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

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.

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.

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.

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 totalling more than $25. Donations can be made

by Cash, Cheque or Pre-Authorized Giving

by Credit Card or with your PayPal Account

Community Events

Our Christmas Craft Show will be held on Saturday November 14 from
10:00PM to 4:000PM,
marking the third year for this event. Unique
hand-made crafts will be sold by artisans, artists and craftspeople from
the Greater Toronto Area, along with treats and a special coffee bar
Vendors Wanted! Those interested can use the following
Application Form, which should be mailed to the St. Olave's address.
Proceeds will support St. Olave's good works and outreach.

We are pleased to welcome back
an Expanded Kids in Gardens Program to our Lawn this Summer.
The program is coordinated by Laura Oxley

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.

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 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.

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.

Special Events

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 A Patronal Festival Evensong was held
followed by a Barbecue at 6:30PM, cooked by Richard Fogel and Craig Douglas.
The event was set up by the Growth Committee and Friends
and arranged by Jim and Nancy Shapland and Craig and Janice Douglas,
with help from Richard Fogel, Patrick McCormick and Sheila Tait.
Thanks also must go to William Cowling for handling the service.

Sunday September 27 4:00PM Choral Evensong with the Choir of St. Peter's Erindale
followed by Peach Tea plus
A Talk by Clem Carelse on English Music and the Prayer Book.


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.
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 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 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)