Watch for insurance renewal packages
Aon will be sending insurance renewal packages to parishes by both mail and email in the first week of December.
Synod members asked to claim lost items
A couple of books and a pair of women’s shoes were left behind at Synod. To claim them, contact Pamela Boisvert at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the year.
Clergy remuneration information and employee premiums memos available
The annual Clergy Remuneration Information Memo and Employee Premiums Memo are now available on the Remuneration and Benefits page. Churchwardens, treasurers and clergy are reminded to read the information.
Clergy reminded about T1213 package
The 2019 T1213 package for clergy receiving a housing allowance was mailed in August. Clergy living in a rectory do not need to apply for this. Clergy receiving a housing allowance must file form T1213 and receive written approval from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) before being allowed a reduction of tax at source. If you have not yet submitted your paperwork to the CRA, you should do so immediately. If you have submitted your paperwork and do not receive a response from the CRA by Nov. 30, follow up with the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.
Vestry motion focuses on poverty
This year’s social justice vestry motion asks parishes to commit to standing in solidarity with Ontarians living in poverty in two ways: by increasing their direct outreach to people in need; and by increasing their advocacy for systemic change that will benefit those in greatest need. The motion is open-ended to allow for parishes to adapt their actions to their situation, though suggestions are given. The text of the motion, suggestions for action and background information are available in a two-page, single-sheet document on the Social Justice and Advocacy page.
Archbishop to be honoured at public celebration
A special retirement celebration for Archbishop Colin Johnson will be held on Dec. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, Church and King streets, Toronto. It will include refreshments, a receiving line, speeches and presentations, and it will conclude with Choral Evensong at 4 p.m., at which Archbishop Johnson will preach. All are invited.
Advent series explores Holy Communion
St. James Cathedral is hosting an Advent lecture series called “The Word Made Flesh: Encountering Christ in Bread and Wine” on Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. It will explore spiritual, historical and liturgical insights into the sacrament of Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer tradition of the Anglican Church. Dr. Jesse Billett, the speaker, is an animated and passionate theologian from the University of Toronto. Each evening will begin with a service at 6 p.m., followed by a light supper and the lecture. For more details, visit the cathedral’s website.
Godly Play workshop offers training
A workshop offering Godly Play core training will be held on Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9 at St. George on-the-Hill, 4600 Dundas St. W., Toronto. Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language to help them become more aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. The registration fee is $325, which includes meals and refreshments. Register online by Jan. 4.
Online Advent calendar returns
The Anglican Communion is inviting Anglicans to join its global online Advent calendar and share their experiences of expectant waiting for Jesus Christ. Sign up at www.adventword.org to receive a daily email with a meditation and photo based on a different word each day, available in ASL, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Participants are also invited to respond on social media using the hashtag #AdventWord and the word of the day.
Diocese seeking annual giving coordinator
The Diocese is seeking a full-time annual giving coordinator, responsible for developing strong parish relationships with clergy and lay leaders to achieve the fundraising objectives of FaithWorks. This is a contract position that will continue until Dec. 31, 2019. For more details, see the Synod Office Careers page. Apply by Nov. 28 to email@example.com.
Office administrator wanted
St. Michael and All Angels, Toronto is seeking a part-time office administrator, responsible for multiple activities that support the life of the parish. This person will become an essential member of the leadership team and will need to work with sensitivity, compassion and confidentiality, projecting a professional demeanor and caring image. The salary will be $18-20 per hour. For more details, see the job post. Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 30.
Parish seeking associate minister for youth
St. Timothy, North Toronto is seeking a part-time associate minister for youth to facilitate high-quality programming that nurtures the faith formation of youth. The position will be 20 hours per week. For more details, see the full job description. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume in one file to email@example.com by Nov. 30, including “Associate Minister for Youth” in the subject line.
Diocese seeks executive assistant
The Diocese of British Columbia is seeking a full-time executive assistant in the Bishop’s Office. The successful candidate will assist the bishop and executive officer in the execution of their duties. For full details, see the job post. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth and young adult leader wanted
St. John the Baptist, Oak Ridges (Light On The Hill) is seeking a half-time youth and young adult leader. The successful candidate will be a visionary who is excited, energetic and eager to chart a course for the community’s young people to help them grow spiritually and as young Christian leaders. The position will start in January. For more information, contact the Rev. Peter Blundell at email@example.com or 416-821-4356.
Jennifer McLeod, administrative assistant to the area bishop of Trent-Durham, has completed her employment with the Diocese as of Nov. 19. We thank her for her contribution to the life of the Church.
Sheila Robson has joined the Diocese as administrative assistant to the area bishop of Trent-Durham as of Nov. 21.