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Harbourfront Paddling Excursion - Sunday, June 4, 12:00 p.m.

posted 13 May 2017, 07:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 08:14 ]

Has the Paddling Together exhibition left you feeling inspired to hop in a canoe and hone your j-stroke? 

Join us after service on Sunday, June 4 for an afternoon excursion down to the harbour front, where we'll rent canoes and take them out for a spin on Lake Ontario. 

NOTE WEATHER UPDATE: The lake temperature has reached 13C, but the Harbourfront Canoe Club also pays attention to weather (rain) and winds. We are playing it by ear for Sunday. If Harbourfront isn't an option, we'll be canoeing in the Humber River. Toronto Adventures Inc rents canoes a short walk from the Old Mill TTC. Our time slot is 1:45 to 4:00 p.m.

**Please note that the cost of canoe rentals will come out to roughly $25/person.
Leaving from the church following the service. We will participate in refreshments in the Skey Room and then organize ourselves to head to Harbourfront. 

Sunday, June 4, 12:30 departure from the church. 

(In the Wyandot language, ontarío means "Lake of Shining Waters"!) 

"Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing."
Henry David Thoreau

Identities: Musical Stories of Canada - Sunday, May 7, 3:30 p.m.

posted 13 Apr 2017, 12:52 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 May 2017, 09:19 ]

St. Anne's Spring Concert, "Identities," will feature music from various cultures of Canada, including Indigenous, Filipino, French, Celtic, and Afro-American, and will be a collaboration with Singing Out, Toronto's premier LGBTQ choir, and Young Voices Toronto Children's Choir. Accompaniment by a chamber orchestra, and special guests include Naulaq LeDrew, an Indigenous throat singer, to provide meditative music.

Paddling Together: An Exhibition of Art by Indigenous Artists & events on the theme of reconciliation, May 13-28

posted 11 Apr 2017, 13:17 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 29 May 2017, 10:32 ]

Paddling Together is an exhibition of art by Indigenous artists and events on the theme of reconciliation. 

Paddling Together - Art Exhibition 

Artists: Merlin Homer, Kevin Lamure, Sage Paul, Louise Solomon, and Mike Ormsby. Curated by Mike Ormsby. 
Artworks are exhibited in St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.
Exhibition Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. May 13 & 14, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.; May 20 & 21, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.; May 27 & 28, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Paddling Together - Learning Events

History Lecture: Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
The history of the church in Canada, and its effect on Indigenous cultures. Presented by the Rev. Canon David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. 

Blanket Exercise: Saturday, May 13, 1:00 p.m.
Kairos Canada and the Canadian Roots Exchange present a learning experience to explore the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. To be held on the church front steps (weather permitting). 

Opening Worship Service: Sunday, May 14, 10:30 a.m.
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Chris Harper, Indigenous Native Priest for the Diocese of Toronto. An official opening with smudging precedes the liturgy - all are welcome to participate.

"Reconciliation: The Canoe We Are All In" - Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. 
Panel Discussion with Susan Blight, moderated by Mike Ormsby. 

Historic Walk: Sunday, May 21, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
A walk through the neighbourhood led by Mike Ormsby. The walk will focus on the history of Indigenous peoples in this area from pre-European settlement to the present. 

Panel Discussion on the Art Exhibition: Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
Artists Bonnie Devine and Kevin Lamure, moderated by Mike Ormsby. 

Closing Worship Service, Sunday May 28, 10:30 a.m.
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon Andrew Wesley. At the conclusion of the liturgy, a closing ceremony of smudging will be performed; all are welcome to participate. Andrew Wesley is an Elder of the Mushkegouk Cree from James’ Bay, and Pastoral counselor for the Council Fire Friendship Centre.

Paddling Together Exhibition Contacts
Mike Ormsby, Curator: 416-436-2669 
Max Streicher, 
          St. Anne's Exhibition Committee: 416-531-7771

Rev. Gary van der Meer, Pastor & Incumbent: 416-536-3160.

Paddling Together is generously supported by the 
Anglican Foundation of Canada

* All events are free. Donations to the St. Anne's Restoration Fund are appreciated.

Holy Week: Join us Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Easter Sunday

posted 10 Apr 2017, 10:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 04:54 ]

Holy Week is the extended drama of the final days of Jesus' life. We tell this story through a series of five connected liturgies, from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday. Everyone is welcome to participate, and the program provided makes it easy to follow along. Our Good Friday and Easter Day services will include special music by The Junction Trio, St. Anne's Ensemble-In-Residence. The church is wheelchair accessible from the side (parking lot) ramp and also has an accessible washroom. During Holy Week, the church is open for prayer Monday to Thursday, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

Ring of Peace for Islamic Information & Dawah Centre - Friday, February 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

posted 1 Feb 2017, 10:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2017, 09:21 ]

Following  the shooting at the mosque in Quebec City, you may be wondering what we can do. How do we show our love and support?
This Friday, February 3, City Shul and St. Anne's will come together - Jews and Christians - in support of our neighbourhood mosque, the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre. We invite you to join us as neighbours and friends.
We are inspired by a group of young Muslims in Oslo. In February 2015, they formed a "ring of peace" around their local synagogue following anti-Semitic attacks in Denmark and France. They showed support for their Jewish neighbours in times of increasing tension.

