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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


Father Michael

June 3, 1953 - January12 2018


Dear Parishioners,

While many of you will have already heard the news, it is with great sadness to inform you that Father Michael passed away peacefully Friday evening surrounded by his loving family and with Father Alvin at his side.

While we have lost a dear friend and such a strong spiritual leader, after bravely battling cancer for the better part of a year, Father Michael is now in the grace of God "at home" having completed his journey here on earth and is at peace.

The funeral service will be held at 2pm on Saturday 20 January at St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. There will not be visitations prior to the service.

Please hold Holly and their family in your thoughts and prayers and include them in any prayer chains with which you may be involved.

Because there are a number of parishioners who do not have access to e-mail, please share this news with others who may not have received this news.


Your Wardens

Duncan Crowdis -
Robert MacMillan -
Blake Starratt -


In Memory of

Rev. Michael Henry Mitchell

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of The Rev. Michael Henry Mitchell on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg with his family by his side.

Born in Halifax on June 3, 1953, Michael was the son of the late John Alfred Mitchell and Ruth Josephine Mitchell.

Michael first served in the Roman Catholic Church with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and was ordained as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980. The early years of his ministry were spent in Ontario in the parishes of Hamilton and Fort Frances.

Michael was received in the Anglican Church in 1996 and served in the parishes of St. Martin’s, Western Shore and St. Thomas, Fall River and on May 1, 2005, Michael and his wife, Holly came to the parish of St. John’s Anglican Church to serve as their Rector.

Michael’s ministry has led him to serve as a Retreat Director and ministry among Canada’s First Nations people in Labrador and Northern Ontario, as well as research with the Provincial Government and fund raising work in the not-for-profit sector. He has served as the co-chair of the Diocese of NS and PEI Leap for Faith Capital Campaign, and as a member of the Diocesan Planned Giving Committee since 1998 and chair of the Committee from 2005 to 2008. In 2009, Michael was appointed Regional Dean of the South Shore Region of the Diocese and in January, 2012, he was named Archdeacon of the 13 parishes of the South Shore.

As a talented pianist, Michael was always looking for opportunities to share his love of music, whether through his own participation in services or through opening up the doors of the church to world class performances by international artists.

To have a ministry with boundaries so wide and deep, Michael depended upon and cherished the support from his family. Times shared in simple pleasures like gardening, cooking, hiking and reading were all considered precious to him and were a great source of his strength.

Michael is survived by his wife, Holly; his daughters, Christy Hagen of Bedford, Michelle Hagen (Jody) of Dartmouth and his son, Michael (Paula) Landygo, of Winnipeg; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Caleigh and Trinity; his sister-in-law, Teri Bobinski of Wadena, SK; his brothers-in-law, George (Inessa) Kulyk of Basel, Switzerland; Morris (Pat) Kulyk of Cochrane, AB; his brothers, Greg (Sharon) Mitchell, of Brookside; John (Mary) Mitchell of Brookside; sister, Debbie (Kevin) Wilson of Elmsdale; nieces, Trina, of Brookside; Crista-Lee (Ruben), of Canmore, AB; Stephanie (Keith) and Haley, both of Elmsdale; nephews, Matthew (Jennifer), of Brookside; Johnny (Sarah) of Eastern Passage; Stephen (Heidi) of Brookside; his aunt, Pearl Gregory of Elmsdale, and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Ruth Mitchell and his uncle, Harry Gregory of Elmsdale, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

Michael will always be remembered for his big smile, his sense of humor, his infectious laugh, his positive attitude, his story telling, his generosity and support of all those he knew and loved. He treasured his times spent with all of his family and especially his grandchildren, whom he loved more than words can say. He shared his love of travelling (cruising) with his wife, Holly, and together they had travelled extensively.

Michael had a profound love for the people of all the parishes he served.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg, The Most Reverend Ron Culter officiating. Interment at St. Martin’s Anglican Cemetery, Martin’s River.


The Vinegar Bible


Choral Evensong

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2016 Annual Report


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10th Anniversary of the Reopening

The year 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the reopening and rededication of St. John’s Church. This event took place on June 12, 2005 following the fire of 2001 and the restoration of St. John’s. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, June 14th  at 3:00pm, with the Rt. Rev’d Ron Cutler, Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  There will be special music and a number of guests, associated with the restoration as we look to the future of our parish family. Everyone is welcome to the Service, which will be followed by a free community Barbeque in the Church Parade.

Please refer to this page for updated information regarding our 10th Anniversary celebrations.



Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

Download a message from The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz here.


Advent Newsletter 2017


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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.

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The Annual Report 2014

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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.


Copies are now available of the new Illustrated History of St. John’s Anglican Church, written by noted author and parishioner, Shirley Woods. 
For more information please view the Poster.St. John's Windows

Click here to view the interactive video of thewindows in church.Exciting Music Ministry News


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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