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Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore - Friday, January 26 to Sunday, February 4!

posted 6 Dec 2017, 08:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 08:57 ]

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 55th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore from January 26 to February 4, 2017 in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. 

"Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse" was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The "supernatural opera" opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. 

The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. 

But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets will be available from November 1, 2017 at 416.922.4415. 

There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 
  • Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.
For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou may also view or download an order form, which gives information about prices and timing, by visiting our downloads page (scroll down to the Music at St. Anne's section).

Christmas Services at St. Anne's

posted 23 Nov 2017, 11:23 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 09:14 ]

We invite you to join us at St. Anne's for Christmas. Here is the schedule:

Sunday, December 10, 3:30 p.m. 
Cantate Community Christmas Concert
Please join us for the fifth annual benefit concert - supporting two local organizations whose work benefits our whole community. Cantate continues to support the C.P.L.C. Youth Scholarship Program, which provides tuition for high school students who distinguish themselves in local community leadership. New this year, St. Anne's is supporting the Food Bank of the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. Musical Guests include Simone Denny, Young Voices Toronto, The Junction Trio, the St. Anne's Brass Quintet, and the Choir of St. Anne's Church, directed by John-Luke Addison. Interfaith guests include Imam Ilyas Ally and friends from the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Sister Agnes Roger from the Carmelite Day Nursery. We welcome the whole community to join us! Tickets $15/person; $10/seniors & students; $Free/children under 12.

Sunday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. 
All-Community Christmas Pageant. 
Come in Costume. Spoken parts supplied. We have some costumes, but plan to use your mats, bathrobes and towels for the 1st Century trek to Bethlehem. Refreshments in Church following the service - with many photo opportunities!

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m. 
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Lighting of all the Advent Candles as the scripture texts summarize a world in readiness for a coming Messiah. This is a one-hour service. Refreshments following the service in the Skey Room. 

Sunday, December 24, 5:30 p.m. 
Early Christmas Eve: This all-ages-friendly service includes favourite Christmas Carols and Communion. The large creche figures assist us by travelling down the aisle as we tell the story.

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 p.m. 
Late Christmas Eve: A candlelight choral celebration of the Christmas story, with favourite Christmas carols and beautiful music by the choir. 

Monday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. 
Christmas Day: Christmas Day Communion with a sing-along of favourite carols. Help us choose which ones to sing! Christmas cake and Starbucks coffee during the service.

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. 
First Sunday of Christmas: The rest of the Christmas story, including the blessing of the child in the temple and the arrival of the Magi - people of wisdom from the east to recognize the Holy Birth.

Monthly History Lecture: Early Christian Hymns - Wed Jan 10, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated ]

Have you ever had the experience of enjoying signing a hymn, but then you catch yourself when you notice the words? A turn of phrase or an idea strikes you as strange, and you wonder what it means. You may even wonder whether you agree with the sentiments expressed. Then, we have already moved on to the next verse. You’re left wondering: What was that about?

The 10 evenings traces the history of singing in Christian worship beginning from the the music of the temple and synagogue, continuing with songs found embedded in the New Testament, and tracing our way forward from the early church through to the present. 

This FIFTH session explores the songs of the Early Church - the Greek period that brought the of the parts of the Mass and early songs, leading into the expansion into the Latin liturgy. 

We’ll explore turns of phrase and theological concerns the times, accompanied by slides, recordings and movie clips. We’ll sing! (no previous experience required).

  • The Rev. Gary van der Meer
  • Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities, Humber College
  • John-Luke Addison, Music Director at St. Anne's
There is continuity between sessions as we move through history - but each evening stands on its own. Even if you have to miss one, join us for the rest!

Here are the details:
  • We meet in the Skey Room, in the St. Anne's Parish Hall (see photo below).

  • The lecture begins at 7:30.  There is a potluck supper from 6:30 p.m. - especially helpful if you don’t have time to get home for a meal before the session begins. 

  • Concludes by 8:45 p.m.

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

Lecture Dates (2017-2018):
  1. Wednesday, September 13
  2. Wednesday, October 11
  3. Wednesday, November 8
  4. Wednesday, December 6
  5. Wednesday, January 10
  6. Wednesday, February 7
  7. Wednesday, March 7
  8. Wednesday, April 11
  9. Wednesday, May 9
  10. Wednesday, June 13

"Messy Sunday" Christmas Costume Pageant - December 17, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 10:22 ]

December's Messy Sunday takes the form of an All-Community Christmas Pageant. We ask everyone, including adults, to come in costume. Dress for First Century Palestine's as we make a group trek to Bethlehem.

We need:
  • Mary & Joseph
  • Zechariah & Elizabeth
  • Baby Jesus and Baby John the Baptist
  • Innkeepers
  • Shepherds
  • Angels
  • Sheep, Donkeys and Oxen
  • Soldiers
  • King Herod
  • Wise Men & Women
  • Simeon & Anna
Don't worry about your lines - we will be ready to have them on the spot!

We do have a FEW costumes, but please plan to be creative about your towels, rugs, and bathrobes! 

Back to Regular Messy Sunday in January in the following format:
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 2017-2018
  • December 17
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15
  • May 27 (moved to accommodate long weekend)
  • June 17
  • 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, January 7, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 07:22 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

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:
  • January 7, 2018
  • February 4, 2018

Come to the next Babies' Social! - Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 12:15 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 09:59 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

A great time for babies to play together and for parents to have a good visit!

