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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!

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!

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 26 - 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.

posted 6 Feb 2020, 07:50 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Feb 2020, 07:22 ]

Lent Begins! 

Two celebrations on Ash Wednesday:

10:30 a.m. 
Holy Eucharist with Ashes: A quiet contemplative service in the church - 45 minutes 

7:30 p.m. 
Holy Eucharist with Ashes: A musical service with the St. Anne's Choir - 60 minutes 


All are welcome. You do not have to be a member of this church or any church to receive the ashes or the eucharist.

Something to think about:

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with the sign of the cross made in your forehead with ashes, accompanied by the following statement:
"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

This statement is an opportunity to reflect on your life journey, both backward and forward, and to become more grounded in your life in the present - as a gift from God.

Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. Your preparation might involve a discipline such as praying daily, reading from the bible or another spiritual writing, keeping a journal. Some people appreciate the challenge of a discipline of giving up something for the 40 days of Lent. People often mention chocolate, coffee, meat, alcohol. If you've wondered about this, it's a possibility especially if missing something you enjoy becomes a prompt for reflecting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday includes a confession prayer that is said by everyone together during the church service. You may wish to prepare for this by taking time to reflect on your life, including any struggles or regrets. Some find it helpful to fast on Ash Wednesday prior to receiving the ashes and communion. If you would like to meet privately with a pastor to talk about this, you're welcome to make an appointment for a one to one conversation or confession: pastor@saintanne.ca

Gilbert & Sullivan's "Patience" presented by St. Anne's Music & Drama Society - Jan-Feb 2020

posted 16 Jan 2020, 10:53 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 6 Feb 2020, 07:21 ]

Patience is a musically delicious satire on the aesthetic movement characterized by Oscar Wilde and the painter Whistler, along with the overblown conceit and bravado of the British military in the 1880s.  The leading lady, Patience, is a milkmaid with a beautiful voice and a strange obsession that true love must be sacrificial.  Two aesthetic poets, Bunthorne and Grosvenor, vie for her love while being adored by the ladies of the chorus and the somewhat overpowering Lady Jane.  One of the funniest scenes in all of G&S takes place when the Dragoon Guards decide that the only way to recapture the formerly devoted hearts of the ladies is to copy the outlandish poets.  

Artwork: Wendy Body
There will be seven performances:
  • Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Performances take place in the St. Anne's Parish Hall in the fully-equipped theatre at 651 Dufferin Street. We regret that the theatre is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets will be available beginning in autumn 2019 online. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit stannesmads.com.

St. Anne's Parish Hall
651 Dufferin Street, Toronto 

Come to this year's Christmas Concert! Sunday, December 8, 2:30 p.m.

posted 3 Nov 2019, 06:19 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Dec 2019, 08:25 ]

Please join us for great Christmas music! 

Tickets on Eventbrite: 

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. 

Introducing this year's special musical guests: Sikuris St. Lawrence and the D'Antilles Steel Pan Ensemble.

Come and make this a part of your Christmas tradition and share the joy in supporting your community organizations.

Tickets Here!

"What makes Jesus so compelling?" - Christianity 101 - Make-Up Session, Sat Feb 29, 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.

posted 17 Oct 2019, 15:34 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 3 Mar 2020, 16:58 ]

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Christianity 101 at St. Anne’s: Practice that brings us closer to God
Christianity as we practice it at St. Anne’s, for those seeking baptism, confirmation or marriage. And all others seeking to understand Christianity as practiced within our diverse community.  

Be prepared to consider and explore:
  • Diversity and inclusiveness       
  • Justice
  • Comfort to learn and grow in our own way
  • Mystery
  • The roles of music, liturgy, and art
For those seeking sacraments - baptism, confirmation, marriage - there will be personal meetings with the pastor as needed.

Each evening in the 6 session programme includes:
  • Reference to the book, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life by Rowan Williams. 
  • Presentation on a theme as listed below.
  • Group conversation.
  • Soup at 6:30 - we hope this is helpful if you did not get to eat supper. This is not part of the evening program, but all are welcome.
  • Opening prayer at 7 pm, closing prayer at 8:45 p.m.
Session 1: Introduction
Our justice practices lead us into conversations about feminism, racism, care for the earth, economic justice, community service, truth and reconciliation and equal marriage. This session will explore how these practices provide a natural path to loving God and loving each other.
Monday, November 18, 7:00 p.m.

Session 2: Worship
The parts of the church service, where they come from, how they fit together as a liturgy, how they both mirror and shape our views. How we participate in the worship service.
Monday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.

Session 3: Bible
An introduction to the contents, origins, interpretation, and important texts of the Bible. What are the roles of the Bible and sermon in our community?
Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.

Session 4: Eucharist
The story, ministry, and last meal of Jesus. How we attend to these at St. Anne’s.
Monday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.

Session 5: Church
The history and meanings of the concept and practice of “church." St. Anne's as an Anglican Church.
Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

Session 6: Community 
St. Anne's identifying statement is Bringing the Community together for Good. How do we practice community as a church, within the gathered congregation, our local neighbourhood, the wider community, and the world? How do we understand the place of the environment in this context?
Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.

