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.
Intermim-Priest-in-charge --- Father Jeffry Kennedy
The Toronto Diocese is currently accepting applications for St. Olave's next
incumbent. Please read our Parish Profile and contact Bishop
Philip Poole if you would like to be considered for the position.
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 ---
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir.
Please contact John through the Church Office --- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child and Youth Minister ---
Laura (Oxley) Bennett
(was on leave for a period before January 2016 and then returned)
Interim Child and Youth Minister --- Esther Kittle email@example.com
(served during the period while Laura Oxley was away)
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
On Sunday October 25th an Operation Christmas Child
information session (see www.samaritanspurse.ca) was held after our
10:30AM service and we could take home a shoebox (or more) to fill.
Shoeboxes were to 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.
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
Shakespear's Common Prayers:
The Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age
WHAT IS AN ANGLICAN SERVICE LIKE?
SERVICES AT ST. OLAVE`S
MID-WEEK EUCHARIST --- Wednesdays at 11:00AM
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) Bennett click here.
BIBLE STUDY --- Sundays at 9:00AM and Wednesdays at 10:00AM.
On Sunday January 24 at 10:30 Archbishop Colin Johnson preached at and led our
Annual Joint Service of Worship with the Sudanese Congregation. A celebratory lunch
followed in the Parish Hall. This was the second year the Archbishop has appeared
at this Annual Joint Service.
On Sunday February 7th at 12:00NOON our Annual Pancake Luncheon was held in the
Parish Hall to start the Lenten Season. Tickets went on sale in the Narthex on
Sunday January 10th before and after the 10:30 Service. Prices were $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children, with a special family rate of $15.00. The luncheon provided not only food but
a splendid fellowship opportunity as well.
Sunday February 14th at 4:00PM Choral Evensong with Schola Ecclesiam,
led by Clem Carelse who, after light refreshments at 5:00PM, discusses the
Music of Charles Wood marking the one-hundred-fiftieth
anniversary of his birth. Clem also discusses Wood's colleagues and students
including Healey Willan, Charles Villiers Stanford and Ralph Vaughan Williams,
whose works are also featured in this Evensong.
Wednesdays from February 10 through to March 16
Lenten Series Light Evensongs at
6:00PM followed by Light Suppers at 6:30 and Feature Talks from 7:00PM to 8:00PM ---
February 10: Ash Wednesday Service by Candlelight with Holy Communion with
Short Introduction to the Series by its coordinator, Dr William Cooke
The subsequent talks will be ---
February 17: Mediaeval Roots by Dr. Jesse Billett, Trinity College
February 24: Development 1549-1662 by Dr. David Neelands, Dean of Trinity College
March 2: Two Canadian Prayer Books by Jonathan Lofft, Toronto School of Theology
March 9: Private Devotions by author Sue Careless
March 16: Looking to the Future by Peter Scotchmer, Prayer Book Society of Canada
March 24: Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 6:00PM followed by Stripping the Alter
and Seder Overview at 6:45PM with Light Supper at 7:15PM.
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
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)