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.
If you would like to add a name to our prayer list please call our office or send an
e-mail message to
St. Olave's is on Twitter ---> @stolavesTO
Would you like to receive our newsletter, The Olave Branch, published
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.
A brief history of our parish
is available in celebration of one-hundred-and-thirty years
of worship in October 2016.
We are delighted that our new incumbent is
Rev. Robert Mitchell who joins us
on July 1, conducting his first service on July 3. Prior to July 1, services will continue
to be conducted by our Interim-Priest Father Jeffry Kennedy
Honorary Assistant ---
Rev. Canon Ruth Smith (647-340-9015)
Honorary Assistant ---
Rev. Peter John (416-653-1174) Sudanese Community Church
Director of Music ---
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir.
Please contact John through the Church Office --- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Envelope Secretary --- John Stafford (416-767-0167)
Child and Youth Minister ---
Laura (Oxley) Bennett
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.
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
WHAT IS AN ANGLICAN SERVICE LIKE?
SERVICES AT ST. OLAVE`S
HOLY COMMUNION --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
HOLY COMMUNION IN THE CHAPEL --- Every Sunday at 8:30AM
MORNING PRAYER --- 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
PRAYERS IN THE CHAPEL --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:00 AM
JUNIOR CHURCH AND NURSERY --- at 10:30AM
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) Bennett click here.
MID-WEEK EUCHARIST --- Wednesdays at 11:00AM.
BIBLE STUDY --- Wednesdays at 10:00AM.
May 11 Topic --- Love your Enemies
May 18 Topic --- Liturgical Church Seasos
May 26 Topic --- Anglicanism
Sunday April 17 at 4:00PM
Evensong for St. George followed by St. George's Tea
and a talk by Douglas Cowling on The World of Shakespeare and his contemporary,
English Renaissance composer William Byrd. The event marks the 400th anniversary
of Shakespeare's death on St. George's Day 1616.
Thursday May 5th at 6:00PM
Ascension Evensong followed by Light Supper and a Feature Talk
by Alan Hayes, Director of the Toronto School of Theology and Professor of Church History
at Wycliffe College, on seven significant movements in the Anglican Church since 1963.
Sunday June 12th at 4:00PM
Royal Best Choral Evensong followed by Strawberry Tea
and musical entertainment in the Parish Hall after 5:00PM.
Thursday July 28th at 6:00PM
We are delighted to incorporate the Celebration of New Ministry
for our incumbent, Rev. Robert Mitchell, into our annual Patrons Festival.
Bishop Philip Poole leads the service on his last visit to St. Olave's
before his retirement at the end of September. A dinner will follow
(on the lawn -- weather permitting) at roughly 7:30PM.
Our 2014-16 EVENSONG EVENTS
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
In January 2016, distinguished local stained-glass artist Sarah Hall collaborated
with parishioner Janice Douglas on a presentation about Yvonne Williams, the artist
who created twelve of our beautiful stained-glass windows. Janice and Sarah
will be giving their presentation at Swansea Town Hall with the Swansea Historical
Society on December 7th at 7:30PM.
Join us on Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM for a discussion,
led by Rev. Schuyler Brown, of the book by Daniel Swift entitled
Shakespeare's Common Prayers:
The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age
The ACW will not be holding a Rummage Sale this year so please do not bring
donations of goods to the Church. Nevertheless, it is organizing a Church/Neighbourhood
Lawn Sale to take place on Saturday June 18th at which a table can be rented for $20
by anyone with goods they would like to sell.
An Advisory Board Meeting
was held on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.
The previous meeting was held on January 19th, 2016 and the next
meeting is currently planned for Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, starting at 7:30PM.
A Vestry Meeting
was held on Friday, February 26, 2016, at 7:00PM.
St. Olave's is home to the
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!
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:
Brownies --- Willa Silver (416-763-2991)
Guides --- Paula Hilborn (416-995-7813)
Sparks --- Valerie Smith (416-274-6571)
Scout Group Commissioner --- Rene Bruneau (416-531-9749)
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
THE SUDANESE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF TORONTO
We are also proud to be the home of the
Windermere String Quartet,
whose web-site lists, categorizes and describes their upcoming events.
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
What is the Anglican Church
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
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.
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
The Olave Branch
--- Edited by Janice Douglas
Fall Parish News 2014
Advent 2013 -- Pt 2
Advent 2013 -- Pt 1
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
John Floyd (416-769-8245)