For a long time before joining we admired the quaint, historic church building and cemetery of St. John’s. Just walking around the grounds brought about a feeling of serenity, security and attachment to church history and tradition. The first function we attended at the church was the Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday. We were strangers to St. John’s but we immediately felt at home as we were warmly welcomed by members of the congregation and minister. After that we started to attend regularly. That was four years ago.
The Sunday services, with St. John’s angelic choir and talented organist playing an extraordinary organ, not to mention the thought provoking and uplifting sermons, make church attendance a wonderful highlight for us. The after-service coffee and tea and other St. John’s get together’s tie things together and generate a sense of community. We have also attended group outings to plays and musical events.
Generally, churches we have gone to have been quite large and we felt too shy to get involved. The small size of St. John’s has a real advantage over other churches because it provides opportunities for many people to participate in myriad aspects of the church life. We have assisted with church services, been involved in advisory committees and Outreach activities and even worked on maintenance jobs in the building.
St. John’s has given us the opportunity to transcend ourselves, to focus our attention on people and things outside of and more important than ourselves. It has been said that it is better to give than to receive and we have both personally discovered the truth in this adage. While we have given of ourselves, we have received back from the church abundantly, in terms of community, fellowship and a heightened sense of personal growth and spirituality.