Upcoming Events

Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience" presented by St. Anne's Music & Drama Society - Jan-Feb 2020

posted 16 Jan 2020, 10:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Jan 2020, 10:54 ]

Patience is a musically delicious satire on the aesthetic movement characterized by Oscar Wilde and the painter Whistler, along with the overblown conceit and bravado of the British military in the 1880s.  The leading lady, Patience, is a milkmaid with a beautiful voice and a strange obsession that true love must be sacrificial.  Two aesthetic poets, Bunthorne and Grosvenor, vie for her love while being adored by the ladies of the chorus and the somewhat overpowering Lady Jane.  One of the funniest scenes in all of G&S takes place when the Dragoon Guards decide that the only way to recapture the formerly devoted hearts of the ladies is to copy the outlandish poets.  
There will be seven performances:
  • Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Performances take place in the St. Anne's Parish Hall in the fully-equipped theatre at 651 Dufferin Street. We regret that the theatre is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets will be available beginning in autumn 2019 online. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit stannesmads.com.

St. Anne's Parish Hall
651 Dufferin Street, Toronto 

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

Church Tour - Sunday, February 2, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Jan 2020, 10:58 ]

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.

  • March 1
  • April 5

Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Dec 2019, 05:48 ]

Join us for our 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 February 11, 5:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Jan 2020, 09:49 ]

Our February Messy Church is timed to coincide with Valentine's Day. We will be making valentines and heart-shaped cookies. And we will be talking about LOVE - totally appropriate for a church like St. Anne's!

‘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

    • March 3

    Book Evening: Wednesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Jan 2020, 09:46 ]

    Our next book conversation: Where the Crawdads Sing? by Delia Owens.

    Where the Crawdads Sing is immersed in the natural world. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader. (Chris Schluep , Amazon Book Review)

    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.

    Future Books: We have occasional brainstorming sessions to choose our future books. We do read widely!

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

    The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer    pastor@saintanne.ca

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

    • Wednesday, March 18

    Next Community Dinner Date: Sunday, January 19 - 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 18 Dec 2019, 09:30 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).

    • February 16, 2020
    • March 15, 2020

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