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 and use the Book of Common Prayer
as our service guide.

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

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.

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

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) are planning to have a LAWN SALE on Saturday June 20.
Friends, neigbours and our parish members are invited to rent a table for $20.00 to
sell their own items. For more information please contact St. Olave's ACW at

Please print out and complete Our Parish Survey
and return it to St. Olave's Office by April 19th.

Photograph sessions for the St. Olave's Photo Directory will take place
on Friday April 20 from 2:30PM until 8:30PM and on Saturday April 21
from 10:00AM until 3:00PM. If you wish to be included in this directory
please contact Margaret Roze at 418-252-2599 by Monday April 2 to
book an appointment.

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 Calendar for 2014,
and a 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, will be performing 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 to be sung during Communion in Lent (on March 1, 15,and 29), especially for the people of St. Olave's. We will be learning them in church on March 1, but you can see the music and listen to our choir perform them here! Click on the appropriate links below.

Agnes Dei See Listen
Sanctus See Listen
Nine-fold Kyrie See Listen

Special Events


Wednesday March 4 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David was on Avoiding Angels in Disguise.

Wednesday March 11 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David was entitled Angels Galore (Revelation).

Wednesday March 18 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David was on Angels and Demons.

Wednesday March 25 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
a discussion by and with David entitled You Are Gods (Psalm 82).


Sunday March 29 10:30AM The Windermere String Quartet will perform with our Choir
in the Palm Sunday morning service and, in addition, play their own repertoire.

Thurday April 2 6:00PM Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion
Join us for a sedar supper celebration with Richard Fogel and David Burrows
at 6:45PM accompanied by readings and stories. The Order of Service
is attached for downloading although copies will be available in the Church.

Friday April 3 10:30AM GOOD FRIDAY Community service at Bloor West Baptist Church.

Saturday April 4 3:00PM-5:00PM Easter Saturday Family Comnmunity Event
a unique and interactive exploration of the meaning of Easter,
ideal for families with children ages 4 - 12 but all are welcome.

Sunday April 5 7:00AM Easter Sunday Sunrise Service of Holy Communion
outdoors, weather permitting.

Sunday April 5 8:30AM Easter Sunday Service of Holy Commounion

Sunday April 5 10:30 AM Easter Service of Holy Communion
followed by a reception and Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn.


Sunday April 19 4:00PM Best Things in Life Festive Evensong
followed by St. George's Tea and at 5:00PM
Harmonica Hungarica women's chamber choir,
with St. Olave's Arts Guild and Consort.


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

Sandra Franke, artist and architect
Craig Douglas, comedian and juggler
David Hutcheon, real estate sales representative

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