Welcome to you as you explore the website of St. Anne's Anglican Church in Toronto.
Step inside under the beautiful Byzantine Revival dome, surrounded by ceiling murals of the life of Jesus Christ, painting by Canada's iconic Group of Seven.
St. Anne's is diverse, inclusive and joyful. Beautiful worship and music and extensive ministries and partnerships celebrate Christ's mission lived out with love and grace in our local community. This is holy ground and a safe space for all. You are welcome here.
The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer,
Pastor & Incumbent
If you're visiting for a first time, you will want to know how to get here, where to park, how to get into the building, and what to expect if you attend a worship service.
We look forward to welcoming you for a visit, a tour, a worship service.
We welcome your questions:
Call us at 416-536-3160
Email us at email@example.com
St. Anne’s is located south of the Dufferin subway station: Take the southbound 29 bus to Dundas Street; walk east one block on Dundas Street and turn left on Gladstone Avenue. The church is on your left.
Take the College or Dundas Streetcar from downtown, westbound to Gladstone Avenue; Walk south from College Street or north from Dundas Street.
From the Martin Goodman Trail: Go through the exhibition grounds and north on Dufferin Street. After you pass Dundas Street, stop and lock your bike in front of the Parish Hall (on your right), or walk through between the buildings to the church, and lock up against the metal fence. Enter the church by walking east between the Parish Hall and St. Anne’s Place.
Note that the Ministry Centre (offices and meeting rooms) is located at 276 Gladstone, just north of the church.
From Bloor Street: Go south on Dufferin Street, turn left at Dundas Street; park your bike in front of the Parish Hall; walk between the St. Anne's Place and the Parish Hall to the church.
Driving from the Lakeshore: Go through the CNE grounds, and turn north on Dufferin Street. Turn right on Dundas, and make an immediate left on Gladstone Avenue (Note that left turns are not permitted on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Instead turn right on College Street and then right on Gladstone.).
Driving from Bloor Street: Go south on Dufferin Street; turn left on College Street; turn right on Gladstone Avenue. The church is on the west side, and the parking lot to the left of the church. There are four reserved church parking spots during the week nearest the wheelchair ramp, and all spots are available on Sunday.
There is a large parking lot on the south side of the building; plenty of room for you if you're driving to St. Anne's on Sunday.
During the week, the parking lot is leased to the chocolate factory across the street. If you are visiting on weekdays, please park in the four marked church spots nearest the wheelchair ramp and side entrance to the church. Due to many truck deliveries to the chocolate factory, parking on Gladstone Avenue is restricted and heavily monitored.
If you are visiting for a funeral, please note the signage and directions for parking.
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for extended parking for local neighbourhood residents.
A wheelchair accessible entrance is located at the side entrance of the church (parking lot entrance) near the Parish Hall.
Wheelchair accessible washroom is located on the main floor to the left of the glass door entrance.
Communion: If you would like the Communion to be brought to your seat, please advise a member
of the Welcome Team.
Your First Worship Service
What should I wear? Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. “Smart casual” or “business casual” is a good place to start, but you’ll find people dressed in many different styles at St. Anne’s, from jeans and t-shirts to shirts and ties.
What happens when I arrive? A member of our Welcome Team will greet you and give you a bulletin with the details of the service. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Where do I sit? Please sit in the marked spots to preserve physical distancing . You are welcome to sit with all members of your social bubble.
How do I participate? The bulletin includes everything you will need: prayers, readings, hymns. Please note that due to coronavirus restrictions, a soloist will sing the hymns. The words are provided for your meditation only. We look forward to when we can sing together again.
In the meantime, if you would like to sing, please watch the Worship Highlights videos. The words are included in the video. All videos are found on the YouTube channel saintannetoronto.
Do my children stay with me? Yes. In normal times, we offer a Children's Table with a specially trained Children's Host. During the time of the coronavirus, all children must stay seated with members of their social bubble.
How will I know what to do? You might be wondering when to kneel, sit, stand, or say “Amen.” Just relax and follow what others are doing. You may see people bowing or crossing themselves at certain times, but this is a personal choice. Do what feels comfortable for you.
Does St. Anne's use incense? No. Incense is an ancient, beautiful, and prayerful tradition. It is not our practice for the comfort of worshipers who need a scent-free space for allergenic reasons, and also for the preservation of the paintings.
Do I have to put money in the collection plate? St. Anne's no longer passes the collection plate. Making a financial contribution is completely voluntary. We welcome a financial offering during the worship service to support our ongoing mission and ministry. If you would like to contribute, you can use one of the envelopes for visitors you’ll find in your pew. Please place your offering in the Donation Box at any time before, during, or after the service. If you prefer to give online, you will find other options on the Donate webpage.
Can I receive Holy Communion? What do I do? You are welcome to receive communion at St. Anne's. You are also welcome to come forward for a blessing. If you prefer, you may also choose to stay in your seat during this part of the service. It’s up to you.
When it’s time for communion, a member of the Welcome Team will stand in the centre aisle and direct people to go forward to the altar, row by row. Follow those ahead of you to the front of the church. Please follow the physical distancing instructions in the bulletin.
The priest will place the communion wafer in your palm for you to eat. If you prefer a gluten-free wafer, please ask the priest.
At this time, due to coronavirus, we are not able to share the wine at Communion.
If you have mobility concerns and would like communion brought to your seat, please confirm this with the Welcome Team.
What happens after the service? We encourage you to greet your friends and fellow worshipers outdoors after you leave the building. We would love to get to know you. At this time, we are not able to offer refreshments or socialize inside the church after the service.