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Mystery Concert #1 (Red) - Presented by The Junction Trio: Wed. Oct. 18 - 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 15:03 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 07:07 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Join The Junction Trio as they launch an exciting season of MYSTERY CONCERTS as Ensemble-in-Residence at 
St. Anne's, conveniently located near Dundas and Dufferin!!

Jamie Thompson - Flute
Ivana Popovic - Violin
Evan Lamberton - Cello

Ramona Carmelly - Mezzo-Soprano
Lucas Tensen - Kora / Pots & Pans
Saman Shahi - Piano / Organ

Works by Kurt Weill, John S. Gray and Locatelli...
More surprises to come......visit their FB page for clues!


Admission PWYC / $20 Suggested donation

Wheelchair Accessible / Families Welcome!

Ulali Project - Upcoming Concert! - Saturday, November 4 - 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

posted 10 Oct 2017, 14:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Oct 2017, 14:49 ]

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to present - in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church - a special concert by the Ulali Project. 

Ulali Project: The a capella trio Ulali was formed in 1987 by original members Pura Fe, Jennifer Kreisberg, and Soni Moreno. The group really hit its stride with their debut album Mahk Jchi. It seemed like that Ulali was everywhere and their songs were played across Turtle Island and around the world. Soon after the phenomenal success of Mahk Jchi, the Miramax film (now a classic film) Smoke Signals was released in theaters. The film by Cheyenne-Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre featured the Ulali songs Forgive Our Fathers Suite (aka Wahjeeleh-Yihm) and All My Relations. Both songs were highlighted in some of the film’s most poignant scenes. The film experienced the same tremendous market crossover and international success that Ulali’s music had. Ulali’s audience went off the charts. Ulali traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe performing at venues like Woodstock ‘94, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the 1997 Smithsonian’s Folkways 50th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the 1998 WOMAD Festival in Seattle, the 1998 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, V Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden, the 2001 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2004 they performed at the Kennedy Center and the National Mall for the opening of the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The list goes on in a wide range of impressive venues and benefit performances. They performed in Canada and abroad in Brazil, Corsica, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Caledonia and Portugal.

The current incarnation of Ulali Project reformed in 2014. Their first performance was at the River People Music Festival in North Carolina, a festival celebrating southeastern American Indian music and traditions. Their haunting voices and rich percussion have connected with audiences across the United States, and they have shared their music in honour of environmental causes and Indigenous justice issues. The group-currently made up of original founders Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg, along with new members Charly Lowry and Layla Locklear-brings together a unique blend of Native American music, including jazz, folk, and soul.
This concert is part of the Kwe Performance Series. Kwe means life giver/life carrier in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway). The iskwe (women) in our community give us life, carry our teachings and culture, and pass these responsibilities from one generation to another. Indigenous women artists are bringers of life through their artistic practice.

Native Women and the Arts, NWIA, is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

  • Adults $20.00
  • Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00
The concert will take place in St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.

The Earliest Christian Hymns: Monthly History Lectures focus on Music - Wed Nov 1, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 09:36 ]

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 THIRD session explores the first Christian songs. The oldest Christian music is hiding in plain sight, embedded right in the New Testament. Who sang them back then? What did they sound like? What did they mean to the people who originally sang them?

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

Introducing "Messy Sunday" - November 19, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Oct 2017, 10:53 ]

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
  • 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, November 5, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 11:03 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:
  • November 5
  • December 3
  • January 7
  • February 4

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

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 19 Sep 2017, 10:31 ]

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

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Sep 2017, 10:45 ]

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.

5 small group sessions with a concluding supper. 

Session 1: Arriving - Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Belonging - Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.
Session 3: Behaving - Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m.
Session 4: Believing - Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
Session 5: Awakening - Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.

Session 6: Parables & Paradoxes - Saturday, November 25, 3:00 p.m. Followed by a concluding Potluck Supper. 

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

  • Sunday November 26 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday January 7 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 11 - 10:30 a.m.
* 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.

Christianity 101 is offered twice a year. If you're not ready for this term, how about joining us after Christmas for the 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, November 1, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 08:47 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:
  • November 1
  • December 6
  • January 3
* 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.

Interfaith Shared Sermons - Friday, October 13 - 1:30 p.m.

posted 9 Sep 2015, 13:44 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Oct 2017, 16:28 ]

YouTube Video

Shared Sermons with the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre

Part 2 of our shared sermon takes place at the mosque on Friday, October 13, 1:30 p.m. This follows our first shared sermon on Thanksgiving Sunday.

You are welcome to join us at the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, 1168 Bloor Street West.

Shared sermons with City Shul are coming in November. Plan to be with us as we visit the synagogue on Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and members of City Shul will join us on Sunday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.

Sermon Texts, November 11: 
  • Torah: Genesis 23:1 - 25:18
  • Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 - 1:31
Sermon Texts, November 19: 
  • Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
  • Psalm 90:1-12 
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 
  • Matthew 25:14-30

Fall Colours Hike: Dundas Valley Waterfalls - Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m.

posted 7 Apr 2015, 13:38 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Sep 2017, 07:09 ]

Walk the Bruce Trail with us on Saturday, October 21 – with gentle climbs and beautiful views, good exercise and good company. We will share rides (leaving from the church) and walk a circle of trail that winds through the Dundas Valley, following the Niagara Escarpment, encountering at least three dramatic waterfalls along the way. Bring a picnic lunch, a camera, and water. Our visit will conclude with refreshment at a local pub before we drive back to Toronto. We expect to return to the church by 4:30 p.m. Note that we will hike rain or shine!

We'll be leaving from the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Meet us at 8:30 so we can organize cars and passengers, share maps, and sign waiver forms.

Sign up by sending us an email, or adding your name to the sign up sheet on the Action Table at the back of the church.

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