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History & Myth - Facts and Truth: An Interfaith Learning Evening - Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 12:30 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 12:32 ]

Our next Interfaith Learning Evening: St. Anne's invites our friends from City Shul, a congregation of Reformed Judaism, for a comparative discussion.

Our formative stories: Are they history? Did it happen? Can they be myths and also be true? 

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and the Rev. Gary van der Meer will each take a turn to address this theme. 

"We do not speak for all Jews or all Christians. We don't speak for all Reformed Jews or all Anglicans. We don't even claim that we speak for all of our congregants. We each offer our own perspective, and then it's time for you to work on yours."

We will sit in mixed table groups of Jews and Christians (plus any observers/friends invited to join us). 
Once you've heard Rabbi and Priest, it's time group conversation. What did you hear? What makes sense to you? How does your perspective influence your participation in the life of your community/oongregation?

Please register in advance by contacting Gary or Elyse. Participation will be limited to those who register.

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Skey Room, St. Anne's Parish Hall.

Next Shared Learning Event: Comparing and Learning from Passover & Easter traditions, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Introducing "Messy Sunday" - September 17, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 11:30 ]

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!

September 17: Preparing for a Drama Presentation in church on Sunday September 24: The story of Jonah, the prophet who tried to flee from God's instructions. He was swallowed by great fish and the fish spit him up at the exact place where God called him to be. Join us to rehearse.

Messy Sunday dates 2017-2018
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • 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, September 3, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 18:29 ]

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.

Tour Dates: 
  • August 6
  • September 3
  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3

Organ Benefit Concert - Sunday, September 17, 2:00 p.m.

posted 24 Feb 2017, 08:51 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 10:47 ]

St. Anne's welcomes Guest Organists to demonstrate improvements made to the organ and to support the next stage of re-building of the organ. 

The concert will feature solos by St. Anne's Choral Scholars.

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m. 

* This concert was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 19, 3:30 p.m.

Location: St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Ave

Come to the next Babies' Social! - Sunday, September 10, 12:15 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 18:31 ]

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
  • January 14
  • March 4
  • May 6

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

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 12:19 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Christianity 101 introduces 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. 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 a stance of curiosity for lifelong learning.
5 small group sessions (2 time slots for each session to accommodate busy schedules) with a concluding full group session and supper. Themes for the 6 Sessions:

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.

Session 1: Arriving
  • Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23, 3:00 p.m..
Session 2: Belonging
  • Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7, 3:00 p.m.
Session 3: Behaving
  • Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 28, 3:00 p.m.
Session 4: Believing 
  • Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 3:00 p.m.
Session 5: Awakening
  • Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 3:00 p.m.
Session 6: Parables and Paradoxes
  • Saturday, November 25, 3:00 p.m. Followed by a concluding Potluck Supper. This is for everyone!
  • Sunday November 26 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday January 7 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 11 - 10:30 a.m.
* You may begin Christianity 101 seeking baptism, or a desire to be baptized may emerge as you participate in the sessions. 
**Note that baptism is a public ceremony in which the St. Anne's congregation vows to support you in your journey of faith.

Wednesday Sessions: Skey Room, St. Anne's Parish Hall
Saturday Sessions: St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone

Christianity 101 is offered twice a year. 
Winter Sessions:
1. Jan 24 & 27
2. Jan 21 & Feb 3
3. Feb 21 & 24
4. Feb 28 & March 3
5. March 7 & 10
6. March 24

  • 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, August 9, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 7 Jul 2017, 05:57 ]

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:
  • August 9
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6

Interfaith Sermon Exchange - Saturday November 11 & Sunday November 19

posted 9 Sep 2015, 13:44 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 11:17 ]

Interfaith worship and learning happens here! This is about friendship. Our priority is to appreciate each other and be in solidarity with each other. We will learn a lot about our own faith. It's stimulating and interesting to encounter other customs and practices, other ways to come at the great mysteries of life. 

On Saturday, November 11, the Rev. Gary van der Meer will preach at City Shul, a congregation of Reformed Judaism in downtown Toronto.

Scripture Texts: 
  • Torah: Genesis 23:1 - 25:18
  • Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 - 1:31

On Sunday, November 19, Rabbi Elyse Goldstein of City Shul will preach at St. Anne's.

Scripture Texts: 
  • Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
  • Psalm 90:1-12 
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 
  • Matthew 25:14-30
Please contact City Shul or St. Anne's to confirm your participation.

Saturday, November 11,, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.

Messy Church - Children's After School Celebration: Wednesday September 13, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 10:54 ]

‘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
    • September 13
    • October 4
    • November 1
    • December 6
    • 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 is back! - August 16 & 30, 6:30 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 18:33 ]

    Ready to read some great books this summer? You’re invited to be part of the St. Anne’s Book Club! 

    Each Book Club gathering starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Skey Room of our Parish Hall (see photo to the right). Join us for a potluck meal and for conversation led by parishioner Marc Côté. Publisher of Cormorant Books

    We’re talking about one book each session for 5 sessions throughout the summer, as outlined below. So far, we have discussed The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline, The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom, by Alison Love, and Abnormal Brain Sonnets, by David McFadden.

    Join us for the following books:

     On Wednesday, August 16, we’ll discuss Silverwing, by Kenneth Oppel. There are 57 copies in the Toronto Public Library, and the book is available through almost all bookstores, as well as online. Also available in Kobo and Kindle formats.

    On Wednesday, August 30, we’ll discuss Earth and High Heaven, the 1944 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award. There are 24 copies in the Toronto Public Library, and copies will also be readily available from Marc Côté as Publisher of Cormorant Books. Also available in Kobo and Kindle formats.

    We will share a potluck supper and have great conversation. Please bring and food to share: salads, wine, juice, dessert.

    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.

    Wednesdays: August 2, August 16, August 30.

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