This coming Friday, we plan to form our own "ring of peace" for the Dawah Centre - to be a calm presence of love, concern, and support in these times of fear and anxiety. We invite you to join us at 1168 Bloor Street West between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Please note: This is not a rally or a protest. This is a religious gathering to stand in hope and peace with friends. We intend to keep it small and nonpolitical. Please be prepared and dressed to be outside for an hour.

We invite you to make and bring signs, for example: 

*Please - no political signs.

Any questions please do not contact the mosque; instead please contact us:
**Please let us know that you are coming. For safety reasons, and because of the narrowness of the sidewalk in front of the mosque, we need numbers in advance. 

RSVP by Thursday evening.

A Renaissance Valentine's Day - Sunday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.

posted 27 Jan 2017, 10:38 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Feb 2017, 15:06 ]

Songs of Love to Celebrate Valentine's Day at our Sunday morning worship service. Choral selections of Renaissance compositions on love featuring the music of Dowland, Byrd, and Morley.
Join us in the church, 270 Gladstone Ave.
Sunday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.

St. Anne's Annual Retreat: "Transformation - For you, for us, for all of Creation" - February 17-18, 2017

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 04:33 ]

Have you ever been on a retreat? 

Step away from your regular busy life for 24 hours. The Anglican nuns of St. John's Convent have a place for rest and reflection. They put on the meals (simple and nutritious). We join them through the day for the "offices" - brief times of worship featuring the chanting of psalms. Plus your own private room. 

The theme for reflection is Transformation. How is God entering into your personal transformation? What needs to be transformed in our world, in our church, and in our thinking? 

We welcome our new Area Bishop Jenny Andison as retreat leader.
We encourage the St. Anne's community to join us. We also welcome friends who are not part of our congregation to come alongside. Let us know if you would like to join us. 

Sign up at the Action Table in Church, or send an email to Shauna Cairns Gundy (our parish organizer for this event): 

Friday, February 17, 5 p.m. to Saturday, February 18, 5:00 p.m. $135 (everything included).

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke: January 27 - February 5!

posted 29 Dec 2016, 09:09 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 04:33 ]

The opera deals with a troupe of actors taking political power. The plot hinges on the misinterpretation of a 100-year-old law regarding statutory duels (decided by drawing cards). The baffled leading man of the troupe, Ludwig, spearheads the rebellion against the hypochondriac, miserly Grand Duke and becomes engaged to four different women before the plot is resolved. The Grand Duke (or The Statutory Duel) premiered at the Savoy Theatre in 1896. 

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 54th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke from January 27 to February 5, 2017 in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2:00 p.m.

MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets will be available from November 1, 2016 at 416.922.4415. For further information, please email 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).

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.

posted 14 Dec 2016, 06:08 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 19 Dec 2016, 09:45 ]

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is will be modeled after the traditional King's College, Cambridge service, in collaboration with St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Scarborough (Edward Moroney, Director of Music). The service will be a mixture of choral anthems and hymns, from Renaissance music to contemporary compositions, including a new commissioned work by St. Anne's Director of Music John-Luke Addison. All are welcome.
270 Gladstone Avenue
Parking available in the parking lot immediately to the south of St. Anne's Church.

Sunday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.

Same-Sex Marriage at St. Anne's

posted 16 Nov 2016, 12:38 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 May 2017, 13:04 ]

Dear Friends, 

Effective immediately, St. Anne's now offers marriage to same-sex couples. 

I trust you know about St. Anne's longstanding inclusive welcome. Indeed, since 2013, St. Anne's has been designated to offer same gender blessings. This came about at the request of our community following an extensive discernment and study process. This past summer, the Anglican Church of Canada debated same-sex marriage, and narrowly passed a motion to proceed. 

Archbishop Colin Johnson has authorized a provisional guidelines allowing us to offer same-sex marriage. These guidelines will be in effect until 2019 when the Anglican Church of Canada will finalize its position on same-sex marriage. The Archbishop's Letter and the Pastoral Guidelines explain these details (see the attachments).

We will offer same-sex marriage using a special liturgy created by the Episcopal Church USA. It is a beautiful service of marriage, and it is available to all couples regardless of gender (I have heard people say they prefer it over our traditional marriage liturgy). I hope you will click the link and take time to read it.

I want to stress that we are called to kindness. Not all will welcome this development: some because it goes too far, some because it is not enough. We will meet people who are uncomfortable with same-sex marriage, and our inclusiveness should mean that we show kindness and respect regardless of whether we agree on this matter. Let's call it holy manners.

This is wonderful news for our community at St. Anne's, where we say we are Bringing the Community together for Good. Personally, I am delighted, especially as this has been such a long journey. I keep saying full inclusion of LGBTQ people can be compared to running a marathon, with water stations along the way to keep us running. We are getting there. We are in a new good place, though there is more to be done. 

I hope you join with me in celebrating that St. Anne's now offers same-sex marriage.

With best wishes,

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