St. John the Baptist Anglican Church has been worshipping God and serving the community since the early 1800s. It started as a small, modest, log cabin church, which was replaced with a stone chapel in 1837. After several significant building projects, this tiny church was transformed into the St. John’s that we know and love today. But more than the building has changed; the community has changed. The people coming through the doors each Sunday have changed. What was once a homogeneous band of worshipers is now a community of faith that reflects the diversity of the larger community in which we dwell. Many no longer rely on their feet to get here, but drive from much farther away. The village of Dixie is now part of the city of Mississauga, and what was once quiet and idyllic countryside, has been transformed into tall buildings, busy highways, and bustling businesses.
In our ever-widening world, we have a greater need for community and connection than ever before. In an age where communication happens instantaneously – by phone or email – we are more connected, and yet, ironically, more isolated from each other than ever before. We need our families and our church more than ever, and the communities in which we live have a greater need for love and connection as well.
In our distrusting age, we tend to be apprehensive when it comes to reaching out and touching the lives of others. It can leave us feeling vulnerable; and yet, it is precisely when we are at our most vulnerable that the greatest opportunities for Christ’s work are presented. It was something that the St. John’s of yesterday did with courage and conviction; they saw a need in the community, and they built a church.
As a church, reaching out and loving our community as Christ loves us is what we are called to do. We are called to identify and minister to the needs of the world, and the community in which we live. We are the disciples of Jesus Christ, sent out into the world to proclaim his message of love and salvation, and after 200 years of being Christ’s presence in this place, we continue to do just that!
Our primary purpose, as we worship God together, is to let His love for us be reflected and made known in the world around us. And while we share together in ministry, our fellowship develops so that we truly become the body of Christ in today’s world.