Click here for the Event Calendar.

Music @4 - Sunday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.

posted 4 Oct 2018, 16:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2018, 08:28 ]

Themes of gratitude accompanied turn Thanksgiving into a season in this short concert that finishes in time for supper.

All are welcome. Free admission. Donations welcome.

Parking available.

St. Anne's Church
270 Gladstone Avenue

Fall Birdwatching Hike - Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2018, 14:30 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 Sep 2018, 14:32 ]

Join us as we take an autumnal stroll down the Leslie Street Spit, to see the leaves as they turn colour and the birds as they turn south. 

We will share rides (leaving from the church) to Tommy Thompson Park and walk the length of the spit, taking in the immense variety of bird and plant life (as well as eroded cement and rebar!) that flourishes there. 

Bring a picnic lunch, a camera, water, and (if you have them) binoculars. Our visit will conclude with refreshment at a nearby pub before we drive back to the church. We expect to return to the church by mid-afternoon. Note that we will walk 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, and sign waiver forms.

Monthly History Lecture: The History of Music in Worship - Tuesday, October 23, 6:30/7:30 p.m.

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Sep 2018, 11:37 ]

October Lecture: An overview of the role of music in our worship services over the centuries. Presented by Mervin Fick, Music Director at St. Anne's.

It's a slideshow of maps, personalities, art and architecture, plus movie and music clips that help tell the story. 

Over the coming year, lectures will explore: music, art and architecture, the Christian calendar of seasons and holy days, how we engage our intellect, the role of drama from passion plays through to the impact of modern technology.

Mervin Fick, Director of Music at St. Anne's

Dates: Our monthly sessions are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month: 
  • October 23
  • November 27
  • [No December presentation]
  • January 22
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25

  • The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
  • Mervin Fick, Director of Music at St. Anne's
  • Chris Irwin, Professor of Humanities at Humber College
We meet in the Skey Room, in the St. Anne's Parish Hall (see photo at right).
  • Supper - 6:30 p.m.
  • Lecture - 7:30 p.m.
  • 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.

"Ouroboros" - Art Exhibit at St. Anne's: September 22 to October 14

posted 5 Sep 2018, 11:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 03:17 ]

From September 22 – October 14, experience Ouroboros, an immersive group exhibit, featuring the work of Ellen Bleiwas, Emily DiCarlo, Gunilla Josephson, Adrienne Trent and Marian Wihak in the unconventional art exhibition space of St. Anne's Anglican Church in Toronto. 

Presenting a range of installations, site-specific sculptures, and multi-channel video projects, Ouroboros focuses on themes of cyclical time, the weight of history, and the connecting power of memory. Visitors are invited to explore the historic site and its sculptural responses – a collision of contemporary art and Byzantine Revival architecture. 

Special Events Schedule

Please join us for the following special events:
  • Thursday, September 27: Opening Reception: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 29: Nuit Blanche extended hours from 7 p.m. - midnight. Special musical performances by Turkwaz (7:30 p.m.Darbazi (8:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, October 14: Artist Talk and Tour (2:00 p.m.)

Exhibit Viewing Schedule: 
  • Friday - Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Sept 22 - Oct 14)

All Ouroboros events are held in St. Anne's Anglican Church. St. Anne's is a fully accessible building with a side entrance ramp and adjacent barrier-free washroom. Parking is available evenings and weekends in St. Anne's parking lot on the south side of the church (limited street parking is available weekday daytimes as noted on signage). 

St. Anne's Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Avenue
Toronto ON 
M5J 2N2

"Messy Sunday" Children! - October 21, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Sep 2018, 07:52 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Introducing a new monthly children's program!

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 Sunday worship is about, since that's where we are the other Sundays of the month. Please join us at the children's table at any time during any worship service. 

We have an hour before we receive communion, and we make the most of it!

Messy Sunday dates 2018
  • October 21
  • November 11
  • December 16
  • 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 4, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2018, 06:44 ]

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:
  • December 2
  • January 6
  • February 3

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

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Sep 2018, 13:40 ]

Christianity 101 introduces our St. Anne's approach to living the Christian life. It is your preparation to be baptized, confirmed, or married, this overview is intended to help you and support you in the vows you will make. If you are new or newly returned to attending church, you may have lots of questions - this is a safe space to ask! If you have been attending church for years, and now you are curious about how everything fits together, we hope you'll join us. The diversity of reasons we come together enriches our conversation. Please join us.  

Christian faith is richly textured and it's not possible to cover everything. At every step Christianity 101 will encourage you to develop your curiosity as a lifelong learner of the faith.

6 small group sessions:

Session 1: Monday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Session 2: Monday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
Session 3: MondayOctober 8, 7:00 p.m.
Session 4: MondayOctober 15, 7:00 p.m.
Session 5: MondayOctober 22, 7:00 p.m.
Session 6: MondayOctober 29, 7:00 p.m.  
THEMES: This new version Christianity 101 is adapted from "Being Disiples. Essentials of the Christian Life" by Rowan Williams. Each evening will address the chapter theme and add an orientation to aspects of Christian faith that are important to our practice at St. Anne's. 

