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posted 15 Mar 2020, 05:32 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 Mar 2020, 05:33 ]

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Palm Sunday - Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m.
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11, 7:30 PM
Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.

Monthly History Lecture: What are we doing when we worship?

posted 5 Sep 2018, 19:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Jun 2019, 10:02 ]

Our final session in this series on the history of Christian worship is about what we mean by 'worship'.

Is worship about concentrating or focusing? Is it about active participation or are we in some kind of zone of contemplation? Perhaps the Christmas carol, "O, Come, All Ye Faithful" describes what we are doing in the phrase, "O come, let us adore him..."  Over the past 20 centuries of Christian liturgy, what we mean by worship has changed. How we enter into the worship service and what we do when we leave both help us form community.

Join us to learn more!

This is a slideshow and an exploration of ideas!

Presenter: The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

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

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:
  • June 25 - Entering and Leaving Worship


St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue (the church offices located on the north side of the church).

March Break Messy Church - Monday, March 13 - Thursday March 16

posted 9 Feb 2017, 04:44 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Mar 2017, 05:02 ]

Four days of engaging activities for children aged 3 to 10, including storytelling and art, games, music and drama - all focused on having fun, making friends and discovering God.  
Hours: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm  (extended hours available)
Join us for one, two, three or all four days.  $5 per day, lunch included.

All welcome!  
For information or registration call (416) 536-3160 or email admin@saintanne.ca

Our Approaches to Death & Rebirth: St. Anne's - City Shul Joint Learning Event, Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

posted 10 Feb 2015, 07:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Mar 2015, 17:53 ]

Christian and Jewish perspectives for Passover and Easter. Presentations by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and the Rev. Gary van der Meer, followed by mixed Jewish-Christian table groups to compare lived experience. 

RSVP to Gary, or sign up at the Action Table.

Event will be held at City Shul, The Wolfond Centre, 36 Harbord Street, Toronto.

St. Anne's presents "Emerging Voices" - Sunday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.

posted 14 Jan 2015, 07:57 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 12:51 ]

St. Anne's is proud to present young artists from the studio of Elizabeth McDonald at University of Toronto's Voice Faculty. These students will perform repertoire including arias, lieder and other well-loved songs. All proceeds go to our St. Anne's music program. This is a great opportunity to hear these talented, emerging vocalists in our beautiful acoustics. Bring your friends!

Free-will offering

Messy Church - Wednesday, January 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

posted 28 Nov 2014, 14:35 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 12:52 ]

We are excited to launch ‘Messy Church’ - a way for families to be part of a church community in a relaxed inclusive setting. It is 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."

Messy Church focuses the learning activity on young children age, with infants joining in their caregiver’s lap, and older children given special roles as leaders. Parents, caregivers and friends have time to get to know each other - good place to talk about parenting and life. You do not have to be a member of a church or comfortable with formal worship to enjoy our community time.

A light supper is included in Messy Church, so we will get to know each other as we eat.

Messy Church takes place in the Parish Hall building, through the parking lot door to the Skey Room. 

Wednesday, January 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Skey Room. 

Future Dates (monthly): 
March 2, April 13, May 4, June 1

Skating Party - Sunday, January 11 at Dufferin Grove Park

posted 28 Nov 2014, 14:16 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Jan 2015, 12:18 ]

Join us for worship first and then skate with us! Bring your lunch to eat following the service and then we will make our way over to the skating rink in Dufferin Grove Park. The rink at Dufferin Grove is regularly maintained and will be in excellent condition. Borrow skates (suggested donation $2/person), or bring your own.

This is an all ages event.  Show off your best figure skating tricks, put on skates after 'years and years', try skating for the first time, or stay warm by the fire and enjoy good company. Your friends are welcome to join us - it will be fun.

We have booked a rinkside campfire so you can get warm and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (provided). Bring your camera, some water, and a spirit of adventure. There is a rinkside cafe where you can get lunch too.

Sunday, January 11:

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship
  • 12:30 p.m. Skating!

Postlude for Learning: Who Chooses the Sunday Scripture Readings? - Sunday, January 18

posted 28 Nov 2014, 14:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 26 Jan 2015, 12:53 ]

Postlude for Learning is a short presentation (10 minutes) on aspects of our worship at St. Anne’s. The presentation will focus on a theme question (publicized in advance), followed by a brief Q & A.

Upcoming Theme Questions: Who chooses the Scripture Readings? Why do we have two altars in the church? How is Jesus present in the bread and wine? What is the logic of the order things happen in our worship service? Why do we stand, sit, or kneel in the service?  You are also welcome to submit theme questions to be addressed at future presentation. 

Postlude for Learning is offered on the third Sunday of each month, immediately following the conclusion of the Sunday morning worship service. Please be seated near the front of the church as we begin (we may walk to different parts of the sanctuary to illustrate or answer the theme question.
  • January 18: Who Chooses the Sunday Scripture Readings?
  • February 15: What is the logic of the order things happen in the worship service?

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