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Durbazi + Turkwaz in Concert at Ouroboros - Saturday, September 29, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

posted 26 Sep 2018, 06:18 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 15:46 ]

St. Anne's is open for Nuit Blanche! 

Come and hear two great musical groups:

Turkwaz (7:30 p.m.

Darbazi (8:30 p.m.)

It's a great opportunity to see the art installations for Ouroboros.

Admission is PWYC.

St. Anne's Church
270 Gladstone Ave.

"Come & Sing" - Sunday@4 - Sunday, September 30, 4:00 p.m.

posted 12 Sep 2018, 09:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 15:46 ]

A new opportunity to gather with others in an informal setting around the piano in the inspiring acoustic of St Anne's sanctuary. Sing what? The first theme will be songs about wonder ...or ... wonder? 

Share in the joy of singing a wide range of songs drawn from many sources. The afternoon will include popular songs such as What a Wonderful WorldLeonard Cohen's Hallelujah; through to Broadway's inspiration: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning and Climb Ev'ry Mountain; to songs of inspiration and faith like How Great Thou Art

Audience requests will make the experience even more meaningful and fun.  We will provide song sheets for songs we know about in advance. Please email requests in advance so that your song requests may be found in print:

Find your voice - Use your voice - Strengthen your voice - in Community 

Come and Sing! 

St. Anne's Church,
270 Gladstone Avenue

Parking available.

Sunday, September 30, 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

Canoeing Excursion - Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.

posted 2 Jun 2018, 12:15 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 13:44 ]

Canoe the Humber with us! 

Our Paddling Together art exhibit inspired us to get out on the water. Check out the beauty of nature right in the city. 

Join us in church on Sunday morning and then we'll leave together. Bring something for lunch and we'll leave St. Anne's around 12:30. We will rent canoes starting from Old Mill subway station for the afternoon. Approximate cost per person is $25 for the canoe rental.   

Canoe rental is arranged in advance, so we need to know if you're coming! Please send an email, or sign up in church at the Action Table.

Sunday, June 10, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Pride Run - Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.

posted 2 Jun 2018, 11:59 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 3 Jul 2018, 14:29 ]

Join the Proud Anglicans Team for the Pride & Remembrance Run: 5K running or 3K walking. 

This year's run supports the following beneficiaries: 
  • The Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives acquires, preserves and provides public access to material on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer committees in Canada. The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archive in the world.
  • LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. We do this by: providing anonymous peer support and referrals; training youth to provide support to other youth; and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.
  • The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women’s College Hospital will help offset the cost of select transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP for eligible patients. 
It's a fun morning with frappuccinos to enjoy as we hang out together.  
Sign up:

You can sign up as an individual or as part of our team, called Proud Anglicans. Proud Anglicans brings together people from many parishes that affirm LGBTQ relationships, and it's great to get to know each other. Whether you identify with a letter in the acronym or as an ally, you're welcome to be on our team!

Saturday, June 23. Meet at the starting area, 9:15 a.m. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.

St. Anne's is LGBTQ Safe Space: Sunday, May 13, 12:15 p.m.

posted 3 May 2018, 12:18 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 May 2018, 08:26 ]

The graphic above appeared in my social media feed this week, an astonishing reminder that it has already been five years since Archbishop Colin Johnson granted St. Anne's the local option to bless the relationships of same-sex couples. Since that milestone, our local option has been upgraded to allow us to offer same-sex marriage. We await the decision of General Synod, our national decision-making body, in June 2019, on our continued local option status. The vote at the previous General Synod in 2016 was dramatically close, and the canons of the Anglican Church of Canada require that this vote be repeated at the next General Synod in order to become the permanent policy of our denomination.

"The Church is on a Journey" graphic is from an article that is worth reading! Have a look.
How we got here is worth a review. The St. Anne's congregation expressed interest in becoming more inclusive about 15 years ago. We had to demonstrate to the Archbishop that we had built a broad consensus of our community and especially that we had not bullied our community down this road. This process required study and conversation. Our Discernment Sunday took the form of a Café Eucharist with round tables for discussion, and presentations on scripture and theology, the recent history of lesbian and gay liberation movements, and the "lived experience" of gay and lesbian members of congregation.

We were delighted to present our process to the Diocese and to receive our designation. We put the rainbow on the church sign. We walk with the Proud Anglicans group in the Pride Parade. We run/walk in the Pride & Remembrance Run. We have not celebrated any same-sex marriages, though the representation of gays and lesbians in our community has increased.

