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St. John’s Chapel at Huron University

Our Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist is an intimate worship space that was updated at the same time as Huron’s larger campus was constructed in 1951. Traditionally a place to train Anglican Priests, the chapel is collegiate in style, meaning that the pews face one another across the space, rather than facing the front of the building. The majestic stained-glass window at the centre, designed by W.T. Carter Shapland of England, bathes the church in natural light. The entire Chapel, including the balcony, can seat up to 140 people.

The Chapel is a beautiful space on campus, where many events—including non-faith-based activities—are held. There is no requirement for our students to engage in religious components, as part of their education or extracurricular activities, but we warmly welcome people from every background and faith to be involved with our community, both inside and outside the Chapel, as best aligns with their values and lived experiences.

The Chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and available to the entire community as a calm, quiet space for prayer, reflection, and meditation. A place of architectural beauty and harmony as well as spiritual peace, the chapel serves as a parish in the Diocese of Huron today and enjoys a healthy and interfaith worship life.

Worship with Us

St. John’s Chapel is a collegiate chapel in the Diocese of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada but all are welcome to participate in community worship at Huron. The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, identity, or background (read their mission statement here). St. John’s Chapel is 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 the Chaplain at Huron.

 

Worship Schedule

Tuesdays
Morning Prayer: 8:40am
Light the Way: 5:30pm-7:30pm
A time for spiritual contemplation, prayer, and a guided reflection led by the Rev. Matthew Martin followed by refreshments and a light dinner in the Great Hall.

 

Wednesdays
Eucharist: 11:30am
Community Lunch: 12:30pm

 

Thursdays
Morning Prayer: 8:40am

 

Sundays
Worship Service: 11:00am

Our Chaplain

Ten years ago, I had the good fortune of attending Huron University as a student completing the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. Upon ordination as an Anglican Priest, I served at Holy Trinity Lucan, St. Aidan’s Anglican Church as well as Luke’s Place here in London, Ontario. I have had the good fortune to work as an on-call Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, a Chaplain at Camp Wendake, and a volunteer Chaplain at London Health Sciences Centre. I have performed fundraisers across the world as an Elvis Tribute Artist; however, my sobriety and being able to minister about the joys of living without addiction is what I am truly proud of.

As the Huron University Chaplain, it is of paramount importance to be available to students, staff, and faculty and to welcome all spiritual traditions, expressions, and backgrounds. As your Chaplain, I consider it a privilege to be present on campus and welcome the opportunity to converse with each and every one of you. Whether it is to discuss your current spiritual journey, or to talk about everyday stressors, your story will always belong to you and be held in confidence.

The Chapel at Huron is a sanctuary that is open to everyone and anyone. If you are looking for a quiet space to escape the “business of life,” be still, and feel the presence of God, our Chapel is a safe space to do so.

I look forward with hope to my tenure as your Chaplain at Huron University. I believe we are all on this journey together and if I can help encourage you in some small way to find your path, then collectively we are blessed.

Sincerely,
The Reverend Matthew Martin, MDiv

  • If you are looking for a quiet space to escape the business of life and be still, the chapel is a safe space to do so. Looking after our spiritual health is as important as tending to our mental and physical health. Taking time in the chapel is a form of self care that will help one draw closer to themselves and God as you define them.
    Rev. Matt Martin
    Chaplain
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  • Those who sing well, pray twice - Attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo.
    William Lupton
    Director of Chapel Music
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Organ

Organ Scholar Program

In place since 2002, the organ scholar program at Huron provides participants the opportunity to learn to play the organ. Instruction on playing hymns, Anglican chant, plainsong, seasonal and general organ repertoire is included. The lessons are provided at no cost to themselves, practice time is available, and an honorarium is offered for playing the Sunday worship service. This program supports organ scholars who wish to pursue diplomas or accreditation in church music and organ performance.

Chapel Organ

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.

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