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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.



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.


学会做饭 - English Coffee: Learn to Cook! - Sunday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.

posted 3 May 2018, 11:27 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 15 May 2018, 08:47 ]


Damon is Hungry


Welcoming International Students!

Members of St. Anne's English Coffee Ministry meet as a group to practise English, discover life in Toronto, and explore Christian faith as practised at St. Anne's. 

The lunch is always delicious. Our time together makes living in Toronto even better!
All are welcome to participate!


Plan to attend 10:30 worship and join the cooking lesson afterwards, featuring our "chefs" Damon Yuan and Marc Potvin! This time we will be making Pear & Squash Soup.



Sunday, May 13, 12:30 p.m.

PS Plan to join us on Sunday May 20 for a movie matinee.

Church Tour - Sunday, April 22, 12:00 noon

posted 16 Apr 2018, 10:13 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 Apr 2018, 05:02 ]

St. Anne's offers a monthly tour on the first Sunday of each month following the worship service. 

The tour includes the story of how St. Anne's came to have the architecture of the Byzantine Revival, the artworks of the Group of Seven, and a musical history that ranges from the complete works of Gilbert & Sullivan to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.

We are offering an extra tour this month especially to invite people who came to see Jesus Christ Superstar - and everyone is welcome.
The tour is approximately 45 minutes, guided by a tour leader who knows all the best stories. You are welcome to take pictures!

You are welcome to attend the church service at 10:30 and stay on for the tour, or to come into the church as the liturgy concludes.

Sunday, April 22, 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Holy Week and Easter 2018

posted 21 Mar 2018, 10:32 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Apr 2018, 09:40 ]


Welcome to St. Anne's! Our mission is to be Sanctuary for you as you find your way. Holy Week is an ideal time to reflect on your life in light of these stories of Jesus. Let the drama and music guide you to new insights about faith, community, and the love of God.

It's easy to get to St. Anne's, and a safe inclusive space for everyone.

We look forward to meeting you.


Bike the Waterfront! - Sunday May 27, 12:30 p.m.

posted 18 Mar 2018, 12:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 2 Jun 2018, 11:38 ]


Bring your bicycle to church on Sunday, May 27. We will gather our bikes in the parking lot for a blessing, and then leave St. Anne's together for a leisurely ride on the Waterfront Trail. Bring some lunch to eat before we depart at 12:30 p.m.

Ride for the Rouge - this spring's first bike day







The Bruce Trail - this spring's hike day


Coming Soon:

Sunday, June 10: Canoe the Humber
As an addition to our Paddling Together art events last year, we added a real canoe day, and it was so wonderful we're doing it again. After church, we'll drive together to Old Mill subway station to rent canoes for a ride on the Humber River. The wildlife is amazing, right in the city. Approximate cost per person, $25.00. Learn more about canoeing on the Humber.

Saturday, June 23: Pride & Remembrance Run
We join the team Proud Anglicans every year to celebrate that St. Anne's is an LGBTQ+ Affirming Church! Run 5K or walk 3K. This year's run supports: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women's College Hospital, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Archives Digital Hub Project, and other charities. And join us to walk with the Proud Anglicans in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24. Learn more about the Pride Run.

And coming this Fall:
  • Fall Excursion to the Wye Marsh for the Bird Migration. This will be a full-day excursion on a Saturday in late September or early October. Watch our events page!
Getting out in the Great Outdoors is one of the ways St. Anne's celebrates God's blessing of the earth. We hike, bike, canoe, and more - and we welcome new friends.

Jesus Christ Superstar: PHOTO ALBUM!

posted 6 Mar 2018, 14:35 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 May 2018, 09:28 ]

Thanks to everyone who supported our foray into Broadway in Church. Despite the weather, we had a great audience for a wonderful production. Here's how it looked!



Mary Magdalene
Jesus Christ Superstar
Judas and Jesus

King Herod
Pontius Pilate

Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore - Friday, January 26 to Sunday, February 4!

posted 6 Dec 2017, 08:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 09:43 ]

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 55th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore from January 26 to February 4, 2018 in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. 

"Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse" was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The "supernatural opera" opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. 

The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. 

But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.
 
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets are available at 416.922.4415. 

There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 
  • Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.
For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou 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).

Christmas Services at St. Anne's

posted 23 Nov 2017, 11:23 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 Jan 2018, 09:17 ]



We invite you to join us at St. Anne's for Christmas! Here is the schedule:

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m. 
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Lighting of all the Advent Candles as the scripture texts summarize a world in readiness for a coming Messiah. This is a one-hour service. Refreshments following the service in the Skey Room.

Sunday, December 24, 5:30 p.m. 
Early Christmas Eve: This all-ages-friendly service includes favourite Christmas Carols and Communion. The large creche figures assist us by travelling down the aisle as we tell the story.

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 p.m. 
Late Christmas Eve: A candlelight choral celebration of the Christmas story, with favourite Christmas carols and beautiful music by the choir and St. Anne's Brass Quartet. 
Monday, December 25, 10:30 a.m. 
Christmas Day: Christmas Day Communion with a sing-along of favourite carols. Help us choose which ones to sing! Christmas cake and Starbucks coffee during the service.

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m. 
First Sunday of Christmas: The rest of the Christmas story, including the blessing of the child in the temple and the arrival of the Magi - people of wisdom from the east to recognize the Holy Birth.


Cantate Community Christmas Concert - Sunday, December 10, 3:30 p.m.

posted 7 Nov 2017, 05:06 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Dec 2017, 13:36 ]

St. Anne's 5th Annual Christmas Concert for our Community: Great music performances; plus sing along to some favourite Christmas Carols. 

This is a benefit concert supporting two local organizations whose work benefits our whole community: Cantate continues to support the C.P.L.C. Youth Scholarship Program, which provides tuition for high school students who distinguish themselves in local community leadership. New this year, St. Anne's is supporting the Food Bank of the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. 

Musical Guests include Simone Denny, Young Voices Toronto, The Junction Trio, the St. Anne's Brass Quintet, and the Choir of St. Anne's Church, directed by John-Luke Addison. Interfaith guests include Imam Ilyas Ally and friends from the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, Sister Agnes Roger from the Carmelite Day Nursery. We welcome the whole community to join us! 

Tickets $15/person; $10/seniors & students; $Free/children under 12.


Sunday, December 10, 3:30 p.m. at St. Anne's!



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