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Bulletin Board April 2

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Diocesan Business

Annual returns submission closed
Online submission for 2018 incumbent’s and churchwardens’ returns is now closed. If you require hard copies, contact the General Accountant.

Diocesan Events

Bishop to hold town hall meetings
Bishop Andrew Asbil is holding five town hall meetings in early May to hear from lay people about their hopes, fears and dreams for their parishes and the Diocese. All are invited. For more details, including dates and locations, see the related story. Those planning to attend are asked to register online.

Cathedral holding bike drive
St. James Cathedral is seeking used but roadworthy bikes for migrant farm workers in the Beaverton area. Bikes allow the workers to travel to nearby towns, attend church and access community events and services. Bikes can be dropped off during the Bike Drive on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside the cathedral. There will be refreshments and a short presentation, and the bikes will be blessed and driven to Beaverton. Visit for more information, or email if you have a bike to donate.

Details available for annual FLAME conference
FLAME Toronto (Fellowship Learning for Anglican Men Everywhere) will welcome the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer as the speaker at its 2019 conference on Sept. 20-22 at Jackson’s Point Conference Centre. The theme will be “Whoever is not against us is for us.” For more information, visit the FLAME Toronto website.

Softball league plans another season
The Scarborough Anglican Youth Movement (SAYM) softball league begins its 58th season on May 14. Eight teams, including four from Anglican churches, will play over the summer, culminating in a tournament on Sept. 7. Games are held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at baseball diamonds in Scarborough. The registration fee for each team for the season is $400. Adults and youth over age 13 can join. For more information, contact Martin Walkes at 416-261-0995.

Parish hosts session on evangelism
St. Matthew, Islington is holding an event called “Evangelism for ‘Normal’ People” on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. John Bowen will speak about how we might learn to share our faith in an authentic and compelling way. All are welcome.

Good Friday justice walk turns 40
The ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This year’s walk will be held on April 19 at 2 p.m., beginning at Holy Trinity, Trinity Square. The theme will be “For the Sake of the World: 40 Years of Hopeful Persistence.” It will conclude at Holy Trinity with a simple supper. For more details, see the walk’s website.

Tickets on sale for ACW meeting & luncheon
The annual general meeting of the diocesan Anglican Church Women will take place on April 27 at St. Timothy, Agincourt. This year’s theme is “Working with Change” with guest speaker Alexandra Shimo, author of Invisible North: Life Lessons from a Troubled Reserve. Tickets are $35, which includes lunch. To learn more and register, download the flyer.

Area Events

Parishes host social justice workshops
Elin Goulden, Social Justice and Advocacy consultant, will be presenting two workshops this month in York-Simcoe on the connection between outreach and advocacy, and how advocacy is part of the Church’s public witness. Both are free and open to neighbouring parishes:

  • April 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. James, Orillia on the theme “Charity with Justice.” To RSVP, contact Maryan Vincent.
  • April 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. James, Sutton with the theme “Advocacy: What, Why and How.” To RSVP, contact the Rev. Nancy Glover.

Area lay readers to gather
Trent-Durham is hosting a Lay Readers’ Day on April 13 at St. John, Ida. Bishop Riscylla Shaw will present on Truth and Reconciliation, and Sister Elizabeth Anne, SSJD will present on prayer. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $20 until April 5 or $25 at the door. Register online.

Area hosts second discussion on MAID
York-Credit Valley will host the second part of its discussion on medical assistance in dying on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Stephen, Downsview. This session will look at practical implications of MAID for pastors, medical professionals and caregivers. Register online.

Rural parishes meet for conversation
Bishop Riscylla Shaw invites members of rural, multi-point and small-town parishes in Trent-Durham to the Rural Ministry Forum on April 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. John, Ida. This will be an opportunity for rural parishes to share their needs and hopes and learn from each other. Register online by April 3.

Area clergy invited to lunch & learn
York-Credit Valley clergy are invited to attend a discussion and case study on how to navigate the proposed changes to the Marriage Canon in their parishes on May 7 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale. Learn more and register online.

Area hosts beacon event for Thy Kingdom Come
York-Credit Valley will gather to celebrate Thy Kingdom Come, a global wave of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost, on June 7 at 7 p.m. at Christ the King. Register online. The area’s Evangelism Task Force has also gathered resources for individuals and parishes to participate

External Events

Retreat explores Celtic consciousness
Five Oaks, an interfaith/intercultural spiritual centre, is holding a three-day retreat on Celtic spirituality with John Philip Newell, author and former warden of Iona. It will take place from July 2-4 in Paris, Ont. Bursaries are available. The event is already three-quarters full. Learn more and register on the Five Oaks website.

Registration open for peacemaking conference
Voices for Peace is a one-day conference on peacemaking steeped in the spirituality of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. It will be held on April 27 at the Henri Nouwen Centre, 95 St. Joseph St., Toronto. Tickets range from $15 to $25. Get more information and register online.

Colleges host history conference
Trinity College and Wycliffe College are co-hosting the Tri-History Conference, a triennial conference of the Episcopal Church, on June 18-21. This year’s theme is “Trauma and Survival in the Contemporary Church: Historical, Archival, and Missional Responses.” Registration is open for either the whole conference or select days. For more details, including a schedule and list of presenters, see the conference website.

Gathering invites laity to deepen Christian life
The Lay Readers’ Association of the Diocese of Ontario is hosting Summer Fruit for Souls, an annual conference of training, learning and development in Christian ministry open to lay people who wish to deepen and enrich their Christian life and service. It will take place July 23-26 at the Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston. For more details, see the Diocese of Ontario website.

Job Postings

Diocese seeks administrative assistant
The Diocese is seeking an 80%-time administrative assistant for the Trent-Durham bishop’s office, located in Whitby. Applications close April 5. For more details, see the Synod Office Careers page.

Parish seeking sexton
St. Cuthbert, Leaside is seeking a sexton to work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. For responsibilities and qualifications, see the job post. Submit a cover letter and resume to or St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, 1399 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON, M4G 3A6.

Director of family ministries wanted
St. Mary, Richmond Hill is seeking a full-time director of family ministries to provide engaging Christian leadership in existing and growing programs. Areas of potential responsibility include youth programming, church school education, VBS camps, special events, family worship, young adult ministry and Christian formation. For more details, see the parish’s website. Apply by April 7.

PWRDF seeks nominations for board of directors
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is seeking new member nominations for its board of directors, as well as honorary associates of the board of directors. The deadline for submissions is April 30. For more details, see:

Staff changes

As of March 25, Sarah Fang has joined the Diocese as General Accountant/Payroll Administrator.