Upcoming Events

Christianity 101: 6 Sessions from Nov 2019 to Feb 2020

posted 17 Oct 2019, 15:34 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 15:04 ]

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Christianity 101 at St. Anne’s: Practice that brings us closer to God
Christianity as we practice it at St. Anne’s, for those seeking baptism, confirmation or marriage. And all others seeking to understand Christianity as practiced within our diverse community.  

Be prepared to consider and explore:
  • Diversity and inclusiveness       
  • Justice
  • Comfort to learn and grow in our own way
  • Mystery
  • The roles of music, liturgy, and art
For those seeking sacraments - baptism, confirmation, marriage - there will be personal meetings with the pastor as needed.

Each evening in the 6 session programme includes:
  • Reference to the book, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life by Rowan Williams. 
  • Presentation on a theme as listed below.
  • Group conversation.
  • Soup at 6:30 - we hope this is helpful if you did not get to eat supper. This is not part of the evening program, but all are welcome.
  • Opening prayer at 7 pm, closing prayer at 8:45 p.m.
Session 1: Introduction
Our justice practices lead us into conversations about feminism, racism, care for the earth, economic justice, community service, truth and reconciliation and equal marriage. This session will explore how these practices provide a natural path to loving God and loving each other.
Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.

Session 2: Worship
The parts of the church service, where they come from, how they fit together as a liturgy, how they both mirror and shape our views. How we participate in the worship service.
Monday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.

Session 3: Bible
An introduction to the contents, origins, interpretation, and important texts of the Bible. What are the roles of the Bible and sermon in our community?
Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.

Session 4: Eucharist
The story, ministry, and last meal of Jesus. How we attend to these at St. Anne’s.
Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.

Session 5: Church
The history and meanings of the concept and practice of “church." St. Anne's as an Anglican Church.
Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

Session 6: Community 
St. Anne's identifying statement is Bringing the Community together for Good. How do we practice community as a church, within the gathered congregation, our local neighbourhood, the wider community, and the world? How do we understand the place of the environment in this context?
Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.

St. Anne's Ministry Centre
276 Gladstone Avenue (beside the church on the north side)

If you are interested in joining us for these sessions, or in checking out a session to see if this helpful for you, please contact our pastor:

The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

Life After...A Tale of Resilience - Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 15:15 ]

Join us on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. for 

Life After... A Tale of Resilience. 

St. Anne’s and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) are pleased to present the stories of three Asian Canadians who have survived personal medical trauma & yet are continuing their journey towards self-discovery, acceptance, and love. 

$22 with cash at the door or online at this link.    

Performed by:
  • Christian Hui 
  • Kenneth Poon
  • Vivian Chong

Presented at:

St. Anne's Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Ave
Toronto M6J 3L6

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

posted 16 Apr 2018, 10:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 15:05 ]

Christmas Eve - 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

5:30 - An all-ages friendly service with favourite Christmas Carols and Communion. 

10:30 - A Candlelight celebration of the Christmas story, with favourite Christmas carols and beautiful music by the choir. 

Christmas Day: Communion with a sing-along of favourite carols. Christmas cake and coffee during the service.  Dec 25, 10:30 a.m. 

Epiphany Sunday - the 12th Day of Christmas: 
Celebration of the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the arrival of the Three Kings. Sunday, January 5, 10:30 a.m.

Please join us for all of December leading up to the Christmas season:

Sundays of Advent: Four Sundays of the season of preparation for Christmas. We read scriptures anticipating how God comes to be with us, including the lead up to the birth of Jesus. Sunday, December 1, 8, 15, 22; 10:30 a.m.

"CANTATE" The 7th Annual St. Anne's Christmas Concert - beautiful music and favourite carols as a benefit for our community. 

Special Guests: 
  • D'Antilles, steel pan ensemble
  • Sikuris St. Lawrence, South American folk band
Benefit Concert for:
  • The Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre's Four Winds Indigenous Health and Wellness Program
  • The Oasis Dufferin Community Centre's Food Bank

Sunday, December 8, 2:30 p.m. 


Church Tour - Sunday, January 5, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 16:02 ]

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 our tour leaders, Robin, Roy and Lynn (Roy in photo 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.

  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 1
  • April 5

Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, December 18, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 16:03 ]

Join us for our monthly midweek worship service. It's in the church every first Wednesday of the month. All other weeks, the service takes place on the top floor of St. Anne's Place, our next door neighbours at 661 Dufferin Street.

The service is 45 minutes: prayers, scripture, 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. You are welcome to join us both in the church and at St. Anne's Place.

  • Wednesday, December 11 (St. Anne's Place)
  • Wednesday, December 18 (St. Anne's Place)
  • Wednesday, December 25 - NO SERVICE
  • Wednesday, January 1 - NO SERVICE
  • Wednesday, January 8 - NO SERVICE
  • Wednesday, January 15 (St. Anne's Place)
  • Wednesday, January 22 (St. Anne's Place)
  • Wednesday, January 29 (St. Anne's Place)
  • Wednesday, February 5 - SERVICE IN THE CHURCH
  • Wednesday, February 12 - (St. Anne's Place)

Messy Church - Children's After School Celebration - Tuesday January 14, 5:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 15:13 ]

‘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 take turns bringing food for a potluck supper, and sometimes we also cook 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.
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    • January 14
    • February 4
    • March 3

    Book Evening: Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2019, 16:01 ]

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    Our next book conversation is about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. 

    Mma Ramotswe starts up her detective agency when she is 34 years old, using the inheritance from her father to move to Botswana's capital city, Gaborone, to buy a house for herself and an office for her new business. She feels a detective needs to know about people more than anything to solve problems for them. The first in a series of nineteen novels written by Alexander McCall Smith, recalls his own upbringing in Gabarone. The book is a delight to read, as is the BBC televsion series of the same name. If you start the first one before Christmas, you might find you can't put them down, and before you know it, you will have entered this world, know all the characters, and help them solve mysteries. 

    Please also bring a favourite to talk about as we look ahead and choose our reading list for future gatherings. 

    Welcome: 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 meet at 7:00 p.m. for a pot luck supper, followed by a discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    You might have questions, especially if you're joining us for the first time. Please contact me if you would like more information.

    Gary van der Meer    pastor@saintanne.ca

    We hold our Book Evenings in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue. 

    • Wednesday, February 19
    • Wednesday, March 18

    Next Community Dinner Date: Sunday, December 15 - 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 20 Nov 2019, 13:30 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 (optional) 
    • 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).

    • January 19, 2020
    • February 16, 2020
    • March 15, 2020

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