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
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 email@example.com
Links to all recent issues are at the bottom of this web-page.
Rector --- Rev. David Burrows (416-762-0258) firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ---
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir. Please email John for more
information about joining.
Child and Youth Minister ---
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.
Attention St. Olave's parishioners! As you know, we are creating a Parish
Profile as part of the process of searching for our next incumbent who will
assume duties following David's forthcoming retirement. We need to provide
important demographic information about our congregation. If you did not
fill out the survey form available in the Church on June 7, please go to
This Link and answer the ten questions there asked.
(This is not the same survey that was distributed in April.) Thankyou!
When David takes his usual vacation during the month of August, Father Jeffrey Kennedy
(who substituted for David last December when he was suffering with the blood clot in
his leg) will be leading the services.
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 totalling more than $25. Donations can be made
by Cash, Cheque or Pre-Authorized Giving
by Credit Card or with your PayPal Account
On Friday May 29 through Sunday May 31 St. Olave's was one of the
thirty-one display locations in the ART TOUR
in Bloor West Village, High Park and the Junction areas,
presenting an exhibit by Annis Tebbit (art name Annis Thompson).
The exhibit could be seen at no cost in the Narthex of the Church
between 6:00PM and 9:00PM on Friday May 29 and between 11:00AM and 5:00PM
on the following Saturday and Sunday.
We are pleased to welcome back
an Expanded Kids in Gardens Program to our Lawn this Summer.
The program is coordinated by Laura Oxley.
The Anglican Church Women (ACW) held a LAWN SALE on Saturday June 20.
Friends, neigbours and our parish members could rent a table for $20.00 to
sell their own items. Volunteers helped run the event.
Tuesday September 8 7:00PM The Toronto Cornish Association joins with us in
presenting The Trelawny Male Choir from Cornwall U.K.
Tickets are $20 if prepaid by August 28th and $25 after that date and
at the door. Call 416-698-0336 or 416-769-5686 to arrange purchase.
Refreshments will be served during the intermission.
WHAT IS AN ANGLICAN SERVICE LIKE?
SERVICES AT ST. OLAVE`S
HOLY COMMUNION IN THE CHAPEL --- Every Sunday at 8:30AM
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 9:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
followed by Eucharist at 11:15 AM.
MUSIC DURING LENT: We are delighted to announce that our Director of Music, John Stephenson, performed some of Johannes Brahms' Organ Chorale Preludes during Lent. These pieces are considered little jewels by many and are in the composer's output, as he wrote almost nothing else solely for the organ. They were also his final compositions. John has also written new settings sung during Communion in Lent (on March 1, 15,and 29), especially for us at St. Olave's.
A GRANT FROM OUR FAITH OUR HOPE WAS
enabling us to hire our Child and Youth Minister Laura Oxley,
who organized our Easter Saturday Community Event
which was a wonderful experience for all.
Thursday May 14 6:00PM Ascension Evensong
followed by Light Supper and a Feature Talk by Jeremy Burrows
entitled Learning About Orthodox Christianity.
Sunday May 24 Witsunday, the Day of Penticost, 3:00PM
WINDERMERE STRING QUARTET CONCERT.
Tuesday June 2 7:00PM A speech by Nelson Mejia of the
South American Mission Society in Canada (SAMS),
which does mission work in Honduras, Chile, Peru, and Belize.
This event took place in the Ethel Brown Room.
Thursday June 4 6:30PM St. Olave's Choir joined with the Choir of
St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in Regent Park (St. Barts)
to present some beautiful music in celebration of
Holy Communion for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Our John Stephenson played the organ.
A supper followed in the Parish Hall.
The event took place at St. Barts, at 509 Dundas St. East,
just two blocks east of Parliament Street.
Sunday June 7 10:30AM Bishop Philip Poole visited St. Olave's and preached the
sermon, leading our service of Holy Communion, and presented children
with their achievement certificates. The Junior Church children and Youth Group
participated as greeters, acolyte servers, readers, and choristers. A reception, hosted
by St. Olave's ACW, followed in the parish hall.
Sunday June 7 4:00PM Festive Evensong
followed at 4:30PM by Strawberry Tea and at 5:00PM by CLASSICAL GAS,
a performance by guitarist Doug Hibovski of a famoous Mason Williams piece
and some classical melodies used by Hollywood.
Tuesday June 16 7:30PM An Advisory Board Meeting was held
to discuss Church business. The next Advisory Board Meeting is scheduled
to take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30PM.
Wednesday July 29 6:00PM Patronal Festival Evensong
followed by a Barbecue at 6:30PM.
Our 2014-15 EVENSONG EVENTS
Sept 28 2014 through March 25 2015
April 19 2015 through July 2015
We feed the homeless every Saturday night through our
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.
Upon his retirement later this year, David is arranging with his friend
Dr. Christian Delia from PIUS X Roman Catholic church to operate the
hunger patrol out of that church. St. Olave's volunteers will
continue to be involved in soup making and delivery after details are worked out.
Our Growth Committee has produced a fantastic new Soup Cook
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
by means of our SECOND CENTURY MISSION FUND.
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
THE SUDANESE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF TORONTO
We are also proud to be the home of the
Windermere String Quartet
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)