Join us for worship on Sunday morning, and right after the service, we'll reconvene in the Ministry Centre for socializing.
  • Bring a couple toys that your baby or toddler enjoys (and is willing to share).
  • Bring some food to share for our lunch together.
We'll be sitting in a big circle with children in the middle. Older children and teens are welcome too. Help us make it fun for our youngest ones, and a good time for you. 

Parents: A great free-ranging conversation: parenting, good community programs, new games and ideas for children in church, questions about baptism, on and on!

Sunday, September 14, following the 10:30 worship service.

Upcoming Babies' Social Dates:
  • November 12, 2017
  • January 14, 2018
  • March 4, 2018
  • May 6, 2018

Christianity 101: Introducing Christian faith as Practised at St. Anne's

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 Nov 2017, 11:42 ]

Christianity 101 is an orientation to our St. Anne's approach to living the Christian life. If you are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, or Marriage, this is for you. If you are newly attending church, this is for you. If you have been attending church for years, and now you are curious about how everything fits together, this is for you. 

You are welcome to join the group sessions. Add a private session at the end for your lingering questions and/or to complete your sacramental preparation (for baptism, confirmation, marriage). 

Christian faith is richly textured and it's not possible to cover everything. Christianity 101 will - at every step - encourage you to develop your curiosity as a lifelong learner of the faith.

6 small group sessions:

Session 1: Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Session 3: Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
Session 4: Wednesday, February 21 7:00 p.m.
Session 5: Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Session 6: Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m.  

Arriving: Once you realize you have arrived at a "stopping place" - like our church community - what are the first things you need to know? We'll cover the basics of bible and worship, and the importance of building community, as well as the big questions about God and Jesus.

Belonging: In our era, there is so much isolation. People move a lot. They sit with electronic devices to feel connected. Do we belong to the people who care about us? What about the people who have gone before us and what they learned from the hard knocks of life? Does their wisdom belong to us too? What does it mean to belong?

Behaving: What are the behaviours or practices of living the Christian journey? How do we pray? How important is it to attend worship? How does our faith inform our attitudes about politics and economics and the news of our world? What about fasting, giving money to poor people, talking about my beliefs? 

Believing: Do I have to believe everything in the Bible? Do I have to agree with every pronouncement made by my church? Do I have to believe Jesus rose from the dead? We once thought you could tick the boxes despite your doubts and that meant you belong. The reality is that our beliefs are a moving target - evolving and changing with age, life experience, and our readiness to ask questions. What is the difference between the faith presented by our Anglican tradition, the faith as presented at St. Anne's, and my personal interpretation of faith?

Awakening: Once we have covered the basics, what's next? How will we live? What does God ask of us, about our priorities with time we have? How will our world be different because we were here? Do we have a calling, a vocation, a contribution to make to life on earth? 

Parables and Paradoxes: Jesus told stories that cannot be resolved to a single meaning, stories that tease our minds and keep us engaged. Christian faith is filled with paradoxes that don't make sense to an outsider's perspective, and even to an insider's journey. Why it is good to have unanswerable questions.
Skey Room, St. Anne's Parish Hall

* Your experience of Christianity 101 may lead to being baptized or confirmed. However, the process is open-ended, and that is not the required result. You are welcome to explore, whether or not you are ready for the formalized commitment of the sacraments.

  • March 31 - 7:30 p.m. (Easter Vigil)
  • April 8 - 10:30 a.m.
  • April 13 - 10:30 a.m. (Ascension)
Questions? Want to Register?
Contact the Rev. Gary van der Meer:

Monthly Midweek Eucharist - Wednesday, January 3, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 08:58 ]

Join us for our monthly midweek worship service. 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:
  • January 3
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
* 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, December 13, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 10:10 ]

‘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 2017-2018
    • December 13
    • January 10
    • February 7
    • March 7
    • April 11
    • May 2
    • June 6
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 5:30 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    St. Anne's Book Club - Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Nov 2017, 12:11 ]

    The St. Anne’s Book Club will continue through the fall. We will be meeting monthly. We've selected four new books from those proposed by our summer participants, and we welcome newcomers to join us for reading and discussion. Here's our plan:
    On November 22, we will be discussing Advocate, by Darren Greer. Winner of the Dartmouth Book Award and nominated for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Book Prize, Advocate is a moving novel about the ignorance that led to a family being ostracized in small town Nova Scotia in the early days of the AIDS crisis. It is available through most bookstores (although they may have to order it), online, in Kindle, Kobo, and other electronic formats. There are six copies in the Toronto Public Library.
    On December 13, we will be discussing The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall. About a sexual harassment scandal at a private school in Connecticut, it was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2016. It is available through most bookstores, also online in Kindle, Kobo, and other electronic formats. There are 210 copies in the Toronto Public Library, but there are many holds – order it now!

    Even if you have not read the featured book, you're welcome to join us. The discussion moves from the book to wider themes as we experience them. This may encourage you to read the book at a later date, or to consider new books that develop a theme you especially care to explore.

    Please join us for supper at 6:30 p.m. It's potluck, and we welcome, but don’t require, salads and cold foods for the shared meal. The book conversation begins as we start dessert, about 7:00 p.m.

    We are meeting in the Skey Room, part of the St. Anne's Parish Hall, located at the west end of the church parking lot. (Photo: facing building; enter by the brown door.)

    All are welcome, and we hope you will enjoy reading with us.

    Upcoming Meetings:

    • Wednesday, November 22
    • Wednesday, December 13

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