Upcoming Events

  • Note that during this time of social distancing, all events are on hold. 
  • See past events for an overview of our regular life at St. Anne's.
  • We continue to meet online and you are warmly invited to join us.

Dinner Church at St. Anne's! - Monday, March 16, 6:45 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 20:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Mar 2020, 17:07 ]

Postponed to March 30 due to COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL.  

During Lent St. Anne’s will hold four ‘Dinner Church’ services. Sharing a meal around the Eucharist is a tradition from the earliest days of the church, and Dinner Church is based on this practice.

What to expect:
We will eat a simple, one-pot meal together. We will gather to sing and light candles, and bless our meal with an ancient Eucharistic prayer. A song-leader will lead simple sung responses. The whole worship service will take place around the meal, including praying and reflecting on scripture together. There will be space for silence and reflection. At the end we will clean up together. The service lasts around two hours, including eating and cleaning up.

March 9, March 16 and March 30 in the Ministry Centre, and April 9 in the Church Sanctuary. Arrive at 6.45pm. Worship begins at 7pm.

All are welcome at Dinner Church!

Interfaith Tour: Ching Kwok Buddhist Temple - Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 19:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 14 Mar 2020, 04:12 ]

St. Anne's is invited to a tour of the beautiful downtown temple of Chinese Buddhism:

'A Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple, a serene setting in a bustling city, locating within the heart of downtown Toronto, holds Dharma Services, meditation retreats, and Buddhist Studies throughout the year. On regular schedules are the weekly Sunday morning Dharma Service (10am-12pm) follows by a free lunch offering to participants of the Dharma Service and the weekly Thursday evening Buddhist Studies class in English (7-9pm). All are welcome to participate.'

Our Tour Leader, Snow, will walk us through the Ching Kwok Shrine Room while telling us the story of Buddhism and this temple's role in the Chinese communities in Toronto. 

Meet at the church to depart at 12:15 p.m. or meet us at the Ching Kwok Temple, 300 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S3

Please RSVP to indicate your interest in participating: 

Interfaith Shabbat: City Shul - Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 19:37 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Mar 2020, 17:04 ]

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Postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocol.

Our Jewish friends at City Shul invite St. Anne's to join an interfaith Shabbat. This is an opportunity to be with our friends in a worship service followed by a meal.

The Shabbat liturgy includes the following scriptures (for those who like to prepare by reading in advance):
  • Torah: Exodus 35:1-40:38
  • Maftir: Exodus 12:1-12:20
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Please note that worship services are longer in the synagogue. Expect to arrive at 10:00 and leave by 1:00 following lunch. 

Please RSVP to be added to the St. Anne's guest list: pastor@saintanne.ca

City Shul, 300 Bloor Street West (Bloor Street United Building)


Advance notice: St. Anne's is invited to the Interfaith Iftar during Ramadan at Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Thursday May 7, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Tour & Worship Field Trip: St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church - Saturday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 18:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 15:04 ]

Come along for a first visit to our sister church! St. Anne's and St. Helen's both began from land donated by the same family. The Macdonnell family, prompted by a mixed Anglican and Roman Catholic marriage, provided an acre for each church. While the marriage brought together a couple from two different church traditions, our two parish churches have mostly walked a separate path. Now we are coming together. 
Father John Cabral of St. Helen's invites the St. Anne's community and friends for a tour. The present St. Helen's (their second building), is a listed Toronto heritage building by architect Arthur W. Holmes. It was constructed in 1909 (with the steeple added in 1924). Our tour is an opportunity to explore future collaboration. 

The session will conclude with a time of worship. We will be introduced to a style of meditative prayer known as Eucharistic Adoration. Widely practiced in the Roman Catholic tradition, and increasingly well known as part of Anglican spirituality, this style of prayer consists of sitting in silence before the tabernacle or a monstrance containing the reserved sacrament. 

All are welcome to join us for this experience. Meet us at St. Helen's Church!