We have been exploring the idea of Sanctuary - for those who have been harmed, for those who are questioning and looking for a safe place to ask questions and, with God's help, to find their way. 

Our St. Anne's Safe Church process has raised deeper questions about safe space. It's time for a review: Is St. Anne's a safe space? Are we welcoming, accepting, or affirming? How did we get here? What do we need in order to continue to be Safe Space going forward?

The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
May 3, 2018

Please join us for a roundtable conversation and review on Sunday, May 13 following the worship service in the Skey Room (Chapel). Whether you identify yourself by one of the letters in the acronym LGBTQ or as a "straight ally," we invite you into the conversation.

学会做饭 - English Coffee: Learn to Cook! - Sunday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.

posted 3 May 2018, 11:27 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 May 2018, 08:47 ]

Damon is Hungry

Welcoming International Students!

Members of St. Anne's English Coffee Ministry meet as a group to practise English, discover life in Toronto, and explore Christian faith as practised at St. Anne's. 

The lunch is always delicious. Our time together makes living in Toronto even better!
All are welcome to participate!

Plan to attend 10:30 worship and join the cooking lesson afterwards, featuring our "chefs" Damon Yuan and Marc Potvin! This time we will be making Pear & Squash Soup.

Sunday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.

PS Plan to join us on Sunday May 20 for a movie matinee.

Church Tour - Sunday, April 22, 12:00 noon

posted 16 Apr 2018, 10:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 Apr 2018, 05:02 ]

St. Anne's offers a monthly tour on the first Sunday of each month following the worship service. 

The tour includes the story of how St. Anne's came to have the architecture of the Byzantine Revival, the artworks of the Group of Seven, and a musical history that ranges from the complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.

We are offering an extra tour this month especially to invite people who came to see Jesus Christ Superstar - and everyone is welcome.
The tour is approximately 45 minutes, guided by a tour leader who knows all the best stories. You are welcome to take pictures!

You are welcome to attend the church service at 10:30 and stay on for the tour, or to come into the church as the liturgy concludes.

Sunday, April 22, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Holy Week and Easter 2018

posted 21 Mar 2018, 10:32 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 09:40 ]

Welcome to St. Anne's! Our mission is to be Sanctuary for you as you find your way. Holy Week is an ideal time to reflect on your life in light of these stories of Jesus. Let the drama and music guide you to new insights about faith, community, and the love of God.

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

We look forward to meeting you.

Bike the Waterfront! - Sunday May 27, 12:30 p.m.

posted 18 Mar 2018, 12:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Jun 2018, 11:38 ]

Bring your bicycle to church on Sunday, May 27. We will gather our bikes in the parking lot for a blessing, and then leave St. Anne's together for a leisurely ride on the Waterfront Trail. Bring some lunch to eat before we depart at 12:30 p.m.

Ride for the Rouge - this spring's first bike day

The Bruce Trail - this spring's hike day

Coming Soon:

Sunday, June 10: Canoe the Humber
As an addition to our Paddling Together art events last year, we added a real canoe day, and it was so wonderful we're doing it again. After church, we'll drive together to Old Mill subway station to rent canoes for a ride on the Humber River. The wildlife is amazing, right in the city. Approximate cost per person, $25.00. Learn more about canoeing on the Humber.

Saturday, June 23: Pride & Remembrance Run
We join the team Proud Anglicans every year to celebrate that St. Anne's is an LGBTQ+ Affirming Church! Run 5K or walk 3K. This year's run supports: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women's College Hospital, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives Digital Hub Project, and other charities. And join us to walk with the Proud Anglicans in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. Learn more about the Pride Run.

And coming this Fall:
  • Fall Excursion to the Wye Marsh for the Bird Migration. This will be a full-day excursion on a Saturday in late September or early October. Watch our events page!
Getting out in the Great Outdoors is one of the ways St. Anne's celebrates God's blessing of the earth. We hike, bike, canoe, and more - and we welcome new friends.

Jesus Christ Superstar: PHOTO ALBUM!

posted 6 Mar 2018, 14:35 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 May 2018, 09:28 ]

Thanks to everyone who supported our foray into Broadway in Church. Despite the weather, we had a great audience for a wonderful production. Here's how it looked!

Mary Magdalene
Jesus Christ Superstar
Judas and Jesus

King Herod
Pontius Pilate

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