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Welcome to St John’s Anglican Church
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


St. John’s, Lunenburg has been a place of welcome and worship since 1753. St. John’s not only has a rich history in the Anglican tradition, we also have a Vision for what God is calling the parish to be and do in the 21st Century. The Parish is a community of caring people who gather to worship and praise God in Common Prayer. We seek to look beyond the walls of the church and make a difference for good in the community and world. The parish provides a number of Christian education activities for children and adults.

We invite you to tour our website and discover some of the richness of our parish. If you are a parishioner, we hope that you will find the information you are seeking here on the website. If you are planning to visit St. John’s, we hope that the website will assist you in discovering St. John’s Church, Lunenburg, NS


The Parochial Committee

Dear Parishioners

We have had a number of parishioners who have recently asked about the timing of the appointment of a new rector. While much of the process is held in confidentiality, it is important that everyone understand the steps of the process and timing.

The first step of the process (contained in Canon 25) was to appoint a parish Parochial Search Committee which was completed at the Special Congregational Meeting on 3 May. The members of the committee are our three wardens, Robert MacMillan, Blake Starratt and Duncan Crowdis and elected at the meeting were Emmi Fraser, Jane Ritcey, Maureen Moffatt and Heather Eisenhauer.

The committee has met a number of times over the past month and has just completed what is called a Parish Profile, a lengthy document describing our Parish that includes a physical description, our various liturgical, ministry and committee activities, Parish statistics, Parish finances and how the Parish sees itself moving forward as part of our Shared Vision recently discerned from the many meetings involving close to 150 parishioners.

This document has been vetted by Archdeacon Ian Wissler and will be delivered to Archbishop Ron Cutler later this week, With this document in hand, the Archbishop will then send out an announcement across Canada notifying all clergy that there is an opening for a full time rector at the Parish of St. John's in Lunenburg and will call for those interested to apply. In a week or so, if you check the Diocesan Web Site, you will see a notice to this effect in the "Latest News" section under "Notification of Openings".

At that point, the Parochial Committee will work with the Archbishop to review applicants and interview candidates leading towards the appointment of a new rector. This part of the process must be carried out under complete confidentiality.

The question everyone asks is "how long will this take". Clearly, for all of us, the sooner the better but there are many factors that will dictate the total time it takes. In looking at the process, with a month or so for the "notice of opening" to be advertised, time to assess those that apply, the time to go through interviews, with the final candidates likely going through a second set of interviews and then the time to deliberate with the Archbishop leading to an appointment of a new rector, we are talking the better part of the summer and into the early fall. And then, once a successful candidate has been appointed, they are required to give 3 months notice to their current parish. So, while there is no guarantee, doing the math, if all goes well and if we keep our finger crossed and the stars are aligned and our ships are all sailing in the same direction, we could have a new rector in place by the start of Advent.

However, one thing you can be assured of is that your Parochial Committee will work as quickly as possible but always with our top priority being to ensure that we find a rector who will be the strong spiritual leader our parish deserves and an individual who is passionate about leading us toward our Shared Vision

St. John's Parochial Committee


St. John’s Church, Lunenburg


Blessing of the Animals


St. John's Anglican Church Sunday School Invites you to Join us to celebrate all of God's Creations- Big and Small

Sunday, September 30th

Bring your pet to class in a kennel or cage

Learn about pet care from our special guest, Dr. Spiers, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine

Learn about Saint Francis of Assisi who loved animals and nature.

Join in the Blessing of the Animals in the Courtyard after class @ 12:30 pm


The Vinegar Bible


Choral Evensong

If you missed it or if you attended you may like to relive the event through images on our Flickr|


2017 Annual Report


To get your copy click here!


Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

Download a message from The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz here.


Newsletter Summer 2018


For your copy of the news letter please click here.


Seven Questions every Church should Ask

Are you concerned about the life of the church and the parish? You are invited to journey with the members of Parish Council and review the article: 'Seven Questions Every Church Should Ask". If you would like to offer your comments, please email them to the parish office:  Your comments are important to us. Thank you.

Obtain the "Seven Questions every Church should Ask" here


Canada Help Logo

Are you interested in making donation to St. John's Anglican Church? Please use, a secure, online non-profit initiative, that allows you to help St. John's quickly and easily Click Here.


Exciting Music Ministry News

See the music calendar for details on MusiqueRoyale and other concerts coming up at St. John's.


Church of the Stars

A mystery of the gold gilded chancel stars was uncovered during the restoration project of St. John's Anglican Church. Click here to watch the award winning story featured on the Discovery Channel "Daily Planet" program.


Our tour program

Welcome to St. John’s National Historic Site, founded in 1753.  Your donation of $2.00 or more supports the ongoing preservation of this historic church.

Our student Tour Guides are pleased to welcome visitors seven days a week from 10am until 6pm.


Bienvenue à St. John's, Lieu historique national.

Entrée: 2,00$

Votre contribution aide à l'entretien et à la conservation de cette église historique.


Die Kirche St. Johannes in Lunenburg erhebt sich stolz als geistlicher Anker ueber Lunenburg,einer UNESCO Weltkulturerbe-Stadt in Lunenburg,Nova Scotia,Canada. Die Kirche wurde 1753 gegruendet.

Die Entwicklung der Architektur


Tour groups as well as individuals are welcome.



Visit our online gallery to view pictures from recent events in our parish.

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