St. John's Chapel
St. John's Chapel is a simple and intimate worship space. It was built in the early 1950's to replace a previous building dating back to the 1860's. The chapel is collegiate in style, meaning that the pews face one another across the space, rather than facing the front of the building. Facing east, the stained-glass window bathes the church in natural light. The Chapel can seat up to 140 persons, including the balcony.
St. John’s Chapel at Huron is located right next to the memorial tower entrance on Western Road. The chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and available to the entire Huron community as a calm, quiet space for prayer, reflection, and meditation.
Reflection: Why a chapel in a post-post-modern secular liberal arts university?
I am increasingly convinced that the contemporary university is ideally suited to contribute to the world’s most urgent crises by developing not only minds but hearts. If I am right, the university must take the task of ‘character building’ seriously: a task that involves the heart as well as the head.
We know that political leaders throughout the world have all been educated in ‘critical thinking’ by the best universities in the world. The U.S. National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the “intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as guide to belief and action.” Tremendous. But is this type of ‘reasoning’ enough to save the world?
It is clear that in the university classrooms our minds must be open to have our cherished notions of truth shattered in order to receive truth in new and deeper ways. But might it not also be the case that in the university chapel our hearts equally must be open to have our cherished notions of love shattered to understand love in new, refreshing, and deeper ways?
An Anglican Worship in the Chapel each Sunday at 11AM
The Chapel at Huron is for all students of all faiths or none: recently in the Chapel there has been a Diwali liturgy of lights, a multi-faith Remembrance Day Observance, and an enthusiastic local Indie Band of agnostic temperament.
But to honour the Anglican heritage of our University and Chapel, during term there is an Anglican Service of Holy Communion each Sunday morning at 11 AM.
The small, informal, fun, creative choir is led by three upper-year students, and the worship lasts less than one hour.
All students of Huron, Western, King’s, and Brescia are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings at 11 AM!
Events in St. John's Chapel
St. John’s Chapel is a beautiful space with a very fine acoustic and has been used as a venue for small concerts, lectures, and as a set for photography and film.
Remember whatever faith or spiritual tradition we profess (or none at all) the chapel is a safe and peaceful space for reflection, refreshment and rest, particularly at stressful times such as essay deadlines and exams.
Our wonderfully diverse community at Huron gives each one of us an opportunity to accept and embrace others who are of a different faith affiliation, spiritual tradition, or non-transcendent humanist commitment. I hope that the chapel can become a place where students of all backgrounds can gather for celebrations of faith and to enjoy cultural and musical events.
In addition to the multi-faith aspirations of our chapel, to honour the legacy of our University at 11 AM on Sunday mornings in term a small student choir leads in an Anglican worship in which all Christian students are invited to participate, and non-Christians are also welcome to attend.
The Sunday morning 11 AM Anglican Holy Communion begins again on 13 January.
St. John’s Chapel is a collegiate chapel in the Diocese of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada. All are most welcome to participate in the worship of this community. The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, identity, or background. The Anglican Church of Canada’s mission statement is available here. St. John’s Chapel and the clergy of Huron are available for baptisms, weddings, funerals, reconciliation (confession), anointing, and all other rites of the Church. If you are interested in any of these please contact Gary Thorne.
Organ Scholar Program
In place since 2006, the organ scholar program at Huron provides participants the opportunity to learn to play the organ. Scholars are provided organ lessons at no cost to themselves, practice time, and an honorarium for playing the Sunday worship service. This program supports organ scholars who wish to pursue diplomas or other accreditation in church music and organ performance.
In 1951, a two-manual and pedal organ was installed by Casavant Frères. After decades of constant use, the organ was fully renovated including a small expansion of new pipe ranks and new console in 2006 by Pole and Kingham Ltd.