1. Being Disciples
"A disciple is, as we have seen, simply a learner; and this, ultimately, is what the disciple learns: how to be a place in the world where the act of God can come alive." An introduction to Jesus, who we follow. Who does the Bible say he is? Who does our theology say he is? 

2. Faith, Hope and Love
"Three indispensable qualities in the life of a Christian disciple. But how do they work? And how can they best be nurtured?"

3. Forgiveness
"The Eucharist is our symbol of what it would mean for the Lord's Prayer to be answered fully: God feeding his people through the death and resurrection of Jesus, which establishes that new community of the spirit in which forgiveness is the common currency." 

4. Holiness
"If you want to be holy, stop thinking about it. If you want to be holy, look at God. If you want to be holy, enjoy God's world, enter it as much as you can in love and service." Our practice of being Christian. 

5. Faith in Society
"There are two principles of faith and discipleship that we need...we are each of equal value to God, and we are all dependent on each other." Ministry, service, volunteering, and the impact of our community on the wider community and the public square.

6. Life in the Spirit
"What keeps us going as disciples? Self-awareness, stillness, growth, and joy. Those are the building blocks of a life of discipleship that can stand up to everything around us, in the Church and in the world and in ourselves, that tries to stifle our efforts to stay spiritually healthy." What is our offering to God?

7. Final Session: Personal Interview
Debriefing what you have learned and what's next for you. If you are preparing for a sacrament, whether your plan is baptism, confirmation or marriage, this will include planning and rehearsing the service and figuring out what you will say as your testimony and your story of faith.
St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue

If you are participating in Christianity 101 as preparation for Baptism or Confirmation, please note the following dates: 
  • Sunday, November 4. Visit to St. Anne's by our Area Bishop, Jenny Andison. The service will include Confirmation. Should you prefer to wait, the next Confirmation service will be held at St. James' Cathedral on a Sunday afternoon in the month following Easter.
  • Baptism Dates: Sunday, November 25; Sunday January 6; Sunday, January 13.
You are welcome to explore, whether or not you are ready for the formalized commitment of the sacraments. The process is open-ended and you have room to figure out what you need along the way.

You are welcome to drop in and observe a session.

Questions? Want to Register?

Contact the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer:

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, November 7, 11:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Oct 2018, 06:43 ]

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:
  • November 7
  • December 5
  • January 2
  • February 6
* 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, October 23, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Sep 2018, 11:49 ]

‘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 2018
    • October 23
    • November 20
    • December 11
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    St. Anne's Book Club: "A Secret Music" by Susan Doherty Hannaford - Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 08:16 ]


    Next Book: A Secret Music

    Our book for October: A Secret Music, by Susan Doherty Hannaford. “Brought to life by a sharp eye for physical and sensory detail and meticulous historical accuracy.” (Montreal Gazette) “A powerful debut.” (Toronto Star) “A pleasure of A Secret Music is how fond we grow of nearly all of the characters. Full disclosure: I cried at least once while reading this book and did not want to part with the Nolan family when I turned the last page. A Secret Music sings.” (Montreal Review of Books) Word Guild Award for Best Young Adult fiction 2016; Grace Irwin Award 2016; Literary Classics silver medal for Y/A fiction 2016. ISBN  978-1770863675; $22.95. Can be ordered from Indigo and other bookstores, if not in stock. Available as an e-book. There are four (4) copies in the Toronto Public Library. October 24, Wednesday

    Our book for November: Drumblair: A Jamaican Childhood, by Rachel Manley, granddaughter and daughter of two of Jamaica's national leaders, tells the story of the brilliant, artistic Manleys - Jamaica's most prominent and glamorous political family - and the house that nurtured them: Drumblair. This is a world vividly recreated, and an intimate memoir of the people who changed Jamaica's intellectual, social and cultural landscape for all time. Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Available as an e-book. Can be ordered through Marc. There are four (4) copies in the Toronto Public Library. There’s a very good chance the author will be in attendance. November 21, Wednesday

    Our book for December: The Home for Unwanted Girls, by Joanna Goodman. In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility--much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life 'back on track'. Elodie is raised in Quebec's impoverished orphanage system. It's a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns' hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world. Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both. ISBN 9780062684226;  $21.00 Available at Indigo and all other bookstores. Available as an e-book, too. 145 copies in the Toronto Public Library, but there are 600 holds. December 12, Wednesday

    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. Our group is hosted by Marc Côté, publisher for Cormorant Books, and we are grateful for many insights into the world of authors, editors and publishing. We choose our books by making every third or fourth session an open evening where people are invited to propose books they recommend. 

    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, or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30. 

    1-10 of 11