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Ring of Peace: Come and Stand in Support - Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.

posted 18 Mar 2019, 13:51 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 09:07 ]

We are heartbroken that once again the ugly face of hate has been shown against our Muslim brothers and sisters. We stand with the community in Christchurch, New Zealand and with our own Muslim communities here in Canada.

Come and join the Ring of Peace planned for Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at The Islamic Information and Dawah Centre, 1168 Bloor Street West. 

We will be there to greet worshippers as they arrive for afternoon prayers. 

This will be a quiet show of support with no political agenda. Any signs should reflect that sentiment.

All are welcome to attend, so please share this information. This Ring of Peace is organized by St. Anne's Anglican Church and City Shul. We welcome people from all faith communities. We welcome people not affiliated with any faith communities. We are neighbours showing our support for neighbours.

Pancakes! Join us for Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

posted 11 Feb 2019, 09:18 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Mar 2019, 13:16 ]

We have a party to get ready for Lent as a season of fasting. It's a celebration of good food and community. 

We're serving pancakes, plus sausages - including kosher/halal and vegan options. 

We welcome salads or chocolate desserts to add to the meal.

Supper served from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • You are welcome to volunteer for the supper preparations at 5:00 p.m.
  • We would be grateful to to have clean up volunteers at 8:00 - many hands make light work...
  • We invite our regular Community Dinner volunteers to come enjoy the meal with us. Brief speech in honour of your monthly involvement in the Community Dinner. No need to volunteer tonight - just enjoy!

Supper in the Skey Room located in the St. Anne's Parish Hall beside the church.

PS: Please return your palm crosses to be burned for use during the Ash Wednesday services. These will be burned at the conclusion of the Sunday worship service on March 3; any additional palms will be burned at the conclusion of the pancake supper.

Lunar New Year Lunch: Sunday, February 10, 12:00 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Feb 2019, 08:58 ]

Please join us following our Sunday worship service for a light lunch hosted by our St. Anne's international student group English Coffee.

It's a great opportunity to mingle and get to know neighbours and make friends. 

Join us for the church service first, which will include special prayers acknowledging the occasion. Refreshments will be served in the church afterwards!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Sunday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 09:08 ]

St. Anne's presents the concert version of the great biblical epic story of Joseph and his brothers. This is exciting and we are looking forward to a great show. Come!

$15 / person on Eventbrite (link above)
$20 / person at the door.

$10 / Children 12 and under


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (212) 598-2204, Email: 

Come & Sing: "About Love" - Sunday, February 10, 4:00 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 12:58 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Feb 2019, 08:59 ]

An opportunity to gather with others in an informal setting around the piano in the inspiring acoustic of St. Anne's sanctuary. This time, we are singing about LOVE!

Share in the joy of singing a wide range of songs drawn from many sources. 

Audience requests will make the experience even more meaningful - and fun. Please email requests to so that your song requests may be found in print. Song sheets, including your requests received in advance, will be provided. 
Date and Themes

Sept 30/18 - Wonder and wonder?
Dec 16/18 - 'Tis the Season
Feb 10/19 - About Love
April 28/19 - The Earth and Our World 

Each event begins at 4:00 p.m. 

Find you voice - Use your voice - Strengthen your voice - In community

Come and Sing! Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a member of a church to enjoy singing.

St. Anne's Church
270 Gladstone Ave
Parking available

Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" presented at St. Anne's! - Jan 25 - Feb 3

posted 3 Jan 2019, 13:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 07:08 ]

NEW: Tickets are now AVAILABLE ONLINE!! 

"The Pirates of Penzance" is such a timeless comic opera that a revival of it featuring rock stars and staged in Central Park, New York City in the 1980s won many awards, and a movie featuring Kevin Klein and Angela Lansbury took cinema fans by storm.  

Gilbert's plot revolves around an English lad who was apprenticed by mistake to a band of pirates; his nursery maid who later falls in love with him; pirates who, being orphans, capture ships that seem always to be manned by orphans and so are set free; and a police force that specializes in trembling. Topping off this topsy-turvy romp is a Major General with outdated military knowledge but an exemplary command of "matters vegetable, animal and mineral".  

Sullivan's music combines hilarious patter songs with glorious melodies. "Pirates" is a great evening's entertainment in the hands of the highly talented cast of St. Anne's MADS - their 56th annual G&S production.

MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. 

Tickets are AVAILABLE ONLINE and by phone at 416.922.4415. For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou may also view or download an order form, which gives information about prices and timing, by visiting our downloads page (scroll down to the Music at St. Anne's section).

CANTATE - St. Anne's Community Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m.

posted 5 Nov 2018, 06:35 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Dec 2018, 16:08 ]

St. Anne's Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for great Christmas music! 

A benefit concert for our local community organizations: Parkdale Queen West Community Health Care Centre's Four Winds Indigenous Health and Wellness Program and the Oasis Dufferin Food Bank. 

Under the direction of Mervin W. Fick, the concert will feature a number of Christmas choral works sung by The Choir of St. Anne's and an audience sing-a-long with a selection of the season's favourite carols.

Come and make this a part of your Christmas tradition and share the joy in supporting your community organizations.

Tickets Here!

Ring of Peace at City Shul: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

posted 31 Oct 2018, 05:22 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 11:22 ]

What can we do to express our love and support following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh? Come and stand with us as we form a Ring of Peace. 

Less than two years ago, St. Anne's and City Shul came together to form a Ring of Peace at the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre following the shooting in a mosque in Quebec City. Earlier examples in Europe inspired us and the wider community joined us. St. Anne's and the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, joined by the United Church of Canada, Toronto Conference, now ask you to join us to support our friends at City Shul. 

Our Ring of Peace will be a protective embrace as the people of City Shul enter their sanctuary for shabbat, especially for this Solidarity Shabbat being observed in synagogues worldwide. 

We invite you - fellow Christians and Muslims, people of all faiths, and all people of compassion - to stand with us in friendship. Be neighbours with us.
We will line both side of Bloor Street from Madison Avenue to Huron Street to protect the entrance to the Bloor Street United house of worship which is home to City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West.

Please bring signs, especially handmade signs that express your support. Please note: This is not a rally or protest. No political signs. This is a religious gathering to stand in hope and peace with friends. The Ring of Peace includes 5 minutes of standing in silent prayer coinciding with prayer inside the synagogue.

*Please note that the Ring of Peace will conclude at 10:30. All are asked to depart at this time. The Solidarity Shabbat is for the members of City Shul - please do not enter the house of worship following the Ring of Peace.

Note that our Ring of Peace will have protection provided by the Toronto Police Service. Media and journalists will be present. Please be dressed to stand in outdoor weather for an hour. 

9:30 TO 10:30 A.M.

*QUESTIONS: Please do not contact City Shul. 

Contact St. Anne's Church:

Also see the Facebook Event Page:

Photos from the Ring of Peace - February 2017 at Islamic Information & Dawah Centre

Church is Open for Hallowe'en - Wednesday, October 31, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

posted 18 Oct 2018, 11:38 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 11:23 ]

Every year, our friends at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory (across from St. Anne's) have a Hallowe'en Open House. People line up the whole block waiting to get in.

If you're in the neighbourhood on Hallowe'en and need to get warm or use the washroom, you're welcome to come into the church. 

We'll be open from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and we'll have live musical accompaniment on the organ from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

If you'd like, our hosts will bring you up to the organ console for a closer look while the music is being played. 
We are glad to be here for our neighbours!

St. Anne's
270 Gladstone Avenue
Toronto M6J 2L6

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

posted 4 Oct 2018, 16:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Dec 2018, 14:29 ]

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!

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