News 2013


The God Who Is There

For those who are looking for ways to go deeper in the faith, the Bishop’s office is making available a course called “The God Who Is There” – edited by Roger Morgan and produced by ReSource.  It is in fact three separate courses which can be done back-to-back or as stand-alone courses.

The first course, “Beyond Ourselves,” is excellent for unchurched or dechurched people, or perhaps those who are just encountering Christianity for the first time. It explores who God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are, and why we should care.  It lays foundations very carefully and in an approachable way for our culture.

The next course, “The New Community,” walks through everything church and discipleship can be in a community focused on Jesus.  It is great as a follow-up to Book 1, or can be used as a Christianity 101 course on its own.  It discusses church as a body; baptism; confirmation; praise; prayer; communion; and other important topics.

The final course, “Shining Like Stars,” is focused on discipleship as we live it out in our day-to-day.  This course could be used for new Christians or those who have been Christian for a long time and are wanting to be reminded/refreshed of the reality of Christ in their daily lives.

Each course is recommended for groups of 3-20.  The Bishop’s office currently owns the leader’s manual and one member’s coursebook for each course.  Clergy are welcome to borrow the books to decide if it would be an appropriate course for their context before ordering more copies online.  Contact Karen at 416-363-6021 ext 253 or for more details.

Reimagining Church: shaped for mission

Over the past four weeks Bishop Yu has been teaching a course called Reimagining Church: shaped for mission with the Rev. Susan Bell.  There is only one session left in this fabulous course.  But if you were unable to come or have been hearing something about it and are sorry you missed this opportunity, never fear: the course is also available as a free download here.  The best way to take advantage of these resources is to gather a team from your parish and view the sessions together.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Karen at 416-363-6021 ext 253 or

Regular Office Hours

In September we are back to regular office hours.  Karen will be in the office from 8:30 – 4:30 Monday to Friday.  Bishop Patrick generally works from home Mondays; is in the office or area meetings Tuesday through Thursday, and takes Friday off.  Weekends are spent in parish visits, meetings, and events.

Bishop Volunteers for the Hotseat

In order to promote understanding and better communication practices as Bishop Patrick discussed in this Best Practices, we have set up a web page where the Bishop will answer questions posed to him by clergy, laity, or the general public.  Do you have something you have always wished to ask a bishop? Now’s your chance!  Contact Karen Isaacs at 416-363-6021 ext. 253 or with your question.

Best Practices

Bishop Patrick will be writing and posting more frequent ‘best practices’ articles, which can be downloaded here or found under the “Best Practices” link on the left. 

Re-Imagining Church

What is God up to in York-Scarborough?

 Register now TO FIND OUT
at five evenings of missional learning
at Christ Church, Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street, Toronto;
Tuesday evenings, October 15 to November 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,

led by Bishop Patrick Yu and The Rev. Susan Bell.

This five-week course costs $50 for individuals.
Teams of four or more people can register for $150.

For more information, visit the Event Page or contact Elizabeth McCaffrey, Congregational Development Coordinator at 416 363 6021 (1 800 668 8932), ext. 225 or

Reimagining Church: shaped for mission is a Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism resource ©2012


Youth Bursary 2013

We would like to thank all those who applied for the 2013 York-Scarborough Area Council Youth Bursaries.  Here is the list of the 2013 recipients:

  • Jarrell Bernard – St. Paul, L’Amoreaux
  • Jaimie Ferrante – St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff
  • Jonathan Krol – Redeemer
  • Peta-Ann Leon – St. Paul, L’Amoreaux
  • Jean-Claude Lewis-Pompey – St. George on Yonge
  • Adrian Rajasingam – St. Paul, L’Amoreaux
  • Shannon Alyssa Seeraj – St. Luke, East York
  • Andrew Anushan Sritharan – St. Paul, L’Amoreaux
  • Sharee Williams – St. Margaret in-the-Pines


Area Map

There is now an area map available showing the location of all York-Scarborough parishes, colour-coded by deanery.  It can be found here.

Bishop Yu Publishes Book

Bishop Patrick Yu’s new book, Being Christian in a Multi-Faith Context, has been released and is available for sale.  If interested in purchasing a copy, contact his office at 416-363-6021 ext. 253 or email

Read Stuart Mann’s review of the book here.