St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church, 1688 Dundas Street West. 
Saturday, April 4, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Holy Week and Easter at St. Anne's - We invite you to join us!

posted 25 Mar 2019, 10:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 3 Mar 2020, 20:07 ]

Enter into the last days of Jesus' life day by day, and reflect on why it matters. Jesus was killed. God raised him up. We tell this story through the worship services of Holy Week and Easter. Come and be with us.
Palm Sunday: Procession of palms as Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem. It was a welcome that came out of deep longing, but would turn to rejection. You will receive a blessed palm to keep as a reminder of this journey. 
Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: Jesus' last supper with his friends, at which he called them to love each other and serve those in need - a final meal that became the Eucharist. This service takes the form of "Dinner Church" - a new way of being church that incorporates the worship into a simple meal. 
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday: An extended dramatic reading of Jesus' arrest, imprisonment, trial, and death by crucifixion. A large wooden cross is brought by procession to the centre of the church. All are invited to a time of personal prayer before the cross. 
Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter begins with the ceremonial lighting of a fire on the church steps, symbolizing the return of the faithful from the darkness of grief to the light of the Risen Christ. The vigil includes readings by candlelight, and the joyful music of Resurrection. The Resurrection Party begins immediately following the conclusion of the service and all are invited to stay. The Easter Vigil brings together the congregations of St. Anne's and our neighbouring parish St. Matthias' Anglican Church. 
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday: The disciples go to the tomb and find it has been opened. Initially, they cannot believe what has happened, but their experience of meeting Jesus alive has been carried through the centuries to us. We welcome the Risen Christ in a church filled with lilies and the music of celebration. 
Sunday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.

Church Tour - Sunday, April 5, 11:45 a.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 15:05 ]

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.

  • May 3
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2

Messy Church: Playdate on Zoom! - Tuesday March 31, 5:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Mar 2020, 05:04 ]

While we are in social distancing mode, we continue to get together online! Join us for games and stories on your computer. 

*We ask parents/guardians to stay nearby and present for the duration of Zoom Messy Church. 

If you would like to participate and you are not currently on our contact list, please send an email to:

Note: See below: This is what it will look like when we are able to be back together in real life: 

‘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. We meet once a month. 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
    • 7:15 concluding prayer

    • Tuesday April 21 - celebrating Earth Day!

    Book Evening: "Can you say ...Hero?" - Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. **MEETING ONLINE - see link**

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 15:04 ]

    Loving our Neighbours is so basic to the way we practice Christianity at St. Anne's. Let's do deeper with the great inspiration for neighbours, Mr. Rogers! The movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" is adapted from a story that appeared in the magazine Esquire. Journalist Lloyd Vogel, is a cynical writer who became determined to expose Rogers' friendly persona as an act. Instead, his own life is transformed by the compassion he experiences from Mr. Rogers.

    For this evening, we are reading"Can you say ...Hero?" - an article published in the magazine Esquire.

    Download the article here: 

    You may also want to watch the movie as part of your preparation for our gathering. See the movie trailer below.

    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. 

    You're welcome to join us before the session for a pot luck supper at 7:00 p.m. (If you're bringing items to prepare, come a bit early)
    Discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. 

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 495 535 071
    Password: 045972
    Dial in Number: +1 647 558 0588 

    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, April 29 - Book: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    • Wednesday, May 27 - Book: TBA
    • Wednesday, June 24 - Book: TBA

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

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 04:51 by Gary van der Meer ]


    **COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL. Community Dinners will be provided TAKEOUT ONLY**  Please note that we will not have a sit down meal. We are providing takeout containers with a simplified menu. Extra safety protocols are in place for volunteers. 


    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. 

    We especially welcome helpers - and we have new people visiting the Community Dinner from the community each time. We are happy to train you and grateful for your assistance and support. 


    • 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).

    • April 19, 2020
    • May 17, 2020

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