Make-up Session: Bible/Jesus
We are adding a full morning session to catch up  for those you have missed. We will especially focus on the Bible (what is it, how we used it, how to recognize when it is being used inappropriately), and Jesus (what makes Jesus compelling and what makes the meal he shared so central to what we do at St. Anne's.) There will be some new material so don't stay away if you already attended these 2 sessions. Note that this session will also have room for questions you have been wanting to ask. While this is a make-up session, newcomers are also welcome to attend!
(includes bagel breakfast)

St. Anne's Ministry Centre
276 Gladstone Avenue (beside the church on the north side)

If you are interested in joining us for these sessions, or in checking out a session to see if this helpful for you, please contact our pastor:

The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

Pride at a Church? Yes, of course! Kick off Pride Month at St. Anne's - Sunday, June 2!

posted 25 May 2019, 05:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 5 Jun 2019, 14:09 ]

BBQ - (costumes optional) - and then we'll sing:
 I will Survive, 
 'Stayin' Alive,
and more of the songs that bring us proudly together. 

Sing-Along led by Mervin Fick with accompaniment by Ron Greidanus (keyboard) , Joe Cullen (drum kit) and Matt Gagne (electric bass). 

We will be worshiping in the church, eating on the front lawn, and singing and dancing in the church.

Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
Picnic/BBQ: 12:00 p.m.
Come & Sing: 1:30 p.m.

Church Hike - Bruce Trail - Mono Cliffs Provincial Park: Saturday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.

posted 9 May 2019, 09:00 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 10 Oct 2019, 07:45 ]

Join us for some fresh air and moderate exercise as we enjoy the great outdoors, check out the fall colours, and admire the wildlife.

We will share rides (leaving from the church) to Mono Cliffs, an hour north of Toronto. Our hike will be a loop of about 8 km of up and down terrain. The hike will include a blessing of earth and communion. 

Walking together is a great way to to get to know your fellow hikers, and you are welcome to invite friends.

Bring a picnic lunch, a camera, and water. Binoculars are great for spotting birds and deer. 

Our visit will conclude with refreshment at Peter Cellar's Pub at the Mono Cliffs Inn before we drive back to the church. We expect to return to the church by late afternoon. 

We'll be leaving from the church parking lot at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Meet us at 8:45 so we can organize cars and passengers, as well as sign waiver forms. Note that we will walk rain or shine!

Please send us a message so we are able to confirm number of drivers and passengers: admin@saintanne.ca

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Ring of Peace: Come and Stand in Support - Friday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.

posted 18 Mar 2019, 13:51 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 09:07 ]

We are heartbroken that once again the ugly face of hate has been shown against our Muslim brothers and sisters. We stand with the community in Christchurch, New Zealand and with our own Muslim communities here in Canada.

Come and join the Ring of Peace planned for Friday, March 22 at 1 p.m. at The Islamic Information and Dawah Centre, 1168 Bloor Street West. 

We will be there to greet worshippers as they arrive for afternoon prayers. 

This will be a quiet show of support with no political agenda. Any signs should reflect that sentiment.

All are welcome to attend, so please share this information. This Ring of Peace is organized by St. Anne's Anglican Church and City Shul. We welcome people from all faith communities. We welcome people not affiliated with any faith communities. We are neighbours showing our support for neighbours.

Pancakes! Join us for Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

posted 11 Feb 2019, 09:18 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Mar 2019, 13:16 ]

We have a party to get ready for Lent as a season of fasting. It's a celebration of good food and community. 

We're serving pancakes, plus sausages - including kosher/halal and vegan options. 

We welcome salads or chocolate desserts to add to the meal.

Supper served from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • You are welcome to volunteer for the supper preparations at 5:00 p.m.
  • We would be grateful to to have clean up volunteers at 8:00 - many hands make light work...
  • We invite our regular Community Dinner volunteers to come enjoy the meal with us. Brief speech in honour of your monthly involvement in the Community Dinner. No need to volunteer tonight - just enjoy!

Supper in the Skey Room located in the St. Anne's Parish Hall beside the church.

PS: Please return your palm crosses to be burned for use during the Ash Wednesday services. These will be burned at the conclusion of the Sunday worship service on March 3; any additional palms will be burned at the conclusion of the pancake supper.

Life After...A Tale of Resilience - Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:54 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 17 Dec 2019, 04:47 ]

Join us on Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. for 

Life After... A Tale of Resilience. 

St. Anne’s and Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) are pleased to present the stories of three Asian Canadians who have survived personal medical trauma & yet are continuing their journey towards self-discovery, acceptance, and love. 

$22 with cash at the door or online at this link.    

Performed by:
  • Christian Hui 
  • Kenneth Poon
  • Vivian Chong

Presented at:

St. Anne's Anglican Church
270 Gladstone Ave
Toronto M6J 3L6

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