St. Olave's Anglican Church

360 Windermere Avenue, Toronto, M6S-3L4

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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 who welcomes everyone. In today's fast-paced,
technology-driven world, St. Olave's celebrates the tradition and
beauty of the Book of Common Prayer, Anglican chant and other forms
of sung liturgy. Our mission is to continue to bring the light of
Christ to the community and beyond.

St. Olave's is on Twitter ---> @stolavesTO

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three times a year? If you are not getting the Branch, please email your address to

Links to all recent issues are at the bottom of this web-page.

Worship Team

Intermim-Priest-in-charge --- Father Jeffry Kennedy (416-654-0015).
David Burrows, our previous rector for the past 19 years, has retired and is being temporarily replaced by Jeff until a perminant replacement has been selected.

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

Director of Music --- John Stephenson
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir.
Please contact John through the Church Office ---

Child and Youth Minister --- Laura Oxley
(on leave until January 2016)
Interim Child and Youth Minister --- Esther Kittle

Administrative Team

Administrator --- Judy Beal (416-769-5686)
Office Hours are from 10:30AM to 5:30PM on Mondays and Tuesdays
and from 11:00AM to 8:00PM on Thursdays.

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

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

Giving to St. Olaves

St. Olave's gratefully accepts donations to help us continue to minister
to the community. Tax receipts will be issued at the end of every February
for donations totaling more than $25. Donations can be made

by Cash, Cheque or Pre-Authorized Giving

by Credit Card or with your PayPal Account

Community Events

On Sunday October 25th an Operation Christmas Child
information session (see was held after our
10:30AM service and we could take home a shoebox (or more) to fill.
Shoeboxes must be returned during the week of November 16-22
(between 8:00AM and NOON on Sunday to Friday, or Sunday 9:00AM to 2:00PM).

Our Christmas Craft Show and Coffee House was held
on Saturday November 14 from 10:00PM to 4:00PM,
marking the third year for
this event. Unique hand-made crafts were sold by artisans, artists and
craftspeople from the Greater Toronto Area and treats along with a special coffee bar
were also provided. Proceeds will support St. Olave's good works and outreach,
especially the hunger patrol.

Services and Programs



MID-WEEK EUCHARIST --- Wednesdays at 11:00AM


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 made headlines in the Toronto Star.
See also our Junior Church Information Form.
For more about our Child and Youth Minister Laura Oxley click here.

BIBLE STUDY --- Sundays at 9:00AM and Wednesdays at 10:00AM.


Special Events

On Sunday, October 18 at 10:30AM we welcomed Diane Dupuy, founder of the
Famous People Players and member of the Order of Canada.

Diane spoke about her experience as a cancer survivor and
signed and sold copies of her book "Cocktails at the Chemo Lounge"
after the service. Reservations were taken for our Friday November 27th
trip to see the Famous People Players perform at their Etobicoke theatre.

Sunday November 1 at 4:00PM All Saints Day Choral Evensong.
We welcomed Voices Chamber Choir led by Ron Cheung and accompanied by John
Stephenson. The service featured Gabriel Faure's famous Requiem
and gave us an opportunity to commemorate the names of loved ones who have passed away
this year. Tea, pumpkin pie and other treats were provided.

Sunday November 29 at 4:00PM Advent Sunday Evensong
followed by Christmas Tea and Christmas Lights with St. Olave's Arts Guild
and Consort featuring Hannah Corbett on violin.
"A Child's Christmas in Scarborough"
by Howard Engel will be presented as well as an excerpt from "A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens plus some additional material as well.

Sunday December 20 at 7:30PM Candlelight Service of Lessions and Carols.

Thursday December 24 at 4:00PM Children's Christmas Eve Family Service.

Thursday December 24 at 10:30PM Christmas Eve Service of
Holy Communion by Candlelight.

Friday December 25 at 10:30AM Christmas Day Service of Holy Communion.

Wednesday January 6 at 6:00PM Epiphany Evensong
followed by Light Supper at 6:30 and a feature talk at 7:00PM by Janice Douglas,
joined by distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist Sarah Hall who will
present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave's
Church, which were specially designed and created by the talented and renowned
Canadian artist Yvonne Williams.


Sept 28 2014 through March 25 2015
April 19 2015 through July 2015
Sept 27 2015 through March 16 2016
April 17 2016 through July 2016

Mission Work

St. Olave's is home to the hunger patrol,
a weekly mobile soup kitchen run under the auspices of the Order of Malta.
Volunteers are sought to make soup Saturday afternoons and/or deliver it that
evening with Dr. Christian Elia, a parishonner at St. PIUS X Roman Catholic Church.
We provide soup, juice and rolls, along with clothing and sleeping bags to the poor
and disadvantaged. Find out how you can get involved by contacting Christian at 647-330-7864

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.

Over the past 28 years, St. Olave's has donated more than $300,000 to Christian Mission Work in our community and around the world through our SECOND CENTURY MISSION FUND.

We support our former parishoner Kathy Langston in her efforts to provide
a home and care for abandoned children in Romania.
To make a donation, contact our office. Thanks!

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, Sparks, Rangers, Scouts, Cubs, Venturers and Beavers.
For more information contact:
Guides --- Paula Hilborn (416-995-7813)
Sparks --- Vacant
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,
whose web-site lists, categorizes and describes their upcoming events.

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)

Fall 2015
Easter 2015
Advent 2014
Fall 2014
Fall Parish News 2014
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

Craig Douglas, comedian and juggler
Jelana Duncan, golf professional
John Floyd, economist
Sandra Franke, artist and architect
David Hutcheon, real estate sales representative

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