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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. 

Organ Benefit Concert - NEW DATE - Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.

posted 24 Feb 2017, 08:51 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 20 Mar 2017, 19:42 ]

St. Anne's welcomes Guest Organists to demonstrate improvements made to the organ and to support the next stage of re-building of the organ. 

The concert will feature solos by St. Anne's Choral Scholars.

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m. 

* This concert was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 19, 3:30 p.m.

Location: St. Anne's Church, 270 Gladstone Ave

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.

Introducing the "Babies' Social"! - Sunday, June 11, 12:15 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Jun 2017, 09:29 ]

A great time for babies to play together and for parents to have a good visit!

Join us for worship on Sunday morning, and right after the service, we'll reconvene in the Ministry Centre for socializing.
  • Bring a couple toys that your baby or toddler enjoys (and is willing to share).
  • Bring some food to share for our lunch together.
We'll be sitting in a big circle with children in the middle. Older children and teens are welcome too. Help us make it fun for our youngest ones, and a good time for you. 

Parents: A great free-ranging conversation.

Sunday, June 11, following the 10:30 worship service.

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).

Christianity for Today: An Introduction/Refresher - Check for dates!

posted 4 Jan 2017, 14:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Apr 2017, 10:33 ]

Christianity 101, adapted for our ever-changing needs! Over the past few months, we have had requests for baptism and confirmation. We have also had newcomers asking about our approach to Christian faith at St. Anne's. This is for your questions, but also to encourage your curiosity to keep learning.

Christianity for Today includes 5 sessions (each offered three times to accommodate our busy schedules!), and a potluck meal as a concluding session. It starts in January and will conclude before Holy Week. Themes for the 5 Sessions:

Arriving: Once you realize you have arrived at a "stopping place" - like our church community - what are the first things you need to know? We'll cover the basics of bible and worship, and the importance of building community, as well as the big questions about God and Jesus.

Belonging: In our era, there is so much isolation. People move a lot. They sit with electronic devices to feel connected. Do we belong to the people who care about us? What about the people who have gone before us, and the wisdom they pass on from asking the same questions we ask? What does it mean to belong?

Behaving: What are the behaviours or practices of living the Christian journey? What about prayer? How important is it to attend worship? How does our faith inform our attitudes about politics and economics and the news of our world? What about fasting, giving money to poor people, talking about my beliefs?

Believing: Do I have to believe everything in the Bible? Do I have to agree with every pronouncement made by my church? Do I have to believe Jesus rose from the dead? We once thought you could tick the boxes despite your doubts and that meant you belong. The reality is that our beliefs are a moving target - evolving and changing with age, life experience, and our readiness to ask questions. Let's ask!

Awakening: Once we have covered the basics, what's next? How will we live? What does God ask of us, about our priorities with time we have. How will our world be different because we were here? Do we have a calling, a vocation, a contribution to make to life on earth?

Session 1: Arriving
  • Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 21, 3:00 p.m..
  • Sunday, January 15, 9:00 a.m. (Part 1) and Sunday, January 22, 9:00 a.m. (Part 2)
Session 2: Belonging
  • Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29, 9:00 a.m. (Part 1) and Sunday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. (Part 2)
Session 3: Behaving
  • Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. (Part 1) and Sunday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. (Part 2)
Session 4: Believing 
  • Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. (Part 1) and Sunday March 12, 9:00 a.m. (Part 2)
Session 5: Awakening
  • Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. (Part 1) and Sunday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. (Part 2)
Concluding Session
  • Saturday, April 1, 4:00 p.m. One Hour followed by Potluck Supper. This is for everyone!
Wednesday Sessions: Skey Room, St. Anne's Parish Hall
Saturday Sessions: St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone
Sunday Sessions: St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone 

Please register by contacting the Rev. Gary van der Meer,

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