St. Olave's Anglican Church

360 Windermere Avenue, Toronto, M6S-3L4

Come Join Our Christian Community

Located near the heart of Bloor West Village,
St. Olave's has been worshipping as a congregation
for more than 125 years. We are a diverse, multi-
generational group and use the Book of Common Prayer
as our service guide.

Map and Directions

Call us at 416-769-5686


Worship Team

Rector --- Rev. David Burrows (416-762-0258)

Honorary Assistant --- Rev. Sister Mary Florence Liew (416-551-5606)

Honorary Assistant --- Rev. Canon Ruth Smith (647-340-9015)

Honorary Assistant --- Rev. Peter John (416-653-1174) Sudanese Community Church

Organist and Choir Director --- John Stephenson
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir. Please email John for more
information about joining.

Child and Youth Minister --- Laura Oxley

Administrative Team

Administrator --- Judy Beal (416-769-5686)
Office Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00AM to 5:00PM

Sexton ---David Webb (416-720-1163)

Much work in St. Olave's is done by our Wardens, Committee Chairs and other Volunteers.

Donating to St. Olave's

Services and Programs


PRAYERS IN THE CHAPEL --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:00 AM

HOLY COMMUNION --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
MORNING PRAYER --- 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
JUNIOR CHURCH AND NURSERY --- at 10:30AM every Sunday
excluding summer, school breaks and holiday weekends. We make charitable donations,
one of the most recent of which grabbed headlines in the Toronto Star.
See also our Junior Church Calendar for 2014,
a Junior Church Information Form.
For more about our Child and Youth Minister Laura Oxley, click here.

BIBLE STUDY --- Sundays at 9:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
followed by Eucharist at 11:15 AM.


Special Events

Sunday October 12 at 10:30AM Thanksgiving Harvest and Homecoming Service
with Holy Communion.
Those Baptized or Confirmed by our Reverend David Burrows
are invited as he begins his final year of service before retiring next September.
There will be a coffee hour hosted by our Growth Committee.

Sunday October 19 at 10:30AM We welcome Matthew Hynd to the pulpit as he gives
his first sermon since being appointed a student intern at St. Olaves.

Friday October 24 at 6:30PM Spiritual Spa Night for Busy Moms with Sisters Elizabeth
Rolfe-Thomas and Molly Finlay from the Sisters of St. John the Divine

sharing their experiences of finding balance in their lives through prayer.
Light supper, a short service, fun manicures and child care will be provided.
There will be a $10 charge for the event.
For information, contact Janice Douglas at

Sunday October 26 at 10:30AM Special Guest Margaret Norrie McCain.
A Member of the Order of Canada and one of the inaugural recipients of the
Order of the Diocese of Toronto, Mrs. McCain is an ardent Anglican and
passionate believer in early childhood education. Her groundbreaking work with
the late Fraser Mustard led to the formation of the Ontario Early Years Centres
together with other similar programs in Australia and the UK.
Coffee hour will follow.

Sunday November 2 at 11:45AM (after 10:30AM Service) An info session to learn about
Operation Christmas Child, an organization that delivers
shoeboxes full of gifts to children in need around the world.

Sunday November 2 at 4:00PM Choral Evensong followed by Pumpkin Tea and a Performance by City Flutes. The concert highlight will be the world premiere of
Lana Chou Hoyt's flute transcription of music from the String Quartet No. 2
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
. It was commissioned by St. Olave's specifically
for this concert, as part of the Church's year-long celebration of
Vaughan Williams' life and works, as Composer of the Year for 2014.
City Flutes will also perform the work There is No Rose, by Randall Stroope,
and the Aria from Bach's Cantata No. 25 along with several other flue pieces.
Just before the concert we will also be celebrating Vaughan Williams with some lovely
recorded harp music entitled Dives and Lazarus, based on
the parable of Lazarlus and the rich man.

Our Christmas Craft Show will be held on Saturday November 15
from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Unique hand-made crafts will be sold by artisans, artists and
craftspeople from the Greater Toronto Area with a coffee bar available.

Sunday November 30 4:00PM Advent Sunday Choral Evensong followed by
Christmas Tea and Christmas Lights with St. Olave's Arts Guild and Consort
featuring Hannah Corbett on violin.

