Folk mass at St. Margaret's

Jul 31, 2014
John Ineson

Belfast — John Ineson of Damariscotta will be the guest preacher and celebrant Sunday, Aug. 10, at the 8 and 10:15 a.m. services at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 95 Court St. The music at the second service will be accompanied by Father John on his 12-string guitar and will feature contemporary hymns, as well as original songs.

This summer, Ineson is the celebrant each week at the 9 a.m. Wednesday healing services, which are followed by coffee, confections and discussion. Ineson is a well-known, longtime resident of the Midcoast, having moved to Maine with his artist wife, Hannah, in 1972. As a musician, he entertained in local clubs for many years while serving Episcopal churches throughout the Diocese of Maine as supply priest, interim rector or guest preacher.

Ineson’s recording “Somewhere in Maine” was used by Maine Public Television’s “Mainebook” program as its theme song. “Sail to Us, Columba,” written for St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor while he served there during the summer of 2011, has become that parish’s theme song. In the fall of 2012, Ineson recorded “From the Heart,” a CD of his spiritual songs.

For 10 years, the Inesons co-owned and operated The Way of Life Center, a macrobiotic education center and whole food store in Waldoboro. During that time, John wrote “The Way of Life, Macrobiotics and The Spirit of Christianity,” a book published by Japan Publications. Health, healing and wholeness have always been central to their lives, as has been concern for the environment. Ineson was president of the Medomak Valley Land Trust for eight years and was involved in the development of local hospices. The couple is dedicated gardeners and grows much of their own food. Hannah, known as an artist in both Southwest Florida and Maine, is a member of the Pemaquid Gallery at Pemaquid Lighthouse Park in Bristol.

John Ineson has served as Chaplain of Colby College, Waterville; Rector of St. Andrew’s, Newcastle; Vicar of St. Barnabas, Augusta; and, currently, the Seasonal Assistant at St. Mark’s, Marco Island, Fla., where the parish’s bulletin lists him as “Seasoned Assistant.” He has been an Episcopal priest for 50 years.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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