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Corrymeela Pilgrimage 2018

There are several spots left on the 2018 Reconciliation Journey to Northern Ireland, May 5 - 13, 2018. Join folks from Toronto, Yellowknife, and Prince Edward Island on the latest trip to the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre. Cost is $1700 plus airfare. Contact Martha Martin asap at for more details.

Our furry friends accompanied us to church on Sunday October 15th, 2017
for our Blessing of the Animals Service!

Sunday After Service Lunches

soup We hope to offer a light and informal (ie. soup, bread, cheese) lunch each Sunday after church as a way to strengthen our community, and generally help us get to know one another, young and old. One way of organizing it might be to have different groups within the church (eg. bible study, Outreach, Official Board, Transition Team, choir, youth group, Christian Development) take turns hosting and preparing food each week.

If you have some ideas and energy to put towards this and would like to think it through with the minister, please email

St. John's United Welcomes
The Al-Issou Family to Canada

They have finally arrived!
The Syrian refugee family our congregation sponsored are here!
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Ray, Judy amd Jim

Music Director Ray Grant (centre) was recognized on May 3, 2015 for his exemplary leadership and lasting legacy in music ministry for the Congregation and for the broader United Church of Canada. Pictured with Ray are wife Judy Grant and Chair of the Official Board Jim Sharpe.

Ray Grantís Lasting Legacy as Minister of Music at St Johnís United Church

As a tribute for more than forty years of dedication and service to St Johnís United Church in Halifax, Music Director Ray Grant was recognized on May 3, 2015 for his exemplary leadership and lasting legacy in music ministry for the Congregation and for the broader United Church of Canada. As Minister of Music, Mr. Grant has inspired many individuals and transformed the spiritual life of the Congregation of St Johnís United Church.

On May 3, St. John's United Church also celebrated its 222nd Anniversary. As part of that celebration, the Adult Choir, Handbell Choir and String Orchestra came together under RayĎs direction to harmonize, gloriously, Ode to Joy. Later in the service, the Youth Choir sang for the congregation, an early start to their choral training.

Ray was involved with the church since his early days in Cape Breton. He was baptized at Knox United in Glace Bay and sang in the Youth Choir there. He played the organ at the United Baptist Church while still a high school student. After graduating from the Nova Scotia Teacherís College in 1967, he taught school in Sydney River, Cape Breton for 2 years and was organist at Warden United Church in New Aberdeen.

After completing his studies in Music at Dalhousie University in 1972, Ray taught in the Dartmouth City Schools Music Department, and was Organist/Choir Director and Sunday School Superintendent at Grace United Church in Dartmouth. Ray also sang as bass soloist in three Halifax churches, St Paulís Anglican, First Baptist, and St Johnís United. After Ruth Lawley retired as organist at St Johnís in 1976, Ray was hired to fill her position, and he and his family have been members of St Johnís ever since.

ďI donít think of myself as just the Director of Music at St. John's United, but also as a working member of the congregation. My interest in the life of the congregation has led me to do more than to simply help create a Sunday Morning experience. Fellowship and fundraising events have played a large part of my time here. Cabarets, concerts and dinners have been a source of great pleasure as I try to foster the talent so prevalent in this church community.Ē
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