Our 2014-15 Evensong Events
Sept 28 2014 through March 25 2015
April 19 2015 through July 2015

Charitable Work

We feed the homeless every Saturday night through our hunger patrol,
providing soup, juice and rolls, along with clothing and sleeping bags. Have a look at Reverend David Burrows preparing the food
and at David and Tina feeding the hungry.

Read Toronto Star Article by Donovan Vincent

If you want to get involved you can volunteer to make soup on a Saturday afternoon
at the Church, or deliver it Saturday evening downtown with the Rector.
Contact David Burrows at 416-762-0258 for more information.

Our Growth Committee has produced a fantastic new Soup Cook Book
in support of the Hunger Patrol.
Get 28 favorite soup recipes from
members of the Parish, as well as cook book authors Michael Smith, Julie Van Rosendaal
and Fina Scroppo for just $12. Available during church office hours while supplies last.
Call the office at 416-769-5686 to arrange your purchase.

We support Kathy Langston in her efforts to provide a home and care
for abandoned children in Romania, and numerous other charities

Supported Activities

We are a busy place! Our facilities are used every week-day by
Addus, a charitable organization for youth with developmental disabilities,
For more information contact Rosie Parris at 416-604-2449.

In the evenings our Parish Hall is bustling with Girl Guides, Brownies,
Pathfinders, Rangers, Scouts, Cubs, Venturers and Beavers.
For more information contact:
Guides --- Paula Hilborn (416-995-7813)
Brownies and Sparks --- Jessica Roberts (416-556-3649)
Rangers --- Emma Kastanis (647-992-1042)
Scout Group Commissioner --- Charles Ash (416-766-0922)

On Saturday mornings, we are home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
For more information contact Father Herbert Bennett (416-570-4182).

On Sunday afternoons we are home to

We are also proud to be the home of the Windermere String Quartet

Christian Fellowship

Anglican Church Women (ACW)

Arts Guild

Youth Group

What is the Anglican Church All About?

The best short answer is probably the
Mission Statement of the Anglican Church of Canada

As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the Universal
Church, we proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Worship and action

We value our heritage of biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops
and synods, and the rich variety of our life in the community

We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership,
wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God's
creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that
cause injustice

Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this all in love
and service and so more fully live the life of Christ

For a wonderful perspective on being Anglican, read
Bishop Philip Poole's editorial in the Anglican Journal.

What is the Book of Common Prayer?

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a small book that lists all the services
throughout the year, including many passages from the King James Bible. It is
much smaller than a Bible! When you come to St. Olave's or any Anglican
Church, you will notice that common prayer (or praying together) is an
important part of how Anglicans worship together. The rich tradition of set
prayers from the BCP forms the backbone of our services. It was written in 1662,
and later revised in 1962. While many Anglican Churches adopted the Book of
Alternative Services (BAS) in 1985, St. Olave's is among the 17 Anglican Churches
in Toronto to retain the BCP, which has been called the "priceless possession of the
Anglican Church." Saying the same liturgical words that have been said over
the centuries is, for many, part of the comforting ritual and tradition of our services.

A History of St. Olave's Church

We are pleased to be able to attach to our website
a detailed discussion of the history of our church
which includes details of the life of Olaf Haraldson,
who became Saint Olave, as well as of the beginning
of our parish going back to 1886, and our ties with
St. Olave's Hart Street in the London England business
district. The origins and dedications of of all the
windows, fonts, and components of the chapel are also
explained in an interesting way. The document, titled
Wood, Stone and Stained Glass
Saint Olave's Anglican Church
1886 -- 1991

was produced by one of our former rectors
the Reverend Dr. V. D. Wigmore

Read Our Newsletter

The Olave Branch --- Edited by Janice Douglas (416-658-4769)

Easter 2014
Advent 2013 -- Pt 2
Advent 2013 -- Pt 1
Fall 2013
Easter 2013
Advent 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Easter 2011
Advent 2010
Lent 2010
Advent 2009
Fall 2009
Easter 2009
Advent 2008
Easter 2008
Fall 2007
Summer 2007
Easter 2007
Winter 2006
Fall 2006

Links to Web-Sites of Members of our Congregation

Sandra Franke, artist and architect
Craig Douglas, comedian and juggler
David Hutcheon, real estate sales representative

For comments and further information, contact the Webmaster
John Floyd (416-769-8245)