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Pancakes! Join us for Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

posted 11 Feb 2019, 09:18 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Feb 2019, 11:22 ]

We have a party to get ready for Lent as a season of fasting. It's a celebration of good food and community. 

We're serving pancakes, plus sausages - including kosher/halal and vegan options. 

We welcome salads or chocolate desserts to add to the meal.

Supper served from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • You are welcome to volunteer for the supper preparations at 5:00 p.m.
  • We would be grateful to to have clean up volunteers at 8:00 - many hands make light work...
  • We invite our regular Community Dinner volunteers to come enjoy the meal with us. Brief speech in honour of your monthly involvement in the Community Dinner. No need to volunteer tonight - just enjoy!

Supper in the Skey Room located in the St. Anne's Parish Hall beside the church.

PS: Please return your palm crosses to be burned for use during the Ash Wednesday services. These will be burned at the conclusion of the Sunday worship service on March 3; any additional palms will be burned at the conclusion of the pancake supper.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Sunday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 7 Feb 2019, 19:19 ]

St. Anne's presents the concert version of the great biblical epic story of Joseph and his brothers. This is exciting and we are looking forward to a great show. Come!

$15 / person on Eventbrite (link above)
$20 / person at the door.

$10 / Children 12 and under


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (212) 598-2204, Email: 

Monthly History Lecture: The Story of Arts in Worship - Tuesday, February 26, 6:30/7:30 p.m.

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 12:51 ]

The title of our February lecture is The Story of Arts in Worship. Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities at Humber College, takes us through an exploration of artistic endeavour in worship. Our church is a rich expression of paintings, stained glass, the fabric of frontals and clergy vestments, and more. St. Anne's is also a community of artists, and Chris has incorporated their ideas in this presentation. 

Please join us in the Ministry Centre for a slideshow featuring many examples of the arts and the stories that go with them. This year, the monthly slideshow focuses on the history of the Christian worship service. Each session will explore an aspect of worship and trace it from the beginnings of Christianity to the present.


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

  • The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
  • Mervin Fick, Director of Music at St. Anne's
  • Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities at Humber College
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: 
  • January 22 - The Calendar
  • February 26 - Art in the Liturgy
  • March 26 - Sermons and Preaching
  • April 23 - Personal Devotions
  • May 28 - Drama in the Liturgy
  • June 25 - Entering and Leaving Worship


The February lecture will be held in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue (the church offices located on the north side of the church).

"Messy Sunday" Children! - March 24, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Feb 2019, 10:10 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Introducing a new monthly children's program!

We invite children to join us in the music room at 10:30 a.m. 

We call it Messy Sunday because it's the same idea as our wonderful weekday Messy Church: games, music, stories, food. 

We have an hour before we receive communion, and we make the most of it!

Messy Sunday is a great opportunity to learn what Sunday worship is about (since that's where we are the other Sundays of the month). On these other Sundays, please join us at the children's table at the back of the church during the worship service. 

Messy Sunday dates 2019
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 16
  • 10:15 to 10:30 Arrival - St. Anne's Music Room
    (church lower level)
  • Activity!
  • 11:30 Receive Communion
  • 11:45 Closing Prayer

Church Tour - Sunday, March 3, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 13:38 ]

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:
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, March 6, 2:00 p.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Feb 2019, 09:01 ]

Please join us for Ash Wednesday. Note the time change to 2:00 p.m.

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:
  • March 6 (2:00 p.m. - note change for Ash Wednesday)
  • April 3
  • May 1
* 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: Tuesday, February 26, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 19 Feb 2019, 09:44 ]

‘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.

And introducing our new Sunday version of Messy Church: "Messy Sunday"!
    Messy Church dates 2019
    • March 19
    • April 30
    • May 21
    • June 18
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    Talk Books with us! - Book Evening: Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.***

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Feb 2019, 05:35 ]


    At our February gathering, the St. Anne’s Book Club will discuss My Night of Love by Merlin Homer. Copies of the book with be available at the meeting.

    There will also be an opportunity for us to talk over our book selections for the remainder of the year. 

    Everyone is welcome to join us in the St. Anne’s Ministry Centre at 7:00 p.m. for a potluck supper, with book discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    Marc Côté, Book Club Co-ordinator

    We occasionally hold an open evening on which you are invited to propose a book for the group to read. It should be one you have read. Please be prepared to say a few words or orientation about why you appreciated reading it. Then we will be back to you with the results - which books and which dates! We consider the availability of the book for purchase or borrowing, the ways the subject or contents might engage us in discussion and conversation, and the always welcome possibility of a visiting author. 

    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, or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30. 

    Future Meeting Dates:
    • February 20
    • March 20
    • April 10
    • May 15
    • June 19 -- Book Proposal evening

    Next Community Dinner Dates: Sunday, March 17 - 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 18 Feb 2019, 15:53 by Gary van der Meer ]


    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).

    • April 14
    • May 12
    • June 16
    • July 21
    • August 18

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