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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!

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!

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.

Holy Week and Easter at St. Anne's - We invite you to join us!

posted 25 Mar 2019, 10:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 Apr 2019, 15:00 ]

Enter into the last days of Jesus' life day by day, and reflect on why it matters. Jesus was killed. God raised him up. Each incident shows us how to be Christian today.

We tell this story through the worship services of Holy Week and Easter. Come and journey with us.

Palm Sunday: Procession of palms as Jesus is welcomed into Jerusalem. It was a welcome that came out of deep longing, but would turn to rejection. You will receive a blessed palm to keep as a reminder of this journey. Sunday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.

Sacred Music for Sacred Spaces:
 St. Anne’s hosts the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for two very special concerts that are well suited to Holy Week contemplation. Details and tickets on the TMC website. Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. & Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday: Jesus' last supper with his friends, at which he called them to love each other and serve those in need - a final meal that became the Eucharist. You are welcome to participate in the symbolic washing of feet as a sign of servant leadership. Thursday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday: An extended dramatic reading of Jesus' arrest, imprisonment, trial, and death by crucifixion. A large wooden cross is brought by procession to the centre of the church. All are invited to a time of personal prayer before the cross. Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter begins with the ceremonial lighting of a fire on the church steps, symbolizing the return of the faithful from the darkness of grief to the light of the Risen Christ. The vigil includes readings by candlelight, and the joyful music of Resurrection. The Resurrection Party begins immediately following the conclusion of the service and all are invited to stay. Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Easter Sunday: The disciples go to the tomb and find it has been opened. Initially, they cannot believe what has happened, but their experience of meeting Jesus alive has been carried through the centuries to us. We welcome the Risen Christ in a church filled with lilies and the music of celebration. Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Our mission as St. Anne's is to be your sanctuary as you find your way through the story that created the church and tells us that God brings life to all of us.

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

We look forward to meeting you.

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Sunday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.

posted 4 Feb 2019, 13:29 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Mar 2019, 09:08 ]

St. Anne's presents the concert version of the great biblical epic story of Joseph and his brothers. This is exciting and we are looking forward to a great show. Come!

$15 / person on Eventbrite (link above)
$20 / person at the door.

$10 / Children 12 and under


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  www.themusicalcompany.com Phone: (212) 598-2204, Email: info@themusicalcompany.com 

Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" presented at St. Anne's! - Jan 25 - Feb 3

posted 3 Jan 2019, 13:24 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Feb 2019, 07:08 ]

NEW: Tickets are now AVAILABLE ONLINE!! 

"The Pirates of Penzance" is such a timeless comic opera that a revival of it featuring rock stars and staged in Central Park, New York City in the 1980s won many awards, and a movie featuring Kevin Klein and Angela Lansbury took cinema fans by storm.  

Gilbert's plot revolves around an English lad who was apprenticed by mistake to a band of pirates; his nursery maid who later falls in love with him; pirates who, being orphans, capture ships that seem always to be manned by orphans and so are set free; and a police force that specializes in trembling. Topping off this topsy-turvy romp is a Major General with outdated military knowledge but an exemplary command of "matters vegetable, animal and mineral".  

Sullivan's music combines hilarious patter songs with glorious melodies. "Pirates" is a great evening's entertainment in the hands of the highly talented cast of St. Anne's MADS - their 56th annual G&S production.

MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. 

Tickets are AVAILABLE ONLINE and by phone at 416.922.4415. 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).

Ring of Peace at City Shul: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

posted 31 Oct 2018, 05:22 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 11:22 ]

What can we do to express our love and support following the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh? Come and stand with us as we form a Ring of Peace. 

Less than two years ago, St. Anne's and City Shul came together to form a Ring of Peace at the Islamic Information and Dawah Centre following the shooting in a mosque in Quebec City. Earlier examples in Europe inspired us and the wider community joined us. St. Anne's and the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre, joined by the United Church of Canada, Toronto Conference, now ask you to join us to support our friends at City Shul. 

Our Ring of Peace will be a protective embrace as the people of City Shul enter their sanctuary for shabbat, especially for this Solidarity Shabbat being observed in synagogues worldwide. 

We invite you - fellow Christians and Muslims, people of all faiths, and all people of compassion - to stand with us in friendship. Be neighbours with us.
We will line both side of Bloor Street from Madison Avenue to Huron Street to protect the entrance to the Bloor Street United house of worship which is home to City Shul - 300 Bloor Street West.

Please bring signs, especially handmade signs that express your support. Please note: This is not a rally or protest. No political signs. This is a religious gathering to stand in hope and peace with friends. The Ring of Peace includes 5 minutes of standing in silent prayer coinciding with prayer inside the synagogue.

*Please note that the Ring of Peace will conclude at 10:30. All are asked to depart at this time. The Solidarity Shabbat is for the members of City Shul - please do not enter the house of worship following the Ring of Peace.

Note that our Ring of Peace will have protection provided by the Toronto Police Service. Media and journalists will be present. Please be dressed to stand in outdoor weather for an hour. 

9:30 TO 10:30 A.M.

*QUESTIONS: Please do not contact City Shul. 

Contact St. Anne's Church: gary.vandermeer@saintanne.ca

Also see the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2203123663299540/

Photos from the Ring of Peace - February 2017 at Islamic Information & Dawah Centre

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