St. Olave's Anglican Church

360 Windermere Avenue, Toronto, M6S-3L4

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Donating to St. Olave's


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.

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.

Services and Programs

8:30 AM --- HOLY COMMUNION in the Chapel --- Every Sunday

PRAYERS IN THE CHAPEL --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month at 10:00 AM

10:30 AM --- HOLY COMMUNION --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month
MORNING PRAYER --- 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the Month
JUNIOR CHURCH AND NURSERY --- Every Sunday excluding
summer, school breaks and holiday weekends. We make charitable donations,
one of the most recent of which grabbed headlines in the Toronto Star.

BIBLE STUDY --- Sundays at 9:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
followed by Eucharist at 11:15 AM.


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.

Special Events

Sunday March 30 at 10:30AM Family Service for Mothering Sunday
featuring blessing and distribution of the Simnel Cake to the mothers in
the congregation, a children's anthem and dramatic lesson, followed by a
special vestry meeting at which we will vote on a Junior Church and Youth Group
proposal to apply for a grant from Our Faith Our Hope to fund a
10-hour-a-week Child and Youth Minister over four years.

Wednesday April 2 at 6:00PM Lenten Series Evensong and light supper
followed by Women of the Bible topic discussion The Myrrh Bearers
with David Burrows.

Saturday April 5 at 2:30PM Songs of Life and Love performances
by Jennifer Routhier, mezzo-soprano and Helen Beque, pianist
of works by Schumann, Berlioz, Handel, Rossini and Purcell.

Saturday April 5 at 7:30PM Etobicoke Centennial Choir Performance
Hidden Treasures: Renaissance to Romantic.

Wednesday April 9 at 6:00PM Final Lenten Series Evensong
with James Weavers on the organ and
a violin presentation by Hannah Corbett of works by
Joseph-Hector Fiocco (1703-41). A light supper will follow
along with a discussion by David Burrows on the topic The God Bearer.

Sunday April 13 at 10:30AM Palm Sunday Service followed by blessing and distribution of the palms with special guests at the Service
Elizabeth Loewen Andrews (first violinist) and Laura Jones (cellist and violist).
from the Windermere String Quartet, John Ireland with the Riverdale Ensemble
and Where Words and Music Meet: Talisker Players at Massey College.

Thursday April 17 at 6:00PM Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion
followed by Seder and Light Supper.

Friday April 18 at 10:30AM Good Friday Service,
The Cross of Christ
A meditation in words and music on the Real Easter Story
with St. Olave`s Choir and John Stephenson on organ.
Participating Churches: Farmer Memorial Baptist,
Morningside High Park Presbyterian and Windermere United.

Sunday April 20 Easter Sunday Services of Holy Communion
at 7:00AM, 8:30AM and 10:30AM with Easter Egg Hunt and reception
following the 10:30AM service.

A New Kind of Spirituality, inspirational art work by Sue Higgs,
can be viewed in the Ethel Brown Room from Maundy Thursday, April 17, through
Easter Sunday, April 20. Sue will be present on the evening of Maundy Thursday
and after the coffee hour following the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.

Thursday May 29 at 6:00PM Ascension Evensong
followed by light supper and Politics and religion,
a talk by David Hutcheon on how politicians are guided by
their religious convictions.

Our Big Screen Bible Film Series Resumes
after the coffee hour following the 10:30AM service on Sunday March 30
Join us for our next two installments:
Mission: Jesus feeds crowds of thousands in Galilee (Mathiew 14) and brings
a dead man, Lazarus, back to life (John 11); Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a
donkey with a declaration that he is the Messiah; Jesus turns on the money-changers
in the Temple (Mark 11).
Betrayal: Caiphas coaxes Judas into betraying Jesus; Jesus throws the disciples
into turmol at the Last Supper; Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14);
Jesus is arrested and `the ear of Malchus is cut off by Peter and Jesus heals his ear;
Jesus is confronted by the high priests at his Sanhedrin trial (Mathiew 26).

Our 2014 Spring Rummage Sale will be held Sat. May 10 from 9:30AM to Noon
with all proceeds to go to support the work of the ACW.
Admission is free and lots of
good used clothing, jewelry, toys, kitchen items, books and many treasures will be on sale
We continue to request donations for the sale. Small items can be delivered|
to the Church now. Please mark them "Rummage Sale" and leave them at the top or bottom
of the stairs closest to the parking lot. Due to space limitations, we request that
larger donation items be brought to the Church after Easter.

Our 2013-14 Evensong Events
Sept 29 2013 through March 5 2014
March 9 2014 through July 2014

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.

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)

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)