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Church Tour - Sunday, April 22, 12:00 noon

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

St. Anne's offers a monthly tour on the first Sunday of each month following the worship service. 

The tour includes the story of how St. Anne's came to have the architecture of the Byzantine Revival, the artworks of the Group of Seven, and a musical history that ranges from the complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.

We are offering an extra tour this month especially to invite people who came to see Jesus Christ Superstar - and everyone is welcome.
The tour is approximately 45 minutes, guided by a tour leader who knows all the best stories. You are welcome to take pictures!

You are welcome to attend the church service at 10:30 and stay on for the tour, or to come into the church as the liturgy concludes.

Sunday, April 22, 12:00 p.m.

Hike, Bike & Canoe with St. Anne's - Here's the Plan!

posted 18 Mar 2018, 12:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 10:04 ]

Getting out in the Great Outdoors is one of the ways St. Anne's celebrates God's blessing of the earth. 

We hike in the spring and the fall, often on the Bruce Trail, as a day excursion. We enjoy the exertion, the beauty, and the conversations that happen as we walk. We enjoy meeting the people who join us, some from the congregation, plus friends and future friends. 

Our hikes always include time to for rest and refreshment at the end!

In addition to hiking, please join us for the following events:

Saturday, May 12: Ride for the Rouge.
We have a group participating in the charitable bike ride though the wonderful Rouge Park. Please contact us by email to participate with our group. Learn more about Ride for the Rouge.

Sunday, May 27: Bike the Waterfront.
Bring your bicycle to church on Sunday, May 27. We will gather our bikes in the parking lot for a blessing, and then leave St. Anne's together for a leisurely ride on the Waterfront Trail. Bring some lunch to eat before we depart at 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 10: Canoe the Humber
As an addition to our Paddling Together art events last year, we added a real canoe day, and it was so wonderful we're doing it again. After church, we'll drive together to Old Mill subway station to rent canoes for a ride on the Humber River. The wildlife is amazing, right in the city. Approximate cost per person, $25.00. Learn more about canoeing on the Humber.

Saturday, June 23: Pride & Remembrance Run
We join the team Proud Anglicans every year to celebrate that St. Anne's is an LGBTQ+ Affirming Church! Run 5K or walk 3K. This year's run supports: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women's College Hospital, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives Digital Hub Project, and other charities. And join us to walk with the Proud Anglicans in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. Learn more about the Pride Run.

And coming this Fall:
  • Fall Excursion to the Wye Marsh for the Bird Migration. This will be a full-day excursion on a Saturday in late September or early October. Watch our events page!

Jesus Christ Superstar: PHOTO ALBUM!

posted 6 Mar 2018, 14:35 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 08:27 ]

Thanks to everyone who supported our foray into Broadway in Church. Despite the weather, we had a great audience for a wonderful production. Here's how it looked!

Mary Magdalene
Jesus Christ Superstar
Judas and Jesus

King Herod
Pontius Pilate

Hubert Parry Tribute Concert - Sunday, May 6, 3:30 p.m.

posted 24 Oct 2017, 12:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 08:51 ]

St. Anne's celebrates acclaimed composer. C.H.H. Parry (1848-1918) in the 100th year after his death.

Performance of his magnificent anthem I WAS GLAD, hymns REPTON and JERUSALEM, along with many other choral and instrumental selections.


The Choir of St. Anne's
Simon Walker, Organ
The St. Anne's Festival Orchestra
John-Luke Addison, Conductor
FREE ADMISSION! Pay-what-you-can. Proceeds go toward St. Anne's Organ Restoration Initiative.

Free parking. Transit: Streetcar stops at Dundas & Gladstone or College & Gladstone; Subway to Dufferin and bus south to Dundas.

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

Mystery Concert #4 (Green) - Presented by The Junction Trio: Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 15:03 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Apr 2018, 08:46 ]

Season Finale: The Junction Trio takes us back to Mysterious Nature. 

In the upcoming weeks, check for clues and featured composers!


Admission PWYC / $20 Suggested donation

Wheelchair Accessible / Families Welcome!

Monthly History Lecture: Music of the Revivals: Evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, Social Gospel - Wednesday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Mar 2018, 13:39 ]

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

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?

A series tracing 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. 

Our EIGHTH history lecture explores the music of Christian worship 19TH CENTURY, especially the three significant revivals as expressed in music, whose legacy continues to this day in the music we sing in Sunday worship. The evening includes a slide show, movie clips, recordings, and some singing. 

  • 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 25
  9. Wednesday, May 9
  10. Wednesday, June 13

"Messy Sunday" Children! - April 15, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Mar 2018, 12:51 ]

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
  • 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, May 6, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 09:42 ]

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:
  • May 6, 2018
  • June 3, 2018
  • July 1, 2018
  • August 5, 2018
  • September 2, 2018
  • October 7, 2018

Come to the next Babies' Social! - Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 12:15 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 22 Mar 2018, 06:57 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, May 6, following the 10:30 worship service.

Upcoming Babies' Social Dates:
  • TBD

Monthly Midweek Eucharist - Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 12:42 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

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:
  • June 6, 2018
* 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.

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