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Pride Run - Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.

posted 2 Jun 2018, 11:59 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Jun 2018, 12:00 ]

Join the Proud Anglicans Team for the Pride & Remembrance Run: 5K running or 3K walking. 

This year's run supports the following beneficiaries: 
  • The Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives acquires, preserves and provides public access to material on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer committees in Canada. The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archive in the world.
  • LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. We do this by: providing anonymous peer support and referrals; training youth to provide support to other youth; and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.
  • The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women’s College Hospital will help offset the cost of select transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP for eligible patients. 
It's a fun morning with frappuccinos to enjoy as we hang out together.  
Sign up:

You can sign up as an individual or as part of our team, called Proud Anglicans. Proud Anglicans brings together people from many parishes that affirm LGBTQ relationships, and it's great to get to know each other. Whether you identify with a letter in the acronym or as an ally, you're welcome to be on our team!

Saturday, June 23. Meet at the starting area, 9:15 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.

"Messy Sunday" Children! - September 23, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 11:25 ]

Introducing a new monthly children's program on the Third Sunday of every month. 

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. 

It's a great opportunity to learn what the Sunday liturgy is about, since that's where we are the other Sundays of the month. We have an hour before we receive communion, and we make the most of it!

Messy Sunday dates 2018
  • September 23
  • 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, July 8, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 14 Jun 2018, 12:13 ]

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 8, 2018 (Moved from July 1 due to long weekend)
  • August 5, 2018
  • September 2, 2018
  • October 7, 2018

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, July 4, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 12:10 ]

Join us for our monthly midweek worship service every first Wednesday of the month. It's 40 minutes: prayers, scripture, a short sermon, communion. Doors open at 10:00 for quiet prayer time. Coffee and cookies afterwards for those who want to linger. 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 10:30 a.m. - with occasional exceptions. Upcoming Dates:
  • July 4
  • August 1
  • September 5
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5
* 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: Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 11:24 ]

‘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 bake bread and make soup together. Let us know if you can join us so we bake enough bread!

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". Please join us on the third Sunday of each month.
    Messy Church dates 2018
    • September 19
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 5:30 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    St. Anne's Book Club - Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 31 May 2018, 04:42 ]

    Join the St. Anne's Book Group for our next book gathering. We meet at 7:00 for potluck supper, with book discussion beginning at 7:30.  

    Tuesday June 26: Things that must not be forgotten
    An important and moving memoir by David Michael Kwan. 244 pages. Winner of the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award To grow up in Beijing in the 1930s was to become engulfed in the colossal struggle between ideologies, and between nations, that shaped modern China. Born into privilege, separated from the filthy chaos of the city by servants and limousines and the stone walls of the Legation Quarter, Michael David Kwan felt his pampered life disintegrate as the Japanese overran China in 1938 and the world moved closer to war. Gradually, inexorably, the family was drawn into the maelstrom. Kwan’s father, a wealthy railway administrator, became active in the resistance against the Japanese. Chiang Kai-Shek’s nationalists and Mao Tse Tung’s emerging communists were united against the invaders, but Kwan’s father knew it wouldn’t always be so. He had to protect his interests, his family, and his future any way he could. In Beijing, the Kwan household became a gathering place for high-level resistance members. At their summer villa in Baidahe, the family surreptitiously aided the guerrillas in the nearby mountains. In Qingdao, the Kwans lived next door to a Japanese admiral and his wife. From his treehouse overlooking their garden, little David innocently befriended the Japanese couple while his father, now Commissioner of Finance in the pro-Japanese government, secretly worked for the resistance, even sheltering a wounded U.S. airman. Disclosure would have meant summary execution for the entire household. After the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan’s surrender, the family’s problems were exacerbated. David’s father, now imprisoned, had to prove he was not a collaborator but rather a leader of the resistance. China moved toward chaos as the nationalists and the communists vied for power. David, at age 12, was sent to relatives in Shanghai before being spirited out of the country, not knowing if he’d ever see his family again. Things That Must Not Be Forgotten balances the sweet epiphanies of childhood against the grim machinations of war, self-preservation against brutal authority, love of family against love of country. It is a book that will resonate in readers’ minds long after they have turned the final, wrenching page.

    The book can be ordered through some bookstores. Is available on Is available in Kindle. There are 9 copies in the Toronto Public Library. (Currently 1 hold.) The ISBN is 9781577667841 for anyone ordering.

    Tuesday July 24: Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me 
    A wonderful graphic novel, like nothing you’ve read before. A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and the EDSA Revolution. When she learns of her beloved fathersŇ fatal car accident, Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. His sudden death sparks childhood memories. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories about religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including her experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. It is a love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and in the end, perhaps even to herself.

    The book can be ordered through most bookstores. Is available on Is available at Indigo. Is not available electronically. There are 8 copies in the Toronto Public Library. (Currently 6 holds.) The ISBN is 9781772620115 for anyone ordering.

    Tuesday August 28: Open Night
    Please bring one or two books you’ve read recently and loved.

    Join us in the Skey Room of the St. Anne's Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street - as marked with the star above.

    Upcoming Dates:
    • Tuesday, May 22
    • Tuesday, June 19
    • Tuesday, July 24
    • Tuesday, August 28

    Walk in the Toronto Pride Parade with St. Anne's! - Sunday, June 24!

    posted 5 Jun 2013, 04:57 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 11:22 ]

    ++Proud Anglicans Marchers are group H6, arrival time near St. Paul’s Bloor at 2:30pm. Our Double Decker bus is H4, arrival time on Rosedale Valley Road is 10:45am for those of us with the bus but if you are riding the bus do not worry about coming till 2pm at the earliest.++

    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 for a lunch near the start of the parade route. 

    You are welcome to walk the 4K parade route, or to ride on top of the double decker bus! We join representatives of other welcoming parishes in carrying carrying banners with the names of our welcoming churches.

    Listen for last minute details during the Sunday announcements at the conclusion of the 10:30 worship service. 

    Join us for lunch near the start of the parade route at 12:30 p.m. (registration required) or join us at the staging area - at Bloor Street East and Jarvis Street. At 2:00 the floats will begin to come up from Rosedale Valley Road / Park Road. We will be given a float number in the week before the parade. 

    We would expect to conclude the parade by about 4:00 p.m. Bring water, weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen, and your camera.

    Sunday, June 24, 2:30 p.m.

    Next Community Dinner - Sunday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 11:55 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.


    • 2:30 p.m. Food preparation begins
    • 5:30 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).

    • July 15
    • August 19
    • September 16
    • October 21

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