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St. Anne's is always a busy place. Here is a selection of our past events to let you know what we do. 

Some of these events will return; be sure to look for these:
  • Hike - twice a year - Spring Trillium Hike and Fall Colours Hike
  • Cantate: Neighbourhood Christmas Concert
  • Pride Celebration: Pride & Remembrance Run and Proud Anglicans in the Pride Parade
  • Interfaith events with shared with our local mosque, Islamic Information & Dawah Centre; and with our local synagogue, City Shul
  • St. Anne's Music & Drama Society, annual Gilbert & Sullivan operetta
  • ...and many more. Take a look!

Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport - Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

posted 2 Jun 2020, 11:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Aug 2020, 05:56 ]

St. Anne's Anglican Church is delighted to partner with Green Wave West and the Davenport Mutual Aid Network to host a series of community conversations about what a #JustRecovery from COVID-19 might look like.

Our July 22nd online exploration, hosted on the Zoom platform, will focus on the critical issue of housing and homelessness.
Our moderator and panelists for July 22 are:

Moderator: Emily Paradis - Housing & homelessness advocate and researcher, U of T Urban Studies instructor, Co-Chair of Build A Better Bloor Dufferin

Panelist: Cheryll Case - Founder & Principal Planner, CP Planning, co-editor and author of House Divided: How the Missing Middle Will Solve Toronto's Affordability Crisis

Panelist: Daniela Mergarten - Housing activist, front-line worker, and member of the City of Toronto’s Tenant Protection Advisory Committee
There will be an opportunity for participant input via poll questions and the chat function of Zoom.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered participants 48 hours before the event. The event will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. , and the meeting room will be open by 6:45 p.m.

There is no charge to participate in this community event. Please help us spread the word by inviting others to join in the conversation

Help St. Anne's Win $20,000 in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

posted 28 May 2020, 11:05 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Jul 2020, 15:33 ]

Every $1 donated to St. Anne's in June using our Canada Helps online giving form earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation (minimum $3 donation required). The challenge begins June 1, 2020 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). 
The Grand Prize Draw is on Canada Day, July 1, 2020! Thank you to everyone currently supporting our shared ministry of Bringing the Community together for Good (via Canada Helps and in other ways) and thanks in advance to everyone who makes a donation via Canada Helps in June as part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. 💟

Honouring Fathers: A Celebration on Zoom - Saturday, June 20, 4:00 p.m.

posted 1 May 2020, 15:03 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Jul 2020, 15:33 ]

A Conversation to Honour our Fathers: Bring a photo of your father (or bring your father)!

For those whose fathers have departed this life, we will share memories with reverence and light a candle in loving memory. 

We will offer our gratitude and blessing, including raising a glass to honour the fathers who join us!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 6370 7290
Password: Email to Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

The blessing time every Sunday at the conclusion of the worship service. 

  • A candle to be lit. 
  • A glass to make a toast.
  • A picture of your father.
  • Your father! 
Saturday, June 20, 4:00 p.m.                        

Explore, Compare & Discover Passover and Easter Together: An Interfaith Study - Tuesday, April 14 - 7:30 p.m.

posted 6 Apr 2020, 19:12 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 10:56 ]

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein & the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer present an evening of shared learning

Jews and Christians walk parallel paths in the observances of Passover and Easter. Our sacred texts draw us into the events recounted, in Christianity over the course of a Holy Week of services, and in Judaism over the course of a single ritual meal. 

Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer present an evening of shared interfaith learning. Join us as we explore, compare and discover our ancient narratives in ritual form.
This is a shared initiative of friendship between City Shul and St. Anne's Anglican Church.

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Come online on Zoom at 7:15 so we can start right away at 7:30.

We are meeting on Zoom. 


Let's Keep Talking about Neighbours: A Reading Evening on Zoom - Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.

posted 30 Mar 2020, 12:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 19:04 ]

When we talk about neighbours, do we mean people who live near us, or are we talking about "neighbourliness" as a quality, as a character ethic that builds on teachings of Jesus?

We started to explore neighbours in our previous session, focused on Mr. Rogers - especially because of the rich retelling of his life in recent movies, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" and an earlier documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbour." A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood was based on an article in the magazine Esquire, "Can you say... Hero?" - for which the movie created a fictionalized main character but remained true to the character of Mr. Rogers. 

It was this theme of neighbours that seemed so timely in our current isolation of social distancing. We are continuing the theme of neighbours by exploring two items. We are reading a novel and a magazine article. Please join us!

Welcome: The St. Anne's Book Group is open to everyone: members of our community, friends, and newcomers who don't know anything about church. We talk about what we read. We like to start with an overview by one of our participants. It's great if you have read the book; you're also welcome if you have not read it and want to know more about it. We try to make faith connections to the themes of the book - where possible. We are very fortunate to have welcomed authors to join us as we talk about their book. 

While our normal pattern is to meet in person and share a potluck meal, this gathering will take place on Zoom. The coordinates for our gathering will be sent to interested participants prior to the meeting. 

Please let us know by email if you would like to join the discussion.

  • "A Good Neighbourhood" by Therese Anne Fowler. This is a novel about neighbours. Here is the description from Amazon: In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace. With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers. A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful. 

  • "The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake" A current article from The Atlantic Magazine, https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/

    This article has a provocative sentence that might get us thinking about St. Anne's: "The experience convinced me that everybody should have membership in a forged family with people completely unlike themselves." 

