Saturday, December 29, 2007


St George's, Blue Mountains, Ontario

St George's, Blue Mountains, OntarioThe Rev. Canon Stephen Haig, previously the rector of St. John the Evangelist, Leamington, has been appointed the rector of St. George's Anglican, Blue Mountains (formerly Clarksburg) effective January 15, 2008. Rector for the past six years, the Rev. Canon Ben Burry's conducted his final service at St. George's Anglican on Sunday, July 8th, 2006, retiring after celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

The first St George's was a frame building erected in 1862. It was replaced by the present brick structure constructed on the same site and completed in 1899. In 1980, an addition was built, providing a meeting room, nursery, rector's study and washrooms.

An ongoing ministry is to Mexican migrant workers. Every summer the Mexicans work in the area's apple orchards and although most are Roman Catholic, they have been welcomed at St. George's in the absence of a Roman Catholic church in the community. They frequently participate in Sunday services by reading the Gospel in Spanish and the St. George's congregation has learned the appropriate Spanish responses.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Church of the Transfiguration, London, Ontario

Church of the Transfiguration, London, OntarioThe Church of the Transfiguration is located in northwest London Ontario, close to the University of Western Ontario. It began as a mission of St. George's Anglican Church, Wharncliffe Rd in 1958 meeting in the Orchard Park School. The first full time incumbent was appointed in 1960. Construction of the building began in the fall of 1961 and the congregation moved in March 1962.

An anonymous donation made it possible to build a church. Designed by Philip Carter Johnson, it has the parish hall in the basement and a church on the upper level.

Mosaic by A. A. FatourosDoors (left) were created by A. A. Fatouros representing the transfiguration. From top clockwise, Jesus Christ - the fish with a cross; St. John - the winged serpent rising out of the challis; Moses and Elijah - the tablets showing the ten commandments; St. Peter - the three golden keys and St. James - the three clam shells and the raised sword. The weather damaged the doors and they now hang in the church office.

In April 2007, Rev. Canon Beverley Wheeler was appointed part time Priest in Charge

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


St James' on-the-Hill, Brantford

St James' on-the-Hill, Brantford, OntarioThe ministry began in 1881 with cottage services and Sunday school conducted by the Archdeacon from Grace Church, Brantford. By 1881 the parish had its first priest and was aligned with Saint Paul's in Holmedale. In 1918, the parish became self-supporting and constructed the present building which was dedicated in March 1920. In the 1933 St James was once again aligned with St Paul's but has been self-supporting since the Second World War.

Originally in a rural area the church is now part of the city which has grown around it. The parish hall, with stage and kitchen facilities, is active with weekday social clubs and evening meetings of the scouting and guiding movements.

Rector is the Rev. Heather Robinson who is Regional Dean for Brant/Norfolk.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


St John the Evangelist, London, Ontario

St John the Evangelist, London, OntarioThe parish of St. John the Evangelist was founded in 1864 with services conducted in variety of places until 1888 when the present building was constructed. In 1897 the spire was erected. In 2002, a major restoration project upgraded the walls, roof, stained glass windows and bell tower.

Clergy are Rev Canon Don Ford, Rev Rob Luxton and Rev Patricia Dobbs-Luxton.

An Old Fashioned New Year's Eve takes place again this year. Tickets are $30 (children under 16 free) available at the church office. The dance will be lead by Guelph band Relative Harmony with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and keyboard. Finger foods all evening and New Year is welcomed with champagne and desserts.