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The facilities at St. Jude’s Church are spectacular. The square footage of the entire premises is approximately 14,000 square feet. The church nave, balcony, chancel and sanctuary seat a total of 435 people.
In the year 2000, the entire heating system was replaced with an up-to-date computer controlled hot water system. In 1996, the pews were removed and refurbished and the flooring was replaced with attractive marmoleum. Two insignias were created on the floor. The first one is the Canterbury Cross located at the baptismal font and the second is the ship logo of St. Jude’s Church located near the altar area. The Narthex was also renovated to create a washroom at this level and the paneling received a much-needed refurbishment. The electrical fixtures and wiring were updated and we added some theatrical lighting. Dimmer switches and new breakers were also incorporated. The altar area received new carpeting and the old organ loft curtains were replaced to blend with the bricks. The front steps were also replaced supplying us with a new handrail and the concrete with a unique finish. In 1987 the illuminated text, which is over the arch area in front of the altar, was restored and was newly illuminated in 2014.
The Victoria Hall is used by many groups as a meeting space.
- The Alcoholic Anonymous – Oakville Group, Alateen and Alanon meet at St. Jude’s on Monday evenings at 8:00 pm.
- The parish holds a Christmas Bazaar and two rummage sales per year which occupy both the Victoria and Library Halls.
- People suffering with Parkinson’s disease also use the hall for a weekly exercise regime at 10:30 am and dancing on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm.
The Helen Poole Memorial Library Hall is also used by many:
- The monthly luncheon is held on the second Wednesday after the 10:30 am service from September to June.
- The Monday Women’s Study group meet weekly at 10:30 am
The Nursery Rooms are used during the week by Hopedale Montessori School offering a program for 2 1/2 to 6 year old students. They can be reached at (905) 338-5247. On Sundays the rooms are used for Sunday School and Nursery care.
The Lower level (Basement Hall) is used by Sunseed Yoga who offer modern, alignment-based postural yoga for all levels. For more information please visit their website.
The Upper Room is located on our upper level and has numerous church uses on a weekly basis.
The Lower Level is located under the Narthex and is used for Youth group gatherings, Girl Guides and the cadets who use the room for their weekly meetings.
“On a sunny day in the spring, summer or autumn, passersby walking along William Street in Oakville will come upon a garden that will make them stop in wonder. It is the garden of St. Jude’s Anglican Church. ” The Glory of the Garden” (with photographs by Diana Wiggins) is a hardcover coffee table book that has been published telling the story of the garden, and of the group of dedicated volunteers who created it and keep it growing. It is also the story of all gardens – of the cycle that unfolds each year from bud to blossom to “withered sere” and then to bud again. The book is for sale in the Church office for ONLY $5.00. The book makes a great birthday, anniversary of wedding gift!!!