Worship at St. Jude’s
St. Jude’s opened in accord with the Diocesan guidelines for the Amber Stage of the Covid recovery on September 8th. In-church services have returned with a change in times to allow for proper cleaning. Services are recorded and available on-line for parishioners and visitors who elect to join us remotely. St. Jude’s is a growing and vibrant church community in North London rooted in worship and committed to faithful, loving service in our community and world. Our members continually live out their faith in their homes, places of work and with their friends and neighbours – so wherever you are on your spiritual journey you are welcome here – to learn and to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
The church is now open in accordance with the Amber Stage guidelines. Members and visitors may elect to worship virtually by watching the on-line services posted in the Services and / or News sections of this website. On Sunday we gather to worship God and to connect and strengthen our relationship with one another. There are two services offered that you are welcome to come and explore. The service at 8:30 a.m. is a said service while the 10:30 a.m. service has music and offers Sunday School for children over the age of six. The Book of Alternative Services [PDF] is the text used for both services.
A typical service
- You will be greeted as you come in and ushered to your seat.
- At both services everything is projected entirely on the screen, and the priest will provide direction when needed.
- Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly when you need to stand or sit (it isn’t really that important) and only join in when you feel comfortable.
- The music will be managed by our choir director and words projected on the screen.
- There will be a monetary offering (as a visitor you are welcomed to contribute to the ministry of the parish but please don’t feel you have to!)
- We celebrate Holy Eucharist at our weekly services, and all baptized Christians are welcomed to receive the bread. Simply come up to the altar rail at the time of communion to receive with everyone else. Cup your hands to receive the bread. If you do not wish to receive, you may still come forward, cross your arms across your chest and receive a blessing.
- For now, coffee time is suspended and parishioners are asked to leave the building directly following the service.
Sundays 8:30 am and 10:30 am
- At these services modern language is used and three scripture passages are read – one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament and one from the Gospels.These services also include a sermon, prayers for the community and the celebration of the Eucharist. At the 10:30 a.m. service music is a central part of worship. Children and infants are welcome to remain in the sanctuary during the service. If there is a question that comes to mind during the service, the sermon or during your exploration of the community you can ask after the service, send an email to the parish priest at [email protected]
Each week, the service is recorded and posted to You Tube and this website. This gives parishioners and guests the opportunity to join the worship or revisit the homily or full service at any time.
- We are joined to God through Jesus Christ in a covenantal relationship.
- God has promised us salvation and the forgiveness of our sins.
- We promise to lead a baptismal life.
- New believers are introduced to the community.
- We are invited to participate in the Eucharist (Holy Communion) and to receive the highest offering of the church, the body and blood of Jesus Christ.
- We are joined to the church universal in a covenantal relationship
How do I have my child or myself baptized?
Baptism preparation is available for adults seeking baptism or parents seeking to have their child baptized in the Anglican tradition. Preparation involves the study of the sacraments, the process of being welcomed into the Christian community, and what living a baptismal life entails. For more information, contact the parish priest at [email protected] or call the church at 519-660-6198.
How can I learn more?
How much does baptism cost?
Everything. To follow Jesus as a family is to give your entire life to God. But it is worth it and it is amazing! As with God’s grace, baptism is free for all willing to accept Jesus into their lives.
The sacrament of marriage is offered at St. Jude’s to any couple of whom at least one is a baptized Christian. Before being married in the Anglican Church of Canada, couples are required to successfully complete a marriage preparation course. This course involves meeting with the priest several times – depending on the needs of the couple – to discuss and prepare for Christian married life.
Our organist is available to help select and perform music for your wedding upon request. The priest and organist are also available for rehearsals and other preparations as needed.
Frequently asked questions:
- How much for the Church? The church is free for all members of St. Jude’s. If you are not a member of the parish and would like to use the church for your wedding there is a required donation of $500.00 to support the ongoing ministry of the Church. You will be issued a tax receipt for this donation. In addition to this donation there is a fee of $400.00 for all couples seeking marriage at St. Jude’s to fund the various expenses associated your wedding.
- How much for priestly services? It is not the practice of the Anglican Church or St. Jude’s to charge for the sacraments, whether Baptism, Eucharist or Marriage. If you so choose you may leave an honorarium for the clergy as a gift of thanks for the time spent in preparation for your wedding.
- How much for the musician? Our organist is available to help make your day the best it can be. Her services leading up to and including the wedding day are $250
- Are we allowed to take pictures or video during the ceremony? Yes, but we kindly ask that only one person, a professional photographer takes pictures or only one guest is appointed to this role.
Funeral services can be performed at St. Jude’s or at the Funeral home of your choice.For funerals at the church we offer the services of our organist and the use of the facility for a reception afterwards. The reception may be catered by the parish community or by an outside agency. Arrangements for funerals and receptions will be made with the parish priest.There are a number of different options for memorial and funeral services within the Anglican tradition to celebrate the life of your loved one in the context of Christian hope of resurrection and eternal life.When making arrangements the priest will meet with you to help you choose a service that speaks to you and the deceased, while celebrating the hope that is found in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.To discuss funeral arrangements please phone the church at 519-660-6198 or contact the parish priest at [email protected]