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Monthly History Lecture: What are we doing when we worship? - Tuesday, June 25, 6:30/7:30 p.m.

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Jun 2019, 16:30 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Our final session in this series on the history of Christian worship is about what we mean by 'worship'.

Is worship about concentrating or focusing? Is it about active participation or are we in some kind of zone of contemplation? Perhaps the Christmas carol, "O, Come, All Ye Faithful" describes what we are doing in the phrase, "O come, let us adore him..."  Over the past 20 centuries of Christian liturgy, what we mean by worship has changed. How we enter into the worship service and what we do when we leave both help us form community.

Join us to learn more!

This is a slideshow and an exploration of ideas!

Presenter: The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

Welcome: Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member of St. Anne's or any church to participate.

The Plan:
  • Supper - 6:30 p.m.
  • Lecture - 7:30 p.m.
  • Concludes by 8:45 p.m.

Dates: Our monthly sessions are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month:
  • June 25 - Entering and Leaving Worship


St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue (the church offices located on the north side of the church).

Church Tour - Sunday, July 7, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 14:40 ]

St. Anne's offers a monthly tour at the conclusion of the worship service on the First Sunday of the month. The tour focuses on the Byzantine Revival architecture, Group of Seven paintings, and some of the interesting characters whose legacy continues to echo in the life of our community. This church is a national historic site, and our tour brings people from all over Canada and further afield, and we would be pleased to have you join them.

The tour is approximately 45 minutes in duration, and you are welcome to take pictures. Our tour leaders are trained and knowledgeable, and enjoy answering questions. We are delighted to introduce you to Robin, Roy and Lynn (Roy at left). 

There is no charge for the tour - Gifts to the Restoration Fund are gratefully received.
Everyone is welcome to attend the worship service as well as the tour. If you are not able to attend the service, please come into the church and find a place to sit until the liturgy concludes.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, July 3, 11:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 14:25 ]

Join us for our monthly midweek worship service every first Wednesday of the month. It's 40 minutes: prayers, scripture, a conversational reflection on the readings, praying the names of those who have asked us to pray for them, and communion. A great option if you were busy on the weekend, or to add a time to connect with God in the middle of the week. 

Everyone is welcome, so you can drop in! You do not have to be Anglican to participate in the Eucharist.

Please join us in the church, 270 Gladstone Ave. The church is accessible, with a wheelchair ramp and barrier free washroom.

First Wednesday of the Month at 11:00 a.m.  with occasional exceptions. Upcoming Dates:
  • August 7
  • September 4
  • October 2
* If you would like an informal tour of the church on a weekday, why not drop in? We would be pleased to show you around after the liturgy concludes.

Messy Church - Children's After School Celebration - July 2, 5:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Jun 2019, 12:46 ]

‘Messy Church’ is our way for families to be part of our church community in a relaxed inclusive setting built around fun, creativity, hospitality, and celebration. Each session includes time to run around and play, a story, a craft – and food. As our children say, "It's Church - but we can be messy."

Plan to join us in the Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Ave around 5:00. We start with playing. We introduce our theme and a special activity. We will the meal together. Whether we bake bread or make soup, you'll enjoy cooking with us. Let us know if you can join us so there's enough food for everyone.

You do not have to be a member of this church or any church to participate. Everyone is welcome!
    Messy Church dates 2019
    • June 18
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    Book Evening: Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 May 2019, 10:17 ]

    Yiddish for Pirates
    We next meet to talk about Yiddish for Pirates: Hamiltonian Gary Barwin's terrific, unusual book almost won the Giller! It's hard to explain the central concept without giving away the punchline, but the narrator is a 500 year old Yiddish speaking parrot, an observer of the inquisition, colonization, and many other human excesses and follies. We learn a lot of Yiddish (it's fun) and a lot of history, told from the parrot's point of view. 
    There are paper copies in the Toronto Public Library, plus 40 e-books and 1 audiobook. Also available online and in bookstores. 7

    We meet at 7:00 p.m. for a pot luck dinner, followed by a discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please join us.

