmas Message 2015
By The Rev. Anthony Divinagracia

“To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Dear Friends in Christ,

   All the preparations; all the shopping and gift wrapping, the writing of cards, all the parties; seem to rush Christmas on us faster than we can imagine. After all, there are only 24 more days of shopping left. But the Church sometimes goes against the culture and asks us, to pause and prepare for the Lord’s coming, not in a rush, but with patience and joyful anticipation. Yes, this Advent season in our Church’s life is marked by the joyful anticipation as well as hopeful expectation.

  There is so much to be hopeful for in our lives in Christ. We have hopeful expectation as we look forward to the annual celebration of the birth of the Christ child at Christmas. We recall the message of the Angel to the Shepherds, “Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the LORD. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).

   We have much to rejoice at St. John’s as we continue to grow in our life of faith and witness together. We have experienced growth on many levels this year both in the depth and breadth of many of our ministries and programs, as well as a steady growth in numbers attending our various services and events throughout the week. We are becoming more and more active in our outreach to one another and to those around us in the wider community. With this in mind let me encourage you to make the most of our numerous events happening over the Advent and Christmas season and to invite family, friends and neighbours along with you.  In this newsletter, you will find much information detailing Advent and Christmas happenings in our parish. Let me assure you, there is much to enjoy during this Advent - Christmas Season to help us get in the Spirit! Plan to come out and participate.

  As we celebrate Advent and Christmas, we also take a moment to discern our thoughts. This season is a time to reflect upon the things we are thankful for—our friends, family, neighbors, and of course church community. Let us indeed give thanks for our parish and the outreach we have made to our community to the Glory of God.

  The heart of Christmas is the nativity—a time to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. This story is not just something that we read. Rather, we are invited to be a part of the Christian narrative as we offer love to one another. The same love which we have found with the birth of Christ.

  Christmas is a time for relationships. Our connection with humanity and with God is important. What does the birth of Jesus mean for you? How has God worked in your life this year? These are questions, which we can ask together throughout the church year as a committed, welcoming community of Christians who strive to live out the Gospels.

  As I write this year's Advent/Christmas message, I find myself thinking about the violence and war and terrorism going on in the world. I am reminded that for many Christians in the Middle East, this is a time of persecution and sometimes even death, not a time of joyous preparation for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. We live in a country we can be thankful for, for its’ relative peace and prosperity and freedom, and especially for the freedom to worship in peace.

  And what better way to be thankful to God than to celebrate Christmas, to give thanks for God's Great Gift to us of Jesus. He came among us to make our lives, our communities, and our world, better, and we are called to walk the same path and become involved in the same kinds of healing and saving acts that characterized His life. There is much that we can do to answer God's call to make a difference in our communities and our world, and so I ask that if you are able, consider making a donation to the Good Samaritan fund during this holiday season when there is usually greater demand for help. We all are aware that things have become more expensive: rents, electricity, gas etc. I hope everyone who has the ability to donate food and/or funds will be generous as we strive to help those less fortunate than ourselves. During this season when we anticipate the celebration of the coming of our Lord, we are asked to be grateful and to be generous to those in need.  

  My family and I want to wish everyone a most Blessed Christmas. May the Christ Child find your heart, mind and soul ready to have a place for Him. May God bless each and every one of you in the New Year!

In Christ,
Fr. Anthony

"As we gather we recognize that we live, work and play on the traditional lands of the First Nations Peoples. We also join in a line of Anglicans who have worshipped on these lands. As we continue we commit ourselves as a settler church and people to continue with our First Nations neighbours on the journey of truth and reconciliation."

Please also visit the website of our companion parish in the Comox Valley: Saint Peter's Anglican Church in Comox.

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How to connect with us...

St. John's Anglican Church
579 5th Street
Courtenay, B.C.
Canada V9N 1K2

Driving Directions

250-334-4331 (Office/Fax)

250-897-8569 (Cell)


Monday thru Thursday
9 am to 12 Noon