Dinner Church at St. Anne's! - Monday, March 16, 6:45 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 20:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 12:22 ]

Postponed to March 30 due to COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL.  

During Lent St. Anne’s will hold four ‘Dinner Church’ services. Sharing a meal around the Eucharist is a tradition from the earliest days of the church, and Dinner Church is based on this practice.

What to expect:
We will eat a simple, one-pot meal together. We will gather to sing and light candles, and bless our meal with an ancient Eucharistic prayer. A song-leader will lead simple sung responses. The whole worship service will take place around the meal, including praying and reflecting on scripture together. There will be space for silence and reflection. At the end we will clean up together. The service lasts around two hours, including eating and cleaning up.

March 9, March 16 and March 30 in the Ministry Centre, and April 9 in the Church Sanctuary. Arrive at 6.45pm. Worship begins at 7pm.

All are welcome at Dinner Church!

Interfaith Tour: Ching Kwok Buddhist Temple - Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 19:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 12:22 ]

St. Anne's is invited to a tour of the beautiful downtown temple of Chinese Buddhism:

'A Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple, a serene setting in a bustling city, locating within the heart of downtown Toronto, holds Dharma Services, meditation retreats, and Buddhist Studies throughout the year. On regular schedules are the weekly Sunday morning Dharma Service (10am-12pm) follows by a free lunch offering to participants of the Dharma Service and the weekly Thursday evening Buddhist Studies class in English (7-9pm). All are welcome to participate.'

Our Tour Leader, Snow, will walk us through the Ching Kwok Shrine Room while telling us the story of Buddhism and this temple's role in the Chinese communities in Toronto. 

Meet at the church to depart at 12:15 p.m. or meet us at the Ching Kwok Temple, 300 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S3

Please RSVP to indicate your interest in participating: 

Interfaith Shabbat: City Shul - Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 19:37 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 Mar 2020, 12:23 ]

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Postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocol.

Our Jewish friends at City Shul invite St. Anne's to join an interfaith Shabbat. This is an opportunity to be with our friends in a worship service followed by a meal.

The Shabbat liturgy includes the following scriptures (for those who like to prepare by reading in advance):
  • Torah: Exodus 35:1-40:38
  • Maftir: Exodus 12:1-12:20
  • Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18
Please note that worship services are longer in the synagogue. Expect to arrive at 10:00 and leave by 1:00 following lunch. 

Please RSVP to be added to the St. Anne's guest list: pastor@saintanne.ca

City Shul, 300 Bloor Street West (Bloor Street United Building)


Advance notice: St. Anne's is invited to the Interfaith Iftar during Ramadan at Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Thursday May 7, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Choral Evensong with combined Choirs - Sunday, March 22, 4:00 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 19:25 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Mar 2020, 10:30 ]

St. Anne's invites you to come and sing in a gorgeous place! Be part of the combined choir that presents a traditional Anglican Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. Come practice at the group rehearsal and learn some great music.

The fourth Sunday in Lent is the traditional midpoint break from Lenten fasting, known as Laetare (Latin for "Rejoice"). We will rejoice afterward too! Put on the service and then stay for fancy refreshments. We welcome choristers! We also welcome newer singers. Yes, you really can learn this.

While Evensong is a treasured part of Anglican spirituality, it's almost forgotten. For some of us this is a special time to reconnect, for others a moment of nostalgia. It's also beautiful music that allows your spirit to soar. 

Rehearsal: 2:30 p.m. 
Enter the church by the parking lot doors and go to the lower level music rehearsal room. Bring music with you if you have it.

Tour:  3:30 p.m. 
Meet inside the church at the entrance

Evensong: 4:00 p.m.
In the church.

Refreshments: 5:00 p.m.
In the church

Music Selections:
(If you belong to a choir, you'll have a couple weeks to practice these before joining us on May 22)
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis - Stanford in G
  • Beati Quorum Via - Stanford
  • Glory to thee, My God, this Night - Tallis' Canon
  • Day is Done, but Love Unfailing - Ar Hyd Y Nos
  • The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is ended - St. Clement
Offering: Faithworks. 
You may designate your gift to specific organizations supported by Faithworks.

Officiating Clergy: 
The Right Reverend Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto

All are welcome at St. Anne's!

Tour & Worship Field Trip: St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church - Saturday, April 4, 3:00 p.m. **POSTPONED**

posted 3 Mar 2020, 18:47 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Apr 2020, 09:37 ]

Come along for a first visit to our sister church! St. Anne's and St. Helen's both began from land donated by the same family. The Macdonnell family, prompted by a mixed Anglican and Roman Catholic marriage, provided an acre for each church. While the marriage brought together a couple from two different church traditions, our two parish churches have mostly walked a separate path. Now we are coming together. 
Father John Cabral of St. Helen's invites the St. Anne's community and friends for a tour. The present St. Helen's (their second building), is a listed Toronto heritage building by architect Arthur W. Holmes. It was constructed in 1909 (with the steeple added in 1924). Our tour is an opportunity to explore future collaboration. 

The session will conclude with a time of worship. We will be introduced to a style of meditative prayer known as Eucharistic Adoration. Widely practiced in the Roman Catholic tradition, and increasingly well known as part of Anglican spirituality, this style of prayer consists of sitting in silence before the tabernacle or a monstrance containing the reserved sacrament. 

All are welcome to join us for this experience. Meet us at St. Helen's Church!

St. Helen's Roman Catholic Church, 1688 Dundas Street West. 
Saturday, April 4, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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