When we moved to St. Catharines we visited quite a few churches before St. George’s, but when we landed here we knew right away we’d found our new church family – people were warm and friendly without overwhelming us, so open and accepting!
I really like the Anglican Church because it still has a lot of the old traditions that are so beautiful, but it’s so modern and inclusive at the same time…and hey, it’s Prince William and Kate’s church, how cool is that?

St. George's is a busy church. Located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, it serves a parish roll of about 390 households as a place of worship and fellowship, and provides space and support to the wider downtown community as well. We welcome visitors and new members. To find out all you need to know to join us for a service, please see the FAQs below. If you still have questions, contact us by phone or email.



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Except for our monthly Celtic service, we use the common Anglican format found in the Book of Alternative Services, often referred to as the Green Book. It’s interactive in that all members read or sing responses or short prayers at various points. There are gospel readings and prayers, hymns are sung (at the 10 am service), and a priest gives a sermon (may be a man or a woman). Our choir and organist provide music at the 10 am services, and guest musicians often take part in special services. The clergy wear vestments in different colours depending on the church calendar. Communion takes place at most services and everyone is welcome to join in, or to ask for a blessing if preferred. We approach the altar, stand or kneel with hands cupped, and are given a bread wafer and a sip of wine representing the Last Supper. “Everyone is welcome at the table of the Lord”. Anglican Terms Translated


Schedule

See the Services page for information. Service shedules are also shown in the footer below.


Niagara Anglican Church

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Location

We are located at 83 Church Street, St. Catharines. For parking information, see below. Bus service is available hourly from 8:45 am on Sundays. For a map showing our location, see the Contact page on this site.


Parking

On Sundays, you can park in either of our two parking lots, accessed from Raymond Street (one block northwest of Church Street), or in the Hulse & English Funeral Home lot next to the church. During the week, please use only our upper parking lot off Raymond Street, unless your car is registered with the office, as we rent the lower lot out and you risk being towed. Please do not use the H&E lot any day other than Sunday.


Accessibility

St. George’s is wheelchair accessible. A ramp entrance is available on the north side of the front of the church and an elevator is available to access the lower level for events taking place in the larger halls. A Warden will unlock and call the elevator and accompany anyone needing to use it.
An accessible washroom is located on the upper level near the Lounge and on the lower floor, the washrooms each have accessible stalls.


Hospitality

Greeters are on duty at the 10 am Sunday service to welcome newcomers and visitors and orient them to the church. Coffee hour takes place after each 10 am service and every third Sunday after the 8 am service. This is a great chance to meet people over tea or coffee and cookies.
Souper Sundays are held monthly after the 10 am service from September to May. A variety of homemade soups and chili are served with homemade bread and sweets.
A Thursday Lunch and Munch meal is held the third Thursday of every month following the noon service; after a light lunch, everyone is welcome to stay as long as they like for fellowship.


Shield

Joining St. George’s is easy: just fill out the New Membership Information form. If you have questions or want to learn more before making the commitment, feel free to contact us.


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Eucharist
Eucharist means ‘thanksgiving’. Anglicans use this word to describe a worship service which involves prayer, Biblical reflection, and the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name. (Also called Communion, Mass, or Lord’s Supper)
Choral Eucharist
See above definition ‘Eucharist.’ Choral Eucharist is worship enriched by music from our talented choir.
Said Eucharist
See definition of ‘Eucharist’. A simple and quiet worship service.
Healing Service
Worship in which our prayer focuses on our own need for healing, and the need for healing we experience in the world around us. Those attending the service have an opportunity to receive specific prayers and the ‘laying on of hands’ (see below definition) from one of our priests. Your prayer requests are held in confidence.
Laying On of Hands
Jesus taught his disciples to participate in healing ministries as a sign of the Kingdom of God coming near. Anglicans understand that healing can occur in many different forms. As disciples of Jesus, we trust that when we ask for God’s presence and help and strength in a difficult situation, God will respond to our prayers. Priests are particularly entrusted, on behalf of the community, to lay hands on those who have asked for prayers as a physical and outward sign of the inward blessing and transformation we are asking to be revealed.
Celtic Service
Worship drawn from the tiny island of Iona in the Scottish Hebrides. Celtic spirituality understands that the life of heaven is woven into the life of the earth, and Celtic prayer reminds us that God is not just with us in churches or on special occasions, but in all of our daily tasks.
Priest
All baptized Christians are ministers in God’s church. A priest is called to the specific ministry of leading the worship life of a church community, to strengthen people in their faith and to enable them to share their relationship with God in their homes and daily life.
Rector
A priest who is in charge of a church or congregation.
Vice Rector
A priest who shares in leading a church or congregation.
Honourary Assistant
A retired priest, or a priest who practices another profession outside of the church, who offers to share in the work and ministry within a church or congregation on a volunteer basis.
Diocese
A geographical grouping of church congregations who work together to make decisions for the wider church and who are led by one bishop (see definition of bishop). St. George’s is part of the Diocese of Niagara.
Bishop
In the Anglican church, a Bishop is elected by the priests and elected representatives of all of the churches in the diocese (see definition of diocese). The Bishop works in consultation with representatives of all of the churches in that diocese, and in accordance with the teachings and practices of the Anglican church both nationally and globally, in order to best enable congregations, and the Anglican church in general, to share God’s love with others and to serve God’s world.
Wardens
Two Wardens, one elected, one appointed by the Rector, are members of the congregation who serve in a leadership capacity in the congregation for a set term. The Rector and two Wardens form the legal corporation of the church.
The Lay Reader shares with the clergy in leading our worship. The Lay Reader is not merely involved in leading worship, but is also involved in other aspects of the church’s leadership and ministry, and the Lay Reader takes seriously an ongoing commitment to nurturing his or her faith life and growing and maturing as a follower of Christ.
St. George - who is that?
Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23 April 303 AD) was a soldier in the Roman army and was later venerated as a Christian martyr. On 24 February AD 303, Emperor Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods of the time. However, George objected. Diocletian was upset, not wanting to lose his best tribune and the son of his best official, Gerontius. But George loudly renounced the Emperor's edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods; he made many offers, but George never accepted. Diocletian was left with no choice but to have George executed for his refusal. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords in which he was resuscitated three times, George was executed by decapitation, on 23 April 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to become Christians as well, and so they joined George in martyrdom (from Wikipedia). Parish – Technically, a ‘parish’ refers to the neighbourhood which a church congregation serves. It tends to be used, however, to refer to a worshipping community.