Tuesday, January 13, 2009


St John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Brights Grove

St John-in-the-Wilderness Church, Brights Grove2896 Old Lakeshore Road, Brights Grove, Ontario

St. John-in-the-Wilderness Anglican church is on the shores of Lake Huron. The church was built in 1856 and was the second Anglican church to be established in the Sarnia area. At the time the church was built the land was cedar swamp. This is why the name was given to this pioneer church.

The property was established by Henry Jones who was given a 10,000 acre tract of land along Lake Huron shores in 1827. He brought a colony of sixty people from Paisley, Scotland in 1828 to build a back-settlers camp at the mouth of the Perche Creek, now the site of St. John-in-the-Wilderness Church.

With Christ Church, Camlachie about 8 km to the west, St John's forms the Lakeshore Parish. The Rev'd Jenny Sharp, previously Deacon Assistant at ELAM, was appointed deacon in charge December 1, 2008.