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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: 

WE STAND WITH OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOURS
WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY
PEACE UPON OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOURS
JEWS AND CHRISTIANS UNITED WITH MUSLIMS
“DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU”— ISAIAH 41:10
STANDING UNITED:  “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF”
*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.


The Role of Music in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Life: Monday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.

posted 4 Jan 2017, 15:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2017, 09:20 ]


Come to learn about music, hear music, and sing!

Our next Interfaith Study. 

  • Judaism: Rabbi Elyse Goldstein and Cantor MIchael Rumack of City Shul; 
  • Islam: Imam Habeeb Alli, with Murat Kucuk, Nazroon Khan and Selman Ayduz; 
  • Christianity: The Rev. Gary van der Meer and Music Director John-Luke Addison of St. Anne's. Monday 7:30 p.m. in the church!

We'll discuss and hear everything from Sufi devotional music to Carlebach Chasidic style to Medieval Church chanting. 

Free and all welcome! 

Please join us in the Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue.

Monday, January 30, 7:00 p.m.
Gather; 7:30 p.m. Program begins.

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): pastoralassistant@saintanne.ca 

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?
Schedule:

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!
NOTE LOCATIONS:
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, pastor@saintanne.ca

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. 
Performances:
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
 royschatz@bell.net.You 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.

Community Cantate - Neighbourhood Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.

posted 3 Nov 2016, 08:49 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 12 Dec 2016, 15:41 ]


Get your Tickets in ADVANCE on Eventbrite! We hope you will get involved in a great way to celebrate community and share in a beautiful musical experience of Christmas spirit. St. Anne’s Anglican Church is Bringing the Community together for Good. We’re holding our fourth annual Community Christmas concert, and we hope you will join us for a good cause.

St. Anne’s is always looking for ways to support our partner organizations: schools, nursing homes, residents’ associations, community centres, food banks, aboriginal youth initiatives, fire stations, and faith groups – including our local synagogue, mosque and religious orders. We pray for the organizations that serve our community, and we’ve developed wonderful friendships with them. We work together because we all care about the capacity of our local community to be a good place for all. 

We are especially excited about our continuing partnership with Toronto Police Division 14. We take our place at the table for the monthly meeting of the Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). Our meeting includes includes residents’ associations, business improvement areas, community service groups, as well as interested local residents.  The CPLC has created scholarships for high school students entering university - who distinguish themselves by getting involved in leadership roles in their local community. The Community Safety Scholarship, is open to students who live or study in the boundaries of Division 14. We are passionate about this scholarship because we believe students who get involved in community life will become lifelong volunteers. They will make a great positive difference in our neighbourhoods for years to come.

St. Anne’s presents Community Cantate in support of the scholarship. We are now in our fourth year, and it gets better and better! The church is filled, the music is great, and the proceeds from the concert fund the scholarship. 

This year, our concert features the Mississauga Children’s Chorus and a jazz quintet! Under the leadership of St. Anne’s new Director of Music John-Luke Addison, we bring together a mosaic of Christmas music by the St. Anne’s Choir, our ensemble-in-residence The Junction Trio. We make it an interfaith celebration with remarks by our friends, including Sister Agnes of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, and Ilyas Ally, executive producer of Let the Quran Speak, representing the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre. And as always, you will get to sing. Cantate is Latin for sing-along, and we will!

Help us make a big difference for our local students. We think a youth scholarship that encourages community involvement and leadership is a big deal. Help us fill St. Anne’s Church with 700 people so we can do it again for our community. 

The concert is Sunday, December 11. Close enough to Christmas for carols, and a great occasion to share with friends. Come and add your voice to our sing-along and to support a great cause.

Get your Tickets in ADVANCE on Eventbrite!

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