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Diocesan Centre to observe summer hours
The Diocesan Centre will be closed on Fridays during July and August, starting July 6. The office will be open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Normal hours will resume after Labour Day.
Clergy and employees reminded to review benefits and life insurance coverage
Take a moment to review your pay stub to see what coverage you have for medical premiums and life insurance. For medical premiums:
- If only you are covered, it should read “medical insurance premium single.”
- If you have one dependent (spouse or child), it should read “medical insurance premium married.”
- If you have two or more dependants (spouse and/or children), it should read “medical insurance premium family.”
For life insurance premiums, if the coverage is only for you, it should read “life insurance.” If you and one or more dependants are covered, it should read “life insurance married.”
If your information is not correct, contact Claire Wilton at email@example.com or 416-363-6021 ext. 239 so you can complete the paperwork needed to change your coverage. You should also get in touch if you get married, separated or divorced, have a baby or adopt a child, as there may be additional paperwork for the pension office. If you have a child over age 21 not attending university, or any child over age 26, and you believe they are still on your benefits, they should be removed.
Registration opens soon for outreach conference
The annual Outreach and Advocacy Conference will take place on Oct. 27 at Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Rd., Toronto. This year’s theme is “Transformed Hearts, Transforming Structures” with keynote speaker André Lyn, co-chair of the Archbishop’s Committee for Intercultural Ministry. Workshops will be confirmed soon, with topics including youth perspectives, grassroots anti-poverty advocacy, housing for vulnerable seniors, Indigenous land and water protection, migrant worker ministry and more. Registration will open June 18. For updates, see the Outreach & Advocacy Conference page.
Registration open for fall youth retreat
ReCharge, the annual diocesan youth retreat, is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 at Muskoka Woods. It will include music, inspiring worship, speakers and friendship in the great outdoors. The cost is $90 per person until Sept. 1 or $105 after Sept. 1, which includes all meals and dorm-style accommodations. An optional bus to and from North York will be available at a cost of $30. Learn more and register online.
Save the date: Social Media Sunday
The 2018 edition of Social Media Sunday is scheduled for Sept. 30. This annual event is a day to demonstrate the power of social media to help Christians around the world be and do church online and in between times of formal worship. Parishes and individuals are encouraged to participate in ways that make sense for them, such as live-tweeting the sermon, inviting friends to church online, checking in at church on Facebook, or sharing a photo or video, all using the hashtag #SMS18.
Registration open for girls’ choir school
The Diocesan Choir School for Girls will be held this year from Aug. 6-19 at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. This residential program provides girls age 8-18 with choral training, Christian fellowship, sports, crafts and other activities. No auditions are held; anyone willing to sing is welcome. The cost is $1,000 per person. To learn more or register, visit the Choir School website.
Parish teams invited to formation event
The Anglican Studies Program at Saint Paul University and St. Matthew, Ottawa are hosting “Journey to Baptismal Living: Becoming Communities of Transformation,” an intensive weekend of experience and training, on Oct. 26-28 in Ottawa. Parish teams of three or more are encouraged to participate. The cost per participant is $250, with third team members receiving a 50 per cent discount. For more details, see the registration page.
Session explores clergy-musician dynamic
The Summer Institute of Church Music, a residential summer retreat and study program for church musicians, is inviting clergy to attend session on clergy-musician working relationships on July 12 at Trafalgar Castle School, 401 Reynolds St., Whitby. The morning consists of a Eucharist at 8:30, a panel discussion at 9:45 and a complimentary lunch at 12:30. To learn more, see the invitation. RSVP for lunch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir robes available
Grace Church, Markham has over two dozen blue choir robes to donate. Photos can be provided. If interested, call the office at 905-294-3184 or email email@example.com.
Parishes asked to complete outreach survey
An email was sent to all parishes in mid-May inviting them to participate in the Parish Outreach and Greening Survey. The survey consists of 10 questions and takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. Incumbents can choose to complete it themselves or ask another parish leader to do so. The Social Justice and Advocacy Committee is hoping to get a clearer picture of the outreach, advocacy and creation care activities around the Diocese and learn how it might better support parishes in those ministries. Participate online by the end of June.
Resources available for National Indigenous Day of Prayer
Parishes wishing to recognize the National Indigenous Day of Prayer on June 21 or a Sunday close to it can find resources on the General Synod website at www.anglican.ca/im/nidp.
Manager of programs and facilities wanted
All Saints Church – Community Centre is seeking a 60% time (three days per week) manager of programs and facilities who will oversee programming and lead the overall administration of the drop-in and church. The manager will share in Christian outreach that supports the spiritual, emotional and material lives of socio-economically marginalized adults, many of whom live with psychiatric illness and/or addictions. For more information, see the job posting. To apply, forward an application by June 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org or Human Resources, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, 135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, M5C 1L8.
Youth minister wanted
Christ Church St. James in Toronto is seeking a part-time youth minister to lead a youth group for teens age 12-18. Hours are flexible, but typically 10-20 hours per week, potentially leading to full time. Remuneration will be based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. For more details, see the job post or call the church office at 416-251-8711. Apply by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish seeks sexton
St. Mary and St. Martha is seeking a sexton (caretaker) to support its ministry. The position will be 20 hours per week. Employment benefits are available. For more details, see the job posting. Submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com, indicating “Application” in the subject line, or mail to Churchwardens, Church of St. Mary and St. Martha, 1149 Weston Rd., Toronto, ON M6N 3S3.
Organist and choir director wanted
St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale is seeking a part-time director of music and organist to lead Sunday worship and music ministry and to lead the parish choir in a wide repertoire of hymns, service music and anthems. The successful applicant will enjoy teaching and help develop the musical skills of the choir in a positive and encouraging environment. The organ is a two-manual electronic Allen organ. The commitment will require slightly more hours at Christmas and Easter and fewer hours through the summer months. Availability to play at weddings and funerals would be an asset. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications according to RCCO guidelines. If you have steel pan instruction experience, state this in your CV, although this experience is not necessary. To apply, send a full CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org c/o Organist Search Committee. Applications will be received until July 1 or until the post is filled.