Parish Leadership 101 Workshop

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the 2013 York-Scarborough Parish Leadership 101 Workshop! It was a great day full of interesting presentations and good conversations.  See you next year!

Parish Leadership 101 Workshop

Join Bishop Yu as well as other Parish Leaders from the Diocese as we give you the tools you need to effectively do your job.

The Parish Leadership 101 annual workshop will be held this year on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at St. Andrew, Scarborough (2333 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto).  To register and for event details, click here.  For more information, contact Karen Isaacs at 416-363-6021 ext. 253 or email

Welcome Karen Isaacs

On March 4, 2013 Karen Isaacs will take over for Carol Brunton as Bishop Patrick Yu’s new administrative assistant.  Karen recently moved from Winnipeg, MB and is delighted to join the work of the York-Scarborough Area.  She is a recent graduate of Wycliffe College with a Master of Theological Studies degree. 

The office hours will be changing to Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Karen can be reached at extension 253 and her email address is

Carol Brunton retiring

On February 28, 2013, I will be retiring from the position of Administrative Assistant to Bishop Patrick.  I have enjoyed working with all of you and wish you all the best as you move into the future.  I am looking forward to what God has in store for me. 

A retirement party will be held at the Diocesan Office on Wednesday, March 20 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information check out the calendar entry.

Success Story from St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Cuthbert and Transfiguration

Bishop Patrick was very happy to receive the following report about what St. Augustine, St. Cuthbert’s and Transfiguration have done with their Outreach Seed money:

January 11, 2013

 Dear Bishop Yu:

 As members of our 3X Outreach Committee we are writing to tell you the story of our journey of outreach.

 In February 2011, the York Scarborough Area Council launched an initiative to “seed” innovative outreach projects with a grant to each of our parishes in the amount of $200.00. At the suggestion of our clergy and inspired by the words of Matthew 25:14, the Anglican parishes of St. Augustine of Canterbury, St. Cuthbert’s and Church of the Transfiguration decided to work together on this important project. Eight parishioners from the three churches met and began our planning in March 2011. Ted Krawchuk, a member of St. Cuthbert’s chaired the committee in 2011.

 On November 19, 2011 we hosted a fundraising dinner which was held at Lamb Hall, St. Cuthbert’s Church. A wonderful roast beef dinner was catered by Diane Gray, an active member of St. Cuthbert’s, and a team of volunteers. 90 people from all three churches and the community bought tickets and attended the dinner. We decided that the outreach funds would be donated to Moorelands to support their Wilderness Camp and City programs for children. Moorelands’ Director of Development was the evening’s speaker. Over $2,100.00 was raised and presented to Moorelands.

The $600.00 of “seed” money was retained for a project in 2012.

 Enthusiastic about the success of the 2011 dinner, the committee organized a second fundraising dinner for November 3, 2012. Gina Davidson, a member of St. Augustine’s chaired the committee in 2012. We decided that the outreach funds would be donated to L’Arche Toronto to support their mission to “Create a World Where Everyone Belongs”.

 Another delicious roast beef dinner was again catered by Diane Gray and her team of volunteers.  This year more than 90 people bought tickets for the dinner. Our inspiring speaker was Mr. Joe Egan, Vice National Coordinator of L’Arche Canada. We also enjoyed an inspirational and humorous performance by two members of Sol Express, a performing arts group for L’Arche community members.

Over $2,900.00 was raised and has been donated to L’Arche Toronto.

Again we have retained our $600.00 of “seed” money for our 2013 project.

 The committee has decided to sponsor a third annual fundraising dinner in November 2013. Laura Wilson, a member of the Church of the Transfiguration is our chair person this year.

 We would like to invite you to join us as our guest at the upcoming November dinner. Everyone in York-Scarborough Area are welcome to come and support our Outreach Project

Please save the date- November 2, 2013. The committee is still deciding which organization will be the recipient of the 2013 outreach project so we will keep you informed.

 Our hope is that you will share the good news of our 3X Outreach Committee fundraising efforts with the York Scarborough Area Council.