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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


Update On Michael's Health


Dear Parishioners,

Father Michael's condition continues basically unchanged. He remains in the Fisherman's Memorial Hospital with support from the palliative team, nursing and support staff. While he does continue to weaken physically and spends much of his time resting, in his moments awake, he is lucid and can carry on limited conversations.

In our last update two weeks ago, we indicated that the next couple of weeks would be focused on family visitations with Holly's sister and two brothers one from out west and one from overseas here to spend time with Michael. While it was excellent support as only family can bring, all three have now returned home

As we all know, our Father Michael has always loved the interaction with people and thrives around his social connections. One only has to remember how his face breaks into that infectious smile whenever he was talking with someone! Over the past number of months, while it was in Michael's best interest to minimize visitations, Michael, Holly and his care team feel that it would now be appropriate to encourage more visitations.

Michael has been moved to the Veterans Unit at the Fisherman's. If you would like to go and visit, check in at the nurse's station in the Veteran's Unit and they will let you know if it is appropriate to visit. Whether it is a good time or not, please sign the "Visitors Guest Book" we have left at the nurse's station. In the book, you can leave a short message to show Michael that you were thinking of him and were there for a visit. This record will also allow Michael and Holly an opportunity later on to look back at the names of all their visitors.

The obvious risk in opening this up is that a number of people could arrive at the same time. Michael remains in a very weakened position and this type of visitation would be very taxing on him. We need to try to keep it to one or two at a time. We would simply ask that you try your best to respect the need to keep the number of visitors at the same time to a minimum and keep the visitation relatively short. Actually Michael is pretty good at indicating when he has had enough.

In terms of the timing of a visit, the afternoons and evenings are probably the best times for both Michael and Holly and if you have to drive a ways to get to the hospital you might want to give Holly a call ahead of time, so she can let you know when might be the best time to visit.

In addition, as we communicated a couple of weeks ago, we have left blank cards and a basket to put them in at the back of the church if you would like to send Michael and Holly a message in this way. Through these cards, feel free to jot down any message you feel is appropriate, whether it be an expression of appreciation for the support Father Michael has provided you and your family over the years or simply a message that you are thinking and praying for them. We will ensure the cards get to Holly and Michael.

As we have been doing for the past months, please continue to hold Michael and Holly in your thoughts and prayers and include Michael and Holly 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 update.


Your Wardens

Duncan Crowdis
Robert MacMillan

Blake Starratt


The Vinegar Bible


Choral Evensong

Celebrate in Music & History
the 300th Anniversary of this rare Bible
Historical Introduction by Peter Matthews
Period Music by A Cappella, vocal ensemble

The Vinegar Bible

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00 pm
St. John’s Church, 64 Townsend Street, Lunenburg
Refreshments following the Service – Everyone Welcome!|


2016 Annual Report


To get your copy click here!


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.


Thanksgiving Newsletter 2017


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


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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