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Come & Sing - "Tis the Season" - Sunday, December 16, 4:00 p.m.

posted 4 Oct 2018, 16:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Dec 2018, 11:00 ]

We are singing around the piano! Come join us for an hour to sing your favourite songs of the season.

Even better, let us know your favourite songs in advance and we will have the music printed and ready to go. Email your suggestions to

Mervin Fick, Director of Music at St. Anne's, is our conductor and host!

All are welcome. Free admission. Donations welcome.

Parking available. We are meeting in the church. 

St. Anne's Church
270 Gladstone Avenue
This is not us - ours is way more fun!

Monthly History Lecture: The Christian Calendar: Seasons, Feasts, Fasts & Saints - Tuesday, January 22, 6:30/7:30 p.m.

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 28 Nov 2018, 06:26 ]

No lecture in December. The January lecture in our series on the history of Christian worship explores how the calendar of Christian observances developed. Why Sunday rather than Saturday? How were the dates of Easter and Christmas chosen? What are the practices that accompany our church calendar, and where did they come from?

The lecture includes slideshow of maps, personalities, art and architecture, plus music or movie clips as they help to 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.

Dates: Our monthly sessions are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month: 
  • January 22 - The Calendar
  • February 26 - Art in the Liturgy
  • March 26 - Sermons and Preaching
  • April 23 - Personal Devotions
  • May 28 - Drama in the Liturgy
  • June 25 - Entering and Leaving Worship

  • 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.

Christmas Services at St. Anne's - 'Tis the Season!

posted 16 Apr 2018, 10:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Nov 2018, 11:04 by Mary Lou Harrison ]

Welcome to our celebration of Christmas 
Our observance brings together an amazing story, a beautiful space, gorgeous music, and a supportive community. Please join us!

Here's the plan:

Sundays of Advent: Four Sundays of the season of preparation for Christmas. We read scriptures anticipating how God comes to be with us, including the lead up to the birth of Jesus. Sunday, December 2, 9, 16, 23; 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Concert: "Cantate" - beautiful music and favourite carols as a benefit for our community. This year's beneficiaries: Oasis Dufferin Food Bank & Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre's Four Winds program for Indigenous health and wellness. Tickets $15 - (children under 12 free). Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. Tickets.

Come & Sing: "'Tis the Season!" - Our new concert series where we gather around the piano and you choose the songs. Let us know your choices in advance so everyone has the words! Sunday, December 16, 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve: Two Christmas Eve services; Both are celebrations of the Eucharist including candlelight and favourite Christmas Carols. Costumes for children to join the manger scene at the early celebration. Dec 24, 5:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day: Christmas morning celebration. Come and choose the carols we will sing! Dec 25, 10:30 a.m.

Epiphany - the 12th Day of Christmas: 
Celebrate the arrival of the Magi or wise men in our final Christmas service! Sunday, January 6, 10:30 a.m.

"Messy Sunday" Children! - December 16, 10:30 a.m.

posted 29 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 22 Nov 2018, 12:18 ]

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 2019
  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 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, January 6, 11:45 a.m.

posted 22 Jun 2017, 11:45 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2018, 10:54 ]

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:
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5

First Wednesday Eucharist - Wednesday, December 5, 11:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2016, 09:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 11:24 ]

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:
  • 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: Wednesday, January 22, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

posted 7 Feb 2015, 15:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2018, 11:03 ]

‘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
    • January 22
    • February 19
    • March 19
    • April 30
    • May 21
    • June 18
    • 5:00-5:30 arrival
    • 6:00 supper
    • 6:45 concluding prayer

    St. Anne's Book Club: Bring a Book to Propose to the Group - Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 p.m.

    posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2018, 11:02 ]

    We occasionally hold an open evening on which you are invited to propose a book for the group to read. It should be one you have read. Please be prepared to say a few words or orientation about why you appreciated reading it. Then we will be back to you with the results - which books and which dates! We consider the availability of the book for purchase or borrowing, the ways the subject or contents might engage us in discussion and conversation, and the always welcome possibility of a visiting author. 

    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. 

    Future Meeting Dates:
    • January 23 -- Book Proposal evening
    • February 20
    • March 20
    • April 10
    • May 15
    • June 19 -- Book Proposal evening

    Next Community Dinner Dates: Sunday, December 16 - 5:15 p.m.

    posted 11 Nov 2012, 11:57 by Domain Administrator   [ updated 22 Nov 2018, 08:22 by Gary van der Meer ]


    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
    • 5:15 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).

    • December 16
    • January 20
    • February 17
    • March 17

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