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Monthly History Lecture: Early Christian Hymns - POSTPONED to Monday, Feb 19, 7:30 p.m.

posted 29 Aug 2017, 10:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 10:29 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

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. 

Our SIXTH history lecture explores the music of Christian worship in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. So much happened over a thousand year period that you can expect a rich music listening evening. Some of what we hear will be obvious because we still know it and love it, but there will be surprises too. If you have recordings you especially love, please bring them to enrich everyone's learning experience. The presentation of the history of this period comes in the form of a slide show, with 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 14
  8. Wednesday, April 11
  9. Wednesday, May 9
  10. Wednesday, June 13

"Messy Sunday" Children! - February 18, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Jan 2018, 13:40 ]

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
  • 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, March 4, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Feb 2018, 11:00 ]

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:
  • March 4, 2018
  • April 8, 2018
  • May 8, 2018
  • June 3, 2018
  • July 1, 2018
  • August 5, 2018

Come to the next Babies' Social! - Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 12:15 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 31 Jan 2018, 09:08 ]

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, March 4, following the 10:30 worship service.

Upcoming Babies' Social Dates:
  • March 4, 2018
  • May 6, 2018

Christianity 101: Orientation to Christian faith as practised at St. Anne's

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 07:30 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

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.  
THEMES: This new series of Christianity 101 begins from our common experience of weekly Sunday worship. There are consistent prayers from week to week, and starting from these, we introduce Christian faith as practiced at St. Anne's!

1. The Lord's Prayer
We begin from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ who taught us to pray this prayer. This is a pray that roots us in Christian origins in Judaism, recognizes our dependence on God, and expects us to change. 

2. The Doxology
Imagine that God's power works through us in ways that are "infinitely more than we can ask or imagine"! What is God trying to accomplish. We explore how each of us is important, and also how we come together as the whole church, strengthened by each other, and sharing our faith from generation to generation.

3. The Collect for Purity
This prayer is a preparation to focus during the worship service, with the special understanding that God already knows everything about us. How do we focus? How do we have pure intentions in our lives? How does God cleanse or forgive us?

4. The Eucharistic Prayer
The ancient prayer over the bread and wine brings us into an exploration of the sacraments: the Eucharist, and also Baptism, as well as an exploration of the other sacraments of the church and what makes something sacred.  

5. The Creeds
The beliefs expressed in the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed are often the place where people hesitate. How did we come to have creeds, and what does it mean to say them. What do we believe and is there room for different approaches? 

6. The Peace
Exchanging the peace is a transition in the Sunday worship service, a moment of connection with the people around us that symbolizes our commitment as Christians to be peacemakers. We will explore the teachings of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount, and the Baptismal Covenant to discover the ways we are changed through our worship, and the ways that we can be instruments of God's peace in all that we do.
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.

You are welcome to drop in and observe a session.

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

Monthly Midweek Eucharist - Wednesday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 09:44 ]

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:
  • March 7, 2018
  • April 4, 2018
  • May 2, 2018
  • 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.

Messy Church - Children's After School Celebration: Wednesday, February 28, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 09:44 ]

‘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 2018
    • February 28
    • 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 - Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 Jan 2018, 12:52 ]

    Join the St. Anne's Book Group for our next book: The Black Peacock by Rachel Manley.

    Outline: Friends since attending university in Jamaica, Lethe and Daniel have long realized they would never be good for each other. Later in life, they finally come together. The debut novel by Governor General's Literary Award-winning author Rachel Manley, The Black Peacock is the story of two unforgettable characters, adrift on the ever-changing tides of the Caribbean, who are united by something less than passion but more than love. We are delighted to welcome the author, Rachel Manley, as our guest this evening. A great way to prepare for this evening: Read the book and come with a passage in mind that particularly moved you.
    The discussion moves from the book to wider themes of our lives. Haven't finished the book? Don't worry, you're most welcome. We hope that hanging out with us helps you to grow into the discipline of a regular reading habit!

    We meet monthly on Tuesdays, 7:00 for a potluck and 7:30 for book discussion. 

    Join us in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Ave, just north of St. Anne's Church. * marked with the star above
    • Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. 
         The Black Peacock by Rachel Manley
         Welcoming author Rachel Manley as our guest!
    Upcoming Dates:
    • Tuesday, March 20
    • Tuesday, April 24
    • Tuesday, May 22
    • Tuesday, June 19

    Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    posted 6 Feb 2014, 09:20 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 18:54 ]

    Ash Wednesday Liturgy 2:00 p.m.
    Please join the children's Ash Wednesday Discovery Day and the residents of St. Anne's Place for the Afternoon liturgy. Informal Eucharist with home-baked bread and Imposition of Ashes.

    Ash Wednesday Liturgy 7:30 p.m.
    Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

    ** Burning the Palms for the Ashes. Please bring in your palms from last year, or previous years. We will give out new blessed palms on Palm Sunday, March 25, 10:30 a.m.
    Holy Discovery Day: Observing Ash Wednesday through Service, Worship and Learning. This is a day when students and teachers are permitted to take the day off school for religious observances. 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    Next Community Dinner - Sunday, February 18, 5:30 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 11:05 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.


    • 2:30 p.m. Food preparation begins
    • 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served
    • 6:30 p.m. Worship service
    • 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 18, 2018
    • March 18, 2018
    • April 15, 2018

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