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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 26 Mar 2019, 11:25 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Enter into the last days of Jesus' life day by day, and reflect on why it matters. Jesus was killed. God raised him up. Each incident shows us how to be Christian today.

We tell this story through the worship services of Holy Week and Easter. Come and journey 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 14, 10:30 a.m.

Sacred Music for Sacred Spaces:
 St. Anne’s hosts the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for two very special concerts that are well suited to Holy Week contemplation. Details and tickets on the TMC website. Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. & Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.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. You are welcome to participate in the symbolic washing of feet as a sign of servant leadership. Thursday, April 18, 7:30 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 19, 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. Saturday, April 20, 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 21, 10:30 a.m.

Our mission as St. Anne's is to be your sanctuary as you find your way through the story that created the church and tells us that God brings life to all of us.

It's easy to get to St. Anne's, and we are a safe, inclusive space for everyone.

We look forward to meeting you.

Monthly History Lecture: Personal Devotional Time - Tuesday, April 23, 6:30/7:30 p.m.

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Mar 2019, 13:43 ]

Christianity has a long history of personal prayer times in addition to gathered community worship on Sunday. Jesus said, "whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret..." 

These practices range from going out into the desert to private bible reading, from prayer that is meditation without words to praying the rosary. 

This evening explores the history of these practices, with the welcome addition of guests who describe their current living prayer practices.

This year's monthly slideshow focuses on the history of the Christian worship service. Each session will explore an aspect of worship and trace it from the beginnings of Christianity to the present.


Everyone is welcome; you do not have to be a member of St. Anne's or any church to participate.

  • The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
  • Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities at Humber College
  • Mervin Fick, Director of Music at St. Anne's
The Plan:
  • Supper - 6:30 p.m.
  • Lecture - 7:30 p.m.
  • Concludes by 8:45 p.m.

Dates: Our monthly sessions are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month:
  • May 28 - Drama in the Liturgy
  • June 25 - Entering and Leaving Worship


The February lecture will be held in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue (the church offices located on the north side of the church).

Church Tour - Sunday, May 5, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:18 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:
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, May 1, 11:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:19 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Join us for our monthly midweek worship service every first Wednesday of the month. It's 40 minutes: prayers, scripture, a conversational 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.

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 11:00 a.m.  with occasional exceptions. Upcoming Dates:
  • May 1
  • June 5
* 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: Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:19 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

‘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 the meal 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.

And introducing our new Sunday version of Messy Church: "Messy Sunday"!
    Messy Church dates 2019
    • April 30
    • May 21
    • June 18
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    Book Evening: Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 16 Apr 2019, 18:02 ]

    We next meet on Wednesday, May 15, to talk about Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay. New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties — including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life — and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

    With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.  

    There are 103 copies in the Toronto Public Library, 70 copies on hold. Available on line and in bookstores. Is also an electronic book and an audio book.

    We meet at 7:00 p.m. for a pot luck dinner, followed by a discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please join us! 

    Marc Côté, Book Club Co-ordinator

    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 would be delighted to welcome you.

    We hold our Book Group in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue. Come for supper (potluck) at 7:00 p.m., or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30 p.m.
    Future Meeting Dates:
    Yiddish for Pirates, by Gary Barwin. (Wednesday, June 19) 
    If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin. (July)
    Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. (August) 
    Fifteen Dogs, by André Alexis. (September) (Giller Prize and Canada Reads winner.)
    She Who Is, by Elizabeth A. Johnson. (October) [This may be replaced by another title by Elizabeth A. Johnson. We’ll let you know no later than August.]
    Still Life With June, by Darren Greer. (November) 
    Washington Black, by Esi Edguyan. (December) Might skip this month.
    Chasing Painted Horses, by Drew Hayden Taylor. (January) (This book will be out in September and it’ll be published by Cormorant. A great novel – and if people know about it far enough ahead, they can put first holds on it at the library.)
    Bring a book (February). 

    Next Community Dinner Dates: Sunday, May 12- 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 17 Apr 2019, 13:20 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
    • 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).

    • May 12
    • June 16
    • July 21
    • August 18

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