St John The Divine Anglican Church London ON

N0M 1C0


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Who we are

We believe Christian spirituality is connecting with the mystery of God revealed in Jesus Christ. At St. John’s it is our belief church should be a place of welcome and enable individuals to discover for themselves, the significance of Jesus Christ in their lives. We seek to help you answer life’s questions with meaning, purpose and dignity.

At St. John’s we encourage dialogue, prayer and soul searching as a way to understand God’s presence in your life.

All ages are all welcome and encouraged to get involved at St. John’s.

​We invite you to attend one of our services or prayer groups and experience the “difference” at St. John’s Arva.

Location of worship / Church Address

St John The Divine Anglican Church
21557 Richmond Street
London, ON N0M 1C0
Phone: (519) 660-8177
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Church Pastor

The Rev'd Wendy Mencel
21557 Richmond Street
London, ON N0M 1C0
Phone: (519) 660-8177
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Psalms 56:4

In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust...

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P.O. Box #129
Arva, ON
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St John The Divine Anglican Church Service Times

Please join us on Sundays at 10:30.

We are no longer taking attendance but continue to follow the guidance of the Diocese of Huron. Please continue to wear a mask when attending our services.

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Children ages 3 through 12 years are welcome in our Sunday School, which takes place during our 10:30 am worship service from September to June.

Bible stories, theme-related crafts, music, games, object lessons and science are all part of our Kids’ Club Sunday morning fun!

Our Godly Play program is also used throughout the year to teach children to enter into biblical stories and relate them to their personal experiences.   Edit
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Youth Group

St John’s Youth Group is a way for youth ages 15-17 to connect with each other in our community

Led by Nicole Sader, our group lessons every Sunday morning at 10:30 are based on the Elements curriculum as well as real-world experiences.

​In addition to our weekly Sunday meetings, St. John’s Youth Group meets once a month in the evening which frequently involves participating in community outings.

The third Sunday of every month, our youth participate in Youth Sundays in which they partake in our church services by greeting attendees and leading liturgy readings.​   Edit

Local outreach & community activities

Our social calendar includes Community Breakfasts held before the Sunday Service; the Wednesday 10-12 Coffee Club (all are welcome); our popular Christmas Bazaar, and many others.

St John’s values being a member of the local communities and is happy to give back.

In addition to our regular monthly and annual special events, we are pleased to regularly donate our time, talents and funds toward many important non-for-profit foundations including:

​The Daily Bread Food Bank

Mission Services of London

Sleeping Children Around the World

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

The parishioners of St. John’s Arva constantly assist with the needs of those within our community and beyond.

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Tuesday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm   Edit

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St John The Divine Anglican Church History

St. John the Divine was founded in 1822 on what was called the Proof Line (now Highway 4, Richmond St. North, Arva) located on the farm of William Geary.

The first clergyman was the Honourable and Reverend Charles James Stewart, son of the seventh Earl of Galloway, namesake of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Master of Arts of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He baptized families in the wooden Geary Barn, some of whose descendants worship with us today.

It was in 1829 when the Reverend Benjamin Cronyn arrived from Ireland on his way to the settlers in Adelaide Township. He was persuaded to remain in London and took charge of St. Paul’s in the village (now St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, ON) and St. John’s.

It was Bishop Cronyn who established the Diocese of Huron of which St. John’s is still a part of today.

From 1841-1872 St. John’s was under the direction of the Reverend Charles C. Brough, later Archdeacon of London. On Easter Day 1873 Reverend J. Walker Marsh, entered upon his Rectorship of St. John’s succeeding Archdeacon Brough. It was under his guidance and leadership the present brick church of St. John’s was built and consecrated by Bishop Hellmuth on December 12 1875.

The last marriage performed in the old wooden church was that of Mary Jane Lawrence to Richard Ambrose Powell. The first marriage in the new church was of Tena Smibert to Chas. Powell. These were ancestors of the late Bart Powell, who was a prominent and active member of both the Church and Cemetery.


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