A girl (with her mom looking on) read the weekly scripture reading for the Advent Sunday service at St. John's Church, Thorold.

Faith Resources

You may be exploring faith in God or have not yet made a commitment to following Jesus.

 

You may have many questions:

How will God challenge us to live out our faith? What opportunities for ministry; for caring and offering compassion will we encounter?

 

What will we learn about our relationship with God and how the Spirit moves through our lives? How will our personal relationship with God grow and deepen ? 

 

Or will we stumble, not feeling strongly connected to the One who created us?  

 

Please be assured that you are welcome to bring your wonderings, questions and doubts here. We will journey together, whether distanced and online or in-person, in our uncertainty and our discovery. 

You may find helpful the list of resources below.

 

Also, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak to our priest, Kathy. Never underestimating where conversations may lead and the power they hold, she will be glad to arrange a phone call or Zoom conversation.

"No one of us has all the answers – but together, our collective wisdom can find and search out answers”. —Unknown

Church Library


We invite you to borrow from our library which is located in the Audrey Ralph room off the Kitchen/Memorial Hall. Browse through our shelves anytime as lending hours are flexible. We especially invite everyone to take a look on Sunday mornings. A wide range of lending materials is available for all age groups and interests.




Our Daily Bread Ministries Canada


This ministry publishes one of the most widely read and well-loved devotional booklets printed, with over 10 million per issue, in 37 languages. In addition, though, Our Daily Bread offers a mobile app (on the App Store and Google Play), an online daily podcast and devotional article (at the top of the page), as well as a Facebook page that you can like and follow to have a daily devotion appear in your timeline.




Oremus Bible Browser


Oremus is an online Bible browser that can help you find specific passages or terms. You can search for a particular passage or a key term such as “Abraham” or “covenant”. You tell the browser in which book or range of biblical books to look.




Online Lectionary—Anglican Church of Canada


The readings in the Online Lectionary (from the Book of Alternative Services) are from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary. On Sundays and feast days there is a link to the full readings. The Book of Alternative Services is used at St. John’s every Sunday, and forms the framework of our services.




Book of Common Prayer Online


BCP Online - The Prayerbook Society of Canada offers an online Book of Common Prayer--a liturgical book used by churches of the Anglican Communion. First authorized for use in the Church of England in 1549, this book is still used in some Anglican churches today (not St. John's.) There is also a BCP mobile app available on the App Store and Google Play.




Forward Day by Day


Forward Day by Day, a resource of Forward Movement, is a series of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary. The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. Each month's meditation is written by a different author. This resource is available in print form and online from the website. You can also listen to the Forward Day by Day podcast anywhere you find podcasts!




Book of Alternative Services


The Book of Alternative Services, despite its name “alternative,” has become the primary worship text for Sunday services and other major liturgical celebrations of the Anglican Church of Canada. 2020 marked the 35th anniversary of its publication. It is available in book format found in our pews, and here in both a downloadable PDF version, and an online version.





Click the dropdown arrow to the right of each resource to read its description.