    The St. Anne's Book Group is open to everyone: members of our community, friends, and newcomers who don't know anything about church. We talk about the book! We like to start with an overview by one of our participants who has read the book. We are very fortunate to have welcomed authors to join us as we talk about their book. It's great if you have read the book; you're also welcome if you have not read the book and want to know more about it. We like to make faith connections to the themes of the book - where possible. 

    We would be delighted to welcome you.

    We hold our Book Group in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue. Come for supper (potluck) at 7:00 p.m., or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30 p.m.
    Future Meeting Dates:
    If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin. (July) In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Wednesday, July 17.

    Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. (August) The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the time before the Second World War. It tells the story of a man's infatuation with the  rapidly-disappearing world of privilege. Enchanted at first,  he comes finally to recognize his own spiritual and social distance from what he had admired. Wednesday, August 21.
    Fifteen Dogs, by André Alexis. (September) (Giller Prize and Canada Reads winner.) When Hermes and Apollo make a bet about human happiness, they grant 15 dogs staying at a veterinary clinic the power of human consciousness. The dogs instantly become divided between those who prefer their old dog ways and those who want to take advantage of their newfound increased intelligence. What unfolds is a powerful story about what it means to have consciousness, and the good and the bad that comes with it. Wednesday, September 18.
    The Magdalene Moment, by Joanna Manning. (October) Drawing on the energy generated by The Da Vinci Code's revelations about Mary Magdalene, Toronto Anglican Priest and social activist Joanna Manning believes that Christianity must focus on today's realities.  In The Magdalene Moment, she brings this mindset to women's roles, erotic and sexual diversity, the environment, and religious pluralism. We are are thrilled to welcome author Joanne Manning as our special guest this evening. Wednesday, October 23.
    Washington Black, by Esi Edguyan. (November) From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black, and eleven year old field slave, discovers the world as the manservant of an eccentric Englishman. This story, the winner of the 2018 Giller Prize, asks the question, What is true freedom? Wednesday, November 20.

    St. Anne's joins Proud Anglicans for Toronto Pride Parade - Sunday, June 23, 12:00 p.m.

    posted 5 Jun 2013, 04:57 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Jun 2019, 08:05 ]

    Walk with us in the Pride Parade as part of Proud Anglicans, a group representing Anglican congregations that welcome LGBTQ people and affirm their relationships. Come with us because you identify with a letter in the acronym, or because you're an ally!

    Join us at the church for worship at 10:30, then we will travel together to the start of the parade route. We plan to share a picnic lunch when we arrive. Please bring lunch for yourself plus extra items to share. This will allow us to invite any last-minute participants to join us.

    You are welcome to walk the parade route with us (approximately 4 km) or to ride on top of the double decker bus. We join representatives of other LGBTQ+ affirming parishes. We are invited to carry our St. Anne's Banner.

    Last-minute details will be provided during the Sunday announcements at the conclusion of the 10:30 worship service regarding travelling together. 

    The staging area for the parade is at Bloor Street East and Jarvis Street around 2:00 p.m. You may wish to wait in this intersection or to walk down Rosedale Valley Road to where the floats assemble prior to the start of the parade.

    We will share the assigned float number in the week before the parade. 

    We would expect to conclude the parade by about 4:30 p.m. (maybe later if there are unexpected delays).  Bring water, weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and your camera.

    Sunday, June 23, 12:00 departure from the church.

    Next Community Dinner Dates: Sunday, June 16 - 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 16 May 2019, 06:39 by Mary Lou Harrison ]


    Please join us for our monthly Community Dinner.  Come to eat, or come and help us prepare and serve the meal. We serve over 100 people the kind of Sunday dinner that we would like to have in our own homes. Christianity is about service, and this activity is one of the more pleasant ways to render it to those who need a little help from us. Do consider joining in through your presence, food, or cash donation.


    • 12:15 p.m. Cutting up Vegetables (the first shift)
    • 3:30 p.m. Cooking (the second shift)
    • 5:15 p.m. Dinner is served
    • 6:30 p.m. Worship service
    • 6:45 p.m. Clean up (until 7:45)
    Everything happens on the lower floor of the Parish Hall. Please enter the hall through the glass doors on the north side of building, on the walkway between the Parish Hall (651 Dufferin Street) and St. Anne's Place (661 Dufferin Street).

    • June 16
    • July 21
    • August 18
    • September 15

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