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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

Fall Birdwatching Hike - Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.

posted 29 Sep 2018, 14:30 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Oct 2018, 11:28 ]

Join us as we take an autumnal stroll down the Leslie Street Spit, to see the leaves as they turn colour and the birds as they turn south. 

We will share rides (leaving from the church) to Tommy Thompson Park and walk the length of the spit, taking in the immense variety of bird and plant life (as well as eroded cement and rebar!) that flourishes there. 

Bring a picnic lunch, a camera, water, and (if you have them) binoculars. Our visit will conclude with refreshment at a nearby pub before we drive back to the church. We expect to return to the church by mid-afternoon. Note that we will walk rain or shine!

We'll be leaving from the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Meet us at 8:30 so we can organize cars and passengers, and sign waiver forms.

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.

"Ouroboros" - Art Exhibit at St. Anne's: September 22 to October 14

posted 5 Sep 2018, 11:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Oct 2018, 11:29 ]

From September 22 – October 14, experience Ouroboros, an immersive group exhibit, featuring the work of Ellen Bleiwas, Emily DiCarlo, Gunilla Josephson, Adrienne Trent and Marian Wihak in the unconventional art exhibition space of St. Anne's Anglican Church in Toronto. 

Presenting a range of installations, site-specific sculptures, and multi-channel video projects, Ouroboros focuses on themes of cyclical time, the weight of history, and the connecting power of memory. Visitors are invited to explore the historic site and its sculptural responses – a collision of contemporary art and Byzantine Revival architecture. 

Special Events Schedule

Please join us for the following special events:
  • Thursday, September 27: Opening Reception: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 29: Nuit Blanche extended hours from 7 p.m. - midnight. Special musical performances by Turkwaz (7:30 p.m.Darbazi (8:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, October 14: Artist Talk and Tour (2:00 p.m.)

Exhibit Viewing Schedule: 
  • Friday - Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Sept 22 - Oct 14)

All Ouroboros events are held in St. Anne's Anglican Church. St. Anne's is a fully accessible building with a side entrance ramp and adjacent barrier-free washroom. Parking is available evenings and weekends in St. Anne's parking lot on the south side of the church (limited street parking is available weekday daytimes as noted on signage). 

St. Anne's Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Avenue
Toronto ON 
M5J 2N2

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.

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