News 2015

Report on the Church Musician & Clergy Workshop

By The Rev. Greg Carpenter & The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave

On Saturday May 2, about 30 clergy, church musicians, and others interested in the topic of music within the context of worship gathered at the Church of St Andrew for a workshop sponsored by the Area of York-Scarborough.

With an engaging keynote address given by Dr Fred Kimball Graham and a diverse group of presenters including The Rev Canon David Harrison, The Rev Canon Andrew Asbil and John Campbell, and Dave Krause and Deb Whalen-Blaize, those who attended found it to be time well invested in that complicated subject matter of Clergy/Musician relations.

Thoughtful worship was contributed through the day by Dave Krause and Deb Whalen-Blaize (the leadership team who are responsible for both the Tuesday morning worship service “Wine Before Breakfast” at Wycliffe College, and worship at St John’s, West Toronto). As the Keynote speaker, Dr Fred Kimball Graham was able to draw on his considerable experience as a Church musician and educator to highlight the essential working relationship between cleric and musician. Blending humour and scholarship, Dr Graham provided a great platform and introduction for the breakout groups held after lunch.

Feedback on this event noted that the three presenting teams were ‘the big draw’ for them. These teams provided current working environments for those who attended further on the following topics: the evolution of working as a team, bringing contemporary music to life, and how music serves the spirituality of the congregation. While there was only time in the day to attend one of those presentations, we found that more than 60% of those who attended would attend a similar workshop if offered again.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend this event. A special word of thanks to the presenters for the day and team of organizers: Karen Isaacs, The Rev Greg Carpenter, The Rev Sherman Hesselgrave, and the Church of St Andrew for the use of their facility.

Holiday Hours

As summer approaches, please note the office closures and holidays:

Bishop Patrick will be away from June 27 – July 18.
Karen Isaacs will be away June 27 – July 12 and July 31 – August 9.

Please note that as usual the Synod Office will be closed on Fridays in July and August.

Second Chinese Ministry Consultation

The second Chinese Ministry Consultation for the Diocese of Toronto was held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at St. Philip on-the-Hill, Unionville.  It was a great day for participants, who came from the four Chinese Anglican churches as well as those parishes in the Diocese hoping to start up Chinese ministries.

Bishop’s assistant and bishop’s former assistant, happy to see each other!

A full room!

Upcoming Events: “Sharing the Gospel Online” and Parish Leadership 101

On Feb. 21, York-Scarborough is hosting “Sharing the Gospel Online,” a workshop focused on using social media to share the Gospel as parishes and as individual Christians. The day will include a Bible study, Q&A with social media experts, a parish case study, and conversation with Archbishop Colin Johnson and the Rev. Canon Susan Bell, the diocesan Canon Missioner. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John, York Mills at a cost of $10 per person or $20 per parish team (2-4 people). Lunch is included. This event is for York-Scarborough parishes, but attendees from other areas will be put on a waiting list and may attend if space is available. Register online by February 16.

Also coming up is our annual Parish Leadership 101 Workshop.  This is for those involved in parish leadership, and will be held on March 7, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. John, York Mills at a cost of $10 per person.  Lunch is included.  This is an important workshop for both new and returning wardens, treasurers, and parish administrators.  Register online by Sunday, March 1.

New Regional Dean

The new regional dean in the York Mills deanery is the Rev. Heather Gwynne-Timothy, who began on January 1, 2015.  We are grateful to the Rev. Simon Li for his valuable and faithful service as regional dean over the last four years.