St. John The Evangelist Anglican Church is downtown in Ottawa on Elgin, a few blocks down the street from the War Memorial. It has roots in more than one congregation, and the present building dates back to the early 20th century. It has a reputation as a progressive, inclusive church. Each year, for a couple of weeks at the end of April and the beginning of May, the church holds what's called Art Credo, with the works of artists hanging in the sanctuary. These works are for sale, and tend to have a theme of nature or spirituality. If you're in the Ottawa area, it's still going on until the eleventh of May. If you're planning a trip in the future, be advised that the church does this each year at the same time. This happens to be the 38th year of the show.
Inside, the sanctuary's quite lovely and lit up, a mixture of traditional church architecture and the unusual. What draws my eyes is the wood, dark and with interesting lines. One of the people I spoke with wasn't sure what type of wood it was, just that it is very dense wood, hard to put a nail into.
From the central aisle, a view of one wall shows some of the art. Provincial crests also adorn the walls as a permanent display, which surprised me.
I rather liked this stained glass window.
The organ's impressive as well. It seems a musically inclined church. Aside from this organ and drum, there was another organ and a piano in the sanctuary, and a group of singers practicing in the side chapel while I was inside. You can see them in the second pic at the right.
Beside the organ, this podium offers an interesting looking place for a speaker.
And I left off with a view of the altar.